Crazy conversion ideas...need help.


New member
Oct 21, 2005
Seattle Area
I'm basically a newb to Volkswagens as well as TDI's. I am however looking at starting a project car, and these voices in my head keep telling me that a TDI is the way to go. The problem is, the voices are relentless in their persuit of knowledge...and won't let me sleep until they are completely satisfied. Thus I have a number of cricital conversion questions, which all need answers but don't appear from the searching I've done to come up very often. Any help would be appreciated, even if its simply pointing me in the right dirction to various places where I might find more of this specific information.

1.) Where are good sources for TDI engines, besides ebay or (unless you know of specific ones) junk yards?...What about sources for various euro-TDI's?? What the going rate for TDI engines these days?

2.) What does a 1.9 TDI weigh in a given state of assembly?...What about a 2.5 V6 TDI?? How would these compare to the venerable 1.8 gasoline engine weight(s)?

3.) How does the 1.9 TDI compare dimensionally to the 1.8 gasoline engines? How does a 2.5 V6 TDI dimensionally compare to a VW 2.8 V6 gasoline engine, from like a 99-ish passat??