1973 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE ENGINE CODE

  • Tiny
  • billsigler
  • 1973 Volkswagen Beetle

Engine Mechanical problem
1973 Volkswagen Beetle Automatic

Have a Trike built with a VW engine and it has no engine code below the generator stand on the block. How can I tell which engine is in my trike. I need this info when purchasing parts. THANKS

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 AT 5:22 PM

7 Answers

  • Tiny
  • mhpautos
  • Expert
  • 29,864 posts

Hi there,

I would say that you have an industrial version, as all automotive engines will have the engine code stamped on the engine case, I feel it will be a 1600, can you tell me how many notches on the pulley for timing the engine?This may be a clue.

Mark (mhpautos)

Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Thursday, June 4th, 2009 AT 5:22 AM
  • Tiny
  • billsigler
  • Member

Has one mark on pulley. Bottom right of engine case reads 2BR BRAZIL. Thanks

Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Thursday, June 4th, 2009 AT 7:31 AM
  • Tiny
  • mhpautos
  • Expert
  • 29,864 posts

Hi there, I will see what I can dig up.

Mark (mhpautos)

Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Thursday, June 4th, 2009 AT 5:02 PM
  • Tiny
  • billsigler
  • Member

Thanks, will be looking forward to your help

Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Thursday, June 4th, 2009 AT 10:38 PM
  • Tiny
  • mhpautos
  • Expert
  • 29,864 posts

Hi there,

I spoke to a few VW people and they feel its a twin port 1600, most externals are the same but if you are doing a re build just measure the bores for the correct engine size, no one has cone across that I.D. So it is a bit of a mystery.

Mark (mhpautos)

Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, June 5th, 2009 AT 12:15 AM
  • Tiny
  • billsigler
  • Member

Thanks for the help. Any other info you can pass along will be helpful

Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Saturday, June 6th, 2009 AT 4:13 AM
  • Tiny
  • jalopypapa
  • Member

Maybe this will at least give you what the range of numbers for the original case would have been:

http://www.2carpros.com/articles/mitchell1eautorepair-car-repair-manuals

Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Thursday, June 11th, 2009 AT 11:37 AM

Please login or register to post a reply.

Similar Questions