EMPI VW 1600cc Longblock Engine

EMPI VW 1600cc Longblock Engine

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The EMPI 1600cc VW long block engine will get your car back on the road with stock VW performance and reliability. This long block engine comes backed by a 12-month/12,000 mile warranty. There's no core, no long lead-times, and no rebuilt components. Everything in this engine is brand new.

The 1600cc EMPI long block engine is built in Southern California by legendary VW racing legend Jack Sacchette. Jack Sacchette knows race engines, and he knows quality engine components. Jack is the founder of Jay Cee Enterprises and is a 9 Time VW drag race champion. His engine builds are legendary, and have been featured in Hot VW's numerous times. In short, if Jack puts his name on this project, you know these are going to be some seriously great engines.

These EMPI long blocks come with the best internal components available from the top brands in the world. Everything is brand new. Nothing is re-furbished or re-built. Actual component selection may vary based on world-wide availability, but you can trust that the engine is built the right-way using the good stuff.

Components brand names include AutoLinea, Elring, EMPI, OSVAT, Mahle, Manton, Silverline and Schadek. This engine in particular includes a new, AutoLinea “Bubble Top” engine case and AutoLinea dual port cylinder heads with OE style OSVAT valves, seats and EMPI proprietary 3 angle valve job performed on a Rottler valve machine at EMPI in Anaheim, California.

These EMPI long-block engines will ship via truck freight to your home. The engines are crated for safe delivery and the truck freight includes a residential lift gate service if necessary. You don't need to worry about getting it off the truck. They will deliver it safely to your door step or garage. Can only be shipped to the lower 48 States.

Oil is not included. Follow included set-up & break-in instructions before running your engine. Go where the road takes you knowing your new engine has you covered. Your EMPI Long Block will be that last of your worries.

The 1600cc engine has chromoly pushrods so when it comes time to adjust the valves, or if you are checking them before the first start, make sure they are set to "zero lash". The pushrod shoould be able to spin freely, but the rocker arm shouldn't have any play against the pushrod or the valve stem.

  • Engine Case - AutoLinea-EMPI. H.D. Aluminum “Bubble Top” Engine Case
  • Crankshaft- Direct Drilled, 69mm Stroke
  • Pistons & Cylinders - Mahle, 85.5mm Diameter
  • Rods - OE Specification
  • Camshaft - Stock Cam with Flat Gear, .334" Lift, 250º Duration
  • Lifters - Precision Ground and Heat Treated, 28mm
  • Flywheel - Stock Style, 4 Dowel Pin, 200mm
  • Gland Nut - Chromoly, Heavy Duty
  • Main Bearings - Standard, Steel Center
  • Rod Bearings - Standard
  • Cam Bearings - Standard Thrust
  • Oil Pump - Schadek, 26mm with Cover
  • Head Studs - Chromoly, 8mm with Nuts
  • Pushrod Tubes - Stock Style
  • Heads - AutoLinea Dual Port Cylinder Head, EMPI Spec, Includes: OSVAT O.E. Style 35.55mm Intake and 32mm Exhaust Valves, 3 Angle Valve Job Completed on Precision Rottler Seat & Guide Machine at EMPI Anaheim
  • Pushrods - Manton 11.500" OAL x 3/8" Diameter x .035" Wall Thickness
  • Rockers - High Performance, Stock 1.1:1 Ratio
  • Valve Covers - Stock Steel Style - Black
  • Gaskets - Elring Engine Gasket Set
All the items (short of an exhaust system and exhaust gaskets) needed to turn this long block engine into a turn key engine are available in our Long Block Completion Kit.

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EMPI Longblock Warranty

How Much Power?

Horsepower is not solely determined by the long block and what is inside. Other factors such as carburetion, exhaust, ignition and tuning must be considered. The only true way to determine horsepower of any given engine is to mount it to a dyno and measure the power output. Keep in mind horsepower is only 1 part of the puzzle. A powerful engine in a car with larger diameter tires (like in a Baja Bug application) might struggle to keep up with a stock engine, in a stock application.

Our rough engine horsepower estimates are:
60 HP for the 1600cc.
70 HP for the 1776cc.
80 HP for the 1914cc.

California Prop 65 Warning: Cancer and Reproductive Harm
Please Note:The information listed below is for stock, unmodified VW's manufactured for sale in the US. VW's are commonly modified and very often parts from another year VW may have been installed on your car. California Pacific JBugs is not responsible for any errors if your car has been modified in any way.
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VW Type II (Bus)
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