Introduction to VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox is an open-source hypervisor for x86 computers that is developed and distributed by Oracle Corporation. A hypervisor is computer software that creates and runs virtual machines. The computer which runs the hypervisor and the virtual machines is known as the host machine while the virtual machines (VMs) are guest machines.

VirtualBox can be installed on a number of host operating systems (OS) including: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, BSD, and IBM O/S 2. It also allows for the creation of guest machines for these OSes.

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Books About Classic Air-Cooled Volkswagens

From 1936 in Germany until approximately 1980 in the USA, Volkswagen manufactured it’s entire line of automobiles (das auto) with an air-cooled boxer engine.  The air-cooled motor is distinct from its water (i.e., radiator) cooled cousin in that it uses engine tin combined with adequate air flow to cool the engine.  The classic Type 1 – Beetle (and bigger brother the Super Beetle), Type 2 – Transporter (also known as Van, Bus, etc.), Karmann Ghia, Type 3 and Type 4 all came equipped with an air-cooled motor.  These classic automobiles remain popular to this day.  Parts, tools, equipment, and reference materials are easily available for purchase on the internet.  Here’s a handful of my favorites:

 Bentley Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia Service Manual – 1966-69

 Bentley Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia Service Manual – 1970-1979

 Bentley Volkswagen Station Wagon / Bus Service Manual – 1968-79

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Classic VW Toys and Collectibles

Classic Volkswagens by Yat Ming

Yat Ming is a Hong Kong based manufacturer of die-cast cars.  Unlike companies such as Matchbox that specialize in making toys, Yat Ming produces realistic models of classic cars for collectors.  Currently they have several 1/18th scale classic air-cooled Volkswagens available.  These die-cast cars are much larger than standard Matchbox toys.  They also feature opening doors, deck lids, trunk, and in the case of the 1962 VW Type 2 Microbus, a cloth ragtop.  These are great for display in your office, garage, or man-cave.    Highly recommended and available from Amazon via the following links.


Yat Ming Scale 1:18 – 1962
Volkswagen Microbus Van With Sunroof



Yat Ming Scale 1:18 – 1967 Volkswagen Beetle

 


Yat Ming Scale 1:18 – 1966 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia

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Wiring a 1974 VW Karmann Ghia – Diagram and Key

The wiring diagram for my 1974 Ghia was readily available online.  The first page of a Google search should provide you endless opportunity to get the same for your Ghia’s model year.  Below are I’ve included several important diagrams for the 1974 Ghia model year:   Continue reading

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Wiring a 1974 VW Karmann Ghia – Fuse Box

The best advice I can give to anyone who just purchased their first air cooled Volkswagen is  check the fuse box!  If you can not or do not heed that first piece of advice, carry a fire extinguisher!  It’s the only thing that will prevent irreparable harm to your classic.  If you listen to neither of these pieces of advice, you have been warned!!  An improperly wired and/or fused classic Volkswagen can and will cause fires.   Continue reading

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