The BugShop: Links
This page last modified-1/5/04
Some pages try to link you
to the universe, or every site the author has ever visited. I prefer to
link istes that, like mine, offer details in text and pictures on restoration
other sites I have a hand in one way or another)
VW Related Links
Restoration Chronology Sites:
if you remember a lot more resto sites listed here, there used to
be. But I combed through them all and found better than half were dead, victims
of the "the great fall of free web space" no doubt....thanks to
all you guys who did manage to hold on to your sites...)
and Tech Sites which allow visitor submissions:
McDuffy's Site- An excellent page detailing a budget resto on
a '72, including heater channel replacement and lots of text and pictures.
Beetle Page- A very good page with lots of detail and pictures of Carl's
own 70s something Beetle restoration.
'56 Resto- A pretty "crusty" '56 is rescued, good body removal details
and excellent annotated pictures of chassis stuff.
'66 Beetle Resto- A nice "fast track" resto (like, not 8 years long)
on a Pearl White '66.
'71 Camper Resto- Perry found a nice solid one in the SW, brought it
back east and is re-doing it.
'64 Beetle Convertible- Some great "pan off" detail (some pics look
remarkably like my own!) on this full resto.
Van Heule's '66- a pearl white beauty. Check out how the whole
body was assembled before mating it with the pan. Just like Wolfsburg!!
"Pre '67 VW" Page- A very well done site with some tech reference stuff,
classifieds, some history on customs and some featured early VWs.
Pernice's '77 Beetle Resto- After an extensive frame head replacement,
Mel builds himself a fine show winner.
Paradise- Eric Duhachek's site, great detail on a '67 Sedan resto. A
great "Look and Learn" site with lots of pics.....
Technical Reference Sites:
A VW site with a very active classified/technical chat section called "The
An incredible site with tech info, very active classifieds
and lots of early VW stuff. Everett Barnes has done a spectacular job in
designing this site, the classifieds are second to none..
Thom Fitzpatrick's excellent site. With Aircooled VW Wiring Diagrams.
Very good BIG original, color diagrams for Bugs, Buses, Ghias and even a
Kubelwagen. (Warning: some of the diagrams are well over a MEG.)
Engine- A commercial business yes, but with a few tech engine "articles"
based on a lot of experience.
Buggy Barn- Ken has a growing series of technical articles at his site
as well as some useful experience with mail order engines for his own '71
Old Volks Home- A nice site with ignition and tune up specifications
for Beetles, buses and Vanagons of all years.
of Manufacture laws- Considering using a "Year of manufacture" plate
on you vintage VW? Here's a great site that lists the laws state by state
(most of them) regarding this. To read about my trials with YOM plates,
and Dave's (excellent) pages- These guys have put together an excellent
site chock full of good "daily driver" tech help.
VW Links Pages:
Bosch CIS Fuel Injection- A good, brief description of this system.
It is used on the late Beetles and early FI watercooled VWs
Jim's" Homepage- A nice guy with lots of down to earth practical experience.
Good electrical tech stuff and much more...
Cars based on Volkswagens- I'm not at all into kit cars, but this page
was very impressive. I never imagined that there were so many kit
cars for VWs.
Old Beetle Home- A German site with great technical reference
Super Shakes- How to get rid of them (no, I know nothing about Supers,
nor do I want to, but I get asked about this all the time)
VW Sites of Mine:
(just my favorites):
Tales- A book about VW "storys" (check out the one on page 118). A neat
RAMVAWorld Directory- Find rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled participants
who live near you. Another fine effort from Jan Andersson...
Virtual Beetle Museum- Guif's hi tech, computer generated VWs. VERY
Virtual VW Show- Thanks to Jan Andersson's hard work, a VW show in the
A real nice oval Beetle site from Belguim.
See more comments about some of
these businesses at the end of the "How to Find/Where
to Buy Parts" article.
West- Excellent vintage parts source. Very helpful folks, top notch
outfit all the way.
Auto Brokers- Where I buy all my watercooled parts. Highly
recommended. Nothing but great products, service, delivery and prices.
Coast Metric Inc.- Top quality rubber and plastic everything for all
VWs. Good catalog.
a true "online" aircooled VW parts business specializing in the best quality
parts and supplies.
Parts Warehouse- Not much experience with these guys, but seemed like
a good used parts source.
Eastwood Company- Top notch restoration supplies. Paints, sandblasters,
welders, all kinds of stuff. Outstanding quality and service.
Walter Miller's huge, all makes and models, automotive literature site (snowmobiles
and tractors too!). Has lots of VW stuff, on site search engine and online
Whitney- The "K-Mart" of autoparts. Lots of junk, some marginal stuff,
but some decent stuff too. Buyer beware...
to VW Related Newsgroups
If you haven't been 'groupin'
before and love to talk VW, be
you will get addicted and spend tons of time there. BTW, the aircooled
newsgroup is one of the most focused and friendliest that I have ever been
a part of.
If you venture into newsgroups for the first time, make sure you understand
their impact and 'netiquette. You may get trounced if you break the "golden"
rules. Check out the new users group
info. Also read the rec.autos.makers.vw.aircooled specific charter
Misc. (non VW)
|NOTE: You may
feel free to e-mail me and invite me to link your site, but I try to maintain
an exclusive link list. May sound selfish, but I only list sites that are
offer sound restoration and or technical assistance and/or sites/businesses
that I have solid, good experience with. Yes, I love people to link my
site on theirs, but please don't expect me to reciprocate necessarily.
am interested however in linking sites similar to mine with aircooled
VWs (any) restoration experience pictures and text.
And.... if you would like to link my site,
I have a small banner that you can use if you like:
(just right click the image
and "Save as..." to copy it to your PC)
Note: I haven't been
at some of these sites for a long time, they may be dead. Please e-mail
me if you have problems with any of them.