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Pulled the Subaru engine today and power washed as much oil from it as I could. I can start getting it ready for the vw by replacing some seals, shorten oil pan and pickup. Build a stand alone harness from the donor car.
Gonna miss my little $300 shitbox of a wagon but looking foreword to doubling the horse power in the Baja bug. Heater and defrost will be nice too.
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I got the Subaru engine installed in the dune buggy and had a question about if the radiator flow direction matters. The radiator is mounted 180 from how it was in the car and would be easier to plumb the opposite direction. The Subaru is different than I am used to since the thermostat is at the bottom of the engine and radiator has tanks on the sides.
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A couple more buggy pictures of the wire harness I thinned down and shortened oil pan/pickup tube. I added a bung to the oil pan while it was off for turbo oil return maybe in the future.
I chopped up the stock exhaust and made a ghetto high clearance header for it too, still waiting on the eBay special chinra muffler to arrive.

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dose

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so the reduced oil volume isn't any issue?
Same oil volume, 5 qt. Outfront motorsports does this to all the sandrail engines and this is also a popular VW bus/bug swap. 1.5" cut off bottom of the pan still keeps the oil below the baffle and away from the crank. The high dipstick mark becomes the low mark and I scribed in a new high line.
 

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