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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.

BUMPERS AND PARTS FOR VOLKSWAGEN

BUMPERS AND PARTS FOR VOLKSWAGEN

BUMPERS AND PARTS FOR VOLKSWAGEN® Brilliant chrome-plated die-formed heavy-gauge steel Replace originals perfectly with easy bolt-on installation Designed for Volkswagen®


DOOR HANDLES FOR VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE & SUPER BEETLE

DOOR HANDLES FOR VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE & SUPER BEETLE

DOOR HANDLES FOR VW BEETLE & SUPER BEETLE Replace broken or worn originals perfectly Help restore proper operation and original beauty Replace broken or worn originals perfectly while also restoring proper operation and original beauty. Chrome-plated like originals. Fits driver or passenger side. Bolt on easily using existing hardware. Includes 2 keys.


CUSTOM-FIT REPLACEMENT OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRRORS FOR VOLKSWAGEN

CUSTOM-FIT REPLACEMENT OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRRORS FOR VOLKSWAGEN

CUSTOM-FIT REPLACEMENT OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRRORS FOR VOLKSWAGEN® These custom-fit mirrors replace original hard-to-find mirrors perfectly Made out of high-quality stainless steel that resists rust and corrosion Mirrors are available for driver's and passenger's side These mirrors restore proper rear vision and add style to your classic Volkswagen®. For '50-'79 Beetles and Super Beetles: mirrors mount to the top of the door hinge pin (use original or order replacement hinge pins — sold separately). For '61-'79 Buses and Transporters: The gray plastic, round replacement mirror head mounts onto the original arm.


 

FOAM SEAT PADDING KIT FOR VOLKSWAGEN

FOAM SEAT PADDING KIT FOR VOLKSWAGEN

FOAM SEAT PADDING KIT FOR VOLKSWAGEN™ Covers bottom of 2 front bucket seats or 1 rear bench seat Two 1-1/2" thick pre-cut foam cushions (24" x 24" each) 2 carpeted underlay spring covers The kit also includes hog rings, pliers, instructions.


VINYL SOLID REAR COVERS FOR VOLKSWAGEN

VINYL SOLID REAR COVERS FOR VOLKSWAGEN

VINYL SOLID REAR COVERS FOR VOLKSWAGEN® Custom tailored to fit bench beautifully and snugly Like-original fit — installs with hog rings Choose the fabrics and colors that reflect your lifestyle.


CUSTOM-FIT INTERIOR REAR VIEW MIRRORS FOR '58-'77 VOLKSWAGEN

CUSTOM-FIT INTERIOR REAR VIEW MIRRORS FOR '58-'77 VOLKSWAGEN

CUSTOM-FIT INTERIOR REAR VIEW MIRRORS FOR '58-'77 VOLKSWAGEN® Perfect replacement for damaged or missing originals Black heavy-duty plastic housing and flat mirror glass Perfect for restoration Hardware included.


CUSTOM-FIT HEADLINER KITS FOR '47-'89 VOLKSWAGEN

CUSTOM-FIT HEADLINER KITS FOR '47-'89 VOLKSWAGEN

CUSTOM-FIT HEADLINER KITS For '47-89 Volkswagens Choose from '78-style vinyl headliners, napped cotton headliners or plush velour headliners for a perfect restoration Custom-tailored and pre-cut and sewn for easy installation NOTE: SKU numbers ending in F are factory shipped and may take a little longer to reach you. (A) Includes plain leatherette replacement windlace and door post cover material (for 2 posts) with sewn-on windlace.


Sun Visors for Volkswagen

Sun Visors for Volkswagen

SUN VISORS FOR VOLKSWAGEN® Replace originals perfectly Sun visor clips sold separately Leather-grained vinyl can be painted to match interior. Metal support rods and instructions included. Sold in pairs. NOTE: SKU numbers ending in F are factory shipped and may take a little longer to reach you.


Sun Visor Clip for Volkswagen

Sun Visor Clip for Volkswagen

SUN VISOR CLIPS FOR VOLKSWAGEN® For '58-79 Volkswagen vehicles (except convertibles) Sold in pairs Available in black or white NOTE: SKU numbers ending in F are factory shipped and may take a little longer to reach you.


CUSTOM-TAILORED NYLON LOOP CARPET SET FOR CLASSIC VW

CUSTOM-TAILORED NYLON LOOP CARPET SET FOR CLASSIC VW

CUSTOM-TAILORED NYLON LOOP CARPET SET FOR CLASSIC VW Top-quality, durable nylon loop weave for long wear Designed for '58-79 Volkswagen Beetle, Super Beetle and Karmann Ghia sedans and convertibles Thick 1/4" foam padding adds to the comfort and extended wear This adds life to the vehicle and restore the original look. Custom tailored to factory specifications — no overlapping pieces. The carpet covers firewall, cowl side panels, side rails front and rear floor, rear wheel housing and cargo areas. Complete front and rear coverage! Cloth-bound edges like original. Front driver's side has black vinyl heel pad. It is easy to clean and it is currently available in charcoal gray color (similar to the color in Beetles) and also in black.


CHROME PLATED STELL HUB CAP FOR VOLKSWAGEN

CHROME PLATED STELL HUB CAP FOR VOLKSWAGEN

CHROME PLATED STELL HUB CAP FOR VOLKSWAGEN® Replaces damaged or lost original and adds a bright, new look to your car For '49-'67 Volkswagen® Beetle and Karmann Ghia Designed for use with white-spoke-style wheels 8-3/4" diameter, 3-1/4" deep. For Beetle and Karmann Ghia with 5-lug wheels. Mounts to existing lug nuts. Made of chromed steel.


