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bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/9/18 10:47 p.m.

Started working on my wife's 71 Ghia again. We are swapping in a ej22 out of a 94 legacy. Motor had 137k on it when I pulled it out the donor. Started on this a bit ago. But going try and get cracking on it for real now. 

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/9/18 10:54 p.m.

Next we pulled the engine

 

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/9/18 11:03 p.m.

How I got the ghia up enough to yank the motor out. 

 

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/9/18 11:07 p.m.

Sent the harness out to Jeff @ Autoventures and this is it done. 

 

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/9/18 11:10 p.m.

Why won't it fit itself?

 

 

That about gets this caught up to where I am now. 

 

Test fit of the radiator tonight

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair UltimaDork
2/9/18 11:14 p.m.

Outstanding!

MazdaFace
MazdaFace HalfDork
2/10/18 6:56 a.m.

I love it. Cool project for sure. 

84FSP
84FSP SuperDork
2/10/18 7:04 a.m.

Fantastic.  Love a hardtop Ghia resurrection.

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/10/18 7:13 p.m.

 My wife got put on call at work tonight, so she helped me tonight. We got the seats out, vacuumed it out, got the gas tank out, and got the shifter and shift rod out. 

 

 

 

 

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/10/18 10:42 p.m.

Wife got called in. So I did a little more on it. Yanked off the nose grills. Planning on cutting out the solid metal and make  ducts to the radiator. 

 

 

 

barefootskater
barefootskater Reader
2/10/18 11:51 p.m.

I for one am always a little sad to see these air-cooled motors get tossed. I understand though, as they are underpowered and inefficient. Anyway, glad to see a Ghia getting worked on and on it's way back to being drivable. These cars are too neat to be just parked and forgotten.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
2/11/18 5:41 a.m.

In reply to barefootskater :

And expensive to make power with. 

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/11/18 7:56 a.m.

I have put it off for years. But I want something that is actually reliable and can keep up with traffic. At least its still a flat four and makes 130hp stock. 

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory UberDork
2/11/18 11:49 a.m.

It’s a relatively cheap if not easy doubling (plus) of the horsepower.

 

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/11/18 12:17 p.m.
ebonyandivory said:

It’s a relatively cheap if not easy doubling (plus) of the horsepower.

Yup and if I go with the 2.5 bottom end with the 2.2 heads and some cams you are getting close to 200hp

 

wheelsmithy
wheelsmithy Dork
2/11/18 2:01 p.m.

Very Nice. I love ghias, and approve of anything from a stock engine on up. They are too pretty to sit dormant.

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/12/18 8:03 p.m.

Did a little cutting. Cut the bottom of the spare well out and the nose cone pieces. 

 

 

 

One of the many reason I have no issues cutting her and going with the ej22.

 

 

Scraps

 

 

 

NOHOME
NOHOME UltimaDork
2/12/18 9:18 p.m.

So what is the short version of what does it take to get the Subaru engine to propel a VW?

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/12/18 11:26 p.m.

In reply to NOHOME :

Either an adapter plate and flywheel or a subarugears reverse ring and pinion. I went the adapter route because it was 425 vs about 2k for the reverse ring and pinion. 

After that just wiring and plumbing.

NOHOME
NOHOME UltimaDork
2/13/18 5:36 a.m.

In reply to bigfranks84 :

And the VW box will take the abuse? What is the ring and pinion ratio in the VW transaxle? Are all 4 forward gears relevant?

 

bigfranks84
bigfranks84 New Reader
2/13/18 6:55 a.m.

In reply to NOHOME :

It won't take clutch dumps over and over. But the Aussies been doing it a long time. BoostedVW on YouTube was my inspiration on it. He was one of the first guys to really document the swap years ago. 

I don't remeber the gear ratios but I do remember looking them up amd 4th actual put in at almost the same rpm range as a stock subbie at 80mph. If I remember right it was 4100 rpm @ 80 with the VW transaxle. 

Nicklovin
Nicklovin New Reader
2/15/18 12:36 a.m.

Nice, going to be a fun ride 

tattooedwelder2018
tattooedwelder2018 New Reader
2/15/18 4:11 p.m.

Love the build. I have 3 of them waiting to be made road worthy agin. A 66 and two 69s unfortanly the salt on the roads up here has made mine a lot of rust repair. 

Keep us up to date on the build. 

 

Billy_Bottle_Caps
Billy_Bottle_Caps Dork
2/15/18 4:16 p.m.

Great build 

barefootskater
barefootskater Reader
2/15/18 5:07 p.m.

In reply to NOHOME :

VW transaxles come in a few different flavors but are pretty easily and cheaply converted and some are quite strong. The ratios are not exactly sporty but a stock box has a 4th gear ratio of something like .9 to 1 so it is technically an overdrive. Also there are "freeway flyer" trans available that have even taller 4th ratios. My parents last running VW would do 80mph at 3400rpm on stock size wheels/tires.

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