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Re: Project Grimm

Postby meby » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:14 am

Update: intercooler finished last night. Averaging 37 mpg on over 2000 miles. I'll see if I can get pics soon. Also found out the tank holds 26 gallons - that should give me a range of about 950 miles to empty. 8) :D
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-Old Huskee Garden Tractor w/Cub Cadet deck, Simplicity Snow-blower, loaded tires & chains - is it weird the tractor is modded more than my truck?
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Re: Project Grimm

Postby 762frmafr » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:43 am

Pretty awesome even for a minivan. That would be the ONLY minivan I would consider rocking.
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Re: Project Grimm

Postby 762frmafr » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:46 am

One more question, do you happen to know the weight of the minivan and the Jetta?
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Re: Project Grimm

Postby meby » Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:00 pm

762frmafr wrote:One more question, do you happen to know the weight of the minivan and the Jetta?


3100 or 3200 on Jetta and 4000 on the Ford.
-1991 D-250 bone stock
-2000 Ford Windstar TDI Diesel 5 spd
-1997 Civic Hatchback
-Case 530 CK
-Old Huskee Garden Tractor w/Cub Cadet deck, Simplicity Snow-blower, loaded tires & chains - is it weird the tractor is modded more than my truck?
-Speedex Walking Tractor.
-BCS Walking Tractor


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Re: Project Grimm

Postby 762frmafr » Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:41 pm

meby wrote:
762frmafr wrote:One more question, do you happen to know the weight of the minivan and the Jetta?


3100 or 3200 on Jetta and 4000 on the Ford.


Gotcha. How is power on the Ford? Reason I am asking is because I have a 4x4 Tacoma I am thinking of doing this swap on. I have a feeling it may be underpowered.
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Re: Project Grimm

Postby meby » Sat Sep 21, 2013 4:44 am

A little underpowered, but that will be fixed easily enough.
-1991 D-250 bone stock
-2000 Ford Windstar TDI Diesel 5 spd
-1997 Civic Hatchback
-Case 530 CK
-Old Huskee Garden Tractor w/Cub Cadet deck, Simplicity Snow-blower, loaded tires & chains - is it weird the tractor is modded more than my truck?
-Speedex Walking Tractor.
-BCS Walking Tractor


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Re: Project Grimm

Postby meby » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:36 am

If you are thinking toyota, check this out. http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=293577
-1991 D-250 bone stock
-2000 Ford Windstar TDI Diesel 5 spd
-1997 Civic Hatchback
-Case 530 CK
-Old Huskee Garden Tractor w/Cub Cadet deck, Simplicity Snow-blower, loaded tires & chains - is it weird the tractor is modded more than my truck?
-Speedex Walking Tractor.
-BCS Walking Tractor


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Re: Project Grimm

Postby meby » Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:17 pm

Update: I'm getting ready to put snow tires on van and am considering changing from stock tire size (about 27.5") to a 26'' tall tire to aid in acceleration a bit. By my calculations that would change my rpm in road gear roughly 200 rpm at 60 mph. My question is: is that to much of a jump? I don't drive much interstate - maybe 3-4 times a year.

On a side note, we broke a weld on the driver side axle. It happened close to home and it was an easy fix. Not to bad for the first 7,000 miles.

The only continuing problem we have currently is I can't get the car to warm up to temp in the cold weather. I'm thinking I might have to disconnect the rear heater core.
-1991 D-250 bone stock
-2000 Ford Windstar TDI Diesel 5 spd
-1997 Civic Hatchback
-Case 530 CK
-Old Huskee Garden Tractor w/Cub Cadet deck, Simplicity Snow-blower, loaded tires & chains - is it weird the tractor is modded more than my truck?
-Speedex Walking Tractor.
-BCS Walking Tractor


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Re: Project Grimm

Postby PToombs » Sun Dec 01, 2013 5:55 pm

I don't think it's much. My white truck drops about 300 rpms with a shift, and it doesn't seem like much of a difference. It may seem like a lot more on your 4 cylinder though. Take it out and drive in 2nd gear at highway rpms, then speed up 200 or so and see how it sounds. ;)
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Re: Project Grimm

