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Bugsley
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:59 pm    Post subject: My 1966 Beetle Reply with quote

My bugs serial # ends in 054077. My ďFĒ engine # ends in 060580. Iíve owned the car since 2010. The engine number doesnít match the vehicle serial number. I believe they were made in the same month, August 1965. I want to increase the engine size to 1600 by changing the cylinder/pistons & heads. Would this cause problems? Iíve already converted the electrical to 12 volt.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The engine number and the chassis number will not be 'the same'. According to the extensive database on www.thesamba.com, the chassis number is from Aug 1965, and the engine number is from March, 1966. This could mean that the engine was replaced under warranty (just a guess) ...or perhaps a previous owner replaced the engine, and tried to get one as close as possible to the chassis number date.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. I didnít know the serial numbers didnít match. I thought the engine number was so low that it had to be made very early too. F0060580 I assumed would be the 60580 engine made & my Bug was number 54077. I tried to look at Samba but couldnít find the chart. Thanks for your help.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is where the chart is:
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/bugchassisdating.php
I think Digger added an extra digit when he looked up your engine number. Both the serial number and the engine number appear to be from August `65. I think it is very likely that you have the original engine. I would want a 1300 engine in my `66, but if a 1600 is important to you, then I would suggest getting another engine.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry ...h-moto is correct: I was one digit off. Sorry for the misdirection!!
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