Motor Swap Ideas!

Here is my Jetta, it is a late '85. It was originally a small bumper, but I converted it to big bumpers, and have changed to the Quad round headlights.
Here is my Jetta, it is a late '85. It was originally a small bumper, but I converted it to big bumpers, and have changed to the Quad round headlights.

Alright, so I need some opinions here. I have a 1985 Volkswagen Jetta Gl. I know its nothing special, but I have some plans for it because I believe that every car should have a chance to be cool. So this winter I plan to build her into a fun weekender. I want to be able to take her to a show, and have her be admired, yet still be practical enough to drive to work or school during the week. So I’ve come up with a few options, to work on as a big project this winter.

Hats off to this well built Mk4 with a 1.8t.
Hats off to this well built Mk4 with a 1.8t.

My first option, and probably the cheapest option, is to take the 1.8 turbo out of my dad’s Mk4 GTI parts car. I really want to take this route because I think it would be really cool to mix the old school with new school. As a plus, this option will most likely have the highest HP numbers out of the three. I want to be able to take on just about any Subaru WRX with my Jetta and win, or atleast come close to winning. However this swap would be a big project for a 15 year old kid.

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For option number 2, this is just an idea, not really a feasible option. So, for my second car, I just bought a wrecked Mk4 Jetta TDI. This car is supposed to be a daily driver for me, but for how badly the car is wrecked, it will be a lot of work to get it back to a good condition. Now this car has a perfectly good running ALH TDI motor and 5 speed transmission. That’s where option two comes in. I could tear the motor out of the Mk4 and throw it in my car. But that’s not an easy job. My car isn’t a diesel. That means, I’m going to need a lot of new fuel lines, pumps and filters. But on the upside, a 150 horse Mk2 Jetta diesel rolling coal wouldn’t be a bad sight.

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A very well done, MK1 with a shaved bay.
A very well done, MK1 with a shaved bay.

For option three, my personal favorite option, I would keep the 1.8l 8v in my Jetta. My plan for this option is to pull the motor, do a rebuild, have the block powder coated either white or black, and have some pieces chromed. I think I would chrome the valve cover, timing belt cover, and maybe see if i could find a chrome alternator. If I take this route, I plan on repainting the whole car (not inside the cabin because it will still be the same color); once the car is painted, I will probably be putting new trim all around. I would do a little bit of a wire tuck, put on a K&N induction kit, some performance motor mounts, and a Samco coolant hose kit (probably in a matching white, if they make that color). As for motor work, I would probably put a cam in it, maybe port the head just a little, and put a bigger set of injectors on it. I would probably need a stage 1 clutch as well, I may even lighten the flywheel while I’m in there.

Here is a pic of her at a show this past August.
Here is a pic of her at a show this past August.

So let me know what you think the best option is. Obviously some of the stuff I want to do are just dreams for now, but maybe someday they will become a reality. Something will be happening this winter though, not sure what yet, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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