Guest Posted December 12, 2007 Share Posted December 12, 2007 Hi, I just joined this site, which seems to be a good place to learn about later GM/Opel/ Vauxhalls for my 2008-9 project I have spent 3 years experimenting with biodiesel and running my Nissan 4x4 DTi. Lots of fun (lots of torque), but the Nissan has to go. The biodiesel worked out fine (but not without its problems) and generally performs well, with a 50/50 blend preferred. I want a smaller (lighter) car as I do not like 4x4s very much. I don't want a new car and ufortunately there are very few attractive classic diesels out there apart from maybe MBs. You can pull some very respectable power out of the old MB diesels if you spend money / time), but I am not an MB Fan and prefer Opel technology. I decided to go ahead and make what I want. I like the (pretty) '70-75 Manta and I want to drop in a modern Ecotec Diesel to run alternate fuel (BD/Dino blend). The origin HP for the cars was under 100 HP, so with the usual mods to diesel I am aiming for boosting this to 120+ HP mark. Swapping a diesel into a petrol equivalent is a huge PITA, but does not mean it cannot / should not be done. I want to make an 'alternate fuel' vehicle that does not look like it was designed and driven by anoraks. There will be the need for fabrication / wiring etc. but nothing that is not doable. Like any project, you address it in small stages, do what you can yourself / learn and delegate / pay for the stuff you cannot. Any info / recommendations re. which might be the best 90s Opel/Vauxhall turbodiesel engines to aim for is much appreciated. Thanks, Ian B. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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