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Offline 84Celica-gts

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Diesel RA65
« on: Jul 05, 2018, 07:35:43 pm »
This is going to be interesting. ha!

Tossing around the idea of swapping a 1.9 TDI into my celica - a good amount of truck guys have done the swap, which gives me a lot of resource to draw from on questions, parts, etc.
I've always thought about the idea of rollin' coal from it and how hysterical it would be to see peoples reactions.  They are put out some substantial torque and fair hp numbers easily achievable, plus the fuel mileage is heaps better than the ol' 22re.

The biggest downside for me is that the power is mostly low-end (and i'm not the most knowledgeable on diesel engines at this point, so perhaps it's not).
How would it do with spirited driving, and occasional track days?

I'd love to get thoughts / perspective & ideas from you guys.  At this point it's a wild thought at best, but one that i be interested in pursuing further.

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Re: Diesel RA65
« Reply #1 on: Jul 06, 2018, 12:47:27 am »
That would be one heck of a swap! I'd imagine you would have to revise a lot of the fueling system. Definitely a good thing that the truck guys have documented it, 'cause I would have no idea where to start. :heh: As far as spirited driving, you might find that the torqueiness will be nice for pulling out of corners. For track, look into how the Vdub guys do!
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Re: Diesel RA65
« Reply #2 on: Jul 06, 2018, 12:51:42 am »
1) you don’t need “high rpm” power to enjoy cornering. Anyone with a 22r engines vehicle knows that.
2) the vw diesel can be grafted to the w58. Look up http://www.billsautofab.com he has made about every bellhousing adapter ever.
3) it’ll still be a four cylinder. Just remember that.
4) I encourage you to do this, mostly because I hate seeing LS swaps.
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Re: Diesel RA65
« Reply #3 on: Jul 06, 2018, 05:23:05 pm »
Awesome, thanks for the encouragement fellas!!


This video gives the impression that it should actually be pretty straight forward - i'm sure there will be unknowns and surprises, as with any swap.  I want to reach out to this company and get their take on some of the variables.

@swan song - i want to keep it as close to the original weight as possible to maintain handling, from what i've found they're about the same as the 22re.

And i also hate seeing all the LS swaps.  Sure it's easy, cheap(ish) power - but it's overdone.  Time for something new. ha!

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Re: Diesel RA65
« Reply #4 on: Jul 06, 2018, 10:25:21 pm »
Yeah, I so go for it! After seeing one of the Dirt Everyday eps where they put a small 2.8L Cummins diesel in a Jeep... I was thinking... hmm, could I stuff one of those in a Celica?  :heh: Those smaller Cummins come up to 160hp and 265 lb. ft of torque...
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