How To Restore Your Volkswagen Beetle (Restoration)

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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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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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diassembly

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4-36

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5-9.6

Disassembly

In order to remove the engine, the rear engine tin must first be removed. Depending on the year and model, it may be held on by four or six cheese-head screws.

Body Repair

At this point, make sure to remove all dust, debris, oil, grease, and contamination from the body, and clean your work area well. This 1968 Standard Beetle is ready to go to the next step.

Painting

Spray with a 70- to 80-percent overlay, painting in the opposite direction of the first pass. If your first pass was going back and forth horizontally, this second pass goes up and down vertically. Keep a wet edge as you paint.

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Even though some of the body panels are interchangeable, some mechanical parts can cross over between the models, and they look similar. There are two different Beetle models represented in this image: Super and Standard. Can you figure out what model each Beetle is?

floor pans

floor pans

engine

engine

wiring

wiring

Floor Pans

It’s time to get started on your dirty, grungy old pan. A little elbow grease—okay, a lot—and compressed air will go a long way toward getting your pan clean.

Engine

Grasp the head with one hand on each exhaust port. Pull the head toward you, away from the engine. It may require some persuasion to come lose if there is carbon buildup in the chamber causing it to stick. If so, tap with a rubber mallet to dislodge it.

Electrical

Care for some spaghetti? It looks like a mess, and it is a mess. Don’t worry; we’ll walk you through and get your electrical system squared away.

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Publisher ‏ : ‎ CarTech; Illustrated edition (April 15, 2019)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 168 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 161325427X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1613254271
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.33 x 11 inches

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