Firing Order, 1-4-3-2

This fantastic animation created by Daryryl Deppe is for a 1200CC 40 HP engine. The firing order is the same as the 1500CC ’67 engine. I’m currently designing a VW firing order poster that will be available for free download in the next week.

If this animation does not autoplay in your browser it can also be viewed here.

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

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

  1. it’s trippy to try and follow the blue flashes with your eye as each cylinder triggers.. trippy, I tell you.

  2. VW animations are fun. I made one of my engine a bit ago that showed the day I got it and the condition today.

  3. Where is number 1 on cap and what order do they go

    1. I’m assuming that the distributor is installed into the engine case. Examine the rim of the distributor. On the left side of the vacuum canister (the saucer-shaped part affixed to the side of the distributor body) there will be a large notch in the rim of the distributor. Look at the inside of the distributor cap. There will be a corresponding nub which will fit exactly into that notch on the distributor rim. Install the cap–lift and push the clips (on either side) so that they snap firmly into place. The cap should be sitting squarely on the distributor body. Number one spark plug wire will insert into the cap hole which is between the vacuum canister and the first clip on the right side of the vacuum canister–going counterclockwise. Number two, still going counterclockwise, will fit into the next hole. Number 3 into the next hole and number 4 into the last hole, bringing you to the left side of the vacuum canister. Be sure that you push the spark plug wires firmly into place! They must bottom into each hole.They may be difficult to push in–this is so that they will not vibrate loose. I hope that this is clear enough. jay

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