Disassembling the Engine Tin

Follow along with our VW expert, Sam as he shows a step-by-step guide on how to remove the tins from a classic Volkswagen Type 3 engine.

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In our last blog, we shared how to remove the engine from a Type 3. Today, we’ll show you how to disassemble the tins from the engine in order to complete repairs or install upgrades. 

Tools to Use:

  • 10mm Wrench
  • 13mm Wrench
  • 17mm Wrench
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • 3/8 Drive Ratchet
  • 10mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket






Steps to Follow:

1. Remove the nuts at both of the J-tubes

2. Loosen the header clamps

3. Remove the J-tubes

4. Remove header nuts from both of the heads

5. Pull off the header and muffler assembly

6. Unthread the nuts at the intake manifolds on both heads


7. Pull off carburetors and linkage


8. Remove the coil and engine intake cover bolts


9. Cut and remove the intake cover


10.Unbolt the generator strap


11. Remove the generator


12. Pull off the distributor clamp nut from the engine case

13. Remove the distributor and the clamp

14. Remove multiple sheet metal screws from the cylinder shrouds and pull off cylinder shrouds

15. Remove the oil cooler

16. Bolt a flywheel lock to the case

17. Remove the crank pulley nut 

18.Pull off the crank pulley

19. Unbolt the coil bracket and front fan shroud bolts and remove front fan shroud

20. Use a pulley puller to pull off the crankshaft fan

21. Unbolt the rear shroud fan from the oil filler tower and engine

22. Pull off the left and right cylinder deflect tins

23. Unbolt the rear engine cross brace from the engine case

24. Unbolt the oil filler tower from the case

25. Pull the breather tube off of the dipstick tube


Once you’ve completed all of these steps, the engine tins are now removed and you can continue the engine enhancement or rebuild on your classic VW. 

If you need to replace or upgrade the engine tins visit www.JBugs.com, we have everything from tin, shrouds, pulleys, and valve covers to firewalls, clamps, and even complete kits.

All of our products are manufactured with durable materials and quality tested to ensure they meet factory standards. We guarantee these products will enhance your classic Volkswagen without compromising its classic style.

Good luck with your restoration! If you need additional guidance on the removal or installation of products, visit our channel on YouTube or give us a call at 1-800-231-1784. 

About the Author:

While relatively new to JBugs & the VW scene, Sarah Dixon is an all around classic car, off-road, & motorcycle enthusiast. She has shown great interest in learning more about classic VW culture.

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