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An Engine From Down Under

Phil Parry from Molendinar, Australia spent five years crafting a model of Volkswagen’s flat four-cylinder 1600 Dual Portal engine, in ¼ scale.

It’s now available for enthusiasts to build and he calls it the Weedub. Phil made everything from scratch, including the initial 3-D creation, CNC machining of it with his own custom casting machines designed specifically for this kit. This air-cooled engine was most commonly seen in millions of VW’s iconic Beetles, Kombis and Karmann Ghias and can be built with your own hands in in a week or two.

Adorable, yes, the finished engine features an authentic carburetor, fuel pump, realistic rocker cover bales, a Bosch style ignition and a cutaway of the transmission casing and starter motor. In early 2018, Phil plans to release another version of his Weedub 1600 kit called the "Weedub Customized." As you'd imagine and how the name implies, this will be a fully-custom motor. The "Weedub Customized" is an upgraded version of the classic engine Phil already offers but aimed at the current, modern DIY market. New parts will include twin Dellorto carburetors and linkages, a new cooling shroud and generator, custom timing pulleys and much more. He's already had a bunch of preorders for this soon-coming version, so make sure to get your spot in line now!

This high-quality, polyurethane kit comes with a detailed color instruction manual and can be purchased for about $139 USD at


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