Vanagon – wow! a coil cooler

File this under “D” for daft.

Once, after driving the van for a while on one of our summer trips, I had occasion (don’t ask) to feel the ignition coil. Crikey it was hot. Do coils normally run as hot as the dickens? Oh this can’t be good, something has to be done. Some action needs to be taken.

The result of this feverish worry.


Yeah, I agree, get a life 🙂


  1. #1 by famillysyncro on October 30, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    LOL, this is a good one, you made us laugh.
    In the other hand, nice welding. I could see a computer fan on the top of it….;-)


    • #2 by albell on October 30, 2013 - 8:22 pm


      Are we twins separated at birth? I had planned on a fan but there is no room for it ( I know, looks like there should be, but no).




      • #3 by famillysyncro on October 31, 2013 - 5:58 am

        If you have time, look on our blog, I have a post where I raised the engine lid to fit the G60, that should keep you busy…. 😉
        Or, what about a ducting system to bring fresh air from the front…..

        I don’t remember the coil to be upright when I had the WBX, I thought it was horizontal….


      • #4 by albell on October 31, 2013 - 6:34 am

        Oh no Jerome, I’m not raising the lid!

        I think some vans had the coil horizontal (1.9 ?). Mine is definitely stock position.



      • #5 by famillysyncro on October 31, 2013 - 6:58 am


        I am not able to link the picture so here is the post where you can see a picture of the WBX and the horizontal coil under the junction box the way it was in our 86:

        You need to scroll to middle of the post.


      • #6 by albell on October 31, 2013 - 7:13 am

        Ah, I see now what is going on (lovely engine btw).

        I had a webasto heater installed adjacent to the coil. You can see the mounting plate in the coil cooler pic.



      • #7 by famillysyncro on October 31, 2013 - 7:57 am

        Ok, make sense now.
        I think I already saw that on picture, more stuff in the engine bay when you have a Webasto.

        The “new” engine bay is more of a mess after the conversion, not much room anymore…


  2. #8 by Simon on October 30, 2013 - 9:39 pm


  3. #9 by mark on June 27, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    ….at least you didn’t try to make it water cooled!!

    • #10 by albell on July 2, 2014 - 1:29 pm

      probably could have used the coil to heat water for a shower 🙂


  4. #11 by oldfussbudget on October 27, 2014 - 6:11 am

    Oh deary deary me, that won’t do at all, no it won’t. With all the heat crowded up at one end like that you’re going to get wow at the top and a flutter on your bottom.

    Pretty welds…

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