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- March 16, 2009
- I've been receiving a lot of inquiries about the site, so I'm doing some updates in the coming month. So make sure you stop by often to look for the updates. -- Tuna
- January 31, 2007
- Things are definitely getting more interesting in the Type
4 scene. I'm seeing more and more people stopping by the Type
4rum at Shoptalk
Forums and asking questions about the Type 4 engine. I've
also been receiving more emails lately,
asking about information that I don't have the site. This kind
of discussion is what I'm looking: the more we talk about the
Type 4, the more people will see that the Type 4 might be right
for them. -- Tuna
- November 16, 2005
- If you live in southern California and want to meet up with
a bunch of Type 4 enthusiasts, then I've got the event for you.
A group of us from the "Type 4rum" at the Shoptalk
Forums will be meeting up for dinner on December 3 at a
location (TBD) near Pomona, CA. The following morning a couple
of the members will be selling at the Pomona
Swap Meet, so we will all be meeting up there to continue
the chat. So, if you are interested in joining us, read this this
thread on the forum and let us know that you will be joining
us. Details can also be found on
this site. I hope that everyone can make it, as it will
be a lot of fun and informative for all.
- October 6, 2006
- I've been quite busy lately and haven't really had any time
to keep this site updated as I'd like. I'm still active over
at Shoptalk Forums as
moderator of the Type 4rum. I'm gradually getting all of the
pieces assembled for my 2056. Things are going slow at this
moment as I'm going back to college, so money is tight. I did
get my bored out German cylinders from Jake
Raby and my cylinder heads from Hoffman
Automotive Machine. The parts look great and Len did an
awesome job on the heads. I'll try to get a gallery together
of the heads to share with everyone. -- Tuna
- July 11, 2005
- I just discovered a new Type 4 based message forum. This one
belongs to ACTop20.com and
is located at this
address. This board seems to have a lot of members from
the northwest section of the US, so if you live in the area,
it may be something to check out. I'll try to stop in and see
what's going on.
- April 20, 2005
- Well, I'm proud to announce a new feature to the "How-To's" section.
The new how-to is entitled "Converting a Type 4" and
covers the basics of converting a stock Type 4 for use into
a Bug. Those of you with other Type 1s, early Busses or other
Type 1 powered vehicles will be able to use it as a guideline
to making your car Type 4 powered, as the same basic steps apply.
I will be updating it as necessary, so if you are contemplating
this conversion, check it out.
- April 13, 2005
- Things are starting to pick up here. I'm currently gathering
pictures for my new exhaust tech article, so that page should
be available soon and updated to reflect the changes in the
Type 4 scene. I'm also working on a new page that will step
you through buying a Type 4, converting it to upright cooling,
and installing it in your Bug. You'll find that page linked
on the Why A Type 4?" page when I'm
through with it. I've also got some other projects in the works,
so make sure you stop by to check them out.
- April 11, 2005
- Yesterday was the BugIn in
my old hometown of Fontana California, at the California
Speedway. It was a great event, though I was disappointed
to have only seen one Type 4 conversion car, a T3 Notchback
with a Porsche fan equipped Type 4.
Muffler of Santa Ana, California had a display there at
the Bug In 32 and had one of their Type 4 conversion headers
on display. They had purchased a used GA longblock, cleaned
and detailed it, and then mounted the header. I loaned them
my DTM for the day, so the visitors at their booth got to
see what the system looks like on a DTM equipped Type 4. I
even had the opportunity to talk to some people that were
looking at the display. I was able to inform them about what
the Type 4 is and why I'm such a big fan of it
- I'd like to encourage more of the Type 4 enthusiasts to start
making plans now to attend next year. We need to spread the
word and show the masses that the Type 4 engine is ready for
- April 2, 2005
- Well the new year is going well, for the most part. STF has
been up and down, but the owner has hired a company to bulletproof
the site and make it easier to make changes for those authorized.
