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Build and modify your Volkswagen Beetle using today’s greatest aftermarket parts while implementing historic and modern modifications!

If ever a car rolled off the factory floor in the form of a blank slate, the Volkswagen Beetle is it. In fact, after taking delivery of their beloved Bug, many owners began modifications and customizations to personalize their favorite German compact.

Perhaps the most charismatic automobile ever, the Volkswagen Beetle was the longest-running, most-manufactured automobile on a single platform in automotive history. From 1938 to 2003, more than 21.5 million Bugs were assembled, distributed, and sold on nearly every continent in the world. If there’s a component that owners can modify, they’ll do it, and each custom touch makes them love their Beetle even more.

Airkooled Kustoms, a Volkswagen restoration and modification shop in Hazel Green, Alabama, has served all kinds of classic Volkswagen owners. For those who venture into the world of customization, no modern or historic trend is off-limits. These Volkswagen experts introduce and walk you through some of the most glorious customizations that Beetle owners can make to their rides. You’ll find inspiration, instruction, and more modifications than most owners could ever tackle in a lifetime.r

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Build and modify your Volkswagen Beetle using today’s greatest aftermarket parts while implementing historic and modern modifications!

If ever a car rolled off the factory floor in the form of a blank slate, the Volkswagen Beetle is it. In fact, after taking delivery of their beloved Bug, many owners began modifications and customizations to personalize their favorite German compact.

Perhaps the most charismatic automobile ever, the Volkswagen Beetle was the longest-running, most-manufactured automobile on a single platform in automotive history. From 1938 to 2003, more than 21.5 million Bugs were assembled, distributed, and sold on nearly every continent in the world. If there’s a component that owners can modify, they’ll do it, and each custom touch makes them love their Beetle even more.

Airkooled Kustoms, a Volkswagen restoration and modification shop in Hazel Green, Alabama, has served all kinds of classic Volkswagen owners. For those who venture into the world of customization, no modern or historic trend is off-limits. These Volkswagen experts introduce and walk you through some of the most glorious customizations that Beetle owners can make to their rides. You’ll find inspiration, instruction, and more modifications than most owners could ever tackle in a lifetime.r

Pages : 160
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 477 color photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613255476
Product Code : SA486

Dedication
Acknowledgments 

Foreword by Paul Cave

Preface
Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Before We Get Rolling 

Buy Once, Cry Once

Check for Rust

Check the Engine

Stopping and Going Are Equally Important

Check the Suspension

Inspect the Wiring

Now, About that Rust

Finish Metalwork

Filler

Safety

 

Chapter 2: Custom Wheels 

Simple Swaps and Styles

Not-so-Simple Options

Bolt Patterns

Width, Offset, and Backspacing 

Popular Wheel Selections

 

 

Chapter 3: Brakes 

Why Upgrade Your Brakes?

The One Instance to Keep the Original Drums

Beetle Brake Options

Brake Fluid Safety

Stock Drum Brakes

Varga Disc Brakes

EMPI or Scat Brakes

Wilwood or CSP Brakes

Bleeding Brake Lines

Brake Component Life Span

 

Chapter 4: Suspension 

Front Beam Narrowing

Airbags, Hydraulics, and Racing Suspension 

Ball Joint Kit

Air Shocks

Independent Rear Suspension Kit 

Air Management Kit

Hydraulics

Performance Suspension

 

Chapter 5: Underhood Customization

Turbocharging

Supercharging

Ways to Upgrade

Horsepower

Electronic Ignition

Fuel System

Fire Suppression

Ratio Rockers 

 

Chapter 6: Interior 

Customization

Design Principles

Fabric

Seat Recovering

Comfort (Up and Down)

Comfort (Side to Side)

Shifter

Steering Wheel

Lighting

Gauges

 

Chapter 7: Body and Paint 

Old-Fashioned Body Modifications 

Expert-Level Metal Shaping

Just Add Color

Major Custom Paint Upgrades 

 

Chapter 8: Trim 

Chrome Restoration102Crotch Coolers

Semaphores

Australian Trim

Roof and Decklid Racks

Bumpers111Two More Shiny Bits

Low Chrome or No Chrome 

Fix the Holes

 

Chapter 9: Weird Bug Bodies 

Suicide Doors

Baja Beetles

Rat Rods

VW Rails

Beetle Dune Buggies

Chopped Bugs

 

Chapter 10: Electrical and Lighting 

Batteries

Lighting

Beep Beep

Generator to Alternator Upgrade

Electric Conversions

 

Chapter 11: Ragtop Conversions 

Demand Grows

DIY versus Outsourcing

Why Mess with Perfection?

Headliner

Customize Your Bug with a Ragtop

Ragtop Installation

Ragtop Maintenance

 

Chapter 12: Miscellaneous Modifications

Air-Conditioning

Windshield Wipers

Wiper Mechanism Restoration

Safari Windows

Sound System

Shifter

Window Tint

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