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2054cc Engine Parts List, for Convertible Beetles and Ghias, THINGs, Busses, and Type 3s!

We have put together a parts list for our most popular engine combos to make shopping easier for you. This list will give you a long block that is proven and tested to deliver! This particular engine combo is designed for a really broad torque curve, but does require case and head machine work.

This one has mild heads, a stroker crank, and super reliable THICK WALL 92mm P&Cs, which will hold up under the extra heat from Convertibles, THINGs, Busses, and Type 3s!

At the minimum you will need dual 1bbl carbs, but optimally it will have dual 2bbls (Dual 36 or 40mm DRLAs, or 40 IDFs). Also, know that the exhaust system you are going to use will determine the best heads to select!  For example, if you are going to run 1 3/8″ exhaust, you are limited to stock dual port heads, or L3 dual port heads. If you bump up to heads like our L5 dual port heads, you can run 1 1/2 or 1 5/8″ exhaust.

With this engine you don’t want to go crazy with the camshaft, since the vehicle is heavier.

During the mock up stage, you’ll have to order cylinder base shims to get the engine’s deck height between .040-.060″; we target .050″, so if you are off +-.010″ it’s not a big deal.

Use this list as a base; simply change the carbs, heads, and cam, for a wilder or milder engine as you see fit. Feel free to consult us for any recommended changes for your needs!

Click HERE if you want to see a list of all our engine combos to choose from!

Here’s is our Engine Parts Check List, to make sure you have everything you need to complete your long block!

If there are items on this list that you would like more clarification on, please feel free to contact us (we’ll also update this article)!

Also, if there are other engine recipes you would like to see broken down, feel free to e-mail us, and we’ll get right on them!