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How to Keep your Volkswagen Alive John Muir

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Baja Bugs & Buggies Jeff Hibbard, edited by Ron Sessions

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How to Build a Dune Buggy
Earl Duty

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How to Hot Rod Volkswagen Engines
Bill Fisher

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Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia Service Manual, Type 1: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969


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Volkswagen Official Service Manual Super Beetle, Beetle and Karmann Ghia 1970, 1971,1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979


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VW Beetle Performance Handbook
Keith Seume


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The Haynes Weber Carburetor Manual : Zenith Stromberg-Su Carburetor Manual
A. K. Legg, Don Peers, Robert Maddox, John H. Haynes

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Weber Carburetors
Pat Braden


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All About VW Performance Engines
From Hot VWs magazine.


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How to Keep your Volkswagen Alive by John Muir

ISBN 1562614800

Buy this book! Every VW Bug/Bus etc. owner needs this book. Many of my email replies start out "Your questions are answered in 'How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive".

This book is great for all air-cooled VW owners. It has a good section on buying a VW, so I also recommend the book to prospective Bug lovers.

The book is illustrated with numerous drawings of the internal workings. Chapters: Using the book, How the VW works, How to buy a VW, Tools and parts, Driving tips, Flat tire, Engine running (or not) problems, Charging system (generator or alternator), Low oil pressure, Common Adjustments and tune up, Brakes, Front suspension, Clutch, Transaxle (aka transmission), Engine rebuild, Data and torque values, Light and electric, Performance mods, Changes for editions 1981 thru 1989, Long term stuff, extra ideas/recommendations, Index. The wiring diagram is only a single page, and is general enough to cover all Bugs. Muir is a genius in giving normal people instructions, step by step, to complete a repair. He includes a number of common pitfalls, and throws in some humor. He includes sections for the Bus (Type II) and occasional notes on the Type II, IV, and 411. There's even a diagram of the fuel injection system.

The book tends to be weak on the later models, although they aren't ignored. Many sections will have a note for different year models even up to 1979. You won't find details about trim and body work.

Muir passed away in 1977, and I think he liked the earlier models better. On the other hand, I personally favor the later models due to a few refinements like the larger brakes dual port 1600 cc engines, and fully independent rear end. Muir covers these later refinements, and offers reasonably sage advice about the strengths and weaknesses of the various improvements.

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All About VW Performance Engines
From Hot VWs magazine.
Info at their web site. http://www.hotvws.com Use the "Engines" button.

This book is great. Anyone customizing an engine must buy this book. Along with all the other wonderful stuff it has details on how to tune (set the jets) on the Weber DFEV / DFAV carb.

This book has extensive dyno testing of actual engine output (sadly, the Weber DFEV was not dyno tested.) Very, very useful. The most horsepower at 2500 rpm from a 1600cc engine is the stock 34 PICT 3 carb, newer intake center section ( 1 mm larger), and a merged header! Dual carbs, fancy heads, etc. were are lower horsepower at 2500 rpm. The dyno testing covers 40 different engine setups from total stock 1600 cc dual port, to a 2332 monster with every trick. This chapter alone will help you choose the right set up for your Bug.

Other chapters cover stock 1600 rebuild (in detail), a strong daily driver 1776, turbo charging, monster stroker engines, a chapter on the Type IV, the Weber carb chapter, a whole chapter on pistons, the vintage VW daily driver, VW specs, sealants and gasket products, engine removal (this is great), Solex 34 PICT 3 tuning/repair, and an article on crankshaft end play.

Available only from Hot VWs Magazine. Ordering info is on their web site.

 

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Baja Bugs & Buggies by Jeff Hibbard, edited by Ron Sessions

ISBN 0-89586-186-0

Jeff has a successful racing career, and he shares the what-works that he's learned. This isn't very detailed in some sections, but contain a ton of useful info. Also kind of dated, but what the heck. After all, I'm driving a 30 year old car. Highly recommended if you are building a Baja. This is the classic book about the racing Baja.

Chapters cover: Engine preparation, Transaxle and clutch, Front suspension, Rear suspension, Frames, roll cages, and skid plates, Brakes, Off road lights, Electrical mods, Wheels and tires, Fuel tanks, Steps in building a Baja Bug (body work), Safety tips, Driving tips, Common field repairs, Appendix, Index.

Mixed in with photos of racing action are black and white photos of parts. Jeff shows many individual parts and entire assemblies such as front and rear suspensions, engine, etc. There are 3 or 4 photos on almost every page. There are a few diagrams and cutaway illustrations. While Jeff covers an amazing number of modifications, he does not detail engine or transmission rebuilds.

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How to Build a Dune Buggy by Earl Duty

ISBN 1-880524-26-0

This is actually about building a Sandrail. I have not read through in detail, but it looks great. It has a large number of black and white photos. Earl covers how to build what we now call a "rail" or "sand rail". He's a very practical kind of guy, and from what I've seen, his recommendations are solid, and he covers the nitty-gritty details that can drive you crazy if someone doesn't mention them.

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How to Hot Rod Volkswagen Engines by Bill Fisher

ISBN 0-912656-03-4

This books is wonderful. It has actual dyno testing for most of the recommended tunings. The only down side is that some of the material is pretty dated, and they talk about equipment that I've never seen for sale. Great, in depth info and solid explanations.

The best part of this book are the dyno charts comparing horsepower gains. There are charts comparing ignition, single barrel carburetors, two barrel carburetors, dual carburetors, exhaust systems, head flow tests. There are chapters on history, bolt on mods, price of horsepower, horsepower ratings, ignition, carburetors, exhaust, cylinder heads, pistons and cylinders, cranks, lubrication and cooling, cam and valves, blueprinting, assembly tips, superchargers, Porsche engines, swapping a late model engine into a pre-66 car, converting flat engines to upright, suspension and handling, some parts info.

