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Old 01-02-2013, 04:56 PM
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Default Rebuilt Engin in a 2.0 VW Bug

My 1999, 2.0L Gas Engine "died' about a month ago. My daughter was driving it and the Oil Cooler Gasket blew a hole so big, all the oil blew out of the engine. She drove it for several miles with no oil in the engine. As a result the Main Bearings are all torn up. I am planing on putting in a rebuilt engine in it at some point but here is my main question.

The transmission I have in it now is an automatic. I hate it because I prefer a manual. Not only that, the gears are starting to slip. If I buy a rebuilt engine, Can I put a Manual Transmission on the new engine before it gets put in the Bug? If I can, do I have to "knock out holes" or modify the chassis to install a clutch pedal and a shifter?

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Old 01-05-2013, 09:38 AM
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While you're at it, why not turn it into a hybrid beetle?
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:43 PM
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Search first as I have seen a few posts about this. Otherwise I would ask IndyTom or TheCheat. They seem to be the goto guys around here.

You will ned a few things like the pedals, shift cables, shiftier assembly, etc
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:23 PM
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Certainly do-able. And if you were doing a manual swap, engine out of the car makes everything much easier. That's how we did the swap on our TDI. But that's a bit easier since you don't need a new ECU.
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