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Garbe-Lahmeyer Gmbh A German company that supplied electrical components for VW starting in 1955. The parts are often called "VW" due to the presence of a prominent VW logo along with "GL" on many of the parts. GL supplied distributors, coils, generators, voltage regulators, and starters as late as 1975.

Garbus Polish nickname for the Beetle sedan and convertible. Literally means "Hunchback".

Gas Burners 4-lug (914) and 5-lug (914-6, 911) Wheels made by Mahle for Porsche that look like gas burning stove grills.

Gas Heater Factory or dealer-installed accessory that provided additional heat when needed.  See Eberspacher, Southwind, and Perfection
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Gates Fold-down panels on the sides and rear of a Single Cab or Crew Cab bed.  
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Gauges Mechanical or electrical instruments that provide vehicle information.  May include speedometer, tripometer, odometer, gas gauge, warning lights, or tachometer

Geländewagen German name for the Type 181 Safari and the Wehrmacht's Kubelwagen.  Literally means "land vehicle", or off-road vehicle.

Gemi Large screw style clamps. Used on various parts ranging from Fresh Air Hose and Heater Box.
And for Fuel Filler neck hose-to-tank (on late models).
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Size range:
40 mm
45 mm
56 mm (fuel filler)
60 mm

Genny Slang for generator.

Generator Electrical device that converts rotational movement provided by a belt driven off the engine's crankshaft to electrical energy.  The generator in turn runs the electricity through the regulator to provide a constant voltage to keep the battery charged

Ghia See Karmann Ghia

Giorgio Giugiaro Famous Italian car designer who redesigned the Oval Window from Ovalto Square in 1958.  Giorgio Giugiaro also designed the VW Rabbit in 1974.

Glass Slang; A common reference to fiberglass as in a "glass" buggy - a dune buggy made of fiberglass.

Glass Taillights 1956 - 1961 US Beetle taillights.

Glasurit OEM paint supplier for VW

GmbH Gesellschaft mit beschraenkte Haftung: limited partnership company, as in Volkswagenwerk GmbH

Governor Speed-limiting device used on 36hp, 40hp, and 1500cc Buses to prevent over-revving of the engine by closing a valve to stop air flow from the carburetor to the intake manifold.  The governor was an option on 36hp/40hp engines. 1500cc governors are  quite common as they were factory-installed for many years. 

36hp style

40hp style
1500cc style

Grab Handle Handle mounted on the dashboard or in the cargo area of a Bus.  Slang: "oh-shit" handle.
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Grafted Often used to describe merging one piece of a car with another.
I grafted a ragtop into my 1963 Beetle
I grafted a 23-Window onto the top of my School Bus

Gravel Guards Accessory aluminum plates mounted to the fenders to protect against rocks or debris kicked up by the tires.
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Grawomobil VW Bus camper conversion with square-shaped raised roof. It's former name was Arcomobile. About 600 of them were made, divided over Split-screen Bus, Bay Window and Vanagon.  Grawo stands for Grau Wohnmobile.


Gute Fahrt "Good Driving" in German.  German magazine - See Gute Fahrt

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