Blown Up VW Bus Engine, Can We Repair It For Free?

I picked this 1968 vw bus engine up on a property cleanout. after sitting 40 years in the dirt, on an earlier video we found it had dropped a valve and had no compression on 3 cylinders. then tore it down and found it was a rotten mess, lets see if we can bring it back to usefulness as cheap as possible.


  1. Sid Dembowski

    Sid Dembowski

    Dag sedan

    another one saved

  2. sidney snottley

    sidney snottley

    5 dagar sedan

    A man enjoying himself.

  3. Herbst Johann

    Herbst Johann

    9 dagar sedan

    Danke für dieses Video, hab schon fast vergessen wie der einfachste Motor der VW Generation repariert wird, habe als 14 jähriger meinen ersten VW Motor zerlegt und wieder zusammengebaut, bin 3 Jahre damit ohne Führerschein gefahren, und dieses wahr 1967, aber ohne Drehmoment Schlüssel, so wie du... Aber wunderbar der Motor Aufbau. LG.Herbst Johann aus Österreich

  4. Andrew Cooper

    Andrew Cooper

    15 dagar sedan

    I really get a kick how you can old junk and turn it to treasure

  5. Rolando Crisostomo

    Rolando Crisostomo

    21 dag sedan

    40:19 those are acorn nuts, castle nuts have notches on top, (much like battlements on a castle) for you to put a cotter pin through.

  6. Benny Ogden

    Benny Ogden

    28 dagar sedan

    Mad when I watch your show it's like I'm standing right beside you and you're talking about to me I love that man so keep up the good work

  7. Jason Roueche

    Jason Roueche

    29 dagar sedan

    If I had someone were I live like mustie1 for vw I be set. Took mine to shop and let's say I don't think they are experts. Learning from university of mustie.

  8. Mark K

    Mark K

    Månad sedan

    And Mustie will keep the aftermath as well. He can turn rust into gold.

  9. William H. Clayton

    William H. Clayton

    Månad sedan

    Check #3 looked lie some blow by on film.

  10. Rainer Lindheim

    Rainer Lindheim

    Månad sedan

    Brilliant. Thanks so much.

  11. Tommy Cowger

    Tommy Cowger

    Månad sedan

    I have a question, what is the difference in a single port and dual port on those VW engines that you work on? I've heard you mention that 1 is single and 1 is dual port can you explain what the difference is and where they can and cannot be used please?

  12. Tuatea Aukino

    Tuatea Aukino

    Månad sedan

    Bro you got a stash of lowriders 🤗🤗🤗

  13. frank Mo

    frank Mo

    Månad sedan

    What a great video. Great Job brother...💪👍

  14. Demop Garage

    Demop Garage

    Månad sedan

    hell yes!! great save mate :)

  15. Paul Russell

    Paul Russell

    Månad sedan

    Sure looks like my Corvair engine, minus a couple of jugs.

  16. Henry Gonzalez

    Henry Gonzalez

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  17. Henry Smith

    Henry Smith

    Månad sedan

    I love these engines, built them for years.

    • scdevon


      Månad sedan

      These backyard "Macgyver" type repairs by feel and common sense are the most satisfying. The design is very forgiving on these engines.

  18. Michael Gordon

    Michael Gordon

    Månad sedan

    Future generations will miss the sound of old petrol engines roaring and popping!

  19. lurcholino


    Månad sedan

    natürlich läuft ein Käfermotor....4Zylinder Boxer...und wenn er 100 Jahre gestanden wäre. DIESE WARE LÄUFT !!!

  20. Paul M.

    Paul M.

    Månad sedan

    You may not be a restorer, but you usually don’t give up until it runs!



    Månad sedan

    Mustie 1 should be called the Lazarus Mechanic....everything he touches comes back to life...



      Månad sedan

      i miss my 1968 1100cc 6volt beetle...used it all throughout my college days...

  22. William Yorke

    William Yorke

    Månad sedan

    You sir must live in New Hampshire! By GOD !!

