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Engine swap ideas

Post by Brainsparks30 on Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:59 pm

Seeing as how the engine appears to be the weak point in Hi-jets, has anyone done an engine swap? I was thinking of a motorcycle engine, something simple and tough with good parts availability. How about air cooled?
Even a diesel could be considered.

Most of the cheap vans on Ebay have engine issues and I like to make stuff.

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Post by rwd on Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:11 pm

Ive just stripped out my van and stripped a Kawasaki zzr1100 for the engine. Should be fun when ive done it

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Post by Brainsparks30 Yesterday at 10:49 pm

I'd be quite keen to see the progress on that.
The bit that boggles me most is how to adapt the drive between new engine and existing transmission.

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Post by Woodie Today at 9:25 am

More to the point, how do you get over the embarrassment of having to get out of the cab and push it backwards into a parking space in the middle of the High Street, especially up a slope??

Not an easy solution to find a way for having a reverse gear.
The old Bond 3 wheelers that had 2 stroke engines and could be stopped and the engine would run backwards so had 4 reverse gears in effect.

Unfortunately 4 strokes don't fare to well trying to run them backwards. Arrow Rolling Eyes

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Post by kernowjon01 Today at 9:38 am

Woodie wrote:More to the point, how do you get over the embarrassment of having to get out of the cab and push it backwards into a parking space in the middle of the High Street, especially up a slope??

Not an easy solution to find a way for having a reverse gear.
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There are solutions available - offered for bike engined kit cars - basically a little electric motor for reverse. But be aware they are quite pricey. I think it is probably easier to go the 1600 route - or the if you fancy a diesel go that route - I think it has the same cooling issues which are really related to the layout of engine, radiator and heater which can create airlocks. Without wishing to bore you all - I believe using tap water is asking for trouble, water companies add many chemicals and these can react with the materials which make the modern gaskett. Deionised water is about £1-50 for 2.5 litres and should be mixed 50/50 with antifreeze for a good coolant. Then carefully follow the filling and bleeding method on this site.
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