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posted on August 20th, 2016 at 06:25 PM
1985 VW Caravelle T3 Project (Links Fixed)


1985 VW Caravelle Project.

SO after a while away from projects, I bought this little project in Melbourne. Honestly I have no real idea of where the project will go, but it is completely rust free. The only thing I have known that I wanted to do from the outset, is to have a Subaru 3.0 H6 engine transplanted into it

The Bus loaded and ready to go to Sydney

https://photos.smugmug.com/My-First-Gallery/i-Vzcj4dV/0/e30f14db/L/IMG_3116_zps47hifycn-L.jpg

Complete interior, but still thinking about what to change it to

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lpnpwtdpuekvn2v/IMG_0905_zpsw9s8pgcx.JPG?raw=1

Test fit 18" staggered Mercedes Benz SL AMG Wheels (18"x8.5" up front ET30 and 18"x9.5" out back ET32). Sliding side door just opens past the wheels

https://www.dropbox.com/s/m7j8saqyw6k8plw/IMG_0765_zpsgwicfbqu.JPG?raw=1

Bought a complete Subaru 3.0 H6 that was written off after a minor bingle. 101,000 Km's on the car and a complete service history.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/w0cie8qdrqhp6mv/IMG_0769_zpszigzkjau.JPG?raw=1

10+kg wiring looms and ECU's on their way to AGT Engineering be converted to run in the Bus.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xxxl2v756dle2ty/IMG_0782_zpsi2bn5v0r.JPG?raw=1

The complete wiring loom returns, including a Subatronics Canbus Emulator and wired for Aircon and Cruise Control. The joys of a fly-by-wire system sorted. Thanks to Andrew Todd @ AGT Engineering in Newcastle for sticking with it. Had a few run-ins with Subaru to get the Codes, but eventually got them from my local Dealership - They were GREAT!

Engine taken out and serviced by our mechanic.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ovitwziddsyc9e8/IMG_0776_zpsaxfov3sk.JPG?raw=1

Engine hanger fabricated and ready for install.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ge2ma3wew8rml90/IMG_1048_zpswvb26f6u.JPG?raw=1

Engine bay repainted white (I'm thinking the Bus will become white) and engine goes in.

Engine lowered (to ensure engine lid closes) and plumbing continues. Engine fired up first time.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7vgw64q23oavg48/IMG_1025_zpsc2aa6w15.JPG?raw=1

A long way to go, but exhaust will be fabricated this week.

More updates to come :).
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posted on August 20th, 2016 at 06:46 PM
Subi H6


Great job so far.
You're going to love the result.
You probably already know but just in case, smallcar.com make nearly everything for this type of conversion. Cables, hoses, brackets, exhaust, catalytic converter, muffler, adapter, wiring etc.
I bought everything that was needed.
The stainless exhaust kit I bought for my H6 in a T3 was and is fantastic.

Enjoy the result.
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posted on August 20th, 2016 at 07:05 PM



nice work...whats it going to be? family car, sunday cruiser?..i,m liking the T3 more and more..
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posted on August 21st, 2016 at 08:31 AM



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Great job so far.
You're going to love the result.
You probably already know but just in case, smallcar.com make nearly everything for this type of conversion. Cables, hoses, brackets, exhaust, catalytic converter, muffler, adapter, wiring etc.
I bought everything that was needed.
The stainless exhaust kit I bought for my H6 in a T3 was and is fantastic.

Enjoy the result.
Cheers


Thanks. Yes Smallcar has great stuff. The plan is to get the transplant up and running and then probably get their stainless exhaust to add to the car. Thanks for your message. I saw your H6 build and was inspired :)
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posted on August 21st, 2016 at 08:33 AM



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nice work...whats it going to be? family car, sunday cruiser?..i,m liking the T3 more and more..


Don't know just yet, but probably a completely restored weekend car
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posted on August 21st, 2016 at 08:44 AM



If you want some more room for the intake hose against the bulkhead try a Cobra Head elbow.

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=cobra+head+intake+elbow&espv=2&biw...

Or just cut the bulkhead.




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posted on August 21st, 2016 at 12:15 PM



What wheels you running? Merc AMG?



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posted on August 21st, 2016 at 12:42 PM



Looking good!
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posted on August 22nd, 2016 at 02:33 PM



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If you want some more room for the intake hose against the bulkhead try a Cobra Head elbow.

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=cobra+head+intake+elbow&espv=2&biw...

Or just cut the bulkhead.


Excellent idea. Thanks
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posted on August 22nd, 2016 at 02:34 PM



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What wheels you running? Merc AMG?


