How to Diesel Swap a Vanagon - 4x4 Camper Van Build 2.0L TDI

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In this episode we swap a brand new 2.0L TDI engine into Ethan's 1991 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia camper van. We drive accross the country to Tennessee to Boxeer for this project, and swap the engine in 3 days! This classis VW van is now a beast of a 4x4 offroad camper!
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  • So how many days did this take 4

    the bear 65the bear 654 tuntia sitten
  • Have you ever seen or worked with a Nissan RC ZEOD Turbo Diesel 3 cylinder, that weighs 88 pounds or 40 kg & makes 400 h.p. 300 ft lbs of torque. This engine is so light & strong you could even put in a motorcycle. I myself would make a hybrid diesel electric RV with it out of a custom made all aluminum streched Vanagon Westphalia with a raised roof for standing room, a bed, & a wet bath. I would try & keep as light as possible, but strong. Have you ever seen the VIA hybrid diesel electric truck & vans they are great. 100 miles to the gallon in the city.

    thebentley71thebentley71Päivä sitten
  • 27:25 Holy smokes!

    AirMotive WeldingAirMotive WeldingPäivä sitten
  • Diagnostic tools used: ELM327 OBD WiFi/Bluetooth, app for android "Torque Pro". There is a lite version, but i suggest you to download Pro from some trusty websites.

    BlackZero RsBlackZero Rs2 päivää sitten
  • Really needs a sump guard if you're going seriously off road to finish an excellent job. A Haflinger-style tubular job would do it with minimum weight.

    Roy GardinerRoy Gardiner3 päivää sitten
  • what pump was used for the water intercooler ?

  • Garykenny

    Gary KennyGary Kenny5 päivää sitten
  • mid 20s! I GET 68 WHEN i AM HAMMERING ON MY 210hp TDI

    Thomas SzemetiThomas Szemeti5 päivää sitten
  • I owned one of those a blast to drive if it didn't break down

    L PiL Pi6 päivää sitten
  • I'd question if, over time, that gearbox is going to handle the extra torque??? I've seen diesel conversions turn their gasoline gearboxes to dust.

    mj007nzmj007nz6 päivää sitten
  • People forget that factory style exhausts are for comfort. After driving that beast for a few hours, that loud exhaust will definitely effect the occupants comfort level, especially for those sitting in the back. For these reasons i use a modified stock bug exhaust on my splitty.

    mj007nzmj007nz6 päivää sitten
  • I see some sick French mopeds behind the vanagon. Would be awesome to see a build on a moped from this channel if it hasn't happened yet.

    Peter TurennePeter Turenne7 päivää sitten
  • Would be great to see some rims and a lift kit on this beat

    AdisBaba132AdisBaba1327 päivää sitten
  • Kick ass engine. I threw a GTB2260, forged rods, girdle, injectors, plumbing, head studs, tune and clutch and I'm at 300hp.

    Erik KovacsErik Kovacs8 päivää sitten
  • You also get a lot of BS in this video...

    Weggman HillardWeggman Hillard8 päivää sitten
  • So lucky it didn't come off the lift when you climbed into it so dangerous

    ddaychannelddaychannel11 päivää sitten
  • “Van diesel”

    Grant BeemGrant Beem16 päivää sitten
  • Im swapping a 2.0 tdi into an old vw trike. Hope its as bad ass as this..

    Scotty PetersScotty Peters16 päivää sitten
  • doesnt suck the stainless ions out of the normal steal so you will have contact rust?

    BullyCamperBullyCamper18 päivää sitten
  • how much does this motor cost?

    Jesus Alberto HinojosaJesus Alberto Hinojosa19 päivää sitten
  • I love TDI engines. I plan to put an ALH in a Nissan D21 in place of the factory 2.4 on an OEM 4x4 5 speed. My adapters are made and I plan to use VAG hydraulic motor mounts in as well. The front diff will be my biggest issue.

    Bryant FryBryant Fry20 päivää sitten
  • You guys have to build a mini tank with a patato launcher for the gun

    Kolaiah NelsonKolaiah Nelson21 päivä sitten
  • So, how did you install the engine cover? How much ground clearance to do you have? I did an ALH in an 84 Tin-top ... one awesome machine!

    Andrew MeadorsAndrew Meadors23 päivää sitten
  • I leave this under every video I watched, it helps the algorithm...

    mick mullermick muller23 päivää sitten
  • Nice quality swap. Gale Banks would be proud of you guys.

    JHansJHans24 päivää sitten
  • Makes me so mad to see parts inside a transmission single tacked

    SeanGreezySeanGreezy25 päivää sitten
  • " I've never had such a clean engine in anything in my entire life" I felt that

    Eyeball EngineeringEyeball Engineering25 päivää sitten
  • BRO! How do you have time for this on the side!???? Amazing! Bravo. Love the build. You guys sure have some great minds. Many of my favorite ideas have come to fruition in some form in your garage!

    Eyeball EngineeringEyeball Engineering25 päivää sitten
  • Vinyl wrap the van !!!!

