I was trying to reply to your post earlier before that e-bay auction mentioned above ended, but couldn't because of some issues w/ my cpu settings.
I have one of Jeff Kerr's "ACME Adapters" (VW to toy xmsn) I had approached him about 1+yrs. ago if he would look into putting such a kit together & was surprised when he contacted me to see if I was still interested. All I can say is the material & workmanship is heavy duty, the adapter plate itself is 3/8s thick! He doesn't have it listed on his site yet, but you can e-mail him or I know he has another one listed on e-bay again(search for "suzuki samurai*") I don't think he will be letting this one go for as low as the other went for($209.) But, I'm sure it will be significantly less than his retail. The one that sold for $209. on e-bay was a score, since myself & others have paid $575.00 regular price.(
My interest in the adapter is to repower my 1987 Suzuki Samurai w/ a 2001 Beetle 1.9TDI engine mated to a Toyota truck 5spd. xmsn & transfercase. I have not really gotten into the swap yet, still gathering up all the parts & trying to understand the ECU wiring issues I will be facing. Hopefully, I can find a way to by-pass/ cut down the wiring harness to have a stand alone system to just run the injection pump, etc. only
There is a member on the Samuraidiesels@yahoogroups.com
that is in the process right now of putting a 1.9TD/toy xmsn & t-case into his 4X4 Toy truck. He has a couple photo's posted there as well. I think the biggest concern voiced by other members, is that the truck will be under powered w/ the 1.9 since the truck is significantly heavier.
ACME has the motormount bracket for the 1.6/1.9 na/TD & earlier TDI engines. They are planning on making some for the 1998-up TDIs(Samurai oriented w/ engine in a vertical position) some time in the future, but doesn't kown when. You would have to fab. your own frame mounts though that should be relatively easy.
Another note on the ACME adapter intructions, it says the trans will be rotated slightly to the drivers side w/ the engine sitting in a vertical position. So, the shifter(s) would have to be slightly bent to re-orientate them back to stock. Also, would also have to mod/fab the xmsn mount as well
I don't like this setup or having to do those mods. So I'm planning on a different approach of fabbing my own engine motormount brackets so the engine is canted approx. 15 degrees towards the pass side. I believe this is also the stock VW factor position in all the TDI equiped cars anyway. I think this is a better solution & less complicated to leave the xmsn/shifters/ xmsn mounts alone.
Anyways, hope this helps, aloha! ....renny