Poor Man's VW Restoration Guide
Making your air-cooled VW look like new again does not require you to jeopardize your life's savings! Unless you want a Concourse quality restoration, a nice amateur restoration is not only achievable on a limited budget, but possible for those who may be slightly less than technical masterminds. Oftentimes, you may have a good solid vehicle that just needs a few cosmetic upgrades to be like new again. A new dash, rear view mirror or bumper makes a big difference, is easy to install, and doesn't cost very much.
Rust and body problems may require the skill of a quality autobody shop, but even a good paint job can be had in most metro areas for an affordable price. Maaco is often the bane of the auto body world because the quality, or lack thereof, of their $400 paint job. But in fairness, you can get a tolerable or even good paint job done at a budget auto paint shop without spending thousands of dollars. If your goal is to make your daily driver look good, run good, and stay running good for years to come, you can do it affordably!
Look at it this way, if you were spending money to fix up a Neon or Civic, you would be throwing you money down the drain! The value of those vehicles is going to continue to depreciate, regardless of add-on aftermarket parts. Old Volkswagens just continue to appreciate, and if you just try to keep it stock, it's unlikely that you won't get back most, if not all of what you put into your Poor Man's Restoration. Here are some parts that can be purchased from the J.C. Whitney catalog that will get you on your way to a nice looking ride. Or, if you prefer, click to see our whole catalog.