Since this book was written in 1970, the produce information is very dated. But this detailed manual gives great technical detail about custom engine building along with information to get better acceleration, top speed and improved handling. It also shows you how to set up the engine for general use, drags, sports car racing and more. Covers carburetion, exhaust, camshafts, ignition assembly techniques and more for 1200cc, 1300cc, 1500cc and 1600cc air-cooled engines. Over 160 pages, approx. 400 photos.
How to Hot Rod Volkswagen Engines gives the real skinny for breathing-on, blueprinting and bulletproofing your air-cooled Vee-dub.
Street, custom, kit car, off-road, or full-race, this book gives you all the air-cooled engine-building basics to find and put to the pavement hidden horsepower. Includes tips on carburetion, ignition and exhaust tuning, case beefing, cylinder-head flow work, camshaft selection, lubrication and cooling upgrades, 6- to 12-volt conversions and much more. plus there's a natty 6-page history of the origins of the first air-cooled VW engines. All neat stuff, this.
Go ahead. You deserve it! Double or triple the output of your air-cooled Volkswagen. Or add 10-15 horsepower with easy bolt-on mods. Mild or wild, do it the right way—with this book. More than 300 photos, drawings and charts to guide you through your VW's innards. And don't look back.
Table of Contents
Beetle power | The people's car | VW engines all alike? Hardly | Bolt-on horsepower | Adding performance | How much HP can you afford? | HP ratings—Real or imaginary? | Ignition | Carburetion | Exhaust | Cylinder heads | Pistons and cylinders | Crankshafts | Lubrication, cooling and breathing | Camshaft and valve train | Blueprinting | Engine assembly | Supercharging | 356/912 engine for your VW? | Installing '66-and-later engines in earlier chassis | Converting flat engines to upright | Corvair power | Stability and the Beetle | Handling | Parts information