Engine Detail

Our good bud Chris Vallone of Classic VW Bugs just produced a short film in regards to engine detail. Of course it’s the best year; the 1967 Beetle which we all know and love. If you have any engine detail related questions, feel free to chime in below. Chris will be happy to reply.

Nice work, Chris.

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, 1967beetle.com and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. For you guys on the West Coast, Anthony over at Rancho Imports does the same thing.

  2. Looks great! The only thing that looks incorrect is the distributor. Where’s the 205K?

    1. I noticed that.. What’s up with it, Chris? 205K, bud!

    2. A cast iron Bosch Dizzy of the 019 is a great distributor for 40hp motors to a 1600 single port. It is a nice mechanical advance, lil more pep, and gas mileage. Glenn Ring recommends.

  3. Chris…Thank you for mentioning to folks about NOT powder-coating the pulleys. Not only can powder-coating cause problems with installation, it also can produce unusual and rapid wear of the belt.

    I encourage powder-coating the “sled” tins (under the engine), which protect the push rod tubes and channel hot air to the pre-heating system. They take a lot of hits from road debris and heat and oil and deserve to be protected as best as possible.

    I notice that the metal gas line (the one which goes through the firewall tin towards the fuel pump) is routed around the outside of the intake manifold at the cylinder head. Originally, there was a cushioned bracket which attached to the shroud, using the fastener there. This rigidly secured the metal line and prevented vibration–or just having a loose metal line hanging/resting in the engine compartment.

    Convince your customer to use the 113-905-205K distributor. Your customer will thank you for replacing that -009 dizzy which always is causing complaints about hesitation, etc. And, the engine will look swell in its original configuration.

    Thanks for helping us out here in the Volkswagen Community, Chris! Keep up the good work!


    1. Jay,
      It appears to have a hose connected to the metal fuel line just to the left of the intake manifold pre heat pipe-the fuel pump metal line from factory fit within 2 inches more or less from the fuel pump. You’re very correct, unsafe having the line loose. The piece of fuel hose connecting the metal fuel line to the fuel pump is/was 45MM’S from engine D 0 000 001 (August 1965). Distributor: Could use one of the three utilized in 1967. 113 905 205 K, 205 L or 315 905 205. Garwood stated that the 315 was used intermittently during the year. Volkswagen stated in supplement to Parts List 16/67 that the 205K was superseded by the 315. Garwood stated that the 205K was never issued/sold as a replacement part by VW. Don’t see a/the valve setting sticker-only correct one for 1967 is sticker with 0.1 MM .004″-unless of course you’re taking your engine back to 1970 or sometime after 1967. No matter what you care to set your valves at, .004″ is the correct sticker for 1967. The .006″ setting was a Johnny come lately revision-due to folks/dealers not very carefully setting their valves, so VW came up with more play to offset some sloppy mechanics work. A look at later/after 1967 owners handbooks will show that one has to move forward a bit to find the valve setting different from .004″. If one could see underneath the kilt, reckon would be 1500 or 1600 pistons/cylinders

  4. Hi, quick question. what is the models and years for the front tin that you mentioned at 2:35 in the video. Thanks

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