It has been a very long time since I updated the blog, so long so that I forgot the password!
Anyway, after years of driving the 924 S as hard and fast as I could I figured I either needed to change the car, or add a little more power. I decided to go for the latter. I had heard that some modern VW engines still had the same bellhousing bolt pattern and engine mount points, this led me to the 1.8T 20V engine from a bunch of cars – you’d probably know it best from the Mk1 Audi TT, albeit in a slightly different variant – it needs the less powerful engine from the Passat / A4 / A6, because it’s longitudinal, rather than transverse. The tuning options for these engines is plentiful, as well.
When I started digging, a few people have done this project already, it turned up the following:
- The bellhousing is different
- The engine mounts are different
- The starter motor doesn’t fit the transmission tunnel
- The sump won’t clear the crossmember
And all of the above is before looking at all of the things that the turbo engine needs, and the issue of patching in the electrics.
I decided I wanted to do it all anyway and managed to get a good deal on an engine to get me started. I cleaned up the engine and then replaced all of the service parts. After that, things began in earnest, back in November 2018. I’ve been making steady progress – it has been a learning experience – and as part of that I’ve been filming the progress. Below is the first video in the series, and don’t worry, if you’re interested in following, the video quality improves as I go along!
If you want to see more videos as they’re released click through to YouTube and subscribe! Between the above, and GT Porsche magazine I’ve kind of let this slide, but keep the site going in case anyone find it useful!