My friend william owns a 72 super beetle he was wondering what is a good
engine to swap up to and how much will it cost.
Thanks just some general stuff so we have some basis to research with.
The best engine for the Beetle is, oddly enough, a built up Beetle engine. Cheap to make power from and capable of making a Bug go quite fast, even without turbos. EVERY other swap candidate costs more to go almost as fast.
A buddy of mine built up a Type-4 2.0L for his Super Beetle (5 rib bus tranny), and he swapped Porsche 944 brakes all around.
Really, the first thing we need to determine is a "good engine" for what. Without a specific question, it's impossible to give a specific answer.
A good engine something findable. Not like a one and only something pretty easy to get your hands on. And something that will convert with little trouble offering a fair amount of power.
Okay, that tells me basiclly nothing. Let's try this. For what?
he said power so probably wants quick accelaration ( spelling) bassicaly for drag
Okay, thanks for clearing that up for me. Your assumption has greatly clarified the situation. Did you see that news report on your crystal ball?
no i didn't... i read...he said power, which means he wants accelration, basically a good engine for drag.
Not necessarily. Power can mean quick acceleration, large top speed, better
for dragging, or better for autocross (handling). He can also specifically
want something with a lot of horsepower or/and a lot of torque, although I
guess that's part of "power."
All things considered, however, until he clears it up for us, I would have to predict that he does indeed want something that accelerates quickly.
We want an engine for around town ofering quick acceleartion and that will
give ok handling.
This isn't his everyday driver but gives drove alot.
Something he can take out on the weekends and realy enjoy but not be too rediculus.
Higher tourque is more important than horse power.
And now for the important questions. How much of the work can you do for yourselves and what is the budget?
Id budget around 6500 dollars
And most work can be done by us and help from a friends dad.
Then again, I'm going to suggest building up a VW Bug engine. No conversion
process, just a bolt in. But, you will have to upgrade your trans to handle
the power. Whaddaya think, Hobo? Should he start out with a 2180, or you
think maybe a bit bigger? I'd recommend going Type 4 for a bigger engine,
but not on that budget considering he still needs to get a beefed up
Funnny thing is, to me, $6500 seems like a HUGE budget for a Bug, considering I rarely spent a third of that...
Yeah, $6500 seems like an awful lot of budget for just the engine. I can
build really nice cars for half that much. My gut tells me that that
number if for the entire car, and the engine allowance is going to be about
25% of that number.
IF that is correct for just the engine, we can get pretty serious. So let's clarify it one more time. Is that number JUST for the engine or what?
To be fair, a Bernie Bergman turbo engine can eat up all of that budget,
and not leave any left over for the rest of the car, or importantly, the
I haven't checked, but does TransForm still do warrantied ProStreet bug transaxles? They used to be pretty inexpensive.
thats the entire budget for the car.
Sorry about the confusion on that post
Then what is the budget for the engine?
The car is freshly painted we got a wonderful paintjob arranged for 500
dollars by letting the Technical training school use it to let students do
the job probly a 4k job done profesional and looks very nice Bright
Interior is in excelent shape so now were focusing on performance.(this is became almost my project car since he has the money to fund our endeavors Im always eager to help)
So for 6500 dollars what can we get engine wise please count tranmission swich in price range.(it its required)