    Jack blankenshipJack blankenship25 päivää sitten
  • hey ethan i was told you can add a gallon of old motor oil to your diesel fuel and it will give you 100 extra horse power thats with a full tank of fuel

    Jason HeberlingJason Heberling26 päivää sitten
  • Diesel is green? what the fuck diesel is black.

    Peter MathisenPeter Mathisen28 päivää sitten
  • Finally some diesel stuff!

    Michael BenoitMichael BenoitUukausi sitten
  • Oil pan is super low! I'd be fitting a skid plate asap

    Golfnut BruceGolfnut BruceUukausi sitten

  • When can I book in, let me know. Cheers

    Michael SteinerMichael SteinerUukausi sitten
  • Can't wait to follow that build

    Fred StewartFred StewartUukausi sitten
  • 25mpg is good, ahh America... 110 mpg motorcycle prick here :)

    thefirst bushmanthefirst bushmanUukausi sitten
  • The only problem with a diesel conversion is the gearbox ratio's will be wrong. The only way to fix it will be a built gearbox that costs massive money. Its still a neat conversion though.

    wacked outdudewacked outdudeUukausi sitten
  • Nice video !! Whe drive a Audi A4 from 1999 with a 1.9 tdi engine, no problems and she have 520.000 kilomters on the clock and still going strong ! Watch this from the Netherlands.

    Albert TimmerAlbert TimmerUukausi sitten
  • TDI powered hot wheel tank?

    Jedi Anna'leeJedi Anna'leeUukausi sitten
  • It needs some skid plates now

    Matt WrightMatt WrightUukausi sitten
  • curious how much if it not to much to ask ?

    Overland Subaru InternationalOverland Subaru InternationalUukausi sitten
  • Someone needs to make a boxter turbo diesel.

    Stuart ConnerStuart ConnerUukausi sitten
  • then rebostos heater diesel always good to have

    Overland Subaru InternationalOverland Subaru InternationalUukausi sitten
  • This is nothing, my friend drives a vanagon with a 305 v8 mounted behind the drivers seats as her daily

    Jeromey GreenJeromey GreenUukausi sitten
  • Bruh, how bout the location of that shop?! God almighty that's beautiful.

    chickenfishhybrid44chickenfishhybrid44Uukausi sitten
  • I feel bad for people who drive a nonrepowered vehicle van especially one that's got a ton of mileage they are gutless and can't even get out of there own way I bet now he's feeling like a top fuel dragster

    1979 Augustine1979 AugustineUukausi sitten
  • That is a must have a kids jeep on the lift I love it ☺️

    Steve MclainSteve MclainUukausi sitten
  • I'd do some pretty shady stuff for a nice Westy Synchro...

    djkremerdjkremerUukausi sitten
  • You guys did an awesome job it looks sounds and runs nice! Shes a beast!!🤙

    Tito PachecoTito PachecoUukausi sitten
  • Props to

    Patrick HayesPatrick HayesUukausi sitten
  • Considering the channel name, the short T-shirts and saggy pants work.

    Patrick HayesPatrick HayesUukausi sitten
  • This wagon and engine combo is one of my favorites. Stoked to see the amount of finesse and detail in this conversion. How different is the Syncro than the JOKER?

    Patrick HayesPatrick HayesUukausi sitten
  • Top echt gute Arbeit

    rudolf cormannrudolf cormannUukausi sitten
  • Looks nice! :) but can the original transmission really handel this amount of power? (without some gear-brake, or axle crack after some time)

    Jan JochecJan JochecUukausi sitten
  • I want to buy this off you as it’s amazing

    Steve FrainSteve FrainUukausi sitten
  • Instead of re-gearing, get even larger tires

    Todd SwagertyTodd SwagertyUukausi sitten
  • Is that the Torque App I see being used on that phone with the gauges. You plug in that cheap thing into the OBD2 port. It can do all kinds of stuff. I use one every day. In my car.

    Sean WagnerSean WagnerUukausi sitten
  • i would be so worried about slamming that pan on a rock. please tell me you will lift in and put a guard on it LOL

    Matt StreetmanMatt StreetmanUukausi sitten
  • also check him out on hoonigan he has a crazy diesel pikes peak car

    Nuclear DemonNuclear DemonUukausi sitten
  • Well it won't be as cheap as so many of us would like. TDI means that there is a nasty wiring harness to play with as well. I would prefer a non computer driven 1.9 turbo diesel. Still amazed at how many VW vans are available on the market. My ultimate VW Van would be a Suzuki 4x4 drive train with the diesel engine so instead of just having 1 low gear I would retain 5 low and 5 high. We can dream...

    Bruce W McLaughlinBruce W McLaughlinUukausi sitten
  • Double the fuel mileage ..? Or half the mileage

    CharleyCharleyUukausi sitten
  • great great great repeated as infinity

    t yawoyorozuyot yawoyorozuyoUukausi sitten
  • Engine hangs low!

    Desmond YoungDesmond YoungUukausi sitten
  • I want one for my Westy!!!

