1969 vw engine,how can i tell what cc and what horsepower it is

Asked by Aug 13, 2009 at 05:44 PM about the 1969 Volkswagen Beetle

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Without taking it apart, this is practically impossible if the engine's been modified. However, if you believe that your engine is stock, then you can decode the engine number to find out. The engine number is stamped on the crankcase just below the generator stand. The two letters at the start of the engine number will tell you what it is. The original engine in a '69 Beetle should have an engine number starting with H5, which is a 1500cc engine, which I think should be rated at 44hp. If your bug has had an engine swap, it would most likely be to a 1600cc engine. Out of these, B6 means a single-port 1600, whilst AE, AH and AJ are all twin-port 1600s. You can find plenty of information if you google search for VW engine letter.

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Even at that, you can only help but assume its stock. I have a 1641 dual port in what should indicate a 1500sp case. Especially with the slip-ins unless you pull the heads and measure you really have no way of telling.

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Mine is 1969 VW 1200 . I believe this was special edition for this year. It was a cheaper model. What HP is it. How do I check if the engine is original. I have been told it is. Any suggestions.

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I have a rail buggy to and i dont know what engine i have the #'s under the generator stand are H 5340506 can some one help me out.

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Standard 69 VW 'bug' was 1340cc

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