I trialled the 18" AMG Wheels, but decided to sell them and am looking at running 17" Airevo Wheels for now until the restoration is complete.
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posted on August 22nd, 2016 at 02:34 PM



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Looking good!


thanks. A lot more to come :)
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posted on August 25th, 2016 at 10:42 PM



I see its been tapped with the lowering stick - looks great with the Merc AMG wheels

With that donk it should go just as well as it looks....




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posted on August 28th, 2016 at 08:57 PM



A few pics of a cobrahead installed in a van

http://shoptalkforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=147567 




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posted on September 5th, 2016 at 02:07 PM
Exhaust Goes On


Exhaust was fabricated and popped on last week. Sounds great!

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I do love those Cobraheads. I'm definitely going to install one :)

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posted on November 8th, 2016 at 08:38 PM



The Bus is almost done with its Subaru H6 engine transplant and will hopefully be back on the weekend. In the meantime, a set of 19"x8" AMG Replica wheels (ET35) - NO rubbing issues

https://photos.smugmug.com/My-First-Gallery/i-LqZhzG9/0/5699fbbf/XL/IMG_1229_zpsv5wqdxya-XL.jpg

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https://photos.smugmug.com/My-First-Gallery/i-XzPgjcF/0/37b0f6f8/XL/IMG_1223_zpsr7oudouc-XL.jpg

The original paint does shine quite nicely after a polish, even though I am not sold on the colour (yet)

https://photos.smugmug.com/My-First-Gallery/i-GjRK6f6/0/790d4b98/XL/IMG_1233_zpsqgi8l72m-XL.jpg
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posted on November 9th, 2016 at 07:05 PM



:tu::tu: sweet



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posted on November 20th, 2016 at 08:56 PM



Wow thats very nice.

I am taking my 30 odd kgs of Subaru wiring up to Andrew next week to get sorted ready for an EJ 25 install in my syncro.

Just waiting for my speed sensor to come from RJES in the UK then my wiring loom will be complete.

Have you had yours running yet?

The colour looks great.




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Wow thats very nice.

I am taking my 30 odd kgs of Subaru wiring up to Andrew next week to get sorted ready for an EJ 25 install in my syncro.

Just waiting for my speed sensor to come from RJES in the UK then my wiring loom will be complete.

Have you had yours running yet?

The colour looks great.


Hi Scott,

Yes the Bus is done and comes back this week from the Mechanic. The Bus sounds awesome and cannot wait to get it back.

As for the colour it is growing on me, so I might leave it as is for a while.

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posted on November 28th, 2016 at 09:41 PM



man that is cool!

Just picked up a T3 with the 2.5L in it - goes well

I want to put some wheels on, those reps look good - are they a direct fit?

and clear the hubs?

stock bolts?

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man that is cool!

Just picked up a T3 with the 2.5L in it - goes well

I want to put some wheels on, those reps look good - are they a direct fit?

and clear the hubs?

stock bolts?

Cheers mate


Hi Scoob,

The wheels are a direct fit, with zero issues. I did fit longer studs into the brakes (Front & Back). I will have to fit shorter grease caps up front and a smaller spacer out back in order to run the centre caps on the wheels.

Christopher Schimke (From T3Technique.com) is on TheSamba as well and he was a great help with regards the various wheel fitments and has extensive posts on wheel fitments on TheSamba.

I hope this helps,
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posted on May 13th, 2017 at 09:16 PM



Time to take the Dashboard out and start changing the Brown interior to Black, whilst also addressing Blower motor issues

Before:

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I'll have to lift the front, as it is just too low - even though the stance upfront, unloaded is perfect

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posted on May 31st, 2017 at 03:48 PM



Awesome job.

What was the diagnosis on your heater blower motor?

I have a dead motor in my caravelle too.

Thanks,

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Thanks.

Yes, the blower motor was seized, so I got one from JustKampers and it was a simple plug and play really. Once the Dash and heater is out, it really is quite easy.

Cheers,
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Awesome job.

What was the diagnosis on your heater blower motor?

I have a dead motor in my caravelle too.

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After much consideration, I've decided that the colour will be changed. Test paint of the nose over the weekend looks promising.

Considering I've never done this before, I'm quite happy with how it has started. Just annoyed that we ran out of paint :(.

Goodbye Cream and Bamboo...Hello White...

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posted on September 18th, 2017 at 09:11 PM



That looks nice.

The roof is the hardest as its a massive area to get even and shiny all in one go.




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That looks nice.

The roof is the hardest as its a massive area to get even and shiny all in one go.


Yeah...Not really looking forward to that part of the process :(
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That looks nice.

The roof is the hardest as its a massive area to get even and shiny all in one go.


meh.......... no one can see it

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