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VW into 356

Yes, I know it's sacrilege to some, but I'd like to put a VW engine into a 1964 356C.
The reason is to get the car moving so that other parts of the car can be worked on and tested, while the original engine is being rebuilt. We don't need a daily driver.
I'm told that any "type 1" VW engine will bolt in. I think the type 1 is any VW engine made until 1965. Most VW engine sellers don't identify the type or year. I'm finding lots of "dual port 1600" engines. Will that also bolt in or is some modification needed ?
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it will fit in but you will need to modify all the engine tin and the throttle linkages

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Thanks for your reply. Just to confirm, the 1600 dual port will fit in a 356, just need to modify sheet metal and linkage ?
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And make sure you get one with a 200mm clutch/flywheel
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+1 on the clutch. You might also want to make sure the starter will mesh correctly.
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+1 on the clutch. You might also want to make sure the starter will mesh correctly.
With the 200mm clutch/flywheel that will happen...

The other issue will be 12v vs. 6v...
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With the 200mm clutch/flywheel that will happen...

The other issue will be 12v vs. 6v...
both are 6v originally. should not be an issue
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both are 6v originally. should not be an issue
A Dual Port is NOT a 6v so it will have a 12V flywheel. You could use it, but you'll need a 6v flywheel(different number of teeth)
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A Dual Port is NOT a 6v so it will have a 12V flywheel. You could use it, but you'll need a 6v flywheel(different number of teeth)
And generator/voltage regulator/coil/battery/etc and so on as well...
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A Dual Port is NOT a 6v so it will have a 12V flywheel. You could use it, but you'll need a 6v flywheel(different number of teeth)
true, but OP also said Type 1 prior to 1965, those are all 6v
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I researched this idea with greater HP as my motivation. From what I could tell there were several issues, flywheel, 12v/6v, engine tin, clutch splines, ....

I am sure it has been done successfully in the past, my gut would say to just do your homework and provide your results.

thanks and good luck
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I tried to do the other way around. Stuff a 912 into a 64 vw bus but I gave up. Exhaust was the next problem with that setup.
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The Maestro's book (Harry Pellow) has all the info you need to do this swap
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VW to Porsche

This shouldn't be too much of a problem. I put a 356 engine in my '56 bug in 1965, and a 912 engine in our VW Westphalia camper.
Clutch splines should be the same. Accelerator linkage will need some work, maybe just get a VW accelerator cable (the longest one you can find) and modify. As far as engine tin, just pop rivet some tin onto the original VW tin to make it reach out to the 912 body gasket and bend the edge over. You will need to match voltage (6V 12V) car to motor, and starter motor to engine. Also check the throw out bearing to clutch and make sure everything is OK there.
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