- I have a treat for those of you curious about the engine
on the homepage. The engine belongs to John Elnef of Denmark,
and we've been exchanging emails lately. I told John that I've
received questions about his engine, so he's shared the details
and gave me a selection of photos of his Manx clone that this
Type 4 calls home. You can see the page
here or by clicking on the picture on the homepage.
I'm going to try to feature more Type 4 powered conversions
as I can get pictures and information.
- January 1, 2005
- Well, a New Year is upon us here on planet Earth. I have
a few things to share. First off, the Shoptalk Forums, home
of the Type 4rum, is currently down. This web site is based
on the phpBB forum software, but it's an older version and it's
been the victim of "script kiddies" defacing and altering the
web site. The owner of STF has enlisted myself and another person
to update the software, clean up any damage that was present,
and to close any possible backdoors. I will post here when the
site is ready for visits.
- November 25, 2004
- I'm proud to announce a new feature of this web site: the "How-to's" section.
This section will allow you to see first hand, detailed instructions
to doing procedures and creating parts necessary to the Type
4 and the conversion. The first How-To comes to us from Shoptalk
Forums, from Type 4rum member "Piledriver". He's developed a
Kafer brace to support your transaxle using parts from a tractor
supply business. It's a really great way to support your engine
on a budget.
- November 6, 2004
- Well, the A-1 header is finally done! If you want to see
some pictures of the header, I've got four
of them taken by Tiger himself on their car and my buddy's
engine. The header is now due to be shipped to Jake of Raby's
Aircooled Technology for dyno testing. I will let everyone know
when the header is available for sale.
- October 1, 2004
- For the last day and a half, the Shoptalk Forums web site
has been down, not responding to any request. I don't know anything
else, so please don't email looking for more information. I
will post here when I know more.
- More newsworthy information needs to be passed on. Last month
I, acting on behalf of the Type 4rum, brought A-1 Muffler of
Santa Ana, CA, a Type 4 longblock and a German BAS Ahnendorp
header. A-1 is going to fabricate a Type 1 merged header for
full body Bugs running a Type 4 engine. This header will utilize
a Type 1 style merged mufflers, like a stinger, dual quiet packs,
or a large turbo-style muffler.
- Unexpectedly A-1 has gotten really busy and this project
is taking longer than expected. We are now approaching the one
month mark, but I'm patient. I'd rather see him take a few extra
weeks and get it right, rather than rush it and get a crappy
header. Stay tuned!
- September 26, 2004
- You may have noticed that on the front web page that there
are two new editions. These additions are two web rings. One
is for Type 4 conversions, the other for 912s and early 911s.
After you've checked out my site, make sure you hit the web
rings to find more information.
- August 1, 2004
- Well, I'm working on updating the site. As of right now,
I've updated the Contributors, the "Why a Type 4?", Crankcase reference
page, and the tech articles on the upright conversions.
These tech articles were severely out of date, so I recommend
that you go back read it. I will be updating the rest as soon
as possible. I will be letting you know when the pages are down.
- July 31, 2004
- It's been a while since I've posted here. Let me give some
updates from this spring and summer. I've taken delivery of
my DTM upright conversion from Jake of Raby's
Aircooled Technology. You have to see this shroud in person
to truly understand the engineering marvel it is. My particular
shroud is #50 that Raby has made. You can see a photo of the
shroud, alternator stand, and modified Scat pulley here.
This shroud is for my 2056cc that's destined for my '69 Bug.
- I've also received my parts back from Raby's
Aircooled Technology that they machined for me. The parts,
for the 2056cc, have all been machined and the reciprocating
parts dynamic balanced. This type of balancing requires for
all of the rotating parts to be assembled and the balancing
is done as a whole assembly, not as individual parts. This
makes the whole assembly rotate smoothly, so it will run from
idle to top RPM without wasting energy. It will add years
to the life of an engine and make driving it a pleasure.