  23. Ryan Beyea

    Ryan Beyea

    2 månader sedan

    What's up

  24. Ryan Beyea

    Ryan Beyea

    2 månader sedan


  25. Walter Robbins

    Walter Robbins

    2 månader sedan

    I like the way you do the valve grinding

  26. Harry Odum

    Harry Odum

    2 månader sedan

    Good job mistie! Again love your T-shirt

  27. Harry Odum

    Harry Odum

    2 månader sedan

    Live free or die love it right on man

  28. Wolfman Rebel

    Wolfman Rebel

    2 månader sedan

    I would absolutely love you build one of these, I can think of a million uses for an engine like that

  29. N8AUM


    2 månader sedan

    I sure miss my 59 bug and 71 911 !!! TNX for the GREAT video !!!

  30. Fon Hollohan

    Fon Hollohan

    2 månader sedan

    That's a unique way to lap the valves, better than using your hands, as long as it works, Right. U can tell your a typical gear head when you get so excited when it motor fires up! Your laugh says it all. Now I call that a success in my book..perfect motor for a dune buggy build. anyways have a good one bud.

  31. Grub's rust

    Grub's rust

    2 månader sedan

    I really like that torque wrench

  32. Anthony Holdsworth

    Anthony Holdsworth

    3 månader sedan

    you got to talk to CT on youtube he would love to talk to you about all the parts of VW

  33. Gary Nelson

    Gary Nelson

    3 månader sedan

    Sigh:working You:SIKE IM PLAYING!!!

  34. David Martin

    David Martin

    3 månader sedan

    I love the programs you do about VWs most of all. I had a 1300 Beetle for 27yrs and am sorry that I ever parted with it, the most simple and practical cars ever made.

  35. Ava DiMeglio

    Ava DiMeglio

    3 månader sedan

    Sounds Great Mustie! Thank You for the lesson and Great Video ..

  36. kevin lockhart

    kevin lockhart

    3 månader sedan

    endplay is 001 to 003 thousands any higher than that the thrust bearing is shot....014 crank will be dancing

  37. kevin lockhart

    kevin lockhart

    3 månader sedan

    if you use longer studs i forget which 2 you can put dual port heads on a single port engine which gives you a 1500 dual port which ups the power a bit drove one for years even raced it a little

  38. 63mrl


    3 månader sedan

    Looks like there a compression leak under load between 3-4

  39. Bill Skoros

    Bill Skoros

    3 månader sedan

    Like a kitten! Another nice build! Would love to find one of those to mess with, never touched one before, then a baja beetle build for it!

  40. Bill Taylor

    Bill Taylor

    3 månader sedan

    Can you narrow the stims

  41. jocrp6


    3 månader sedan

    All you needed for that ole VW motor is a pair of 38mm dellortors and stinger exhaust!

  42. Paul Heller

    Paul Heller

    3 månader sedan

    Fun video

  43. Jeff Birtles

    Jeff Birtles

    3 månader sedan

    Yes my son is yelling at the tv!haha. My dad yells to and my uncle brian. I sent you a message so I can send to you the thing you can put on your next bike. My dad helps me to say it right. My dad makes stuff and uncle works with dad. I love watching you make old engines go. My dad loves watching you to him and uncle love watching you its funny to yell at tv. Hi. My son Malachi enjoyes watching with me and Brian. Please humour him with a response. Yes Mal has a gift for you. J

  44. Don Kumro

    Don Kumro

    3 månader sedan

    You are the King of Mechanics getting engines running. 👍👍

  45. Dale Patry

    Dale Patry

    3 månader sedan

    Awesome videos and save on this engine. Just love listening to you my friend. Always a good treat no matter what you do. I do love the VW vids more than the rest but, you remain the main attraction in the way you do things and no nonsense approach. Keep up the good work and keep doing these VW ones. : ) Cheers from Quebec City, Québec Canada.

  46. Peter Marshall

    Peter Marshall

    3 månader sedan

    WHY do you keep laughing all the time ??

  47. Billicit Gaming

    Billicit Gaming

    3 månader sedan

    LOVE IT! sounds like Herbie, in Herbie goes banana's lmao

  48. Del Trusdell

    Del Trusdell

    3 månader sedan

    I have a old coot Atv that I scored from a friend and it has a old Tecumseh motor Can you recommend a rebuild kit or could you do a rebuild video for this type of motor? It’s pretty old. Thank you.

