1961 Volkswagen Beetle


Tim Tesluck

January, 20, 2008 AT 7:57 PM

Engine problem
1961 Volkswagen Beetle 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual N/A miles

I'm rebuilding a 1961 vw engine 1200 cc. Is there any type of a head gasket for these air cooled engines? How are they sealed? I have purchase an engine gasket kit and I don't see anything in the kit or the manual I purchased to seal the head to the cylinders. The manual I purchased is a Haynes repair manual not a original shop manual. Hope you can help me. Thank you.

2 Answers



January, 25, 2008 AT 8:41 PM

The only seals i've ever seen for the heads is sometimes either a round red paper gasket, or a round copper one, which I suppose was for spacing.
But to my knowledge there usually isn't a gasket there.
Check john muir's book



March, 12, 2008 AT 11:50 PM

Early VW's all used copper head gaskets. Check your engine block serial #, if it starts with a number then its early, if it starts with a letter[late 1200 is D]If you look at the cyl head you can see a groove that the gasket sits on. The groove on the cylinder is aprox 1' from the top of the cylinder. All later 1200,1500,1600 engines had no gaskets at all !The paper gaskets are for barrel to case

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