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How to Hot Rod Air-Cooled VW Engines

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If you want to hot rod your trusty air-cooled VW engine, this how-to guide by Bill Fisher is your ticket to ride!

Whether your VW is a Beetle, Bus, Squareback or Fastback, VW Thing or a sporty Karmann Ghia, How to Hot Rod Air-Cooled VW Engines is the book you'll want by your side when you're ready to soup-up, breathe-on or hot rod your VW motor.

This book gives you all the info you'll need to get maximum performance out of your VW engine. Yes, hidden horsepower lurks around your powerplant, and with the tips in this book, you'll be able to unleash it.

You will find tips on:

  • Carburetion
  • Ignition and exhaust tuning
  • Case beefing
  • Cylinder-head flow work
  • Camshaft selection
  • Lubrication
  • Cooling upgrades
  • 6- to 12-volt conversion
  • And much more!

More than 300 photos, drawings and charts augment the easy-to-understand text. And as a bonus, the book also includes a 6-page history of the origins of the first air-cooled VW engines.

So, if you want to add a few horses, double, or even triple the power of your VW motor, this is the book for you!

Subject: Learn how to get max horsepower and performance out of your air-cooled VW motor. ISBN-10: 0912656034 | ISBN-13: 9780912656038 | HPBooks 034


  • Beetle power
  • The people's car
  • VW engines all alike? Hardly
  • Bolt-on horsepower
  • Adding performance
  • How much HP can you afford?
  • HP ratings — Real or imaginary?
  • Ignition
  • Carburetion
  • Exhaust
  • Cylinder heads
  • Pistons and cylinders
  • Crankshafts
  • Lubrication, cooling and breathing
  • Camshaft and valve train
  • Blueprinting
  • Engine assembly
  • Supercharging
  • Porsche engine for your VW?
  • Installing '66-and-later engines in earlier chassis
  • Converting flat engines to upright
  • Corvair power
  • Stability and the Beetle
  • Handling
  • Parts information

  • Publisher: HP Books
  • Author: Bill Fisher
  • Pages: 160 - Over 300 b&w photos and illustrations
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.25 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-912656-03-8
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