Phase 2: Rear Engine Installation 
After visiting VG 402 StreetRace (near Zagreb, Croatia), we got very inspired...
After visiting VG 402 StreetRace (near Zagreb, Croatia), we got very inspired...
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...as the fastest car there was a Twin-VR6-engined mk2 Golf with NOS, running in 11 secs class!
...as the fastest car there was a Twin-VR6-engined mk2 Golf with NOS, running in 11 secs class!
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So, it was time to pull our spare, good, half-dismantled XU9J4Z Mi16 engine out of the garage.
So, it was time to pull our spare, good, half-dismantled XU9J4Z Mi16 engine out of the garage.
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The head is going in for a full rebuild, just for peace of mind.
The head is going in for a full rebuild, just for peace of mind.
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We shouldn't forget another vital component - inlet manifold (or fanimold, as they say :-D).
We shouldn't forget another vital component - inlet manifold (or fanimold, as they say :-D).
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We've had two of exhast manifolds - the better one will get ports cleaned up and flange skimmed.
We've had two of exhast manifolds - the better one will get ports cleaned up and flange skimmed.
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Genuine Peugeot/Citroen Mi16 head cover gasket (part no. 0249 74).
Genuine Peugeot/Citroen Mi16 head cover gasket (part no. 0249 74).
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Pattern-part but good quality head gasket.
Pattern-part but good quality head gasket.
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GoodYear timing belt - it was easy to find and available, while our usual choice Gates wasn't.
GoodYear timing belt - it was easy to find and available, while our usual choice Gates wasn't.
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Engine in bits packed up for transport to the workshop.
Engine in bits packed up for transport to the workshop.
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The car arrived at the workshop... which is a bit untidy, but at least it's got a proper hydraulic lift ;-).
The car arrived at the workshop... which is a bit untidy, but at least it's got a proper hydraulic lift ;-).
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The first job was to take the hybrid short (hillclimb) gearbox off...
The first job was to take the hybrid short (hillclimb) gearbox off...
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...and replace it with a (much longer) standard GTI 1.9 gearbox, that'll be used on the rear engine as well.
...and replace it with a (much longer) standard GTI 1.9 gearbox, that'll be used on the rear engine as well.
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Gearboxes will also be converted to hydraulic operation, but more on that later.
Gearboxes will also be converted to hydraulic operation, but more on that later.
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Inspecting the driveshafts. Also, a custom inlet manifold gasket was made, as they were not available from Peugeot dealer.
Inspecting the driveshafts. Also, a custom inlet manifold gasket was made, as they were not available from Peugeot dealer.
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Most of the rear engine assembled. Just the cambelt left to do.
Most of the rear engine assembled. Just the cambelt left to do.
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