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AAZ Vanagon Injection Pump Lever

October 25, 2014

Background: We’re putting a 1.9 liter AAZ turbodiesel into a stock ’82 diesel Vanagon, which came from the factory with a 1.6 liter naturally aspirated diesel.  Because of the extra height of the 1.9 block and the orientation of the lever, it is too tall for the engine compartment.  The stock 1.6 Vanagon diesel injection pump lever is bent to fit under the lid, here’s a comparison showing the stock pump on the left:


Brickwerks in the UK makes a bolt-on solution, but they don’t ship to the US:

aaz lever2

Although the 1.6 lever has the same diameter, the mounting post on the AAZ is taller, so the lower spring and carrier from the 1.6 stock pump won’t fit. In addition, with the AAZ lower spring installed the 1.6 lever won’t engage the splines (1.6 splines sit on top of the lever, on the AAZ they sit below the lever).


So, a hybrid lever might be the solution. Here you can see the lower plate from the AAZ engages the splines, but the bend in the 1.6 lever is a bit too close to fit.

Also, the spring will require the damping plate from the AAZ sandwiched in-between the 1.6 and lower AAZ lever, as right now there is no spring connection on the lever to return the throttle back to idle.


Looks like I’ll have to either grind the AAZ plate down so I lose the second bolt hole, or fabricate a new arm to bolt into the AAZ lower throttle plate.  Decisions, decisions…


Mat-Su College Biodiesel Class October 2013

August 29, 2013

UAA Mat-Su College is offering a BASICS OF BIODIESEL AND VEGETABLE OIL FUEL SYSTEMS course for one credit in the University of Alaska System this October, 2013.

Make your own biodiesel, design a SVO-fuel system for your diesel vehicle, investigate Alaskan vegetable-oil heating options.  Proper lab techniques, basic vegetable oil chemistry and appropriate vehicles for conversion will all be covered.

Classes will be held at Mat-Su College, off Trunk Road about a mile north of the Parks Highway, past Mat-Su Regional Hospital.

We will hold FIVE 3-hour Classes on Wednesdays: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 5:00-8:00pm.

Register directly through Mat-Su College at Course# RE A194F

Call the college at 907-745-9746 or instructor Will Taygan at 907-688-5288 for more information.

Full disclosure: I’ll be teaching this class. Veg On!

9th Annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fair – Sat Aug 10th, Anchorage!

August 7, 2013


9th Annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fair
Saturday, August 10th | 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Downtown Anchorage Parkstrip

This event is fun for the whole family! Come enjoy local food and craft vendors, DIY demonstrations, informational booths, a text to win energy scavenger hunt, all new children’s activities, and 20 clean energy workshops. Admission is FREE and it’s guaranteed to be a great time!

Workshop topics include:
AK SeaLife Center Heat Pumps
Wind Power on the Railbelt
Cook Inlet Tidal Power
Easy Energy Efficiency Home Improvements

Also enjoy ice-cold Alaskan Microbrews in the beer garden, and hear live music from bands like the Super Saturated Sugar Strings, Tim Easton w/ Megan Palmer, and the Aloha Bluegrass Band.

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Biodiesel at the State Fair – Sat Aug 28, 1pm.

August 26, 2010

Hey folks, I’ll be putting on a quick biodiesel/SVO song-and-dance this Saturday at the State Fair. Swing by the Valley Recycling booth on the purple trail and say hi!

Backyard Biodiesel 1-2pm
Saturday August 28, 2010

Valley Recycling (VCRS) Booth
Purple Trail, Alaska State Fair, Palmer.

Learn all about biofuels from Will Taygan of Arctic Vegwerks. He will explain the difference between straight vegetable oil (SVO) and biodiesel, and answer questions about using them to fuel your vehicles.

6th Annual Alaska Renewable Energy Fair.

August 4, 2010

August 7, 2010 from 11 AM – 9 PM • Anchorage Park Strip, Between I & L Streets

Don’t miss the fun! Held annually on the first Saturday in August, the Alaska Renewable Energy Fair is a FREE opportunity for people to come see for themselves how renewable energy and energy efficiency development is taking off across the state. Last year, more than 2,500 people came to the park strip to enjoy the live music, food, informational booths and and to listen to expert panels on a variety of topics. The fair also features a silent auction and a variety of children’s activities!

The Backyard Biodiesel seminar will be at 4 pm in tent 3!