- Another recent acquisition for my '69 Bug is a BAS
Ahnendorp 39mm header (p/n 21152). BAS claims this header
is good to 200hp with it's 39mm mandrel bent tubing and sideways
pointing collector. After the engine is running, I will take
the car down to a local muffler shop and have them fit the
header with a turbo style muffler. I'm still deciding on where
to locate that muffler. I'll be posting pics of the header
- March 4, 2004
- Well, this is a quick news entry. This morning I discovered
that the Shoptalk Forums, home of this site's official forum,
the Type 4rum, wasn't loading. After doing some investigating,
I discovered that the webmaster had unknowingly let the domain
name expire, so the domain registrar was ceasing all incoming
requests to that domain.
- Well, I was able to contact someone with STF and we worked
it out. I've updated the domain for another year.
- November 13, 2003
- Well, this year has definitely not worked out the way I foresaw.
Among the highlights was Raby's
Aircooled Technology's acquisition of Oregon Performance
Products molds for the DTM shroud. This purchase included
the Type 4 DTM, the Type 1 DTM, and the experimental 911 fan
DTM. Jake Raby, owner of Aircooled Technology, spent a good
portion of the year improving various parts of this conversion.
You can find more about this conversion at their new site dedicated
to the DTM at http://www.massivetype4.com/.
- Another promising development is the exhaust system selection
from Turbo Thomas.
Turbo Thomas is from the UK, but their selection of exhaust
systems for the Type 4 conversion is great and the prices are
very reasonable. Aircooled Technology is awaiting two systems
so they can test them on the RAT dyno.
- January 15, 2003
- I just wanted to let everyone know that I welcome your suggestions.
I've had a few people make a few suggestions and they've been
great ideas. I will be looking into implementing those ideas
and integrating them into the site. I've also been working on
gathering pictures to help illustrate the site. So keep your
eyes open for these changes in the upcoming months.
- My 2056 daily driver parts are still at Raby's
Aircooled Technology, awating to be balanced. We are waiting
on OPP to deliver on a DTM shroud kit, as we need the pulley
to finish the bottom end and get it on the balancing machine.
- November 2, 2002
- Well, it's been quite a summer and fall. I've had some family
issues that have taken precedence over updating this site. Today
I've posted a new tour page, the Cylinder
Head, and made some new changes and additions to the Links page.
- I'm also working on getting my daily driver 2056cc (96x71)
parts gathered. The parts are currently being dynamically balanced
at Raby's Aircooled
Technology. I'm hoping to have the engine running and installed
into my Bug late
spring. Stay tuned for updates!
- The webmaster for Shoptalk Forums has posted a temporary
web page explaining the circumstances of why the STF is down
at the moment. You'll find the page here: http://shoptalkforums.com/site-down.html So,
we'll have to suffer this week without our beloved forums and
look forward to when Brian returns on the 19th. See everyone
- August 14, 2002
- Last night I was informed that the word on the street was
that STF was changing servers and that the site would be up
this morning. Well, it's 10:45AM PDT and the site is not active
yet. I will be contiunually checking throughout the day and
will post any new news here.
- A few of the people that emailed me in the last couple of
day expressed concerns that maybe we were going to lose the
Type 4rum and the 411/412 Forum. In the off case that happens,
I'll look into hosting a similiar forum here at the Tunacan.net server.
- August 13, 2002
- This is let everyone know that the Shoptalk Forums is experiencing
some difficulties. STF has been down since Sunday evening (Aug.
11, 2002) and as of noon today is still not responding. I've
sent the webmaster of STF an email, inquiring about what's going
on and asking if there is anything we can do. At the moment
the web site is resolving to a default webpage from RackShack.Net,
STF web host provider. I will post any new news here.
