Air Cooled VW Books and Manuals

If you want to learn how to maintain and repair (or customize and hot rod) your air cooled Volkswagen then you need a good manual or two. The air cooled VW repair and customization books on this page are available through Amazon.com.

My own recommendation is that you get a copy of John Muir’s How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive and a Bentley Manual appropriate for the year car you have as the bare minimum. I like to have as much info at hand as I can so I have these as well as a few more. The Haynes manuals arent my favorites but they do come in handy too.

Right now I have John Muir’s How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, Type 1 1970 to 1974 Bentley Manual, Type 1 1966 through 1969 Bentley Manual, VW Beetle & Karmann Ghia Haynes Manual,  1600 1970 to 1974 Beetle & Super Beetle Haynes Manual, HP Books, How to Rebuild Your Volkswagen (Lots of great pictures and info). I even have the old Larry Johnson hardcover Fix Your Volkswagen. I also have a few catalogs including: Wolfsburg West , EMPI and JBugs. Catalogs are a great reference to have on hand when looking for interchangeability, year changes, just generally “what fits what?” I have used the Wolfsburg West catalog as much as any other manual on some projects.

Whatever model, or Type, you are working on I highly recommend that you start building up a manual collection.


How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive:
A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot

First published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the knowledge to handle every situation they will come across with any air-cooled Volkswagen built through 1978, including Bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campers.

Easy to understand and fun to read information. For novice and veteran mechanics alike. Anecdotal descriptions, and clear language, this book takes the mystery out of diagnostic, maintenance, and repair procedures, and offers some chuckles along the way.

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How to Rebuild Your Volkswagen air-Cooled Engine (All models, 1961 and up)

Complete details for rebuilding air-cooled engines in all chassis from 1961 to 1983: Beetle, Ghia, Bus, Squareback, 411/412 and Porsche 914. The text includes chapters on how to remove, disassemble, inspect and assemble engines, and recondition cylinder heads and crankcase internals.

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

Service manual for vintage '60s Volkswagen Bug and Kharmann Ghia.

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Volkswagen Super Beetle, Beetle & Karmann Ghia (Type 1) Official Service Manual: 1970 - 1979

Volkswagen owners will find this manual indispensable as a source of the same detailed maintenance and repair information available at an authorized Volkswagen dealer, the Volkswagen owner who has no intention of working on his or her car will find that reading and owning this manual will make it possible to discuss repairs more intelligently with a professional technician..

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Even More VW Manuals & Books

Image of How to Hot Rod Volkswagen Engines Image of How to Restore Volkswagen Beetle (Enthusiast's Restoration Manual) Image of VW Beetle Performance Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upgrading Engine, Transmission, Suspension and Brakes (Motorbooks Workshop)
Image of Volkswagen Station Wagon, Bus (Type 2) Official Service Manual: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 (Volkswagen Service Manuals) Image of Aircooled VW Engine Interchange Manual: The User's Guide to Original and Aftermarket Parts... (Motorbooks Workshop) Image of VW Type 3 1500 & 1600  '63'73 (Haynes Manuals)
Image of Volkswagen FastBack and Squareback Official Service Manual Type 3: 1968-1973 Image of VW Transporter 1600 Owners Workshop Manual: All Volkswagen Transporter 1600 Models with 1584 cc (96.7 cu in) engine [1968-79] Image of Volkswagen Beetle: A Celebration of the World's Most Popular Car (Haynes Great Cars)

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How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive:
A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot

First published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the knowledge to handle every situation they will come across with any air-cooled Volkswagen built through 1978, including Bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campers.

Easy to understand and fun to read information. For novice and veteran mechanics alike. Anecdotal descriptions, and clear language, this book takes the mystery out of diagnostic, maintenance, and repair procedures, and offers some chuckles along the way.

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Samba Micro-Bus

In February of 1950 Volkswagen announced the release of a very convenient new vehicle called the "Delivery Van". Produced in numerous versions during its life time, the Samba micro-bus version was one of the most popular.

Loved by their owners, many of the micro-buses and vans can still be seen on the roads of countries throughout the world even today. Optional open or closed roof panel, US or Euro version bumpers and front signal lights. Full interior with opening front and side doors and rear hatch with detailed 1.2 liter air cooled engine. Decal with authentic factory markings. Molded in white and clear with chrome plated parts and soft black tires.

Details on the Revell 1:24 Volkswagen T1 Samba Bus Model Kit and more.

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