Hey all, I'm updating this thread to include a link to my engine conversion. The little VW engine just won't be enough for a tow vehicle for my Trill.
I found a 2.3L Ford Mustang engine which will almost double my horse power.
I found a later bus transmission which let me travel 65-70 MPH.
Several people expressed interest in following this ongoing project, so here's some pics and a link.
BTW- my brakes
work great with the Prodigy brake controller!
Link- 2.3 L into 1971 VW single cab - The Ranger Station Forums
Pics (from the link)
This shows my friend (in thinking pose- LOL), the engine and the hole we cut in the bed for easy access to the engine.
This is the engine lid-
The bar under the engine is a 914 Porsche engine mount (I think). We cut it and flipped the ends around, re-welded it to fit the truck's original engine mounts.
Here is my radiator which will be mounted like you see it - under the truck between the frame rails. I got the radiator set -up from two different junk-yard Mercedes. New- over $400, cost $64!
More to come - in the link... Mike