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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:26 pm    Post subject: 1974 Bus Subaru conversion. Reply with quote

Of all the vehicles I have ever owned my favourite has to be my old 72 Bus, I bought it as an empty tin top with a dead 1700 cc engine, after a rebuild and converting it to a Safare hi-top camper van it relibly took me through BC and the west coast. fast forward in life got married and the wife at the time thought we should get something more practical, so since I was the man in the house I put my foot down and agreed with her. Grrrrr. 18 years later and no more wife i have decided to relive my dream, while browsing the classified I notices a hi-top that was similar to my old one and I knew I had to have it. oh ya new partner in my life and she is a VW fan. My goal for the 74 is to pull the 2L engine and trans and convert it to a 2.0L JDM Subaru matched to a 5 rib 091 trans, body work, paint and new interior.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks awesome , what are you doing for ECU?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Rik, I am using the ecu, wiring, intake manifold and right side timing belt pully' from the Subaru doner, the engine in it is a 2.5l but most of the parts are interchangeable and will fit the 2.0l JDM. Basically stripping the JDM to a long block and adding the 2.5l accessories. This way all the wiring plugs are compatible and the ecu will work as normal.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are not using the ac compressor , I'm looking for one for my 2.5 , also I have some random 2.5 intake parts left over from my Vanagon swap
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see a build thread for this John! I'm stoked for you on this build.

the 091 is referred to as a 6 rib (which is what you have). the '5 rib' is very close gearing to the 002 '3 rib' and much less desirable
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Paul and good catch defiantly a 6 rib.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The engine only has 74k's but decided to replace the timing belt, bearing and water pump. also swapped the crank shaft pulley and right side cam pulley from the donor engine, the timing tabs are different on the JDM. also added a anti skip plate over the crank pulley they were not included on the engines with automatic transmissions.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since I will not be utilizing the power steering pump i had to find a replacement belt to fit, this one works perfect.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attached the RMW heat shield, SS exhaust system and low profile oil pan, its starting to look awesome.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i didnt realize there was a raised oil pan available. that was my primary issue with the subi conversion (and running low suspension).

Did you buy the kit (http://www.rockymountainwesty.com/Subaru_Vanagon_4_cyl_Conversion_Kit_p/rmw-skit4g.htm) ?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes and no. I ordered from them but not that kit. I called them direct I forgot who i talked to but they have a slew full of parts that they don't list on there site, most of the parts are the same as for Westy's they also carry stainless steel coolant line kit for earlier bus's with all the hoses you will need. saves lots of work and time. I am going to a belly mount rad with scoop, using a champion 2 core radiator same setup as the attached image. there oil pan comes with the pickup tube and dipstick its quite well built.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember that hightop when it was for sale at Volksfest (2015?) A nice van.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, for the year is in pretty good shape. it was a local van from Victoria it appears to of had the engine replaced at one time, 2L now, I was originally planing on rebuilding it but the heat manifolds were removed with some of the heat shields, with the cost of replacing them plus the cost for the engine parts and machining i didn't feel it was worth it so i decided to go to the Subaru conversion. my other bus 1976 Hi-Top Westfaliai will restore back to original. here is a picture of the bus with the top scraped clean and wheels now painted.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a good feeling from that bus it looked quite dry. Can't wait to see the conversion Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 words, air bags.
I so wanted to bag my hi-top when I owned one.
A bagged hi-top would be soooo dope!

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