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Volkswagen Workshop Manual
Types 11, 14, and 15:
1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957

(Beetle and Karmann Ghia)

by Volkswagen of America

Hardcover, 8 1/2 in. x 11 in.
704 pages
over 1300 figures, illustrations and diagrams
Volkswagen Part No. LPV 800 136
ISBN-13: 978-0-8376-1711-4
Price: $119.95

Volkswagen Air-Cooled Beetle and Karmann Ghia
Repair Information: 1952-1957

The Volkswagen (Types 11, 14, and 15) Workshop Manual: 1952-1957 is a vintage reprint of the original air-cooled Volkswagen repair information for Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia models sold in the USA and Canada. This historical archive edition covers procedures for routine maintenance, troubleshooting, repair and rebuilding.

Air-cooled Volkswagens (Type 11, 14, 15) covered:

  • Volkswagen Type 11 Beetle Sedan
  • Volkswagen Type 14 Karmann Ghia Coupe
  • Volkswagen Type 15 Beetle Convertible

Engines covered:

  • Volkswagen Air-cooled Type 1 "upright" engine 1131cc, 25hp
  • Volkswagen Air-cooled Type 1 "upright" engine 1192cc, 36hp
    (from January 1954)
  • Volkswagen Air-cooled Type 1 "upright" engine 1192cc, 36hp
    (from August 1955)

Transmissions covered:

  • Volkswagen Standard with non-synchronized "crash box" transmission
  • Volkswagen De Luxe with 2nd, 3rd and 4th gear synchronized transmission

Technical highlights:

  • Engine and cylinder head service, repair and reconditioning, including bench testing procedures and specifications for 25hp and 36hp motors
  • Solex 28 PCI carburetor and Solex fuel pump troubleshooting, rebuilding, and adjustment.
  • Transmission removal, rebuilding, and adjustment, including special needle bearings on synchromesh transmissions.
  • Frame, floor and body panel repair, including measurements and detailed cutting, alignment & welding instrutions and painting preparation and procedures.
  • Body repair and replacement procedures, including the sliding fabric sunroof and convertible top.
  • Complete wiring diagrams.
  • Factory changes and updates are noted in the text by manufactuing date, chassis number, engine number and part number.
  • Full explanations of the operation of all systems, with exploded views, cutaways and diagrams.
  • Required workshop equipment, tools, and equipment for local manufacture listings.
  • Troubleshooting tables for clutch, carburetor, fuel pump, steering, brakes, generator, starter, and wipers.
  • Maintenance and lubrication charts and procedures.

Publishing note: Prior to May 2012, this book was published in a softcover edition (ISBN 978-0-8376-0389-6)

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Volkswagen Cabriolet (Type 1) 1955
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Section M, Engine and Clutch
Removing and Installing Cylinder Head.
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Section A, Body
Body Removal and Installation.
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Section K, Fuel System
Fuel System, General Description.
VW Type 1 Man 52-57 Part#LPV800136
VW Type 1 Man 52-57 Part#LPV800136
Wholesale Case Quantity: 1
BSIN: V157
ISBN: 0-8376-1711-1 (ISBN-10)
ISBN: 978-0-8376-1711-4 (ISBN-13)