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A VW Dune Buggy engine is air cooled, pulling air in through the back of the fan shroud and directing it down through the engine tin and sheet metal over the cylinders and heads. Although most of the stock VW shrouds and engine tin are not needed for off roading, the fan shroud and cylinder shrouds are very important.
We offer both the upright (oil cooler is inline with the fan) and the doghouse (oil cooler is offset from the fan and in it's own section) fan shroud. Both the fan shrouds are offered in chrome or black with or without heater ducts. For the dune buggy or sand rail with an external cooler, the ram air shroud is a minimalist shroud that does not house an oil cooler.
Cylinder shrouds are available for single port or dual port heads in chrome or black. We also an off road, dual port cylinder shroud that has been trimmed of unnecessary metal that isn't used on off road engines. Generator or alternator backing plates are available in chrome or black. We have all the engine tin and shroud screws you'll need to install the engine tin and for those that want to spruce up their Baja Bug engine a bit we also have engine dress up kits.
Up until 1970 VW Type 1 Engines used and upright oil cooler. It is housed in the fan shroud and sits in line with the fan. On the 3/4 side of the engine the fan blows through the oil cooler, then the cylinders which is somewhat counter productive. Upright fan shrouds come in either black or chrome and with or without heater ducts.
In 1971 VW changed their fan shroud and oil cooler configuration to the more preferred doghouse style. Doghouse refers to the small compartment on the back of the fan shroud that houses the oil cooler. The doghouse oil cooler system moves the cooler out of the cylinder air flow to better cool the 3/4 cylinders. The dog house tin directs the air away from the fan intake so it is not pulled back in to the fan shroud.
If you are running a full flow oil system or an oil cooler bypass and not running a stock oil cooler then a ram air fan shroud might be just what you're looking for.
Any guesses as to what cylinder shrouds do? Yes, they shroud the cylinders, directing air from the fan shroud around the heads and cylinders. Single and dual port shrouds come in chrome or black.
The backing plate is an essential part of your engine's cooling system but no one said it can't look good.
The cooling fan is what keeps your air cooled engine operating at a safe temperature. Make sure your fan is up to that task and that you have all the hardware necessary to mount it to your generator or alternator.
Bolt your engine to together with stock cheese head sheet metal engine screws or the stainless steel button head screws. Either way, the tin screws ensure the tin is sealed and mounted properly.
From simple color coordinated caps and wires to kits with all the chrome accessories your dune buggy engine needs. These chrome kits will help dress up your plain engine in no time.
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