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How To Restore Your Volkswagen Beetle

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It's about time a thorough, hands-on restoration book has been authored by authorities who know the Beetle like the back of their hands. With this book, you will have everything you need to bring your old or new Beetle project back to life.

Perhaps the most charismatic automobile ever, the Volkswagen Beetle was the longest-running, most-manufactured automobile on a single platform of all time. From 1938 to 2003, more than 21.5 million "Bugs" were assembled, distributed, and sold on nearly every continent in the world.

Throughout the Beetle's successful run, many of these cars have been relegated to project car status due to their age or condition. Airkooled Kustoms, a VW restoration shop in Hazel Green, Alabama, brings its expertise in restoring these cars to book form with this all-encompassing compilation. Restoring your Beetle is covered through step-by-step sequences from unbolting that first nut through polishing the paint on your freshly restored Bug. The specialists at Airkooled Kustoms walk you through the proper disassembly methods, restoring versus replacing components, and reassembling your restored Bug, covering everything related to the body, undercarriage, and interior along the way.

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It's about time a thorough, hands-on restoration book has been authored by authorities who know the Beetle like the back of their hands. With this book, you will have everything you need to bring your old or new Beetle project back to life.

Perhaps the most charismatic automobile ever, the Volkswagen Beetle was the longest-running, most-manufactured automobile on a single platform of all time. From 1938 to 2003, more than 21.5 million "Bugs" were assembled, distributed, and sold on nearly every continent in the world.

Throughout the Beetle's successful run, many of these cars have been relegated to project car status due to their age or condition. Airkooled Kustoms, a VW restoration shop in Hazel Green, Alabama, brings its expertise in restoring these cars to book form with this all-encompassing compilation. Restoring your Beetle is covered through step-by-step sequences from unbolting that first nut through polishing the paint on your freshly restored Bug. The specialists at Airkooled Kustoms walk you through the proper disassembly methods, restoring versus replacing components, and reassembling your restored Bug, covering everything related to the body, undercarriage, and interior along the way.

Pages : 168
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 596 color photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613254271
Product Code : SA426

Dedication 

Foreword 

Preface 

 

Chapter 1: History of the Iconic Beetle 

The Beetle’s Origin Story 

Standards and Supers 

How Mass-Produced Economy Cars Became Prized Collectibles 

Lots of Good Volks Waiting to Meet You

 

Chapter 2: Why Restore Your Beetle?

Restoration Options 

Things to Consider

Sourcing Project Cars

Make a Plan

Upgrades to Consider

Happy Parts Hunting

 

Chapter 3: Let’s Roll—Restoration First Steps

Safety First 

BYOBC: Build Your Own Body Cart

Yikes! That’s a Lot of Dirt

Disassembly

Interior Removal

 

Chapter 4: Beetle Bodies Start Here

Blast, Dip, Strip, or Sand?

Your Naked Beetle

Rust, Dents, Dings, and Damage

Panel Replacement 

Finish Metal Work

 

Chapter 5: Prime, Paint, and Polish

Primer 

Paint 

Clear Coat

Cutting, Buffing, and Polishing

Polish It Up 

Caring for Paint Finish 

 

Chapter 6: The Beetle Pan 

Restoring a Pan 

Pan Reassembly 

Wheels 

Suspension 

 

Chapter 7: Transmissions 

VW Transaxles 

Repair versus Replace 

Transmission Rebuilding

Inspection

Reassembly 

Final Assembly 

 

Chapter 8: Brakes 

Brake Replacement 

Brake Lines 

 

Chapter 9: Body Mating 

Safety Reminder 

Body to Pan Reassembly

 

Chapter 10: Engine 

Engine Disassembly 

Engine Rebuilding 

Stock Parts versus Aftermarket Parts 

If at First You Don’t Succeed 

Engine Break-In

Fan Belt

Fuel Line Safety

 

Chapter 11: The Electrical System 

Wiring Harnesses 

Wiring Harness Replacement

Troubleshooting

Fuel-Injection System

 

Chapter 12: Your Beetle’s Interior 

Make It

Buy and Bolt In

Installing Sound Deadener

Installing Headliner Padding

Installing Headliner 

Emergency Brake Boot

Installing Carpet

Door Cards, Armrests, Door Handles, and Window Cranks

Interior Items

Seats

Complete the Trunk 

Installing the Dash Pad 

Steering Wheel Installation

Emergency Brake

 

Chapter 13: Trim and Finish

Refurbishing

Recommendations 

Installing Chrome Trim 

Installing Glass and Seals 

Running Board 

Bumpers

Turn Signals 

Headlights 

Taillights 

Miscellaneous Shiny Bits

 

Chapter 14: Exhaust, Carburetor, and Distributor 

Fluid Levels 

Brake Lines 

Exhaust System 

Carburetors 

Distributor

 

Chapter 15: Before the First 1,000 Miles

License Plate, Registration, and Insurance 

Gently Breaking In the Beetle 

Troubleshooting

75-Point, 500-Mile Inspection Checklist

 

Chapter 16: Care and Maintenance

Protecting Your Baby 

Kill Switch

Fuel Cutoff Switch 

Battery Cutoff Switch

Keep It Shiny

Show and Shine

Maintenance

Transmission Troubles 

Conclusion 

 

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How To Restore Your Volkswagen Beetle

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