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2275cc “Mild” Engine Combo, L5 Heads; Requires 1 5/8″ Exhaust and at least (2) 44mm Carburetors

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 delivery! This particular engine combo will deliver a 150hp with ease! It will need dual Weber 44 IDFs, or dual Dellorto 40 or 45 DRLAs. This version of 2275 is NOT a “full tilt street build”. This is one you can drive every day without issue! This “milder” 2275 will result in a longer lived and easier to drive engine which will last a long time. This engine will also work really well in a bus!

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
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Aircooled VW Engine Long Block Parts Checklist!

One of the most common questions we get at Aircooled.Net from prospective builders is for a list of what they need to build an engine. So we’ve gone and detailed it down to every last part!

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

You can print this out, or cut/paste it to keep yourself organized.

NOTES:

(Bal) – these items are sent to your balancer AFTER you have mocked up the engine, and are sure everything specs out properly, and it bolts together without any further machining or grinding. The last thing you want is to get it all balanced, then find out you have to change something because of a problem, AND GET TO PAY TO BALANCE IT A SECOND TIME!

(FF Only) – these items are only needed if you are full flowing the engine. This
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1800cc Engine Parts List, no case machining needed, but heads must be bored!

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 list is based on an 1800cc engine article we did a while ago, but we had a lot of repeated questions on the parts list, so that is what THIS article is for!

This 1800cc engine has stock to mild heads, a mini-stroker crank, and super reliable THICK WALL 88mm P&Cs. These slip into the stock 1300-1600cc engine case, and only require that your heads are bored to the 92mm register. If you are buying new heads, just have them bored to the 92mm size and they’ll go right on. If you are
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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
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Master List of Engine Combos!

This is where we list all the engine combos that we have made up. You can simply click on the combo listed below to find the breakdown of all the components in the list.

If there is a combo you want to see, feel free to e-mail us and we’ll get on it ASAP!

1800cc “No Machining” Engine

2054cc for Convertibles, THINGs, Type 2s and Type 3s

2275cc “Milder” for Beetle, Karmann Ghia, Busses, and Type 3s

2275cc “Wilder” for Beetle, Karmann Ghia, and Buggies!

 

This parts list is also very helpful. Complete list of parts used in a VW 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,
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2275cc Engine Combo, L6 Heads; Requires 1 3/4″ Exhaust and at least (2) 44mm Carburetors

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 delivery! This particular engine combo will easily deliver 200hp with dual 48 IDFs, IDAs, or DRLAs, but we consider dual 44 IDFs or 45 DRLAs the minimum carbs needed for this engine. For example, to tune it down a notch, you simply can use L5 heads and a good 1 5/8″ exhaust along with a slightly milder camshaft. Or use a 1.1 rocker camshaft instead of shooting for almost .600″ of valve lift. This will result in a longer lived and easier to drive (Milder) engine.

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″
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VW Type 1 Mileage Master MPG Engine Combo

VW Tech Articles - Aircooled.Net Tech Talk

With fuel prices on the rise, we’ve been getting lots of inquiries about building a VW engine to improve and maximize. This article outlines Aircooled.Net’s recommendations for an MPG Long Block – we call it the “Mileage Master”. This article focuses on the components for a Mileage Master Engine. A lot of guys aren’t interested in improving mileage that much, but their ears perk up when they find out that if they build this engine as we have specified, they will have up to a 50% increase in power over the stock engine! Doing that and having a 40+ mpg power plant is nothing to sneeze at!

[This article does not address MPG TUNING issues — there is so much material to cover on that topic that we’ll instead do another article on MPG TUNING in the near future. ]

The primary goal of the Mileage Master MPG
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1800cc VW Engine Combo: How to Build a Big VW Engine on a Budget

VW Tech Articles - Aircooled.Net Tech Talk

Some folks with aircooled VWs are looking to move up to an 1800cc VW engine from their stock 1600cc VW engine, but don’t want to break the bank in the process. The advice below is intended to help you build an economical 1800cc Aircooled VW Engine Combo.

Know you can see all of our engine combos broken down at this Master List of Engine Combinations! You can see our 1800cc parts list if you find this article confusing.

On THIS one, the first way we recommend to keep costs reasonable is to stay away from machine work – sometimes called a “no machine” VW engine. This is the first article written for our “VW Engine Combo” series. We are outlining a bare bones build that assumes you do NOT have an unlimited funds. You can add to or change components in this engine combo, of course, but if
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