85>87 engine change trouble, Rats!

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85>87 engine change trouble, Rats!

Post by Thesingingsawguy » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:35 am

So, the 1.9 in our 85 vanagon finally gave up and we found a nice running engine just being pulled from an 87. We got it in okay and it even fired for a bit but I guess you know it doesn't run. Digijet to digifant ...I had no idea. I haven't found a suitable organ doner. Short of finding a whole harness with sensors and a brain, is there another solution? Can it be converted to carburetors? Thanks loads, Terry

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Re: 85>87 engine change trouble, Rats!

Post by ajdenette » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:40 pm


you may be better off harvesting the Digijet Fuel Injection and maybe cooling system from you 1.9 and installing it on the MV block if it was all running correctly otherwise you are looking to fill in what you need for the 2.1 Digifant Fuel Injection. to help steer you in the right direction more information on what you have put together now would be needed. You are better off fixing one of the fuel injection systems than trying to switch to a carburetor, trying to find a manifold and parts for a carburetor to fit on a wasserboxer in the US.

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Re: 85>87 engine change trouble, Rats!

Post by Jadewombat » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:05 pm

Digifant or digiijet SHOULD run on that engine. There's not that much difference in displacement between a 2.1 and 1.9, vacuum draw, etc. Both systems run off an air-flapper in the airbox if I recall correctly. I've played with Digijet (L-jet?) systems before and the ONLY modification that needs to be done is adjusting the spring tension on that flapper valve with an allen key.

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