1986 VW Golf Mk2 Diesel with 1.9 AHU TDI Swap / Mechanical Pump M-TDI Conversion

  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Golf
  • Type: Hatchback
  • Year: 1986
  • Mileage: 999999
  • VIN: 1VWAG0177GV016654
  • Color: Brown
  • Engine size: 1.9 TDI
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: FWD
  • Interior color: Blue
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
  • Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States


'86 U.S. made (Westy) Golf with drivetrain from a '98 Jetta TDI and Land Rover mechanical injection pump conversion. Have had this car for 7 years, and spent well over $6000 in upgrades and modifications, but too many projects now, so unfortunately it has to go. Car is basically sorted, and is an absolute blast.
Estimated 140+HP and has done 9.7's in the 1/8th mile. Will quickly bury the needle on its 100mph speedometer, but is still very drivable, and much quieter than with the original 1.6 NA engine that was removed. Car is just as content at being used as the pleasant 80's econobox that it is and getting 50mpg, as it is at being hooned around town leaving trails of tire and diesel smoke in its wake, along with some rather perplexed commuter drivers.
Has proven very reliable in the 6 years since I've performed the TDI swap, always starts instantly even in sub-freezing temps, and consumes little to no oil. Great autocross car, is also super tail-happy on loose terrain and would take minimal prep work to turn it into a killer Rally or Rallycross rig. Alternatively, due to its all mechanical injection system and complete lack of electronics, would be a great EMP-proof doomsday mobile if you're into that kind of thing and can find a hill to start it on.

Full details below including list of know issues and odometer info:
  • 2-Door 5-Speed Base Model
  • Originally 1.6 NA Diesel
  • Manual Windows
  • Manual Steering
  • Factory Non A/C
  • Blue Tweed Interior (except dash - originally brown)

Drivetrain Modifications
  • 1.9 TDI Engine (Code AHU) with Cable Shift 02A Transmission (Code CTN)
  • Land Rover 200 TDI Mechanical Injection Pump
  • Carter External Lift Pump
  • Bosio DLC1019 Nozzles + Calibration
  • Manual Glow Plug Relay
  • Garrett GT2052W Turbocharger w/ Schnell Snail adapter plate, manual boost controller and Ebay Front Mount Intercooler (boosting to 30 psi)
  • Peloquin Limited-Slip Differential (02J49 005A)
  • .622 5th Gear Set
  • South Bend Stg 2 Daily Clutch Kit w/ G60 Single Mass Flywheel
  • Gruven Side / Side Short Shifter
  • Techtonics Tuning 2.5" Cat Back Exhaust w/ Magnaflow Muffler
  • PD130 Intake Manifold w/ Darkside Developments Race Pipe

Chassis Modifications
  • Jetta MK3 Subframe
  • Passat B4 Front Crossmember
  • Jetta MK3 Spindles w/ 280mm Front Brakes
  • Hawk HP Plus Brakepads (installed less than 100 miles ago)
  • Corrado VR6 Pedal Cluster w/ Hydraulic Clutch
  • Bilstein B-12 Sport Suspension Kit
  • Autotech 28mm Rear Swaybar
  • VDO Boost and EGT Gauges
  • OEM MK2 Turbodiesel / GTD Instrument Cluster w/ Tachometer
  • Fiberglass Reproduction Engine Undertray 191805681J
  • Euro Round Headlight Swap
  • Mini Cooper 15" Steel Wheels
  • Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Tires 195-50 R15 with +- 50% tread life remaining
Known Issues
  • Large rust hole in driver's side floor pan and various smaller holes in under body
  • Rust in rear fender wells, along bottoms of doors, and around fuel cap,
  • Rust spots on driver's side rocker panel and around door striker
  • Occasional clutch slippage under high load in higher gears
  • 1 headlight lens is cracked / has a hole from a rock
  • Seat-back releases front and rear don't work
  • Original paint other than pass. side front fender and rear deck lid - these have been recently repainted a similar color due to having been mis-matched replacement parts from another car.

Odometer Mileage
Odometer mileage was previously correct to car (adjusted after cluster swap), but #1 digit of odometer randomly slipped from a 1 to a 7 while driving one day, so reads 780,000 instead of 180,000The TDI engine and transmission were removed from a car with around 140,000 miles and swapped into this car when it had around 160,000 miles.
Other Details
  • Clear South Carolina Title
  • Two factory keys that work everything but the filler cap lock
  • Factory Bentley service manual and various spare parts included
  • Set of 4 14" OEM Steel wheels included