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10-25-2012 09:02 AM
V8 Super Beetle Looks like type I, which is what it comes with. Finding out the CC's, as stated, will require knowing what the internals are.
10-24-2012 08:49 AM
matt167 In a '73 it should be a 1600 Dual port. Dual carb is a common and pretty cheap conversion. I would have done it to my '74 but the left side carb would not have fit with the autostick shift solenoid being right there..

The blower housing looks stock, just painted white and not black. I don't think the engine has had much work done to it. Usually the common upgrade is a degree indexed crank pulley. Makes it easier to time them
10-23-2012 10:14 PM
timothale I have a Vw dune buggy, a couple places I look is Chirco and Samba for VW info.
10-23-2012 09:48 PM
S10 Racer Back in my younger days I raced dune buggies and got well aquainted with those little VW motors. It's pretty amazing that you can make those things outrun a V8. The motors are very simple once you do one. Mine started out as a 1500cc stock motor. I changed it to an 1835cc with dual Dellorto carbs and nitrous. It ran great till I missed second gear once.
10-23-2012 10:16 AM
wayin2art thank you Brian, VW site is exactly what we need now. ( this is my husbands project and I am doing all the computer stuff.) he is busy grinding out the rust...thanks again
10-23-2012 09:49 AM
MARTINSR You need to move into the VW "Community" and you will learn everything you need to know. I had a 72 bug a few years ago and I think this was the forum I use to visit. - Air-cooled

That is one of the most simple motors ever, it won't take long to get with it. I think that is a hot rod distributor most everyone uses them, I remember a name something like 006 or something like that,but I think that is what it is. Unless you are going to change a ring or something knowing the exact displacement isn't important, it's a "1600" pretty much. The carbs and intakes are aftermarket, no big deal. Really, don't over think it, this is simplicity at it's finest.

10-23-2012 09:42 AM
wayin2art Well here is more pictures with the carbs on, it just looks like such a tight fit we thought maybe it was something else we are having a hard time determining what it is for parts.
10-23-2012 09:19 AM
S10 Racer You can't tell what cc it is from the outside. To change the cc, you change the piston jug size instead of boring it out. It looks like a normal VW motor to me. The exception is the dual carbs that someone installed. The carbs you have should either be Dellorto or Weber.
10-23-2012 08:47 AM
Okay, what type of engine is this really?

Hello Guys
We need help to identifing this engine, we thought it was a 1600cc dual carb, not sure any more it doesn't look like any of the ones I have seen so far. It is in our new 1973 beetle, which over the years has been modified again and again...Help us please and thank you. (PS in the pic, the carbs. are off being cleaned)

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