Postby meby » Mon Dec 02, 2013 4:25 pm

The other part of shrinking the tire size a little is 200 rpm less at 60 mph would take me from barely in the torque curve to being solidly in it. Sure would be nice for hills and what not.
-1991 D-250 bone stock
-2000 Ford Windstar TDI Diesel 5 spd
-1997 Civic Hatchback
-Case 530 CK
-Old Huskee Garden Tractor w/Cub Cadet deck, Simplicity Snow-blower, loaded tires & chains - is it weird the tractor is modded more than my truck?
-Speedex Walking Tractor.
-BCS Walking Tractor


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Re: Project Grimm

Postby Tacoclaw » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:21 pm

Do it, homie, get loco!!!

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Re: Project Grimm

Postby PToombs » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:46 pm

Matt, smaller tires will be 200 more rpms, not less. ;)
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Re: Project Grimm

Postby meby » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:00 pm

PToombs wrote:Matt, smaller tires will be 200 more rpms, not less. ;)

:D thats what I meant. :D
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-2000 Ford Windstar TDI Diesel 5 spd
-1997 Civic Hatchback
-Case 530 CK
-Old Huskee Garden Tractor w/Cub Cadet deck, Simplicity Snow-blower, loaded tires & chains - is it weird the tractor is modded more than my truck?
-Speedex Walking Tractor.
-BCS Walking Tractor


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Re: Project Grimm

Postby PToombs » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:30 pm

OK, just checking! ;) :lol:
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Re: Project Grimm

Postby meby » Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:32 am

Update: Made some progress since the last update. We've put on about 16,000 miles since the swap and should have about 20,000 on it by the time the first year mark rolls around. Long term our warm weather mileage had been averaging about 35 - 36 mpg and winter mileage at 32 - 33 mpg. Still working on getting full operating temps out of this thing - takes about 15 min in hot weather and never in cold weather to reach operating temps with a fully blocked radiator. Changed the thermostat twice, so I don't think thats the issue. I'm thinking now that the rear heat in the van has got to go. I think the 20 + feet of exposed heater lines under the van and the rear heater core are bleeding a lot of heat - more heat than this tdi can handle. I've got a ball valve and fittings sitting here to shut it off and to see what happens. I figure this temperature issue has got to be hurting my mpg a fair amount.

On the positive side, my vgt turbo that has been stuck for a long time just became unstuck several weeks ago (Stuck half open making it sorta drive able hence the stuck for a long time). My wife was driving on an interstate and blew an intercooler boot and said when it happened it let out giant black cloud. I've never heard of a stuck vgt freeing itself, but hey, in definitely NOT complaining - saved me a lot of money and trouble. It now has normal power throughout the rpm range when before it was dropping off significantly on reaching 2700 rpm.

We just replaced the exhaust two weeks ago with a real system - the temporary flex pipe I used to hook it up during the swap broke off at 3 feet long. Note to self - if you want people to notice you have a diesel/5spd minivan, run said van for a couple weeks with 3' of exhaust attached. :mrgreen: The guy at the exhaust shop said it was one of two minivans he'd seen that could be considered cool. :shock:

We also got the first tank of fuel done with the unstuck turbo and the smaller tires. I found a set of two used smaller tires that changes my gearing close to where the Jetta was originally. I don't have hard numbers, but it is noticeably easier on the clutch to launch it, accelerates better and hold interstate speeds better. First tank through was 39 mpg! 8) (705 miles total with about 100 miles freeway driving)

Now if I can just get around to replacing the worn out injectors.
-1991 D-250 bone stock
-2000 Ford Windstar TDI Diesel 5 spd
-1997 Civic Hatchback
-Case 530 CK
-Old Huskee Garden Tractor w/Cub Cadet deck, Simplicity Snow-blower, loaded tires & chains - is it weird the tractor is modded more than my truck?
-Speedex Walking Tractor.
-BCS Walking Tractor


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