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Air cooled VW Beetle Bug Parts

Updated on November 27, 2011

Air Cooled Beetles and Baja Bugs

It is interesting to say in the least that our hobby of maintaining vintage and resto cal beetles of the 1950's, 60's and 70's is bordering on the obsessive. Having an air cooled vw has its perks, then also its problems.

Its enough to drive you round the bend when you need that elusive part or parts, to complete your build, never mind trying to get the bug into concourse condition.

Ok, swap meets turn up some pretty awesome gems now and then, but where can you find NOS and OEM parts for a vintage beetle. You ever tried to find a hebmuller badge.

Where to look for vintage beetle parts

The thing with being a beetle fan is that you never know where you may turn up a prized original beetle part that has eluded you for eons.

An old dog of a collector once told me that you have take side roads to find what you are looking for. Over the years, it has become something of a quest for air cooled fans to hunt down all the best parts at the swop meets and then resell them on Ebay or in a store in another country.

There are still millions of beetles unaccounted for in back yards around the world. You may find a large amount of these bugs have non existent pans, but the brightwork is next to original once you clean it up. Dash mounted switch covers are basically plastic and have a pretty good shelf life, so you may find that salvaging these switch covers can net you a good enough return to swop for a decent pair of fuchs in your travels with a swap meet vendor.

Now I am not saying that you need to spend the rest of your life out on the side and back roads of the nearest forest town to find all you parts. Many VW dealerships have been in existence for close on 50 years and you will be amazed what a visit to your local VW dealership will turn up on their shelves that have been forgotten about. I found a pretty neat brake and clutch rubber with the VW logo this way.

From this page, you will be able to view various engine components and parts, brake and caliper parts, suspension parts, body panels, upholstery items etc for  a variety of beetle and bugs.

Buying original VW parts can at the best of times be annoying when you can not find them anywhere. If you think about it, you are in effect looking for a part for a 50 something year old beetle.

In most cases it is best to check with the aftermarket suppliers who often keep old spares in their warehouses to match up the aftermarket product dimensions to.

Buying an original set of pistons is not to wise as you can definitely get an aftermarket set of forged pistons that will be of better quality and strength than the traditional VW parts.

Beading strips, brightwork and easily visible parts are sometimes better to get refurbished original beetle parts. Your mirrors for example. Although reproduction mirrors are nearly identical, when you are building an original restoration, you would be better to sned your original parts into a specialist or rather buy the original parts.

There are lots of surplus stock that was bought by the auto parts companies and are still available to fit all or most years of the beetle as since they have now been discontinued as an assembly line vehicle, you will be hard pressed to fond many dealerships that still carry their parts and have since sold them off to the larger auto parts companies without any particular loyalty to an automobile manufacturer.


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    • Dale Nelson profile image

      Dale Nelson 7 years ago from South Africa


      You are so right. Once a beetle fan always a beetle fan. Some folks just dont understand why we love beetles so much.

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      mytipen 7 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A

      Great hub. I own a 99 new beetle that my wife wants me to sell to get "a better" car. I keep telling her she wouldn't understand what it means to love a car.