View original topic: Oval-Window Beetle FAQ
EverettB Sun Feb 13, 2005 9:36 am

-- Engine and Clutch --
Official Engine Finder Thread
36hp rebuild articles
54-55 engine info
Engine case markings
Engine case production date
25hp vs. 36hp - Differences
36hp crank pulleys
Beetle Air Cleaners
Intake Manifold Paint / Color
36hp Heater Box / Shoebox flaps
Engine compartment Tar Boards
36hp vs 40hp warm-up parts differences

-- Fuel System --
25hp / 36hp fuel pumps
Fuel tap / Reserve switch
Early Fuel Tap
Fuel tap rebuild
Gas tank color
Why is carb float bowl empty after sitting?
28 PCI Disassembly/Running Issues
Choke cable information

-- Front Axle and Steering --

-- Rear Axle / Transmission --
How To: Split and oval rear wheel seal installation
Axle boot clamps | Axle boot clamps
Split-case transmission rebuild DIY
Late transmission into Oval
Shift Rod Bushing (metal spring style)

-- Brakes Wheels and Tires --
Cable Brake information
Early Emergency brake assembly (55 and earlier)

-- Frame / Pedals --
Jacks | Jacks
1950 Thru 1957 Sedan Pedal Cluster: Installation Instructions

-- Body --
Identify correct front fenders/wings
1955 Beetle Interior Details - PDF file with reference photos
Ragtop covers
Ragtop handles
3-fold ragtop headliner install
Large / Small SEKURIT glass logos
Headlight glass
3-fold ragtop hole size
56 ragtop information
Oval Window Glass
Side Trim Holes
Hood props
Pop-out window installation
Hood / Bonnets
Heater Vents
Windshield sizes
Engine compartment pillows
Heart tail light position
Tail light placement reference - 56-61
Hinge Pin Removal | Hinge Pin Removal
Bat wing horn button variations
Seat rail locations
Level of gloss for floor pan paint
Window trim installation tutorial - US Spec Window Trim
3 fold ragtop install
Ribbed Door Assembly
Hood Emblems - 3 vs 4 bricks and other attributes
Front apron overrider hole measurement
Rear fender overrider holes
Oval Convertible top installation
Convertible top know how. Make bows, headliners and top covers.

-- Electrical System --
Coil information
Generator information
Semaphore information
Semaphore reference guide and FAQ
Generator pulley shims
Spark plug wire tube clamps
Ignition switches
Speedometer needle removal
LED Tail lights | LED Tail lights
Post on LED light options
Speedometer backup light switch
SG key code keys and parts
Oval Era Motorola radios / Big M radio restoration

-- Technical Data --
Hella/SWF/Bosch/Blaupunkt date codes
Finish of various parts on an Oval Beetle
McMaster-Carr screw reference

-- Other/Special threads --
European Standard and Canadian Custom Oval thread
Low mileage 57 Oval - Detailed discussion about what is "correct"
My 1957 VW with 13,000 Miles
CONTENDER - 1956 Oval ragtop Restoration

The Obsolete Air-Cooled Documentation Project
Oval Window Registry

-- Oval Specific Parts Vendors --
Split Parts Unlimited - Ricardo - Various Parts
Rick Clark - Rebuilt electrical parts

-- Beetle - Oval information available on The Samba --
VIN Numbers
Paint and Upholstery combinations
Wiring Diagrams
Production Figures

If you wish to add to this listing, feel free to post a link below or PM EverettB

BulliBill Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:24 am

Hard to believe there is not a discussion thread about the breakdown of the different eras of 25- and 36bhp fuel pumps, modifications made and eras used in the Oval FAQ area. Anyone know for a link to the various eras and modifications to these pumps?


EverettB Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:53 pm

You are right - I could not find a detailed thread. I made one.

25hp / 36hp fuel pumps

Please add to it with any additional information you may have.

aa390392 Wed Dec 15, 2021 11:26 am

Its also odd there isnt a FAQ on


EverettB Wed Dec 15, 2021 10:07 pm

You are correct there is no "Interior" subsection.

I can add one if you know of some threads that have good summarys.

Dan22 Fri Aug 26, 2022 10:25 am

I made a power point document using pictures from this site to define specific features for the US 1955 beetle interior. I provided this document to my interior vendor (WCCI) to make sure they got it as close to original as possible.

I would be happy to share it with the site if it does not break any rules.

Everett, I can send it to you directly to review it if you want.

EverettB Fri Aug 26, 2022 2:26 pm

Yes, If it would help others, I can post the PDF on the site and add a link in this FAQ thread.

My email is below - thanks!

Dan22 Sat Aug 27, 2022 7:30 pm

OK Everett,
I will dress it up a bit and send the PPT.

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