How to Hot Rod Volkswagen Engines

by Bill Fisher


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Fire and ice . . . that’s what you get when you take the cool looks of the Volkswagen Beetle, Bus, Karmann Ghia, Thing, Squareback or Fastback and unleash the hot performance of the air-cooled VW engine. How to hot Rod Volkswagen Engines gives the real skinny for breathing-on, blueprinting and bulletproofing your air-cooled Vee-dub.

● Beetle Power - The Peoples Car
● VW Engines All Alike? - Hardly
● Bolt-on Horsepower
● Adding Performance
● How Much HP can you Afford
● Ignition
● Carburation
● Exhaust
● Cylinder Heads
● Pistons & Cylinders
● Crankshafts
● Lubrication, Cooling & Breathing
● Camshaft & Valvetrain
● Blue Printing
● Engine Assembly
● Supercharging
● Porsche Engine for your VW?
● Installing '66-and-later Engines in Earlier Chassis
● Converting Flat Engines to Upright
● Corvair Power
● Stability & The Beetle
● Handling
● Parts Information

Street, custom, kit car, off-road, or full-race, this book gives you all the air-cooled engine-building basics to find and put to the pavement hidden horsepower. Includes tips on carburetion, ignition and exhaust tuning, case beefing, cylinder-head flow work, camshaft selection, lubrication and cooling upgrades, 6-to 12-volt conversions and much more. Plus there’s a natty 6-page history of the origins of the first air-cooled VW engines.

Go ahead. You deserve it! Double or triple the output of your air-cooled Volkswagen. Or add 10-15 horsepower with easy bolt-on mods. Mild or wild, do it the right way—with this book. More than 300 photos, drawings and charts to guide you through your VW’s innards. And don’t look back.

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  • Publisher: HP Publications
  • ISBN: 0912656034 (0-912-65603-4)
  • ISBN-13: 9780912656038 (978-0-912-65603-8)
  • Format: Paperback: 160 pages
  • Date Published: 1970


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