REPLACEMENT TRUNK LINERS FOR '58-'79 VW BEETLE

REPLACEMENT TRUNK LINERS FOR '58-'79 VW BEETLE

REPLACEMENT TRUNK LINERS FOR '58-'79 VW BEETLE Designed for toughness, durability and interior protection from all types of wear and tear Protects and preserves trunk's contents and reduces noise Water proof, tear proof, durable and reinforced fiberboard liner provides perfect restorations Replaces torn, soiled or missing original. Easy installation - no hassles. Made of a durable material, and constructed to contain spills, dirt, food, grime and the likes. It will save you from messy cleanup jobs in your trunk, seat or floorboard. Easy to clean. So versatile. Not available for Super Beetle. Wherever you use it you'll want one for each of your vehicles


DOOR PANEL CLIP SET FOR '47-'79 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE & SUPER BEETLE

DOOR PANEL CLIP SET FOR '47-'79 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE & SUPER BEETLE

DOOR PANEL CLIP SET FOR V.W. BEETLE & SUPER BEETLE For '46-79 Volkswagen Beetles and Super Beetles Duplicate-of-original hardware simplifies installation of door panels Add to the like-new look or door panel restoration


CHROME-PLATED REPLACEMENT WHEELS FOR VOLKSWAGEN

CHROME-PLATED REPLACEMENT WHEELS FOR VOLKSWAGEN

CHROME-PLATED REPLACEMENT WHEELS FOR VOLKSWAGEN® Replaces your rusted or damaged wheels perfectly Precision quality chrome plated replacement wheels restores smooth solid performance and gives an upgraded look to your vehicle 10-slot wheels


ACCU-FORM MOLDED DASH-CAPS FOR VOLKSWAGEN '68-'79

ACCU-FORM MOLDED DASH-CAPS FOR VOLKSWAGEN '68-'79

DASH-CAPS™ by ACCU-FORM CUSTOM-FIT DASH COVERS Black, vacuum-formed plastic with UV inhibitors—won't crack or warp With all cut-outs necessary to fit your dash Add new life to interior—for a fraction of the cost of replacement. Installs easily, stays securely in place with adhesive strips and silicone sealant (included). Instructions. Note: Shipped directly from manufacturer. UPS Next or 2nd Day not available. Allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.


DEFROSTER HEATER BOOSTER SYSTEM FOR ALL BEETLES & KARMANN GHIAS

DEFROSTER HEATER BOOSTER SYSTEM FOR ALL BEETLES & KARMANN GHIAS

DEFROSTER/HEATER BOOSTER SYSTEM FOR ALL BEETLES AND KARMANN GHIAS A great way to effectively increase the airflow to your defroster. Booster system includes 2 fans that mount in the ductwork and are approx. 3 times more powerful than conventional booster-type kits. These fans eliminate the need to rely on engine RPM for blower output. A 4-position, 3-speed switch (low, medium and full) puts you in complete control of fans' output. In addition to this increased airflow, the patented method of drawing heater return air from the vehicle's interior significantly raises the temperature level. Another benefit of this system is the elimination of engine compartment fumes and road dust from the heater supply. Kit includes all necessary components, hardware, wiring and instructions. For all Beetles and Karmann Ghias.


Ignition Blue Coil

Ignition Blue Coil

IGNITION "BLUE COIL" For '46-79 Volkswagen Beetle, Ghia, Bus, Type II and Type III vehicles Ensures smoother running and better starts Quality made in Germany for the maximum in high performance Mounting bracket included.


MASSIVE POWER BOOSTER FOR BEETLE

MASSIVE POWER BOOSTER FOR BEETLE

MASSIVE POWER BOOSTER FOR BEETLE Guaranteed to instantly cure bucking-off or erratic idle, poor mpg, hard starts, lost performance and all high and low-end misses Smog legal in all states (CARB E.O. #D19-30) Powerful BUG-PAK ignition system is specially made for '54-78 Volkswagen Beetle and Super Beetle Jacobs Electronics combined its optimum computer ignition for Volkswagen with its famous Ultra Coil in one water/shock-proof sealed blue high-tech housing. Ignition and coil are customized to resonate with the Volkswagen ignition to maximize power and mileage and ensure a cooler running engine. Guaranteed horsepower gains of 12-1/2%. Over 17% increase in miles per gallon. BUG-PAK kit also includes a set of our energy core spark plugs—the best, most versatile street and race wire. These performance wires (8.5mm, less than 200 Ohms/ft.) have metal core and ultra-high-temperature silicone insulation with Teflon™ overlay. For 12-volt negative-ground systems. Note: The Jacobs Electronics BUG-PAK Risk-Free Guarantee: Dyno proven to produce more top torque and mpg than any other ignition on the market; cures all engines problems caused by weak ignition; must meet every quoted improvement; makes such massive improvements in performance that you (the only judge) are impressed; hooks up in under 20 minutes with no cutting or splicing of OEM wires; leaves your original ignition operational as a security backup.


13-PC. POLYPROPYLENE CARPET SET FOR VW THING

13-PC. POLYPROPYLENE CARPET SET FOR VW THING

13-PC. POLYPROPYLENE CARPET SET FOR VW THING Polypropylene with loop or cut pile weave is a perfect carpet for your car Designed exclusively for VW Vehicle Durable long lasting carpeting fits perfectly The carpet covers the entire floor, firewall, cowl side panels, front and rear wheel housing. Serge edges in matching color. The carpet is durable and long lasting. The carpet is weaved in a way that it fits the vehicle perfectly and hence there is no cutting required.


 

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