CUMMINS R2.8 POWER FOR VW 4X4 VAN?
Four Wheeler|October 2021
I’m a big fan and love watching your show. I have an interesting vehicle that you may be interested to learn more about. I believe it’s one of the better platforms to build an adventure vehicle. It’s an ’88 Volkswagen LT 4x4 with a 2.4L turbodiesel engine and Hurth axles with front and rear locking differentials. Earlier models used Dana 60s, and much of the platform is very similar to older American trucks.
VERNE SIMONS

I was planning to do an engine swap to a 2.5L TDI five-cylinder from an Audi A6. I will be using adapters for installing 37-inch HMMWV tires to make a great off-road/all-terrain rig/camper.

I’ve been curious about Cummins and the company’s crate R2.8 engine, which I believe would fit nicely inside the engine bay. Would love to hear back from you.

Thanks for the compliment. We are going to assume that you are talking about Four Wheeler TV with our pal Ian Johnson. We’d also like to give a shout-out to our pals Fred Williams and Dave Chapelle at Dirt Every Day for what they do. They are all great guys, and between the three there isn’t much they can’t handle in the off-road realm, including a metric ton of irreverent and entertaining off-road tomfoolery.

Now, back to the topic of your question. We haven’t heard much, if anything, about the Volkswagen LT 4x4 before, which is odd since we are generally pretty obsessed with anything 4x4, even obscure overseas 4x4 vans … maybe especially obscure overseas 4x4 vans. Still, with a little research, the Volkswagen LT 4x4 sure seems like a cool unit that is in fact ripe as a platform for an adventure vehicle … assuming you can get one in the U.S., or North America, or get any service parts. It seems like the VW LT was a unique front-engine, rear-wheel-drive work van design, a larger and very different VW from the more common (in the U.S.), VW 4x4 van, the Synchro Van. The first-generation of LT, built between 1975 and 1996, has a couple of different wheelbase options and a ton of different platforms from truck beds to full-on RV bodies, although it doesn’t seem like many 4x4 LTs were built. After 1996, the LT became a joint venture with Daimler Commercial, sharing the body (but not the drivetrain or assembly) with the more familiar (in the U.S.) Sprinter van.

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