View original topic: Orientation for site (late model beetle specific)
AlmostHeavenWV_VW Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:08 am

Just making up a thread here so that I can simply link to my info I've assembled, rather than keep quoting it. Make it simpler,cleaner, less clunky to post for helping on the forum threads.

To link to this thread, copy and paste this:
[url=] AlmostHeavenWV's Orientation Page for the Samba[/url]

AlmostHeavenWV_VW Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:10 am

Here's some good starter info with the Samba, for the 'rookie': (no worries, my friend- every expert begins as a rookie :D )

Welcome to the Samba! Here's some basic info to get your started:

Make sure to use the search tool before posting a new topic (yellow arrow) and check the "title only" box for best results (blue arrow) most questions/problems have already been talked about lots on here and you can find the answer easily this way
Check out the 'FAQs/stickies index for commonly discussed topics (red arrow)
The build threads are a great resource for learning about how to do something(purple arrow)

When looking at a topic, there's also a search bar that you can search a particular thread for a word or phrase (most helpful when searching the build threads for something specific- like "fuel pump" to see how they did that)


If you can't find the answer to your problem ask the community for help!
To best help you out when you have questions:
Tell us details (how, when, where the problem happened)
Tell us your set up (engine size, carb, distributor, super beetle or standard beetle, and any other relevant facts) (you can easily add this basic info about your car to your "signature" of your profile so that it always is below your posts: (orange arrow)
Also helpful to put your location so that maybe someone can help you in person if needed (can just put your state to start with) (pink arrow)
Some help when searching through the gallery for pictures:

Here's a general list of online parts suppliers for ACVWs:
Wolfsburg West
Airhead Parts
Wolfgang international
WestCoast Metric
Pierside Parts

And for hardware,fuel lines, etc.:

Your friendly, local hardware store (Ace Hardware, TruValue, etc.)

AlmostHeavenWV_VW Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:25 am

Some good additional references to have on hand when working on the Bug:

The "Bentley" VW Service Manual (essentially a 'Cliff Notes' version of the full VW dealership workshop manuals)

John Muir's "Idiot Book" aka "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive"

Haynes Technical Manual (has looked different through the years of publication)

Zip file of the OG VW Dealership Service Workshop Manuals (FYI: It's a BIG file!)
CWAVE wrote: Let's try these links, see how long they last!
VW.Workshop.Manuals.Complete.1969-1976 ZIPPED


Also VWResource (Rob & Dave's)

AlmostHeavenWV_VW Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:36 pm

Just wanted to add on the 1972 Type 1 owners maintenance handbook. Good for more in depth info for repairs and maintenance

AlmostHeavenWV_VW Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:27 pm

Electrical Help:
(Simplified Electrical Component ACVW Diagrams)

(Stock VW Wiring Diagrams)

(Metric-to-AWG wire gauge conversion help)

AlmostHeavenWV_VW Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:49 am

Owner's Manuals and other good technical reference texts found under the "Technical" tab at the top of every page on TheSamba:

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