Helpful Links to Help Keep your Air Cooled VW on the Road.
Welcome to my HUB for Air Cooled Volkswagen Links and Resources. Here, you find a wealth of links pertaining to the Air Cooled Volkswagen community as well as a brief overview of the resource and a personal review. I have been putting my little project 76 Beetle together for five years now, and a good list of vendors and information links would have been helpful.
Beetles and the like are some of the easiest cars to maintain to date, but sometimes you need a little help in finding the right resource or supplier for those odds and ends that get you stumped.
Comments and suggestions are highly appreciated and help others in their ACVW projects.
Please let Volkswagen owners that might be interested in this page know about it.
Parts and Accessories:
http://www.thesamba.com - The Holy Grail of ACVW! There is a TON of information, forums and classifieds here. You will most likely find what you need on this site. (World-Wide)
http://www.airheadparts.com - Airhead Parts has an extensive list of replacement parts for just about every area of your Beetle, Super Beetle, Karmann Ghia, Bus or other Air Cooled Volkswagen. Fair prices and a huge selection.
http://www.mamotorworks.com - Just about everything needed to keep your VW on the road.
http://www.aircooled.net - Another parts site. Not as user friendly, but I have found a few parts that I needed here.
http://www.streetbeatcustoms.com - Sells an aftermarket ragtop kit that looks pretty nice. Not really for the purists or the faint of heart since it requires cutting a huge hole in your roof. Other custom parts also available on this site.
http://www.wolfsburgwest.com - Nicely layed out site with good quality reproduction parts. decent prices as well as a good listing of parts.
http://www.evwparts.com - Good resource for aftermarket and custom parts. Turbo equipment available on this site.
http://www.vw-store.com - I liked this site mainly for the fact that they can sell you a rebuilt short-block for right around 300 bucks plus a core. That's a pretty good price considering they recondition the whole thing!!!
http://www.jcwhitney.com/VW-Parts/10110.jcw - One of the most common sites for aftermarket parts for your VW. Prices are average. Quality seems to be very good on most parts.
http://www.partsgeek.com/makes/volkswagen.html - Parts Geek has a decent selection of parts for ACVW and most prices are more than reasonable. I have not had any first hand experience with the quality of these parts, but major brands are offered such as Mahle, Hella and EMPI. Customer ratings seem to be above average.
Information and How-To's:
http://www.allaircooled.com - Lots of informatiion on Aircooled VWs. Listings for parts, clubs information etc... Great site to have in your pocket!
http://www.bugmevideo.com - If you are working on your own Beetle, you definitely need these videos. Covers just about a complete teardown and assembly of a Beetle. Step by step and EXTREMELY easy to follow. I used these when I rebuilt my Beetle's engine and it was so easy to follow. My next venture will be the wiring. (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
http://www.superbeetles.com/Tech_talk/jan.htm - Awesome tech articles right out of the BugMe video series. A MUST for any Air Cooled Volkswagen owner!!!
http://www.ramva.org/dragenwagen/heaterchannel.html - Very decent How-To on heater channel replacement. Illustrations are excellent and detailed. Every ACVW owner should check this out for informational purposes.
http://www.aircooledtech.com/engine_build - A very nice How-To on AirCooled VW Engine rebuilding. Well worthwhile reading if you are planning on a rebuild. I review this page occasionally just as a brush up.
http://www.vw-resource.com - A very good site that I have referred to a few times. Has a very good section on cooling. Heat is the number 1 killer of ACVW engines, so check this site out if you are running HOT! Also has a good article for adjusting your Solex 34 PICT-3 Carb.
http://www.thumpthump.co.uk - Catalogs the history of the old VW Thump! Thump! workshops and also features of some of the most ground breaking Classic VWs made in the UK, pictures, videos and much more...
Clubs: (please suggest a club if you know of one) more added periodically.
http://www.vvwca.com - Worldwide club. Any location welcome to join. Yearly dues is $24.
http://www.arcticaircooledvws.com - Located in Anchorage, Alaska. Yearly dues is $24.
http://www.cjvws.com - Located in Flagtown, New Jersey. Yearly dues is $25 each January.
http://www.sjvwc.net - South Jersey VW Club, A very active club in Franklinville, NJ Open to any model, Air cooled and Water Cooled. (Submitted by Jack Kessel)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreshAirVWCarClub - Newer club located in Western Pennsylvania. Free to join and as always a great resource for connecting with the local VW community.
http://www.3riversvwclub.org - Located in Pittsburgh, PA. Yearly dues is $15.
Do you have a suggestion for a link? Let me know and I will be sure to let me know. I will add new links as I find them.
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