1989 VW Kombi – Page 2

There was quite a bit of wiring that had to be done, and it’s a bit difficult to show. When the bus showed up not much worked at all. The gauges that were added for the Subaru engine swap were about it. I spent some time straightening, shorting, and removing old remnants of previous electrical components that were no longer in the vehicle. Once everything was working again, some train horns were added to wake things up, and some power windows (since the new regulators available are worse then the wore out originals that came out).

This was quite the task to get everything to fit in the door and work the way it should. The top was shortened, upper bracket moved, lower was shortened, glass retaining brackets were modified, and glass retaining bar was modified as well. The door only had a few holes added and one cut at the bottom to accept the new mount. The window still sticks up a bit when all the way down, but they stay closed now. The old windows would fall down after sitting a bit or driving.

The middle seat came with the bus, but needed to be mounted. The rear was found through a local source to complete the seating. A Hurst style bumper guard is going on as well.

They aren’t made for Brazilian buses and come up a little short for the late-bay set. I had to shave both sides, notch the bar, and make a link. The link was made to accept a tow/tie-down hook on the bottom at a latter date.

The best was saved for last, with the Subaru engine conversion correction. There is no coolant flow, the lines are ran below the suspension, the catalytic converter is .5″ from the lines, and the lines trace the route of the exhaust back to the pump. There is also a constant power drain, but that might happen when the ECU receives direct power from the battery at all times. One small wire from the battery was ran to next to the ECU where it was split into several feed wires to power everything. Now I know why electrical tape is sold in sleeves! It runs, but don’t drive it more than a block or it will overheat.

The wires the curve up across the top are all spliced to feed the bus, and yeah, that appears to be some type of bleeder set-up.

The intake was flipped to make things easier to keep the heat away from the coolant. The coolant lines run down passenger side and the exhaust on the driver’s side.

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