Installing a Freshly Rebuilt GoWesty Upgraded Engine and Other Upgraded Parts

Filed in Shop Talk, Upgrades by on September 12, 2013 1 Comment
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We have been installing rebuilt engines in Vanagon campers for years and have learned what works best for us. A majority of the vans out there have a lot of miles on them at this point, and let’s admit, most of them are just flat-out old. Age and miles is a big factor when it comes to a majority of the components that attach to the engine and the systems that support it. Just simply replacing your engine and nothing else will usually have less than satisfactory results.

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• Before we start, we always clean and degrease the engine compartment
• We always start with a rebuilt engine from
• Replace all fuel hoses and hose clamps, including hoses at the gas tank and pump (we use crimp on style hose clamps)
• Remove the plastic fuel hose union at firewall and install a rubber grommet (we later route the fuel hose through this grommet)
• Cut out and replace all engine grounds and replace with high quality wire ends. Also clean all ground contact areas
• Replace radiator and switches. Also replace radiator side board air deflectors if necessary. Mae sure to check out the radiator fan at this point and replace if necessary
• Replace crappy original plastic water pipes with upgraded stainless steel pipes
• Replace every single coolant hose
• Replace every single hose clamp that is non spring style and reuse all spring-style clamps that are still in good condition. Use crimp style or spring style clamps if possible when replacing bad hose clamps
• Replace all plastic hose unions, etc. in the cooling system
• Upgrade the thermostat housing with GoWesty’s billet aluminum housing
• Upgrade the alternator harness with GoWesty’s harness literally removing about five feet of wiring and replacing it with about three feet of heavier gauge wire
• Reseal entire gas tank including remove vapor canisters and install new grommets
• Distributors have a high failure rate so it is a good idea to replace if it looks questionable at all
• Replace entire exhaust system including hangers unless it looks to be in great condition. Also replace oxygen sensor
• Replace all engine mounts
• Replace clutch set unless it’s in great condition
• Glass bead and paint all bare metal components that attach to the engine
• Replace distributor cap, rotor and wires
• Clean and adjust throttle plate and switch. Replace if necessary
• Check functionality of idle control circuit and replace any components that are not working properly
• If installing a 2.3L engine or larger, it is recommended to install a gear reduction starter
• Replace fuel injector seals
• It is a good idea to replace heater cores at this point if they are original

If you’re interested in upgrading your van, give us a holler and we’ll take care of everything.

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  1. Rob says:

    How much does all of this cost (ballpark) if I do the work? I have an 84 Westfalia and was thinking about doing this next year.

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