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Yeah I know this doesn't hardly compare to the builds you guys are doing but thought some of you with kids would enjoy it. That and the braggin rights for a dad can't hardly be beat! Quick history....daughter wanted a basket case VW Bug as her first car, bought one when she was 14, 2 years to restore it. Tired, old 1600 motor, needed a new one that could keep up with traffic. She built a mid 1776 herself (with a little supervision).

Old motor has to come out






Pulled off carb, manifold and a few others parts to re-use




Removing old firewall insulation


Donor case to be used, welded for those of you that know VW motors.








Case split




Cleaning out case before it gets machined


A little fine tuning to the rods before installing


Building the crank
 

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Awesome! Those are not easy engines either.
 

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Thanks guys! That color is actually a 'new' VW color. She picked it from the first year they introduced the (fake) Bugs again back around 2001. It's called Cyber Green, real similar to a stock color back in the 70's. Okay, back to the build.......

Crank is finished, time to start some the fun stuff. Main bearings installed


Prepping the cam


Cranks & can installed


A quick turn to see how things move and whatnot


Applying some sealant for the case halves to be joined


Putting the case together








Torque it down!




 

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That's so cool. My first car at 15 was a California look bug. It was Fruehauf truck yellow. It had a chopped top, all chrome holes filled, one piece windows, air shocks and a lowering kit, dual exhaust, diamond pleated interior, tachometer, Hurst shifter and Centerline rims. My dad and a bunch of the guys built it at his shop, but they said they were building it for one of the guys. On my birthday, they gave me a box with the keys in it and rolled it in on a rollback. They built another one at the same time that was Porsche Indy red. They were tricked out to the nth degree. I loved that car and sat in it and played the radio for six months before I was old enough to drive it. Every cop in three counties knew that car. lol It's awesome to see her putting so much effort into building her own ride. Thanks for sharing because it brought back some great memories.
 

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That's so cool. It's awesome to see her putting so much effort into building her own ride. Thanks for sharing because it brought back some great memories.
She did about 90% of the work, paid for most of the parts with babysitting $$$. She takes care of it like no tomorrow, NOBODY gets near her car :)

Glad you're enjoying it.
 

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The install.

While the motor was out, went ahead and put in new motor mounts, throw-out bearing and arm.




Love this pic, you can feel the pride :cool:


Bring on that motor girl








INSTALLED


Some wiring


External oil filter


Dad checking a few things


Exhaust/mufflers




Add some fluids




Turn it over, fired on the first try :cool:


Bad picture but you can see that's One Happy Girl
 

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awesome! nothing like that feeling when it fires up for the 1st time.
 

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looks like a 92 bore case and full flowed. I,m sure you guys went with 1776cc.
 
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