- May 20, 2002
- The Type 4rum seems to be experiencing some problems. I've
sent an email to the webmaster, letting him know of the problems
and hopefully he remedy the situation. I will post any new news
here as to the progress. Right now you post a reply to a pre-existing
thread, but new threads are not appearing on the list. Some
people have reported that their username/password is no longer
being accepeted. I've passed this information on to the webmaster.
When I hear back from him, I will post a message here.
- Update (15:38PDT): I've tried sending out emails to
the webmaster, but all of the adderesses I have are being bounced
back. I'll keep trying to contact their webmaster until we can
get this situation remedied.
- February 17, 2002
- Well, I've been working on polishing the pages on this site.
Everything I did today was mostly detail stuff. The only notable
exception was my update to the upright
cooling tech article with new information about the horizontal
- February 3, 2002
- It's done!! After a long wait, I have finally completed a
major update of the Technical
Articles. I've updated all of the articles to cover more
things in details and to update for new research and products.
I hope you find it helpful in building your Type 4.
- December 19, 2001
- Thanks to an eagle eyed visitor, I corrected the displacement
chart page with the correct numbers. I also took this
opportunity to add the 102mm bore to the list, in anticipation
of the new 102mm piston/cylinders that are coming soon.
- December 13, 2001
- I've posted an updated crankcase
reference page with new codes and data I've recently acquired.
I'm still working on updating the tech articles. You'll find
a lot of great information in the articles when they are completed
and posted. Stay tuned...
- November 29, 2001
- Well, it appears that Shoptalk has outgrown it's current
host. The administrator is looking into alternatives and to
keep costs covered.
- November 28, 2001
- This is to let everyone know that the Shoptalk Forums are
experiencing some problems at this moment. You can post messages,
but it's dating them about 19 days earlier. I've contacted the
board administrator, so hopefully the problem will be corrected
soon. I will post an update when everything is working again.
- November 19, 2001
- Well, it's been a couple of months since I last posted an
update to this site. The site has moved once again, this time
to a more permanent location on a super fast connection in Los
Angeles. The reason for the lack of updates is that a group
of Type 4 enthusiasts from the Type 4rum have joined together
to form an organization called "Type 4 Power". Well, I'm currently
developing the website, which will be a central location for
latest Type 4 news. I will post any new information here and
at the Type 4rum.
- September 11, 2001
- I've added another link to the link page. The new address
is an Australian company that offers a modified Type 4 for use
in an airplane. These engines, dubbed RG2000, feature 66mm stroke (1.7/1.8), 98.4mm bore, and
1.5 ratio rockers.
- September 1, 2001
- I created the tech article
on the CT/CZ engine because I felt that having some place
to send someone with questions about these codes would be
handy. It's not a Type 4 and is quite rare, but I've seemed
to spark quite a bit of interest of this engine. A few people
have submitted more information on these codes and I've used
their contributions to expand the article.
- August 14, 2001
- For those of you with CT or CZ code engines, I've got the
low down on that engine. I've just finished putting together
a page explaining how these
engine codes are not a Type 4 engine, but are actually a Type
1 cousin. So, if you are curious, give the page a read. There
are about half dozen illustrations from a VW dealer parts book.
- August 14, 2001
- Well, everything seems to be up and running again here at Type
4:Secrets Revealed. This web host is just a temporary
stopping point until we can get the real web server up and
running. That should happen sometime at the end of this month.
Email is working again (reliably this time), so feel free
to drop me an email if
you have comments, questions, or concerns.
- August 5, 2001
- I guess you never know when you come across new information.
I recently gained access to a source of information about VW
parts. While perusing this source, I made a few discoveries.
These discoveries were about crankcase codes and their original
applications. The CU and CV are basically identical, the CU
being carbuerated with dual Solex 34 PDSITs and the CV used
Bosch fuel injection. The only real issue with using it in an
upright conversion is the breather tower. It features an enclosed
tower and that must be machined off to be usable, not a cheap
job, as a lot has to come off. The exhaust ports are the later
style that is incompatible with most aftermarket exhaust systems.
