Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

How to Keep your Volkswagen Alive

VW Manual The illustrator for How to Keep your Volkswagen Alive has passed away. I read about this on the Dead Bus Diaries, which links to an nice obituary.

I've used this book many times in my VW career - which started way back in high school. I had a friend who was into VWs and he convinced me that my first car should be a VW Bug. I bought a '69 bug, and after driving it for 2 months, the generator went out and I decided it was time to start restoring it. I took a belt sander to it the next day, and used this book to remove the engine. Days later I was ripping out all the wiring getting ready to head to the paint shop. Needless to say, I had no idea what I was doing and the car suffered quite heavily for it. When I tried to put things back together, hardly anything worked and I had large waves in the body from grinding parts of the car down to bare metal.

I've re-built 5 VW engines in my lifetime, and I've always had this book by my side. It took me 4 times to get it right, but this was largely due to my lack of experience. Furthermore, I'd often get the engine finished and then head out on a road trip instead of waiting 500 miles for the initial settling in. Since I'm about to start rebuilding my Bus's engine, it's about time I bought a new copy of this book, so I just did that on Amazon. I haven't taken the engine out of the bus yet, but that sounds like a fun activity for next week when my Dad is in town.

Posted in The Bus at Dec 16 2005, 10:46:31 AM MST 6 Comments
Comments:

Whoa I'm shocked. I remember how this book helped me fix my `71 VW Beetle. <sigh>

Posted by vlod on December 16, 2005 at 06:37 PM MST #

Matt, I do know that you like VWs, but I'm surprised to know that you're a huge fan of VWs. You can't imagine what the brazilian mechanics can do with a VW Bug or a VW Bus (because this is the cheapest engine here in Brazil). There are some lunatics that can put something like 600 or 700HP in a bug lol. The hard part is the gas for this little toy :).

Posted by Rafael Mauricio Nami on December 17, 2005 at 06:47 AM MST #

Matt - I had a '69 VW too. Great car. I currectly drive a Y2K beetle [turbo] and just love it. Has quite a bit more pickup than the '69. Btw, I had the book too.

Posted by Ken Mulcahy on December 19, 2005 at 11:54 AM MST #

Ken - that's funny. I had a Yellow Turbo (I think it was a 2000 too) for a couple years. I got a couple speeding tickets, but loved the car. I traded it in for a Honda Accord when Abbie was born.

Posted by Matt Raible on December 29, 2005 at 12:41 PM MST #

Hey Matt, I was poking around the appfuse stuff, when I saw the bus link. I bought a 1970 type II camper seven years ago. It was semi-restored when I got it. I still drive it almost every day. I've been wanting to do a total restoration on it for some time. Put up some more pictures when you get some. I'd like to see how it's progressing.

Posted by Alper Akture on February 23, 2006 at 04:18 PM MST #

I worked at VW interamericana from 1967 to 1969. And aside from factory manuals, the "how to keep your VW alive" is the most practical (specially here in México, where you are on your own in the back-country/bush-country...now I have an automatic type 2 T2, 1.7 l. engine, 7 pasenger & two tone green finish: my shop on wheels helping on the roads & ways around my área: los Altos de Morelos, México.

Sorry to have that friend so talented, leaving us.

DonYan

Posted by DonYan on February 01, 2008 at 12:48 PM MST #

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