How to Rebuild Your Volkswagen Air-Cooled Engine


by Tom Wilson


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How to Rebuild Your Volkswagen Air-Cooled Engine - Front Cover

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Don't just keep your VW alive, make it new! Complete details for rebuilding air-cooled engines in all chassis from '61-'83: Beetle, Ghia, Bus, Squareback, 411/412 and Porsche 914. Includes comprehensive chapters on how to:

● Troubleshoot engine and decide to rebuild.
● Remove, disassemble, inspect and assemble engine.
● Recondition cylinder heads and crankcase internals.

Invaluable parts identification and interchange section tells what parts can be swapped where, and specifies the best parts for durability or performance.

Concise text and 500 photos, drawings and charts lead you through each rebuilding step. Finish with an engine ready for thousands of miles of service!

Models covered:

● Beetle and Karmann Ghia (Type 1)
● Bus and Transporter (Types 2 & 4)
● Fastback, Squareback, Notchback (Type 3)
● 411/412 and Porsche 914

Engines covered include 36 HP, 40 HP, 1300, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800 and 2000.


● Time to Rebuild?
● Engine Removal
● Parts Identification & Interchange
● Teardown
● Crankcase & Cylinder Reconditioning
● Cylinder Head Reconditioning
● Engine Assembly
● Engine Installation, Break-in & Tuneup
● Index

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product details

  • Publisher: HP Publications
  • ISBN: 0895862255 (0-895-86225-5)
  • ISBN-13: 9780895862259 (978-0-895-86225-9)
  • Format: Softcover, 176 pages
  • Date Published: 03-1987


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