I will be making note of this information in a future site revision.
- My major discovery today isn't a Type 4, though it's often
confused as one. There is a Vanagon engine with the codes of
CT and CZ. I repeat these are NOT Type 4s!! Upon more detailed
inspection, they are essentially Type 1s with a cast in oil
filter (same setup as a wasserboxer) and a cooling system rather
similar to the Type 4 of the same year. Even though the cooling
system looks similar, nothing is interchangible with the Type
4 engine. The CZ features "recessed crown" pistons, probably
to the lower compression ratio, but otherwise the CT and CZ
are identical. The CT/CZ used a single Solex 34PICT4 carb. This
engine uses the rocker assemblies of the Wasserboxer with 9mm
adjuster screws. This engine was never available here in the
US, but was available in other markets. If you have further
questions about the CT/CZ engine, feel free to email
- August 3, 2001
- It seems that my web host is experiencing some difficulties.
We are hosted by the same
company that hosts the Shoptalk Forums. Right now the service
is running well enough that I can post this entry, but I've
been unable to upload files. If the service doesn't get any
better soon, I will have to implement a project I've been working
on. If you need to reach me, try sending me an email at the
usual address, email@example.com.
If I don't reply, try sending me an email at this backup address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will only check this backup account when I know that the regular
account isn't working, so first try the email@example.com address
- August 1, 2001
- I'm currently working on updating and expanding the tech
article on upright conversions. There will be a lot of great
information in the article, but I will not post it until I feel
it's ready. This expansion includes a full webpage dedicated
to the Type 1 alternator/generator style conversions and another
web page for the 911 fan/alternator conversions.
- I am also working on an article discussing your transmission
options with a Type 4. I will be discussing the Type 1/3 trans
(including the Berg 5 speed), the Type 2 IRS, the Type 4 transaxle,
and the Porsche 901/915 five speed. If you are experienced with
the Porsche 901/915 transaxle in a Bug, please drop me an
- Stay tuned for these informative articles!
- July 7, 2001
- I've done some minor updates to the connecting
rod tech article. I've included some discussion on using
the stock rod for high performance applications and a bit
about lightening, polishing and shotpeening con-rods.
- June 19, 2001
- I've done some minor updates to most of the tech articles,
along with a major revision of the connecting
rod tech article. I cover more of the technical details
of the connecting and how to make more horsepower with just
picking the right con-rods.
- June 18, 2001
- Well, I'm back from my vacation to Colorado. My brother,
who is also a contributor here, got married to his Internet
sweetheart Mechelle. Congrats Chris and Mechelle.
- In Shoptalk news, Jake Raby has finally returned to the Type
4rum. Jake realized that the forum was a great way of sharing
information and that we've got a great collection of enthusiasts.
Welcome back Jake.
- June 3, 2001
- I am leaving this morning for a long overdue vacation. Feel
free to email me, I will get back to you, but realize that a
reply may take longer (like a day or two).
- May 18, 2001
- I must say that this week has been quite an interesting week.
Earlier in the week I received an email from a gentleman from
Australia. He gave me some great information on crankcase codes,
but when I replied to his email, the address was no good. So,
Mr. Glen, if you are reading this, I'd really like to reply
to your email, but I need a valid address to send the reply.
In the meantime, I'm going to be updating the crankcase tech
article and the crankcase reference page. Keep your eyes posted
here; I will post an entry when those pages are updated.
- It seems that Jake Raby of aircooledtechnology.net has decided to leave the Shoptalk
Forums and our Type
4rum. There were a lot of people who questioned his motives
for frequenting the site and his sharing of information. He
will be missed by those of us that enjoyed reading his experiences
and findings. We hope that he will continue to lurk around the
forum, and keep in touch. We hope you return soon Jake!
- May 6, 2001
- I occasionally get a question about the horsepower figures
of various Type 4 engines and why the figures for the early
Type 4s were relatively higher than the later model engines.
