Classic VW BuGs the Latest! Boost your 36hp, Flanders NJ VW Show, & DuBs & Coffee is BACK!

Added September 7, 2012 by Chris Vallone

September is in full swing, the weather is pretty much perfect here in the North East!

Here is what I have in store for you;

1. How to make your lil 36hp motor run faster & stronger
2. Shows coming up
3. Build-A-BuG Project Updates


How to make your lil 36hp Motor run Faster and stronger?

Many people like myself have a 1960 and earlier beetle that runs the stock 36hp motor.  Yeah these little motors can be frightening to some when it comes time to get up on the highway.  I travel with my 1955 beetle on the highway all the time and yeah when a semi tractor trailer goes by, or someone driving as if they are on the indy 500, and BLOWS right by you, yeah it can get a little scary.

But don’t fret, there are some solutions, none of which are that cheap.  The ultimate way to go (if you still want to stay period correct) is to buy the Wolfsburg West Okrasa Kit for 36hp motors.  They give you dual port heads, manifolds, carbs, linkage, air cleaners, and all the instructions to hook it up to your motor.  More info on the product can be seen HERE.  You can see a video I did on a motor with this kit RIGHT HERE.

Now you can get away with going with just that kit and you will be able to boost your performance pretty well, maybe to even 50hp or so.  But to ultimately boost the motor, you would want to go with a stroker crank (that now sells) and a performance camshaft that you can get from Mr. Okrasa on

There is a speed record out there that reached over 130 miles per hour with that little block all upgraded.

Now you can spend thousands putting this kit together!  Me?  I do not like to go too crazy with my motors, for the most part I like the bone stock look, and I really do not like dual carb motors anyway.  But there are a couple things you can do to improve the performance on the lower end side.

1. You can always go with a later motor like a 1600cc to throw in if you like.

2. Go with the Bosch 010 mechanical advance distributor, they used to use these in the Busses.

3. Optional: buy the Abarth Quad exhaust muffler from Wolfsburgwest


The 010 Distributor:

These are great distributors to use in a 36hp motor.  The busses in the 50s used these in their 36hp motors. Why the busses and not the bugs? Because busses had to push more weight around, naturally.  They work perfectly in the bug, you just have to plug up the vacuum insert with a small bolt on the carb, that’s it.  There are guys on that sell these all restored, expect to pay $250.00.  Now you can be done right here!! Just add the 010, you will feel some more pep. 

But I just added this to my ’55 ragtop….

The Abarth Muffler!  If anyone asks this was a period option offer in the 50s, I even have the literature to back that up.  Wolsburgwest sell this HERE.  Not cheap, muffler, gasket kit, and shipping came to $600.00. But the fitting is spot on, the quality is amazing, and it sounds friggin AWESOME.

I will be having a video on this soon, so stay tuned.  So for just under 1k USD, you can improve the performance on the 36hp motor and even improve gas mileage.  The motor just breaths better with this setup.  If you go with the dual carb kit, you need to top it off with the 010 distributor and the Abarth Muffler.


Next Bug Show!?  The best in the NORTH EAST is NEXT WEEKEND, the ALL AIR-COOLED GATHERING IN FLANDERS NJ.  I will be attending this show with my buggies, if anyone wants to convoy from my shop or meet me on the highway, let me know.  More info on the show can be seen HERE.


My little gathering on Sunday Sept. 30th! Dubs & Coffee from 10am-1pm

Mark your calendars for Sunday September 30th, we will be doing another “DuBs & Coffee” gathering at our shop meeting at 9:30-10:00am.  We will then be traveling 2 miles to the Harbors at Haverstraw on the Hudson for brunch.  The gathering will be from 10-1pm.  No fee, all aircooled rides are welcome. Come chat, mingle, shoot the breeze and show off your DuB.


Project Updates: Be sure to view the slideshow galleries on all of these to see how they look.

1954 Build-A-BuG for Joe & Barb, Two-Tone Car Back from paint! 

Joanna’s ’56 Project moves along, hoping to be done by this month.

MY 1953 RAGTOP! NEEDS A REPAINT, I opted for no metallic in paint, so right back down to metal we went, look at the pics, L55 Maroon Red in all its Glory.



A 1956 Oval Window Beetle for sale (on Consignment) in Agave Green. $14,500 OBO.

This car is in our shop right now, come see it.


OK that’s it guys! Have a great Weekend!


Chris Vallone

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