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How to Restore Volkswagen Beetle (Enthusiast's Restoration Manual Series) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Jim Tyler
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15 Jun 2012 Enthusiast's Restoration Manual
Tells even those owners without technical knowledge nor previous car restoration experience how to completely restore their Volkswagen Beetle's bodywork, interior, mechanical and electrical components. All you need to know - in step-by-step detail - to make your Beetle like new again. An essential guide for millions of VW Beetle owners around the world. The only up to date book dealing with Beetle restoration. Written by an enthusiast for enthusiasts. Explanations of basic restoration skills - welding, paintwork, panel beating. Over 700 colour photographs. Hands on bodywork and mechanical restoration. Interior restoration. Troubleshooting. How to repair bodywork for which repair panels are unavailable. Dealing with professional restorers. Solutions to problems not covered in workshop manuals. DESCRIPTION Tells even those owners without technical knowledge nor previous car restoration experience how to completely restore their Volkswagen Beetle's bodywork, interior, mechanical and electrical components. All you need to know - in step-by-step detail - to make your Beetle like new again. An essential guide for millions of VW Beetle owners around the world.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (15 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903706904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903706909
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 22.2 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Tyler has experience of restoring a wide range of classic cars, from a 1949 AC Saloon and 1940s military vehicles to cars manufactured into the 1990s. He has written classic car restoration guides based on his experience, owners' handbooks and workshop manuals for modern cars.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VW Beetle Restoration 18 May 2011
By JAWS
This is a great book, well written and with loads of images. Delivery was quick. Pricing was very competitive as i had seen this at the Volksworld show for 30. The detail of this book is excellant, it shows everything you need to know about restoring your Volkswagen Beetle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 31 Aug 2013
By Fred
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excellent book, full of useful information. It would have been better to read befor my son started to take the aaaaabeetle apart, but will be very useful now we are startink to put it back together again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VW restoration book 12 Nov 2012
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This book is a good guide to all kind o Volkswagen Beetle enthusists. Ilustrations a guided information are very usefull and helps during restoration. 5* book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Aug 2014
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excellent book. Worth every penny.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a decent book but the title is a bit off the mark... 22 Oct 2006
By C. Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
I've had experience with the restoration of a number of vintage cars in the past so after I purchased a 1963 Volkswagen convertible I started to do my homework which consisted of reading everything I could find online about these cars as well as purchasing this book. The main gripe I have with the book centers around the misleading title. This book is not a "restoration manual" but rather a repair manual. That may seem like a petty statement but it is actually an important difference to note for those people who are looking for a reference book to guide them in a proper and correct restoration of a Volkswagen Beetle. I'm not saying that it's necessarily a bad book..in fact as a repair guide it's quite helpful especially in regards to the most involved body repairs. There are an extensive amount of color photos documenting many of the procedures however none of them provide any insight into what would be a considered a "correct" restoration.

Beyond my disappointment with the lack of correct resto info, I would also have to take issue with some of the bodywork procedures outlined in the book. Among the dubious methods employed in some of the extensive repairs were brazed together panels (as opposed to a proper weld) or overlapping patch panels instead of properly fitting and butt-welding the panels. While I realize that plenty of people, past and present, utilize these bodyworking methods, they are considered to be far less than ideal and can often lead to more problems down the road.

The mechanical repairs covered in the book seem to be soild and well thought out. Just as in the bodywork section, repair text is supported by an extensive amount of photos. I have several other books covering the mechanical aspects of the type 1 Volkswagen so I was not as concerned about the detail in this area. If someone was looking for reference covering just the mechanical repairs I might suggest some other books first such as John Muir's "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive", the Haynes Rapair Manual or the Bentley shop manuals.

Overall I could recommend this book but only with the notes that I have mentioned. In the end, there are not too many Volkswagen books available so even books that are mediocre are probably worth picking up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good review of body work 31 July 2005
By Daniel McGlaun - Published on Amazon.com
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The book pulls no punches about how easy it isn't(!) to restore an old bug. But, it has lots of very good color pictures of real cars (not the pristine shots you get in shop manuals). And, the writer gives anecdotes about his experiences working on cars, what to look for in one, and when to walk away because it's likely hopeless. Sadly, his anecdotes are nowhere near as good as the Muir book. And, you really have to think twice because the entire book is written in British English (you'll be calling a wrench a "spanner" by the time you're through with it). Overall a very good purchase, even at the somewhat high price.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull book to have! - On the side. 11 April 2007
By A. Valenzuela - Published on Amazon.com
The book deserves a 5-star raiting, yet it may not be what you expect.

If you have a Beetle and expect this book to help you with repairs, then maybe this is NOT the book for you. In fact, there is a complete paragraph in the second page that reads in essence: "This is not a workshop manual. We strongly advise for this book to be used as support when using a repair manual".

If you plan to buy a Beetle, then this is by far THE book to buy.

Illustrations ar beautiful, explanations are clear and go from the very basic DIY-wanna-be to the highly specialized DIY-better-get-some-pro-to-do-that kind of Beetle owner.

It can help you on certain reparis, but it will probably NOT turn you into the mechanic your friends will sought to fix their Beetles... although they certainly WILL come to you for support and advice.

Printing quality is wonderful, and it is worth its cost, for it shall be of great use when speaking to a specialists, in the sence that you will -for a change, speak their jarggon and are to not feel out of the loop, when asking a pro to work on you four-wheeled, hard-earned, mechanical love.

Get the book if you are looking for real, hard information about a beetle. Get an additional workshop book to work on repairs. I will. Now.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review 18 Mar 2008
By A. H. Rowley - Published on Amazon.com
Very nice text for working/restoring a Volkswagen Beetle, and even other air cooled relatives (mechanicals, headliner, door overhaul, and others). It is almost full color, which is a treat. The only problems I have with it is it is a soft cover (can get damaged easier) and some aspects are left to the experts. Oh, and it is in British English, which is not really a problem, and makes the text more interesting. ;-)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars restorations. 18 Jan 2013
By Tony - Published on Amazon.com
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This is also another one of the best books ive bought, great pictures, and the detail that goes into the repairs and rebuilding are great.
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