I found a great thread on Shoptalk that deals with that
issue. A few of the posters were quite knowledgable about bhp
vs. hp, SAE vs. DIN, net vs. gross. Read the entire
thread for the lowdown. Thanks to the posters of that thread.
- I've also finished my first complete Exhaust
System tech article and a Type 4 FAQ. As with all
of my tech articles, these pages will be updated as I have
new information for them.
- May 2, 2001
- The updates keep coming. I've now got a great displacement
chart in the Reference section of this site. So, if you are
wondering what displacement a combination would be, check out
the chart. I'm
also working on a Type 4 FAQ and am still updating the Exhaust
System tech article.
- April 30, 2001
- One news item: I was down at FAT Performance a few weeks
ago and picked up a camshaft, lifters, cam gear, and heavy duty
flywheel bolts. The lifters are Scat, and the cam is from Babe
Erson. It's a new FAT grind, part number FC441N with 0.342" of
valve lift, 270° duration, 20° of overlap and 106° lobe
centers. I discussed with Greg Aronson the engine I was building
and he suggested this new grind of theirs. The low duration
will make it ideally suited for the 1911cc (96x66) that I'm
assembling. It's basically a stock engine with stock cooling,
dual Weber 40IDFs and 1.7 heads (haven't committed to valve
sizes yet). This engine will be built to provide reliability,
mild manners, and is a lower cost project. I'll post any new
information here. It'll end up in my project buggy, code named
the "Orange Crate".
- April 7, 2001
- Just a few updates to post. I've rearranged the Links page.
They are now grouped by logical groups and hopefully are easier
to use. I've also updated the tech article on the oil
system off the Type 4. The page has a ton of great information
about the oil system. Last, but not least, I've finished the camshaft
tour page. Like always, I'd like to hear from anyone that
has information I don't. Email me with comments or suggestions.
- March 27, 2001
- The old saying goes "imitation is the ultimate form of
flattery". I guess that it's true. It seems that a Type
4 enthusiast enjoyed this site so much, he copied my website
for his website (Warning:
his site is only viewable with Microsoft Internet Explorer
Navigator 4.76 or Opera 3.62 to work). He used my website,
almost word for word, for his Type 4 tech section. "Type
4: Secrets Revealed" has been a work in progress since
1997 and it will continue to grow with more original information.
I created with the intention of sharing information with the
rest of the world, and it will continue to do so. Many people
have contributed to this site, and I hope that we will benefit
from their future contributions.
- February 26, 2001
- Well, this last month has been a nightmare. Dealing with
some of these server co-location companies can be a real pain.
The one I was
contracting with for server space and bandwidth went bankrupt
and never contacted it's clients to let them know. The service
termination caught me off guard and made me quite angry. I later
found out at Yahoo news that they couldn't afford to pay their
bills. What a month!!
- February 25, 2001
- Well, if you are reading this, then we are back up and running.
Thanks to Captain Panic for letting me know about ochosting.com's
reasonable prices for web service. I have a lot of cool stuff
planned for this site, including my on-going revising of the
tech articles and more illustrations. I want to take this moment
and let you all know that I am always open to suggestions about
the site. If you have a question about something and feel that
others might benefit from it, let me know.
This site is for all Type 4 enthusiasts.
- January 29, 2001
- Well another year has come and gone and we're all still here.
