engine block

Asked by Oct 04, 2010 at 08:45 PM about the 1968 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

is the engine block of a 68, made of aluminium?had it repaired in a machine shop to
put steel sleeves?do you think that will hold on for a couple of years???

8 Answers

1,635

original vw blocks were a mixture of aluminum and magnesium. don't know what kind of "sleeves" your talking about. could you be more specific about the work done?

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

thanks for the response....Im not a mechanic, just an enthusiast..im referring to the rods holding....the engine block and the cylinder heads...what they did at the machine shop was installed "sleeves " as they terms it by putting a "sleeve " with threads so that the rods would hold in place...so when I use torque wrenches it would pull off/out...btw...the firing order is 1432 right.thanks in advance.

1,635

ok. that is installings case savers. that is a good thing. some vw blocks came with them from the factory. it is a wise upgrade to have them installed if they were not originally in the block. remember to torque the heads down the correct way. if you over tighten the heads it can cause the case savers to loosen up.

Best Answer
1,635

and yes. the firing order is 1-4-3-2.

thanks so much....im beginning to love the beetle community...next time i needd help i know who to ask.

25

no the case is made of magnesium the cyl sleeves are made of steel pistons are aluminum and the heads are aluminum. there have been many attempts at building the ultimate engine but sleeveing the case isnt something ive seen before

1,635

if you would bother to read his other posts, the machine shop installed threaded "SLEEVES" to help hold the head rods in place. overseas they call the head studs "HEAD RODS". what they did here in the U.S is install case savers into the block. what case savers are are steel threaded inserts that are installed into the block. this allows the head studs to have something better than the mag case to grab ahold of. vw actually did install case savers on some engines from the factory. most (sad to say) did not have them from the factory. it is a very common thing to add, and a must on any hi performance engine.

hey chris, followed your advise and the engine is now running, but with another concern...i sent you an email also about it. Irreguar RPM just had my engine rebuilt...now the rpm is irregular....the idle seems to go up and down. well, still not using it and trying to figure it out. battery new, ignition coil ok, i have one of those distributors that has no adjustment slots....and ive recently cleaned the carburator ...thoroughly. i know you can help me. I'd appreciate it.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • engine block 8 answers

    is the engine block of a 68, made of aluminium?had it repaired in a machine shop to put steel sleeves?do you think that will hold on for a couple of years???

    1968 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • engine 1 answer

    I have a 1998 vw with a blown engine but has a good transmition I was given a engine to a 2001 vw my question is will it fit they are the same size 2.1

    1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr STD Hatchback

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Check engine light 2 answers

    Can I reset/turn off the check engine light without taking my 2000 beetle to the shop? If so, how?

    2000 Volkswagen Beetle GL

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Engine reaving high 1 answer

    0o Bug engine reaving high in park but not in reverse of drive.Check engine n brake lite on also

    2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Repair after engine bay fire. 2 answers

    Hi. Im Deirdra. Mom to 4. I need help fixing my 71 super beetle. It had a small engine fire. When we bought it there was a plastic fuel filter. It must have vibrated to close to the block and ignit...

    1971 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Beetle

Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 9,456 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,300.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,680
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,500
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,260
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
541 Great Deals out of 45,846 listings starting at $1,999
Used Chevrolet Camaro
243 Great Deals out of 31,194 listings starting at $369
Used Toyota Corolla
856 Great Deals out of 70,589 listings starting at $1,874
Used FIAT 500
66 Great Deals out of 5,633 listings starting at $3,495

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
3,866 listings starting at $15,777
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 481 listings starting at $11,995
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 896 listings starting at $8,995
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
32 Great Deals out of 697 listings starting at $7,900
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
28 Great Deals out of 693 listings starting at $5,988

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.