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Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
01-10-2015, 09:45 PM
Post: #1
Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
So to start the sad story off it all began in July 1014 when my parents were on their way to kruger in the syncro and the temperature started rising just before millies. After stopping and investigating it was found that the radiator was leaking water and the cylinder head gasket was leaking compression into the water system. This didn't stop my dad from having faith in the syncro only to get to nelspruit and no further until the engine could go no further .

Since then I have been collecting parts to upgrade the 2.5 to a 2.6 while running only factory parts and management system. So at the beginning of February I begin a task which I don't think has been tackled for at least 20 years... fitting a brand new engine and brand new gearbox to a syncro. not reconditioned units but 0km new from the factory.

I know it may be ruining the vehicle by not keeping such a rare car original but I feel that the 2.6 will be more reliable and efficient than the 2.5 while still keeping it a genuine 5 cylinder syncro and I will keep all the parts if I ever want to go back to 2.5

I will post pics of my progress as I remove the old engine and install the new shiny parts. I will also post pics of all the strange once off parts vw made for my bus as I discover them.

2.6i Syncro Doka 1984
2.5i SSA PlayBus Syncro 1989
2.5i Factory 5 Cylinder Syncro 1991
2.0i Cox Camper Syncro 1989
2.0i Big Window Syncro 1992
2.6i 2WD Doka 1986
1.9TDI Golf Syncro 1991

"If you dont think syncro's are cool, then you better check your pulse"
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01-11-2015, 06:05 PM
Post: #2
RE: Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
Sounds awesome - looking forward to it.
Where are you finding all these original discontinued parts?




(01-10-2015 09:45 PM)deanace Wrote:  So to start the sad story off it all began in July 1014 when my parents were on their way to kruger in the syncro and the temperature started rising just before millies. After stopping and investigating it was found that the radiator was leaking water and the cylinder head gasket was leaking compression into the water system. This didn't stop my dad from having faith in the syncro only to get to nelspruit and no further until the engine could go no further .

Since then I have been collecting parts to upgrade the 2.5 to a 2.6 while running only factory parts and management system. So at the beginning of February I begin a task which I don't think has been tackled for at least 20 years... fitting a brand new engine and brand new gearbox to a syncro. not reconditioned units but 0km new from the factory.

I know it may be ruining the vehicle by not keeping such a rare car original but I feel that the 2.6 will be more reliable and efficient than the 2.5 while still keeping it a genuine 5 cylinder syncro and I will keep all the parts if I ever want to go back to 2.5

I will post pics of my progress as I remove the old engine and install the new shiny parts. I will also post pics of all the strange once off parts vw made for my bus as I discover them.

Caravelle Syncro 2.3 Andreno 1990
Caravelle Syncro 2.1 Stock Standard
Volksiebus 1.8 1994
Microbus 2.3i 2002
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01-11-2015, 06:12 PM
Post: #3
RE: Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
I've been buying old stock from the agents and had a lot of parts in stock for a while to do this conversion but just needed a reason to actually do it. Which is why I am doing it now

2.6i Syncro Doka 1984
2.5i SSA PlayBus Syncro 1989
2.5i Factory 5 Cylinder Syncro 1991
2.0i Cox Camper Syncro 1989
2.0i Big Window Syncro 1992
2.6i 2WD Doka 1986
1.9TDI Golf Syncro 1991

"If you dont think syncro's are cool, then you better check your pulse"
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01-11-2015, 06:18 PM
Post: #4
RE: Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
Cool, please do post a lot of pictures.
I got a new grill the other day from Derek and the parts I needed to fix my central locking.
My Syncro is looking and feeling rather fresh.
Thanks!





(01-11-2015 06:12 PM)deanace Wrote:  I've been buying old stock from the agents and had a lot of parts in stock for a while to do this conversion but just needed a reason to actually do it. Which is why I am doing it now

Caravelle Syncro 2.3 Andreno 1990
Caravelle Syncro 2.1 Stock Standard
Volksiebus 1.8 1994
Microbus 2.3i 2002
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01-12-2015, 07:01 AM
Post: #5
RE: Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
sounds great Dean,

Enkie popped the motor on the other 2.5i factory syncro while in moz over dec, we are going to do a similar thing for him, but more like the play bus, 2.5 block, 2.6 head, 2.6 ancillaries, fuel rail etc, mp9 fi system.

stuart

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Bad planning on your part does not make your issue an crisis to me
Bad workmanship by other garages does not entiltle you to better rates at me
Syncro, syncro , syncro and more syncro, this is the syncro way of life
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01-25-2015, 09:53 AM
Post: #6
Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
Here is the original engine in the syncro [Image: 21394d20da8baafee6b291dfb8f92a92.jpg]


Started to strip it out
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2.6i Syncro Doka 1984
2.5i SSA PlayBus Syncro 1989
2.5i Factory 5 Cylinder Syncro 1991
2.0i Cox Camper Syncro 1989
2.0i Big Window Syncro 1992
2.6i 2WD Doka 1986
1.9TDI Golf Syncro 1991

"If you dont think syncro's are cool, then you better check your pulse"
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01-25-2015, 09:57 AM
Post: #7
Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
Then the fun part of taking the engine out the syncro. It was very interesting to see all the special brackets made for the 5 cylinder on this bus while stripping it along with the petrol tank which is completely different to any syncro tank.
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2.6i Syncro Doka 1984
2.5i SSA PlayBus Syncro 1989
2.5i Factory 5 Cylinder Syncro 1991
2.0i Cox Camper Syncro 1989
2.0i Big Window Syncro 1992
2.6i 2WD Doka 1986
1.9TDI Golf Syncro 1991

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01-25-2015, 10:56 AM
Post: #8
Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
Can't wait to drive it again
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01-25-2015, 02:38 PM
Post: #9
RE: Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
The next step is to start cleaning out the engine bay and petrol tank while there is lots of space as well as clean and respray all the old parts I will need for the new engine

2.6i Syncro Doka 1984
2.5i SSA PlayBus Syncro 1989
2.5i Factory 5 Cylinder Syncro 1991
2.0i Cox Camper Syncro 1989
2.0i Big Window Syncro 1992
2.6i 2WD Doka 1986
1.9TDI Golf Syncro 1991

"If you dont think syncro's are cool, then you better check your pulse"
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01-25-2015, 05:35 PM
Post: #10
RE: Factory 2.5 becoming a 2.6
Yours has not got the gearbox brace. We took Enkie's factory 5cyl motor out this week. It has the gearbox brace.

I may be a mechanic, but i can't fix stupid
Bad planning on your part does not make your issue an crisis to me
Bad workmanship by other garages does not entiltle you to better rates at me
Syncro, syncro , syncro and more syncro, this is the syncro way of life
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