  49. Jon Aubuchon

    Jon Aubuchon

    3 månader sedan

    Absolutely amazing! Loved this video.

  50. Nicholas Martinez

    Nicholas Martinez

    3 månader sedan

    Good work bro

  51. Arudawakening


    3 månader sedan

    Damn you were close to that tuning note, only 1 step off. It was an Ab ( I'm musician that has perfect pitch) I really love your videos and I appreciate your master level skills, forensic talent and quirky sense of humor. Thanks for the education and making it entertaining!

  52. Frank Nic

    Frank Nic

    3 månader sedan

    It’s all been said. Truly a joy and treat to watch you work your magic. We are all thankful for your efforts. Just never stop.

  53. Chris Smith

    Chris Smith

    3 månader sedan

    W o W comingle ! 🎶

  54. Stewart Bryant

    Stewart Bryant

    3 månader sedan

    Had a 69 beetle with 1500cc in her. Drove her across Canada. What a blast. 78 Rabbit, then 78 Westfalia- wish I still had the van. Nice engine job man.

  55. Common sense works Limited

    Common sense works Limited

    3 månader sedan

    Certainly not free

  56. Arthur de Knegt

    Arthur de Knegt

    3 månader sedan


  57. Kyle Marsh

    Kyle Marsh

    3 månader sedan

    @1:02:15 is that top left cylinder having some blowby?

  58. David Lehrer

    David Lehrer

    3 månader sedan

    Assuming this engine goes back into a car, would anybody care to guess how long it would last?

  59. Jonny Dare

    Jonny Dare

    3 månader sedan


  60. Edward Dempsey

    Edward Dempsey

    3 månader sedan

    I noticed at one hour and two minutes that smoke was coming from the area of the coil. Anyone else see this?

  61. posttop streetlight105

    posttop streetlight105

    3 månader sedan

    That is a boxer engine

  62. Eric D'Ogum

    Eric D'Ogum

    3 månader sedan

    I like the "beat it with the hammer" part.. *giggle*

  63. Pierre Morin

    Pierre Morin

    3 månader sedan

    A good time watching thanks

  64. Pierre Morin

    Pierre Morin

    3 månader sedan

    Great job thanks

  65. Tricky Who

    Tricky Who

    3 månader sedan

    If I had your mechanical ⚙️ skills I could fix my new Husqvarna Honda 4 stroke, starts and runs, gets hot and dies, Valve problem ❓or carburetor 😡

  66. Tricky Who

    Tricky Who

    3 månader sedan

    Saweet! Sounds even better than the lawn mower😜

  67. Ademar De Paula

    Ademar De Paula

    3 månader sedan

    Parabéns esse Boxer 1600 torq é maravilhoso só pra quem gosta não é pra qualquer um dos mais antigos

  68. Derrick Kirima

    Derrick Kirima

    3 månader sedan

    Salute Sir.

  69. raleigh gd

    raleigh gd

    3 månader sedan

    I think you are still not getting a good seal between your heads and cans. It looked like there was an on throttle exhaust leak coming from under the driver's side head.

  70. David Sparks

    David Sparks

    3 månader sedan


  71. James f Vandeventer jr

    James f Vandeventer jr

    3 månader sedan

    Mustie i dig your video's been around as long as most the vw you keep bringing back from the dead

  72. djshnibz


    4 månader sedan

    I’d love to build a dune buggy someday!

  73. Joey G - Small Engine

    Joey G - Small Engine

    4 månader sedan

    "All it needs is a tune up"

  74. Brad M

    Brad M

    4 månader sedan

    Amazing 👍👍

  75. VW CLASSIC SA Restorage

    VW CLASSIC SA Restorage

    4 månader sedan

    i am getting almost the exact same engine for my vw 1972 bay window kombi, will make a video of building it up and installing it, and driving it

  76. William Wills

    William Wills

    4 månader sedan

    Mustie I really enjoy your vids. I worked with an old fellow who was a repairer and fixer i often found lawn mower engines and tell him the previous owner said that the engine would never run again..Fred always proved them wrong.

