If you’ve got an older car and you fancy yourself a Do-It-Yourselfer, there may come a time when you have to remove the engine from said car to do some repairs or perhaps an engine upgrade.
Now it certainly helps, but you don’t need to be an expert to remove the engine from a car. As long as you’ve got some literature on the subject and a whole lot of patience (and of course, the proper tools), you can probably do it yourself.
For example, I removed and replaced the engine in my old VW Vanagon Camper TWICE, and I am certainly no expert. Having expert advice from my mechanic father helped, though – so if you’ve got someone who can give you advice, that could go a long way.
That’s not the only Volkswagen I own, though. I’ve got a couple more that are nothing at all like the Patchbus – a Golf and a Golf Cabriolet. I haven’t had to change the engines in either of those, but I remember reading somewhere that in order to get the engine out of those ones, you actually have to remove the whole front end. I don’t remember where I read it, so I’m not sure if it applies to my cars or not.
But since I’ve already had a good amount of the front end off one of ’em…
… The idea is less daunting that it would hvae been before I did that.
One thing I know for sure is that I probably wouldn’t do what the people in these next videos did to remove the engines from their Golfs… Unless I really was done with the car and had no use for it moving forward. I mean, sure – this is a very quick way to get the engine out without any of the actual work involved (and what looks like a whole lot of fun added), but these cars are essentially scrap once you do this.
So, without further ado – here’s the quickest way to permanently remove the engine from an old VW Golf:
Those folks aren’t the only people to pull that stunt, either. Here’s another example (although this engine definitely sounds like it’s on its last legs already, so this may be a mercy killing):
I mean if you ignore the mess and environmental impact, it actually looks like a lot of fun. Or at least it’s pretty funny to watch… But part of me can’t get over what a waste of good parts doing this is. That being said, I’ve had cars leave me stranded in the past, and given the opportunity at that moment, I might have considered doing something similar just to get my frustrations out. I don’t know what the story behind these cars is, so I can’t judge.
While it’s not exactly the same, I did find another video of someone purposely destroying their Golf:
The destruction of the engine happens here though:
I can’t help but think that’s a waste of a perfectly good project car. I mean, no matter what’s wrong with it, you could always cut it apart and weld it together into something amazing like the classic “Roll Golf:”
Anyway, if any of you out there have been looking for a way to quickly destroy your old Volkswagen, you’re welcome – though I wouldn’t recommend it.