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Tdi?
« on: March 06, 2019, 08:39:38 AM »
Sooo, fuel ainít cheap anymore, an ecoteck would be nice but Iím poor n cheap, so anyone seen a 1.9vw turbo diesel in a pinto?

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Re: Tdi?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2019, 01:32:37 PM »
Sooo, fuel ain’t cheap anymore, an ecoteck would be nice but I’m poor n cheap, so anyone seen a 1.9vw turbo diesel in a pinto?


Fuel ain't cheap anymore? Back about 10 years ago I was paying $4.49 for a gallon of gas. Today I'm paying $3.19. That is a $1.30 per gallon cheaper now.


 Diesel is currently $3.73 vs gas at $3.19. Gas is currently $0.54 cheaper per gallon than diesel. BTW, diesel peaked here in 2008 at $4.99 a gallon!


I mean if your Pinto engine is dead, you already have a decent TDI engine sitting around and you do the modification yourself - go for it just for the enjoyment. You MIGHT see a very small gain.  But I can't see if you purchased the engine and needed accessories, hired someone to do the work and paid more for the fuel where you would ever come out ahead. In fact, I'd think any one of the three aspects would not return the dollars spent much less all combined.


Fuel prices based on posted historical and current California prices.

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Re: Tdi?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2019, 04:51:28 PM »

Fuel ain't cheap anymore? Back about 10 years ago I was paying $4.49 for a gallon of gas. Today I'm paying $3.19.



California prices never cease to amaze me! :o   I filled up my pickup day before yesterday and paid $2.15 per gallon for Exxon gasoline.  Some of the "off" brands are selling @ $2.09.  150 miles south, closer to the North Carolina border, where my in-laws live, regular is under $2.00 - ranges from about $1.85 - 1.99.

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Re: Tdi?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2019, 11:39:35 PM »
I should have started with Iím in Canada. Iím a very capable at making stuff work where it was never intended. Iíve been working as a steel fabricator and have built everything from mini bikes to offshore oil rigs. In my hobby life Iíve built multiple monster trucks a few 5ton deck trucks, crane trucks, mor trailers than I can remember, multiple solid axle swaps, motor swaps, double teases addapters, and even building a suburban on a 5ton international with a 20 ft hiab on it.

I have a spare 1.9 tdi here and an adapter to put it on a Toyota transmission. I know some people will roll over in their graves with putting a German motor n a Japanese tranny in it.

I have a 72 squire and have just arranged for a 77 sport with the v6. The 72 was a daily driver before I got it but itís scary mechanically. No ideas on the 77. I just pulled up the carpet and forked over the coin. Too good to pass on.

In 1988 I bought my first pinto. Had several over the next 5 years then came wife n kids n life. In about 2005 I started looking for a 72, Iím a 72 so it made sense, till I found this one in 2015. Itís in pretty good shape but nowhere near as nic as the sport one I found. After it warms up Iíll try n getting the 77 going. It doesnít look good from first look. We will see what happens, but I guarantee you, if youíre a purist, donít follow.

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Re: Tdi?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2019, 12:15:23 AM »
Sounds like you're equipped to go with parts and skills.  All the best. I don't think there are many purists here to worry about.

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Re: Tdi?
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2019, 03:06:57 AM »
Heck, the Pinto 4 speed trans was called a FOG-Ford of Germany.
Most reproduction parts are made overseas now.
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