EMPI VW 1776cc Longblock Engine

EMPI VW 1776cc Longblock Engine

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1776cc VW Engine from EMPI that is Designed for the Street

The EMPI 1776cc VW long block engine is designed for reliable performance on the street and comes backed by a 12-month/12,000 limited warranty. These engines are built and assembled by VW racing legend Jack Sacchette in Southern California. This engine is designed to give you a power and performance upgrade with unrivaled reliability. This EMPI long block engine is perfect if you have a weekend cruiser where you want it to get up and go, but you don't need anything crazy or over-the-top. These engines are NOT designed for the drag stip or off-road use.

This 1776cc engine uses a brand new, AutoLinea "Bubble Top" HD aluminum case and EMPI High Performance cylinder heads with S/S valves, chromoly retainers and EMPI proprietary 3 angle valve job performed on a Rottler valve machine at EMPI's facility in Anaheim, California.

In addition to the brand new case and heads, these engines also use brand-new components from the best suppliers in the air-cooled VW industry including AA Performance Products, AutoLinea, Elring, EMPI, OSVAT, Mahle, Manton, Silverline and Schadek.

All EMPI Long Blocks are crated on a pallet, shrink-wrapped and ready to ship directly from EMPI. They arrive via truck-freight and delivery includes residential lift-gate service if necessary.

The 1776cc 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.

Can only be shipped to the lower 48 States.

Included Components

  • Engine Case - AutoLinea-EMPI. H.D. “Bubble Top” Engine Case
  • Crankshaft - Direct Drilled, 69mm Stroke
  • 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, 21mm with Cover
  • Head Studs - Chromoly, 8mm with Nuts
  • Pistons & Cylinders - OE Specification, 90.5mm Diameter
  • Pushrod Tubes - Stock Style
  • Heads - EMPI High-Performance Dual Port Cylinder Head, 90.5mm Bore, 35.5 Intake x 32mm Exhaust S/S Valves, Single Hi-Rev Valve Springs, Chromoly Retainers, 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

Additional Features

  • Reliable, Street-able Performance
  • 12-month/12,000 Mile Limited Warranty
  • 100% Brand New Components
  • Ships for Free and Comes Palletized, Shrink-wrapped, and Crated
  • Get Your VW On the Road Quickly with Unrivaled Reliability and Performance
  • Perfect for EMPI Dual 40 HPMX Carburetor Kit

This EMPI Long Block is Perfect If...

  • You don't have an engine or your engine is blown up
  • You want a brand new, 0 miles engine
  • You want a VW that is going to be faster than a 1600cc yet still very reliable
  • You want a quick VW with extra power, but you don't need anything over-the-top
  • You want an engine that is backed by a reputable company like EMPI
  • A "Rebuilt" engine sounds scary
  • You, someone you know, or someone you can pay has the knowledge to bolt on all the engine tin and accessories of an air-cooled VW Engine.

This EMPI Long Block is The Wrong Choice If...

  • You want to take your VW to the drag strip
  • Your VW goes off-road
  • You want the cheapest, lowest cost engine, regardless of reliability and quality of components
  • Dropping the engine and constantly tinkering with it is something that sounds fun

Other Items You May Need (If you Don't Already Have Them)

  • All Engine Tin
  • Cooling Fan
  • Alternator (Or Generator)
  • Both Pulleys
  • Fan Belt
  • Cooling Fan
  • Alternator Generator Stand
  • Distributor
  • Spark Plugs
  • Spark Plug Wires
  • Ignition Coil
  • Carburetor Kit with Intake Manifold
  • Alternator Generator Stand
  • Fuel Pump
  • Oil Cooler
  • Fuel Line to the Engine
  • Air Cleaner
  • Oil Filler
  • Shroud Screws
  • Pulley Hardware
  • Fuel Pump and Components
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.

long block completion gif

Aluminum engine cases are cast in a different mold than magnesium for additional strength and so the case can accept larger internal components. Aluminum cases are thicker in some areas, and due to the size differences versus the magnesium cases, will require that some engine tin pieces, fan shrouds and often times even accessories, like deep oil sumps, will have to be modified, trimmed, or clearanced so that they can be installed.

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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1955 - 1971
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1955 - 1971
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You can return most unused, never installed, like-new items for 90 days from the date of receipt. Items must be in like-new condition.

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