Early Beetle conversions
No matter how early your beetle is, the TIV will fit!
The early beetle is perhaps the most modified of all VWs, it seems that the earlier the Bug, the more enthusiasts want to modify it!
When a TIV engine is converted and installed into an early beetle, the car becomes a totally different vehicle. I have personally experienced this in several of my personal vehicles, including “The Bluebonic Plague” my 1966 Beetle that has a full time job of being a test car for our conversions.
Imagine being able to take your early beetle for a Sunday drive……You start the engine, select the gear and engage the clutch. As you slip through traffic the car is perfectly docile and smooth. Now you come to a freeway on ramp and decide to test the cars acceleration for safe entry into high- speed traffic. As you step on the accelerator the engine passes through about 3,000 Rpms and the heads start to flow and the camshaft starts to take effect and you feel the marvelously satisfying surge of power offered by the MassIVe Type IV engine! This is now a car that is no longer a Volkswagen. It will cruise on Europe’s Autobahns at 100+ Mph, yet it will whisper along at 55mph and responds to your every demand when the occasion calls for it.
What I have just described is the experience that one of my customers that had an early beetle (54 Oval) with one of our 2270 engines and a MassIVe DTM wrote to me in an email. This is what a 150BHP 2270cc Conversion engine is capable of. Amazingly the engine idles like stock and maintains a 30MPG fuel economy.
Being able to cruise down the road to a car show or event and leave your toolbox at home, while passing non TIV converted cars in the fast lane is an experience that one must “live” to believe. When you see VWs with less displacement than yours having to be trailered to get to distant shows you will be proud of your TIV engine and its MassIVe DTM cooling system.
The first time someone passes by your beetle and does a “double take” at the engine, the entire conversion just paid for its self. I Love to hear guys say “How in the world did you do that?” they have no idea that it was just as easy as a TI installation into the same car with our parts, or complete engine! The shroud installs onto the engine quickly and easily. This is especially true if you opt for our deluxe kit with all new TI cooling parts and our water-jet cut sheet aluminum air sealing kit. The installation of the engine into your vehicle is easy, it installs just like a standard Type 1 engine with dual carburetors and in most cases can be done in about the same amount of time. The early beetle does has a more narrow engine bay, and the deck lid sits closer to the engine than the later beetles. The TIV engine still fits 95% of the time with no cutting or trimming. If cutting or trimming is needed it is very minimal and normally only needed on vehicles that were once in rear end collisions. Once again this is VERY RARE.
If your transaxle is a pre 1971 you will only need 3 later model pieces (release bearing, clutch cross shaft, and a release bearing guide, all of which we sell in a kit just for this) to bolt the TIV engine to your current gearbox. If you have a post 1971 gearbox no conversion pieces are needed and the engine is a direct bolt up. Or you can opt for one of our conversion gearboxes that’s 100% set up for the TIV engine and is ready to install. This gives better fuel economy and better torque transfer with the now larger engine. I do not recommend the early 4.37:1 transaxles to be used with TIV power, the gearing is simply incorrect for the TIV powerband.
Currently there are only a few exhaust systems for the TIV conversion. We are working on getting several of these imported and offering them as well. These exhaust systems do not incorporate standard heater boxes and fan shroud pressurized air for heat delivery are more difficult to arrange with a TIV conversion. The best method of updating your heating system is with a “Gas heater”. These were original equipment on many VWs and we keep a few of them around to sell most of the time.
The conversion engine will need to be fitted with Dual Carburetors, or a Fuel injection system that uses twin throttle bodies with hex bar linkage. The design of the shroud does not allow the use of a single carburetor. Single carburetors on large engines like the TIV have been proven to be inefficient, so this is not an issue with most conversion enthusiasts.
One of the best parts of our cooling system is that the engine does not look like a 911, or a TI, it looks like something many people have never seen, and that will separate you at car shows and events. We are working on having our shrouds made in Carbon Fiber, now THAT’S gonna be cool looking for sure!
Of course, if you desire your conversion engine to be designed, balanced, blueprinted assembled and thoroughly dyno tested by a professional, then see our complete conversion engines on our sister site www.aircooledtechnology.com Do it all once and forget it!
With our shroud and a TIV, the engine won’t be needing much more than a wipe down, because it simply won’t be breaking any longer- It’s a TIV! You’ll find yourself opening the deck lid mostly to show off what you have installed, not to work on the engine….