I do have some good news for the world of Type 4 tuning. Jake
Raby of aircooledtechnology.com will
be featured in upcoming issues of VWTrends. They will be highlighting
his trigger fired ignition for the Type 4 and his dual spark
plug cylinder heads. Both are advancements for the Type 4 and
this exposure will hopefully lead more people and vendors to
realize that the future is the Type 4 engine and embracing this
fact now will mean being a pioneer in the industry. On another
note, there has been a lot of talk about manifolds for installing
a Type 4 engine into a Type 3 car. I've now heard that both
Eurorace and FAT Performance have
done this operation before for customers. They will either cut
down your standard T4 IDF manifolds or sell you a new set and
cut those down. This is definitely good news for those contemplating
this conversion. The Type 4 is a natural transplant for the
- October 10, 2000
- It has been a long time since the last posting, but after
participating in the Type
4um, I've got some information to share with everyone. I've
updated the "Intake" tech
article with a lot more information. It's necessary reading
for anyone involved with the Type 4 engine. I'm also working
on a tech article that will cover the need-to-know facts about
putting a Type 4 engine into the Type 3. Stay tuned for it!!
- June 9, 2000
- I know it's been a while since I posted here to this site,
but that doesn't mean that I haven't been working on it. Actually
I've been hanging out at the Type
4um message board. I'd like to welcome everyone to stop
by and browse the messages. You can learn a lot. Thanks to Pascal,
a French Type 4 nut, and our own Rolf for contributing a few
codes in the Reference section.
- April 27, 2000
- Due to some unfortunate circumstances, Brian Wagener's Type
4 web host shut down the forum. To provide this valuable resource
to all of you interested in the Type 4, Brian and I teamed up
and now I am hosting the site for Brian and he's running the
site. If you got questions about the Type 4 engine, or just
general VW questions, check out the site.
I will be moderating the Type
4 forum. Hope to see you there!!
- April 25, 2000
- The June issue of Total
VW has hit the newstands and it has the review of this
site. Thanks to Chris Gough for the great review. You'll find
the review on page 66 of the magazine, in the "Access All
Areas" column. Like Mr. Gough states in the article, this
site is designed to get you started into your journey of the
- April 8, 2000
- It seems that the May issue of Total
VW has gone to press with my site in it. I haven't seen
the issue or the article, but I'm definitely excited. I'll
keep everyone posted when I get a copy.
I'd also like to thank Brian Wagener for the two new links in the Links page.
If you have any links that I don't posted here, let me know and I'll include
them with the next update.
- March 28, 2000
- I just received an email from Total
VW magazine, asking me if I would like to have my website
featured in their magazine. One of the contributing editors
said it would be a small article in the May issue. What else
was I going to say?! I will post any news as it happens.
- March 13, 2000
- I've started working on a 2.0L for my
Bus. When I acquired the Bus, the engine was making some
quite awful noises. I had a '76 Bus that I removed the drivetrain
out and gave away. So, I plan on cleaning the engine, doing
a valve job on the heads, painting the engine tin and installing
it in my Bus. I will be installing it with dual Weber 40 IDF
carbs, Bosch 050 distributor with Pertronix electronic conversions,
and a single quiet pack muffler and header. I will post some
photos of it while I work on it.
- March 1, 2000
- I've been getting quite a few emails from other Type 4 enthusiasts.
It's great to hear from you all. Many of you have been asking
me about if I'm going to finish the technical articles. Well,
yes I do plan on finishing them, but I've been sick lately and
just haven't had the money to continue funding my research.
I am feeling better now and will be working on the articles
in my free time (what little money, and time, I have). I also
welcome anyone to submit information to me that might assist
me in getting them done.
- January 7, 2000
- Well, as I thought so, we did not have any problems with
the whole year 2000 issue. Many people planned ahead and made
sure that our server was Y2K certified and we made it through
the new year without even a hiccup.
- December 25, 1999
- We are rapidly approaching on the new year and I hope that
the new year is a turning point in the image of the Type 4 engine.
The Type 1 has been the long favorite of the street and high
performance crowd, and it has done so quite well, but it's shortcomings
are becoming apparent. Because of the lack of knowledgable Type
4 enthusiasts, myths and lies abound uncontrollably. I will
continue to do my part to encourage the use of the Type 4 and
I encourage you to do the same. Tom
- December 20, 1999
- Like any enthusiast's car, this website is involved in a
continual evolution. Right now I am working on a message forum,
where you can post questions/ answers/ comments to other visitors.
