Category Archives: Type 1 / Beetle

Discussion of and processes related to the restoration and maintenance of the classic, air cooled Volkswagen Beetle (Käfer in its native Germany). The classic Beetle was produced from 1938 until 2003.

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 … Continue reading






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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 … Continue reading






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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 … 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 … Continue reading






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Wiring a 1974 VW Karmann Ghia – Logik Relais 12V

Behind the dashboard is a tangled mess of wires, connections, relays, and terminals that ultimately connect at the fuse box. One of the relays in a 1974 Ghia is/was (this will depend on what you find in your Ghia) the seatbelt ignition … Continue reading






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