Yeah that’s what I thought - they usually have a prefix. Trying to figure out exactly the engine - is it type 1 or 3 etc and if it has flat heads, what year it is etc. I can’t figure it out though because it has no prefixFirst photo shows the part number of the crankcase, that's not your engine number.
Second photo is the engine number, however it's not the original VW factory one as that should normally start with a letter.
Pretty sure that it is a recon engine that has had the original numbers ground off and has been re-numbered by the rebuilder. The second giveaway is that the numbers have not been stamped in straight, they have obviously been done by hand as they are wonky. Third giveaway is the entire block has been sprayed silver.
If it's in a beetle or bus then it's a 'type 1' engine. Your case part number starts with a '1' which means type 1 which means beetle. Although 'type 1' normally refers to the whole car (a beetle) rather than the engine in it.Yeah that’s what I thought - they usually have a prefix. Trying to figure out exactly the engine - is it type 1 or 3 etc and if it has flat heads, what year it is etc. I can’t figure it out though because it has no prefix
Thanks for your help! Had a look at the inlet manifolds and they are like you said, and 1200. Thanks for your advice!!Can't see any evidence of an old engine number having been ground off, but it could be a Genuine VW Replacement crankcase. The stock "universal" replacement case would not have had any stamped number, to allow the engine builder to copy the old number onto the new case. It is possible they didn't have a set of 'Letter' punches, so simply omitted the prefix letter and just stamped the rest of the original Engine number into that case. However, as kajooster said, the Number " 3402169 " refers to a 1959 engine and doesn't make sense on that crankcase.
Check the Vehicle registration document, very few people actually notify DVLA when they replace an engine, so the document may still show the original engine number with the Prefix letter.
A clear picture of one of the the inlet manifold ends, where it bolts to the cylinder head, would also help to confirm if it is a 1200. 1200 inlet manifolds have a small cast flanges, bolted to horizontal ("flat") inlet ports on the heads. 1300 & larger single port engines have pressed steel flanges and angled inlet ports on the heads.