    Angel MarquezAngel MarquezUukausi sitten
  • The wasserboxer should go into the scrap metal shredder. What a sorry excuse for an engine.

    JohnJohnUukausi sitten
  • Same thing as the Cummings motor hahahahahaha if it was Cummings would of offered something since it's a easy swap out or asked them about it like I'm sure this guy did and they told him to kick rocks your motors will never be compared to cummings

    Travis TrychtaTravis TrychtaUukausi sitten
  • Is this a french accent that I hear?....

    VilCoyote77VilCoyote77Uukausi sitten
  • Did you crank it with no oil

    Dean ThrasherDean ThrasherUukausi sitten
  • That's the cleanest simple beautiful worthier swap like it

    biejito72symibiejito72symiUukausi sitten
  • Is that the EA288 engine?

    Black WidowBlack WidowUukausi sitten
    • Yeah

      Gregoire S. BlachonGregoire S. BlachonUukausi sitten
  • клас

    Юра ХарченкоЮра ХарченкоUukausi sitten
  • How much would he (or someone similar) usually charge to do this job?

    The StickmanThe StickmanUukausi sitten
  • Get those kids outta there

    Sharif ParvantaSharif ParvantaUukausi sitten
  • Next, throw a diesel cab heater in.

    john McKinneyjohn McKinneyUukausi sitten
  • Ea288?

    Blake ThierrienBlake ThierrienUukausi sitten
  • Rolling is GREAT till you need to yank on something ;)

    Jordon CJordon CUukausi sitten
  • I get 56 mpg from that engine in my car so u should get at least 34-40

    gary wilsongary wilsonUukausi sitten
  • Everybody says billet aluminum that was not made out of a solid piece of aluminum.

    Darrell RoetersDarrell RoetersUukausi sitten
  • Where’s the catalytic?

    Darrell RoetersDarrell RoetersUukausi sitten
  • Ls swop it

    ant the sim boiant the sim boiUukausi sitten
  • Air filter be pretty close to the exhaust

    d ickd ickUukausi sitten
  • Wasn't this one of the Diesel Emissions Scandal engines?

    Stew P.Stew P.Uukausi sitten
  • Hey guys very cool I have an 80 vanagon 2 Wheel Dr. and I’m looking to convert it.. any advice would be appreciated!

    Agnes of Glass Studio & Gallery LLCAgnes of Glass Studio & Gallery LLCUukausi sitten
  • I would love to do that to this to my Chana Tiger Van.

    Trey MillerTrey MillerUukausi sitten
  • Not only is your bed cushier, it's probably heated a little bit better too for those cold nights ;) Awesome swap! Super cool to see.

    Build TheoryBuild TheoryUukausi sitten
  • 29:12 You sure You pour Diesel there? It's so clear, not the red colour the Diesel in my cars has ...

    manfred schmalbachmanfred schmalbachUukausi sitten

    Travis bennettTravis bennettUukausi sitten
  • Nice build man. Enjoy it.

    tommywallbangertommywallbangerUukausi sitten
  • Simply you guys are awsome. These are things me and my buddies get into doing lol not on your scale but same fun factor just never in a million years would of thought to record let alone think that people would want to watch. Keep it up guys the world can use positivity like this.

    Austin LepoglowAustin LepoglowUukausi sitten
  • OG Audi/VW engine mounts....

    blkcoupequattroblkcoupequattroUukausi sitten
  • Digging the air to water intercooler setup....

    blkcoupequattroblkcoupequattroUukausi sitten
  • Warning, this may not be legal in some states, but it should!

    blkcoupequattroblkcoupequattroUukausi sitten
  • Please do a video on the transaxle upgrade when you get to it.

    Kevin HornbuckleKevin HornbuckleUukausi sitten
  • I own a 1.9L TDI in my MK4 Jetta. Love these motors!!! Awesome what you do.

    NavyShot 747NavyShot 747Uukausi sitten
  • Veery nice, congrats guys!!! Time for TDI upgrades though: bigger turbo or hybird, bigger injectors and remap :)) Have fun guys, good luck and keep up the good work!!!

    Naty HurducNaty HurducUukausi sitten
  • Hey Colin what did it cost you to do the entire swap...TDI- Westfalia ?? Ihave a Westy now and want to do the same thing, thanks for the great video! cheers Newman 👍

    Hello NewmanHello NewmanUukausi sitten
  • Shop reminds me of Bus Grease Monkeys in rural Tennessee, nice!

    scott offordscott offordUukausi sitten
    • What is that? Any link??

      Gregoire S. BlachonGregoire S. BlachonUukausi sitten
  • I used to be super hard core VW guy,over 30 different bugs busses square backs rat rod bug and had a 91 vanagon for a while.The 60 bus was the one that got away!Cool seeing that Kootenai county Idaho plate in Tennesee,as I grew up in Samuels Idaho,just north of Sandpoint.

    Torry PopeTorry PopeUukausi sitten
  • 👍👍👍Wenn ihr wollt, könnt ihr meinen VW T3 auch pimpen ... Greetings Michel from Germany😎

    Michel MichelMichel MichelUukausi sitten