My Beetle Restoration


A Carrier for the Engine

by on May.10, 2014, under Engine

Although it’s a small thing, I did get something done towards the project. A while ago, I bought a small mover’s dolly to make a carrier for the engine so that I can easily move it around and get it out of the way when I need space. It cost me $12 at Harbor Freight. I made a small box out of scrap 2x4’s that is about the size of the bottom of the engine casing and attached it to the dolly. I then placed the engine on the dolly. Like I said, it’s a small thing, but it is so nice being able to wheel the engine around the garage without having to lift it. I just need to take a router and remove enough wood along the sides next to the heat exchangers so that it will sit flat and not be raised on one side.


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Some Pics of the Engine

by on May.11, 2014, under Engine

Here are some pictures of the engine. This is obviously not the original 36HP engine that came with this car, but a 40HP replacement. I was told that a rebuilt engine was installed not long before it was parked for good, due to electrical problems. I don’t know if I will rebuild and use this engine or get a 36HP one and rebuild it. I would really prefer to have a year-appropriate engine as I want to get it as stock as possible. I’m not so interested in performance and just want it to run as it did originally.


I'm anxious and curious to see just what condition the engine actually is in. It's been nearly 30 years since it has been in use and I'm wondering if it was trashed then or if it was in good shape and other factors were the reason it was put into storage.

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