"The Little Engine That Could..."


Strictly Air-Cooled Spoken Here

             6V  To 12V  Conversion - Check List

             Why won't my engine start?

             How do I test my Generator ?  

             How does the fuel gauge work and how do I test it?

             Electrical Section      

             A Few Mechanical Hints    

             Gas Heaters      

             Stories:   both Funny and Sad    

About me...

UPDATE 06/14/2019:


It is with a very heavy heart that I must bid you all farewell.

Grave health concerns have surfaced and the end, I fear, is nigh.

Being a small part of the VW world has been one of the most uplifting experiences for me.

VW's must have been in my blood from the beginning; I was but a toddler when the first Beetle/KdF-Wagen prototypes were undergoing endurance testing on the road, ca. 1938.

Hats off to the Brits and Major Hirst for saving Volkswagen from certain obscurity 7 years after that endurance testing. Without their bold post-war plan for the factory none of the VW heritage we enjoy today would exist.

Warmest wishes to all of you and thanks for your interest and support over these many years.

I'm very sorry but I won't be able to respond to any email so please hold off on any correspondence.


Welcome to the new website! We had outgrown the original location as it only offered 10 MB (not GB!) of storage; clearly, it was time to move on. Be sure to bookmark the new address.


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