ABOUT THIS SITE - INTRODUCTION
Aim of this Web Site
The aim of this web site is to provide an online reference manual, covering the basic engine maintenance for the VW Air Cooled Engine. The manual concentrates on the 1600 Type 1&2 engine as this is most common engine and spare parts are still readily available and relatively inexpensive.
The manual is designed to cover the majority of engine maintenance procedures in greater detail. Additional information is provided to help understand how this unique engine and its components work, along with outlining potential problems that may occur if maintenance is overlooked.
Purpose of this Site
The purpose of the site is to provide assistance to anyone wishing to carry out routine engine maintenance, and increase their understanding of how the engine works. The majority of VW air cooled engines are now more than 20 years old. Although this means there is greater potential for engine problems, the age of the engine means it is relatively uncomplicated and lends itself readily to DIY maintenance.
Making the site a web based resource enables it to be accessed readily by the large number of Air Cooled Volkswagen enthusiasts, who use the Internet as a means of exchanging technical advice. In addition, web technology provides the means to present many coloured photographs, diagrams and animations, covering procedures in great detail. This helps to bring the manual alive in comparison to many of the manuals available in book form for the VW, which have not been updated since they were published in the 1970's.
This manual was designed as part of my MSc Dissertation at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
The construction of this manual was greatly assisted by Laurie Pettitt, a specialist VW engine builder based in the Scottish Borders. Laurie was able to provide expert technical guidance and material for the web pages, based on his 30 years experience.
Additional help was provided by John Forbes, who owns a garage in Edinburgh, specialising in maintaining air cooled VW's.