Recommended Reading – Volkswagen Bentley Manual

I get about 10 emails a week from people asking what literature might be good for them to purchase for their new project. I recommend the Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia Official Service Manual Type 1: 1966-1969. You can purchase it here (affiliate link).

More info from Bentley Publishers:

This book features full wiring diagrams (including 6-volt systems), convertible top repair, carburetor rebuilding (30 PICT-1 and 30 PICT-2) and comprehensive year and model specifications and troubleshooting tables. Like the later-model Type 1 manual, this is a comprehensive source for service and repair information.

New Color Wiring Diagrams! The hardcover edition of this book now features an eight page color supplement with reproductions of original full-color Type 1 technical schematics.

Technical features:

  • Full data and instructions for all major repairs on engines, clutches, and transmissions.
  • Rebuilding and adjusting the carburetor for maximum economy and reduced exhaust emissions.
  • How to rebuild disc and drum brakes for safer stops with older cars.
  • Taking the play out of worn front ends and steering gears.
  • How to align front and rear wheels for reduced tire wear and lower rolling resistance.
  • Troubleshooting, replacing, or repairing every component of the electrical. system-with full wiring diagrams for every model.
  • Complete specifications and instructions for money-saving tune-ups.
  • Spark advance curves that will help you spot fuelwasting, worn-out distributors.
  • Do-it-yourself body repairs that help keep older bugs looking new.
  • Plus the comprehensive Volkswagen factory tolerances, wear limits, adjustments and tightening torque specifications that you’ve come to expect from Bentley manuals.

A must-have resource for anyone who owns a ’67 Beetle.

Advanced VW – Decatur, GA

Atlanta to Decatur on my Bike

I’d like to take this moment to thank Bobby at Advanced VW in Decatur, GA for rebuilding my engine back in 2006. I was in the infant stages of my restoration, and Bobby took the time to educate me about keeping the original engine in the car. Now if only I would not have tossed that German tire jack when I was cleaning out the trunk area! Thanks again Bobby for all your help. Advanced VW can be reached at: 404-373-7963

’67 From Above

Classic VW Bugs Mentions

A big thanks to Chris Vallone for his recent mention of my ’67 oil bath air cleaners that I restore. I take a lot of pride in this work.

You can watch that video in its entirety here.

Friendship – Chris Vallone

Photo: Timm Eubanks

I’ve been meaning to write about my friendship with good pal Chris Vallone. Today, I received his new newsletter that pretty much sums it up:

“I bumped into Eric on the Web sometime back a year or two ago. We have a lot in common, went to school for art, and got crazy about VWs.

He and his wife live in San Francisco, CA which is the mecca of dry VWs. Eric did an interview on me back in January of this year.

He has continued his interviews with others in the industry as well, take a peek on his site