Anyone who knows me knows I love Westies. And, sometime in most conversations, I'll confess that I am "looking for a Westie to replace Fred, the one I sold". Today, I found an '82 Diesel Westie on craigslist. Well, the owner, John
, is now a Zoobird even before I've had the chance to look at the van. How cool is that?!
Meanwhile, I found a cool site
devoted to diesel Westies. In it, this email appeared:
Testimonies to the virtues of the Diesel Westfalia
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 1995 17:00:28 -0500 (EST) From: James N Gagliardi
People have been talking a lot about 5 cylinder vanagons previously about diesel to gas conversions. I think people have missed the boat. I think A gas to Diesel conversion would make much more sense. Does anyone know how long of an engine will fit an the Vanagon engine bay. I have an 81 audi 5000 diesel which is slowly rusting away. If I could only find a vanagon to stuff it into. Diesel vanagons are too slow for some people, but I think a 65hp 5 cylinder would make a big difference.
Diesels are more fun. Below zero winter mornings aren't any fun with a gasoline powered automobile. Getting to buy fuel next to 18 wheelers has a certain romantic appeal. Slow speeds let you enjoy scenery more. You can always use Kerosene/Heating Oil in a pinch. Diesels also have lots of secret features.
Diesel cars don't explode as easily.
If you get bored you can turn on the smoke screen feature by retiming your injector pump.
Fuel injection is 100% mechanical so you can repipe the intake and exhaust and drive in up to 3 feet of water without risk of flooding your distributor. (CAUTION, in high compression diesel engines, water in the intake is bad...).
Free oil slick in your driveway.
So, getting right to the point of this discussion, I wonder if any of you have experimented with biodiesel in a VW engine...and how you predict the VW Westie diesel will do on bio...