As Laurence has
mentioned, on our home page, we are Vanagon/Subaru conversion
addicts and would like to share some of our experience.
However, we can not guarantee every item that we post and you
use the information at your risk. If you find errors in our
site please send us an e-mail so they can be corrected.
To support our addiction and the
services we provide we have built two test facilities so we
can test engine and harnesses without putting them in our
Engine Test Stand
This test stand is shown with an 93 EJ22
engine mated up to a Vanagon automatic tranny. VW cooling
system (shortened), simulated Vanagon instrumentation (using
Jetta instrument cluster). As you can see the fuel system is
rather basic but works perfectly - Vanagon fuel pump, Subaru
fuel filter and my makeshift fuel tank. This engine came from
a wrecking yard - where they claimed it was blown - I did a
compression test before pulling it and the compression was
good (all cylinders around 165psi). When I got it in the test
stand it wouldn't idle well at all. Discovered that who ever
had changed the intake header gaskets had installed them wrong
and there was a large air leak - fixed that and the engine
runs perfectly - not bad for a $350 complete engine with 130k
kms on it. There are a few items to mention here:
- I like to use the Subaru Fuse/Relay box as it provides a
neat interface to the Vanagon B+ and provides handy relay and
- I also use the
Subaru fuel filter in the engine bay.
- You can also see
the igniter mounted on my simulated fire wall - this is a good
position for it as it generates quite a bit of heat.
- I test the
engines with stock coolant header then reverse the header when
I am happy with the engine.
Wiring Harness Test Box:
Rather a messy work bench but I was just in
the process of checking out the test box using a virgin 93
Subaru harness - this confirmed all wiring in the box was
correct. This test box can be used to test either 90/91 or
92-94 harnesses. It ensure accurate continuity testing without
risking any damage to the various harness connectors. It has
proved very valuable in testing harnesses that don't work
properly for people.