  77. peter proudfoot

    peter proudfoot

    4 månader sedan

    Hi Mustie, I’m a big Fan👍 Do you ever convert these vw engine’s to use a alternator 🤔

  78. amin hidayatulloh

    amin hidayatulloh

    4 månader sedan

    good sound VW,,,,engine

  79. Mr Strong

    Mr Strong

    4 månader sedan

    This video was very informative and to be honest I never thought the engine would run again having had the same engine in a beetle. I cut out the heater flap in the air delivery shroud because if this jams shut it closes the air flow off to the cylinders.

  80. joe Jr. bill

    joe Jr. bill

    4 månader sedan

    Mustie 1

  81. joe Jr. bill

    joe Jr. bill

    4 månader sedan


  82. Drop Forged

    Drop Forged

    4 månader sedan

    Isn't it beautiful when you can finally justify having those old vw parts laying around for decades to your lady?

  83. Mark Long

    Mark Long

    4 månader sedan

    I love watching the care and expertise that you put into engines. I am not handy at all and it is a world as alien as the ocean floor to me.

  84. Dave Hoch

    Dave Hoch

    4 månader sedan

    Your the best poncho!

  85. Michael Perkins

    Michael Perkins

    4 månader sedan

    Brilliant video well done

  86. Jason Whittemore

    Jason Whittemore

    4 månader sedan

    another great video! you are a savant!

  87. TIM Williams

    TIM Williams

    4 månader sedan

    Found one at a scap yard

  88. TIM Williams

    TIM Williams

    4 månader sedan

    Hey mustie 1is 300.00 A bad price for a 40hp Volkswagen engine

  89. Tim Allen

    Tim Allen

    4 månader sedan

    I just love what this guy does and saves and brings back to ( an appreciated ) life . Anything but landfill , no wonder the planets in trouble . Go mustie Go ! Mr Can Do 👍👍😄

  90. Stop censoring my free speech

    Stop censoring my free speech

    4 månader sedan

    That motor sounds great to me. Good save and good thing for the hoard. I see why you go get rusty vw s now like you said for the motor.

  91. duc tho lai

    duc tho lai

    4 månader sedan

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  92. Ignacius Smith

    Ignacius Smith

    4 månader sedan

    The old VW motors had a design flaw... the stock oil cooler was mounted so as to block cooling air flow to number 3 cylinder which generally caused overheating and metal fatigue failure of the #3 exhaust valve usually causing the valve head to break off and dive into its piston. This problem was so pervasive with the old air cooled VW's that it was always predicted when a VW was being towed in for repair. There is an aftermarket kit for these that places the oil cooler outside the shroud thus restoring cooling airflow to #3 while better cooling the oil and adding some volume to capacity as well.

  93. Hank Cohen

    Hank Cohen

    4 månader sedan

    Typical failure of the fresh air VW engine. The oil cooler obstructed airflow to the #3 cylinder leading to overheating of the exhaust valve. The stem gets brittle and breaks the head gets sucked down into the cylinder.

  94. James Smith

    James Smith

    4 månader sedan

    What a satisfying sound at the first start. I'd like to adapt one to a garden tractor. Good video !

  95. john doe

    john doe

    4 månader sedan

    Legend has it... He pulled it out, started it... and never figured out how to put it back... RIP motor

  96. Antony Pacitti

    Antony Pacitti

    4 månader sedan

    I enjoyed the rebuild very much (as usual) but stupid question: you mentioned the crankshaft had quite some play, so why use this engine bottom as a base for a rebuild? (Apart from because you can 😅) thanks for the videos, always learning and amazed at the amount of experience, curiosity, and ingenuity.

  97. Mike Donato

    Mike Donato

    4 månader sedan

    My brother drive too fast cop come get him almost blow up engine voke weagon

  98. Psi Clops

    Psi Clops

    4 månader sedan

    Oh it isn't very pretty what a valve that has pitting ca-a-an do.

  99. Randall Huston

    Randall Huston

    4 månader sedan

    You've saved another boat anchor. Well done.

  100. Paul Stott

    Paul Stott

    4 månader sedan

    BLUE THUNDER, I love it, reminds me of my mini in the 70's