I will post the link when it's all done. I'm still working on
writing the tech articles, but my lack of time has made that
difficult. I will post a notice here when I get any done.
- October 29, 1999
- Well October has been a crazy month to say the least. We
experienced some server problems in the beginning and it took
us almost two weeks to get this site back online. I'm still
working on pages here, so make sure you stop by often. Right
now I'm working on a message board so visitors can posts questions
and answers right here on the site. I'll make a note of it here
when it's running.
- September 8, 1999
- I've just finished posting a new section of this site. It's
a tour of the Type 4 engine and what makes
it different from the Type 1. These pages are chock full of
pictures, illustrating key features and distinguishing marks.
The pages also show the equivalent Type 1 part, great for those
of you who are familiar with the Type 1. As of right now only
the crankcase and the connecting rod pages are done, but I am
working on the other pages as I get appropriate pictures.
- August 25, 1999
- Thanks to Rolf Christensen for the picture of the engine
on our homepage. He thought I might be able to use and the orange
goes great with the site. The engine belongs to his friend John
and currently resides in a fiberglass street racer buggy. If
memory serves me right, it is a 2365cc and is driven quite a
- August 17, 1999
- It has been a while since I updated this site, but that doesn't
mean I haven't been working on it. I just came across the specifications
for the GC 2.0 engine. You can read it for yourself in the Crankcase
in the Reference section. I am still working
on the Technical Articles, but it has been slow going. My latest
endeavor for this site has been a pictorial tour of the Type
4 engine and how it compares to the Type 1 engine. I've got
the crankcase page started and hope to be finished soon.
- May 2, 1999
- Well, I actually fell for an April Fool's joke this year.
The whole "New Beetle Light" thing was a joke! It turns out
that Super VW magazine played a great joke on it's readers.
They pasted in pictures of a 911 to make it appear that there
was indeed a new Type 4 powered, 911 fan New Beetle. It was
great while it lasted!
- April 24, 1999
- While browsing the WWW the other night, I came across a page
that referenced to the French VW magazine, Super VW. It appears
to talk about a New Beetle (the watercooled variety), but this
one is fitted with a 1.8L Type 4 engine in the back. The engine
features Motronic EFI and an upright shroud for a 911 fan and
alternator. I've included a rough translation of the article
text and the scanned image of the
accompanying pictures. How about that? A factory fresh, upright-converted,
Type 4 engine. Am I dreaming or what?
- March 30, 1999
- I've gotten a lot of email lately about information I didn't
have posted. I would like to thank all of those people who shared
their thoughts. It's great to hear from Type 4 enthusiasts from
around the world. I see this as a communal effort. We are all
trying out new and fresh ideas, so if we share our experiences
and knowledge, we'll better the community. Once again, if you
notice something that is missing or just have a question, email
- February 2, 1999
- I've added a new page to
the Reference section. It is a compilation of torque values
and thread dimensions for the Type 4 engine. This information
may be handy when it comes time to assemble your engine and
you can't locate the proper value in your service manual. Once
again, if you notice something that is missing, email
me with the information.
- January 25, 1999
- I found a pair of manifolds for running dual Holley 5200
progressive throat carbs for a 4-bolt cylinder heads. I found
them while getting some parts for my lowly Bug. Because the
carbs are progressive opening butterfly valves, the carb is
situated 90 degrees to the engine. This makes this dual carb
setup nearly impossible for an upright conversion in a Beetle,
though I suspect they could be used in a Karmann Ghia, Baja,
sandrail or dunebuggy quite easily.
- January 22, 1999
- The new year brings a new look here at Type
4: Secrets Revealed. We hope that you find the new look
appealing and easy to find your way around. This page is actually
a new feature of this site. We'll post news and information
to keep you informed about the Type 4. Happy New Year!