How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot

First published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the knowledge to handle every situation they will come across with any air cooled Volkswagen built through 1978, including Bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campers With easy to understand, fun to read information for novice and veteran mechanics alike anecdotal descriptions, and cleaFirst published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the knowledge to handle every situation they will come across with any air cooled Volkswagen built through 1978, including Bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campers With easy to understand, fun to read information for novice and veteran mechanics alike anecdotal descriptions, and clear language, this book takes the mystery out of diagnostic, maintenance, and repair procedures, and offers some chuckles along the way This edition features new information on troubleshooting, new photos, and an updated resource list.
How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive A Manual of Step by Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot First published in this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the knowledge to handle every situation they will come across with any air cooled Volkswagen built through

  • Title: How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot
  • Author: John Muir Peter Aschwanden Tosh Gregg
  • ISBN: 9781566913102
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot”

    1. My Dad had an old '64 Bug that hadn't run in 10 years. I had a new driver's license. I asked him if I could have the Bug if I could get it running. I'd never worked on cars before but re-built the engine, clutch, brakes, and electrical by reading this book.Most repair manuals are not good reads. This one is great. Mostly philosophical and comical with some instruction thrown in. I think it teaches a great approach to any undertaking.

    2. The first "Idiot Guide" ever. This is absolutely the best, easy to understand, book on not only maintaining, but also completely tearing down, and putting back together your older model vw. The "exploded views" are hand illustrated by the extremely talented Peter Aschwanden. Note the earlier editions shown on the right. I had one of the early spiral notebook editions!

    3. Great when I had 2 volkswagens, 30 odd years ago. Still the only repair and maintenance book of its type for any car that I have seen and certainly the only one that I could pick up and read a couple of pages for the sake of reading. I have given my copies away to other VW owners

    4. I long ago lost count of how many different VW bugs I owned, and one bus along the way. Those were my impoverished student days and I worked on them myself, with some memorable team efforts with good friends. This book--and a big collection of hand tools--was pretty much enough to get me by.

    5. This book not only changes that way I related to my Volkswagens, it changed the way I relate to all machinery and the Universe. Essential reading. Buy a Volkswagen to justify buying the book if you have to.

    6. Your one-stop-shop for keeping your VW running. I can't even count the number of times this book helped me out when I had my bus. I'd highly recommend this to all owners of old VWs.

    7. This is not just a book on car repair. It's also a philosophic treatise on life. I recommend it for everyone, whether you have an air cooled VW or not.

    8. Without question, this is the best-crafted how to manual I have ever used. The only things I rank in its league are the Heathkit Assembly manuals of yore. The writing is lighthearted to the point of occasional silliness but the information is as close to flawlessly acccurate as you'll find in any shop manual published. Illustrations are clear and make the procedures easy to follow. Muir renders the imposing repair jobs into things that are quite doable by people who have the desire (and need) bu [...]

    9. If you can hold a pair of pliers and readyou can fix your VW least that's how I felt when I read this many, many moons ago. I love by VW (bug and squareback) and hope to get a bus one day.

    10. Great book that has useful and easy to understand auto reapir and rebuild information. With lines like (parapharsing): I let my volkswagen warm up for the time it takes me roll a cigarette and don't forget to tuck your hair under a stocking hat. More than a few times I have had this book out while laying under my old bus (with my hair in a stocking cap) waving this book in an effort t chase out random germlins.

    11. Perhaps one of the all-time best mechanic manuals. Muir leads you not only into the heart of your VW (and its history), but plants seeds about conscious living and driving and recycling. The illustrations are priceless and will keep you smiling for years. If all technical manuals could be like this, the world would be quite a different place. Big words, yes, but take a trip into the book.

    12. This book was an invaluable resource to me when I had my 65 Volkswagen bug as my only vehicle. I was trying to keep it running as best I could, as best it would. I learned a lot and it was so fun to read as well. I miss that car. I had an early edition and it was full of greased pages and well used.

    13. The Story of Volkswagen is like no other. It combines incredible engineering, history and business success that could only have happened in the cauldron of the post WWI/WWII eras. This book is fun reading and started a Genre of it's own.

    14. This was the first and only auto manual that I ever read all the way through. I found that not only did it teach me how to fix my vw, but it taught me that a teaching and writing technical information didn't have to be dry as reading an encyclopedia.

    15. This is a fantastic book to read and look at - whether you own a VW or not. its so much more that an auto repair manual (although it excels at this) with some sage advice on living a life unencombered by our disposable society. DIY bible.

    16. In my youth, I built a part time business using the information, advice and procedures in this book.

    17. super fun read. with picture!! definetly worth taking a drive down an unknown map in your favorite v-dub and have an adventure.

    18. The perfect go-to guide for repairing old-style air-cooled Volkswagen engines. I will never get rid of this book; it is too great a resource.

    19. I'm starting from scratch and I have a 1973 Beetle that I plan restoring with my dad. This covers things so even a complete idiot can understand!

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