Some of the info is dated, but I learned a ton from this book. This will open your eyes to some of the crazy claims that people make for various mods and "bolt on horsepower". This book is very useful to someone like me who just wants better performance, or to someone building an all out VW monster.

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Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia Service Manual, Type 1 : 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 (Volkswagen Service Manuals from Robert Bentley, Inc) by Volkswagen of America Inc.

ISBN 0837604168
1972 edition.

This is the definitive factory shop manual.

Chapters: Getting Started, Engine, Fuel System, Front Axle, Transmission and Rear Axle, Automatic Stick Shift, Brakes, Lubrication and Maintenance, Body and Frame, Electrical System.

The engine, fuel, axles, brakes and transmission chapters are great. The body and frame doesn't cover the more difficult repairs like head liners. Some repairs assume that you are using all the special VW tools. Before getting this book you'll want "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive" which shows all the good shortcuts, and gives advice. The shop manuals assume that you are a mechanic, and often leave out advice based on that assumption.

My 1972 edition has mostly color wiring diagrams. The black and white diagrams have wire color codes.

 

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Volkswagen Official Service Manual Super Beetle, Beetle and Karmann Ghia 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 (Volkswagen Service Manuals from Robert Bentley, Inc) by Volkswagen of America Inc.

ISBN 0837600960
1990 edition.

The complete shop manual. This manual covers the front suspension of the Super Beetle which is different from all other VWs.

Chapters: Engine, Fuel System, Transmission and Rear Axle, Body and Frame, Brakes and Wheels, Front Axle, Electrical System, Strut Front Suspension, Automatic Stick Shift, Lubrication and Maintenance, Fuel Injection.

The engine, fuel, axles, brakes and transmission chapters are great. The body and frame doesn't cover the more difficult repairs like head liners. Some repairs assume that you are using all the special VW tools. Before getting this book you'll want "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive" which shows all the good shortcuts, and gives advice. The shop manuals assume that you are a knowledgeable mechanic, and often leave out advice based on that assumption.

My 1979 edition has color wiring diagrams, but I understand that the 1990 edition has black and white wiring diagrams. You have to figure out wire colors from the diagram because color codes are not specified.

 

You can also order manuals direct from Robert Bently, or your VW dealer, but Amazon (or even your local bookstore) may be less expensive.
http://www.rb.com/

 

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VW Beetle Performance Handbook by Keith Seume

ISBN 0-7603-0469-6

Like all of Keith's books, this one is good. If you are doing a resto/custom or custom Bug, I'd get this and his newer book about customizing.

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The Haynes Weber Carburetor Manual : Zenith Stromberg-Su Carburetor Manual (Haynes Techbook Series) by A. K. Legg, Don Peers, Robert Maddox, John H. Haynes

ISBN 156392157X

This book is amazing. I haven't read it cover to cover yet, but it looks like the highest quality Haynes manual I've seen. It covers a huge range of carbs, explains how they work, and has appendices for applications and jetting.

It covers Weber: DAF, DCD, DFA, DFV, DFD, DFE, DFM, DFT, DGV, DIF, IDA, IDF, IDS, IDT, DCNF, DCOE, DFAV, DFTA, DGAS, DGAV, IDAP, and IDTP. It has the illustrated step-by-step instructions with photo of installing dual 44 IDF's on a VW!! These are the instructions that "Hot VWs" published in 1995.

On top of that it also covers the Zenith Stromberg CD "constant depression" carbs: CD, CDS, CDS-2, CDSE, CD2E, CDST, and CDSET. Also covers SU H, HD, HS, and HIF as well as some odd auxiliary starting devices.

The illustrations are very good, black and white photos are good. Nice book.

Now I wish someone would do a book on adding those CD carbs to a Bug.

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Weber Carburetors by Pat Braden

ISBN 0-89586-377-4

I really like this book for the great illustrations and detailed explanations. However, it doesn't have the usual VW carbs (DFAV/DFEV, although the DGAV is close). It only covers the: IMPE, DGAV, DFT, DCOE, and IDA3C. I have a DFEV on my Bug, so this book isn't directly useful. On top of that, even with all the detail, there aren't specific instructions about how to jet your carb. This book does contain jetting info for the Weber carbs that shipped at stock on many types of cars.

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Magazines

I subscribe to both of the following magazines. They are both wonderful. Both seem unwilling to say much bad about a product, but I guess that's not unusual. The articles vary from OK to terrific. Lots of advertising gives you plenty of mail order houses to choose from. I've also signed up for "Sand Sports", which only comes out 4 times per year.

I can't begin to list all I have learned from these magazines. Every issue has at least one tech article, and often two or more. Many of the tech articles are on common problems like heat or brakes. Both magazines cover wildly modified cars, and perfect, exact restorations.

What you learn in a single issue will pay for the whole year's subscription. Even if you never grab a greasy wrench, you'll be a smarter VW owner.

 

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These are links to selected sites with customization info. I favor sites with good stories, photos, and info about what works and what doesn't. If it rains the rest of the summer, and I can't work on the next 12 jobs on my bug, maybe I'll find time for this page ;-)

Chris has 12 Beetle photos, more.
Scroll down this page for photos of a Baja in Baja. Nice.
Jan has info on water-cooled mostly.
Bob Hoover has what seems to me like some sound advice. Mostly type-2, but engine stuff applies to most air cooled vee dubs.
List of books from the UK about engine tuning, carbs, etc.
General VW info at Volkswebbin.