The nineteenth edition of this classic automotive manual helps dedicated VW owners fight the war against rust, body rot, and engine failure to keep their prized cars alive, with advice on caring for Bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campers. Original. 30,000 first printing.
FIRE AND ICE . . . that's what you get when you take the cool looks of the Volkswagon Beetle, Bus, Karmann Ghia, Thing, Squareback or Fastback and unleash the hot performance of the air-cooled VW engine. How to Hot Rod Volkswagen Engines gives the real skinny for breathing-on, blueprinting and bulletproofing your air-cooled Vee-dub. Street, custom, kit car, off road, or full-race, this book gives you all the air-cooled engine-building basics to find and put to the pavement hidden horsepower. Includes tips on carburetion, ignition and exhaust tuning, case beefing, cylinder-head flow work, camshaft selection, lubrication and cooling upgrades, 6-to-12-volt conversions and much more. Plus there's a natty 6-page history of the origins of the first air-cooled VW engines. All neat stuff, this. Go ahead. You deserve it! Double or triple the output of your air-cooled Volkswagon. Or add 10-15 horsepower with easy bolt-on mods. Mild or wild, do it the right way-with this book. More than 300 photos, drawings and charts to guide you through your VW's innards. And don't look back.
This invaluable book describes, in step-by-step detail, the entire VW Beetle restoration process. In addition to thorough coverage of bodywork repair, it will tell you how to restore and repair trim and mechanical components.
This companion volume to the author's VW Beetle Custom Handbook provides advice on how to step up the performance of the Beetle stage-by-stage, from cheap basic modifications through mild-street and fast-road tune to ultimate street specification.
Author: Editors of VWTrends Magazine
Publisher: HP Trade
Release Date: 2006-01
The VW Super Beetle was a different beast from the very simple original Beetle. McPherson struts at the front and semi-trailing arms at the rear were more sophisticated that the older car and a bigger engine gave it more performance. Long ignored by most restorers, it is becoming more desirable as the stocks of older cars are restored or rust away. This book tells you how to restore a Super Beetle to clean, roadworthy condition with minor modifications to improve performance and handling. It describes a detailed build-up from paint and body to interior and mechanical parts. It is an invaluable guide for any Super Beetle owner or restorer.
Author: Andrea Hiott
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: 2012-01-17
Sometimes achieving big things requires the ability to think small. This simple concept was the driving force that propelled the Volkswagen Beetle to become an avatar of American-style freedom, a household brand, and a global icon. The VW Bug inspired the ad men of Madison Avenue, beguiled Woodstock Nation, and has recently been re-imagined for the hipster generation. And while today it is surely one of the most recognizable cars in the world, few of us know the compelling details of this car’s story. In Thinking Small, journalist and cultural historian Andrea Hiott retraces the improbable journey of this little car that changed the world. Andrea Hiott’s wide-ranging narrative stretches from the factory floors of Weimar Germany to the executive suites of today’s automotive innovators, showing how a succession of artists and engineers shepherded the Beetle to market through periods of privation and war, reconstruction and recovery. Henry Ford’s Model T may have revolutionized the American auto industry, but for years Europe remained a place where only the elite drove cars. That all changed with the advent of the Volkswagen, the product of a Nazi initiative to bring driving to the masses. But Hitler’s concept of “the people’s car” would soon take on new meaning. As Germany rebuilt from the rubble of World War II, a whole generation succumbed to the charms of the world’s most huggable automobile. Indeed, the story of the Volkswagen is a story about people, and Hiott introduces us to the men who believed in it, built it, and sold it: Ferdinand Porsche, the visionary Austrian automobile designer whose futuristic dream of an affordable family vehicle was fatally compromised by his patron Adolf Hitler’s monomaniacal drive toward war; Heinrich Nordhoff, the forward-thinking German industrialist whose management innovations made mass production of the Beetle a reality; and Bill Bernbach, the Jewish American advertising executive whose team of Madison Avenue mavericks dreamed up the legendary ad campaign that transformed the quintessential German compact into an outsize worldwide phenomenon. Thinking Small is the remarkable story of an automobile and an idea. Hatched in an age of darkness, the Beetle emerged into the light of a new era as a symbol of individuality and personal mobility—a triumph not of the will but of the imagination.
This manual is an historical record of the illustrations and procedures for routine maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and rebuilding. Features: Engine and cylinder head service, repair and reconditioning, including bench testing procedures and specifications for 25hp and 36hp motors Solex 28 PCI carburetor and Solex fuel pump troubleshooting, rebuilding, and adjustment Transmission removal, rebuilding, and adjustment, including special needle bearings on synchromesh transmissions Frame, floor and body panel repair. All measurements and detailed cutting, alignment and welding instructions. Painting preparation and procedures Body repair and replacement procedures, including the sliding fabric sunroof and convertible top. Complete wiring diagrams All factory changes and updates are noted in the text by manufacturing date, chassis number, engine number and part number Full explanations of the operation of all systems, with exploded views, cutaways and diagrams Required workshop equipment, tools, and equipment for local manufacture listings Troubleshooting tables for clutch, carburetor, fuel pump, steering, brakes, generator, starter, and wipers Maintenance and lubrication chars and procedures
Hundreds of photos, charts, and diagrams guide readers through the rebuilding process of their small-block Chevy engine. Each step, from disassembly and inspection through final assembly and tuning, is presented in an easy-to-read, user-friendly format.