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TDI Conversions Discussions on converting non TDIs into TDIS. More general items can be answered better in other sections. This is ideal for issues that don't have an overlap and are very special to swaping engines.

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Old July 22nd, 2017, 10:49   #1
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Default 2002 VW TDI to Isuzu pickup 2.6l gas

How difficult would it be to convert 1992 isuzu pickup 2.6l to a VW bug 2002 diesel? VW have been wrecked but engine is ok. The engine sits side ways. The isuzu pickup 2.6 has 5 speed standard transmission.
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Old July 22nd, 2017, 18:48   #2
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On A scale of 10 I think it would be a.7.325
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Old July 22nd, 2017, 20:07   #3
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Yes,lots of fabbing
If you are good at fabrication and know some wiring very doable,if you have to hire someone to do the work,it will cost more than you'll expect.
Engine/Transmission adapter(then indicating runout and locating dowels so you don't blow clutch up)
Engine mounts
Peripheral mounts-Fuel filter,Coolant ball(if you keep the enclosed system)intercooler etc.
Then comes the wiring.

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Old September 12th, 2017, 23:09   #4
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Thanks for the replies. May be easier to purchase a diesel with longitude engine and transmission intact. I love this truck. I got screwed by by local shop. They said they rebuilt the engine but 3 other mechanics have verified the engine was not rebuilt but looks like salvage engine. Engine block numbers don't match VIN.
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Old September 20th, 2017, 19:36   #5
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Default I have decided to go for it....

I already have the engine. A year ago, I bought a VW 2001 TDI from a client who was rear ended. Decide not to repair but install in my 1992 Isuzu spacecab. I have communicated with Whitbread and has give me some guidance. Looking for a T-5 manual transmission. One of my clients gave me a toy r22 transmission but don't think it strong enough for the torque He is going to tune and delete the immobilizer. He recommends purchasing an adapter from here http://gastodiesel.tdconversions.com/adapter/. I know the acme adapters are cheaper; however, not sure cheaper is better. I can fabricate. Going to remove engine this weekend.

Any suggestions advice appreciated.
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