Sadly, Dave passed away on 28 January 2019, after a long illness. He died in hospital with his wife at his
side. Dave and I had been friends for over 20 years, and I miss him a lot. He was a gentle, hard working family
man. Though we live in different countries we had a rapport which was hard to match, and our mutual interest
in our old VW beetles, lead us to the building of this site. My thanks to Dave's daughter Erin for her work -
she and Dave produced the site as you see it today.
I will continue to administer this site as a tribute to Dave.
He is survived by his Wife Sharon and their four children.
to Rob and Dave’s Aircooled Volkswagen Web Pages! As the
name implies, this page is devoted to the care and feeding of
the older aircooled Volkswagens, particularly VW Bugs (Type 1).
Repair and maintenance procedures, experience, pictures and discussion
are included here. To find the material you're looking for, click on the Search button above.
The Index, particularly, will guide you to hundreds of topics.
history: Rob Boardman (Adelaide, Australia) kicked this Web
site off in December 1998. He started with a few basic VW articles
that he had written, primarily stemming from his past experience and work on his 1970 Standard Beetle.
Earlier that year, Rob met David Pratt (Richland, Washington, USA)
on a VW newsgroup, when Dave was having trouble with his 1973 Super Beetle. Rob responded to Dave's posts, first through the newsgroup,
and later directly through personal e-mails. Though they did not meet in person until 2010, Rob and Dave have become long-distance friends and have
maintained frequent correspondence.
to write procedures -- basic, straight-forward, what Dave
calls "shade-tree mechanic" procedures. Dave is a champion of
clarity and unambiguity, and he has often been frustrated by the unclear,
sometimes ambiguous procedures in the manuals. So Dave strives to make his procedures
as clear and understandable as possible, hopefully so others will find them useful as they
work on their Bugs. (We do, however, assume that the reader has a basic understanding of
mechanics, tools, and nomenclature.)
Because the English langauge
varies around the world, we have used both American English and Australian/British terminologies
(for example, gasoline or petrol) where appropriate to avoid confusion.
As the rebuild of Dave's
Super Beetle progressed (literally under a big ash tree in the
back yard!), Dave added the procedures he had prepared to Rob's
Web page, which the two of them at that point mutually agreed to rename the page
"Rob and Dave's Aircooled Volkswagen Web Pages." Not long after
this, Dave's daughter Erin, a professional Web page designer,
joined the team and proceeded to give the Web page a very professional
to Dave that there was a great deal of very informative and
valuable material in the e-mails that he and Rob had exchanged over the years,
all of which Dave had kept electronically. Dave compiled, edited, and indexed all
of this information and uploaded it to the Web
page by category, together with the "School-of-Hard-Knocks"
lessons he learned while rebuilding his Bug. All of these procedures,
experiences and information can be found in the Index, Table
of Contents, or Procedure List located under the Search button
above. (Because our stuff has grown to rather gargantuan proportions,
Erin (our Webmistress) has recently added a Search Engine that gives the capability
to search the entire Web site by keyword or phrase.)
Note: Dave thinks that the best way
to get a feel for the magnitude of this Web page (and the easiest way to find the material you want) is
through the Index. The Index contains hundreds of entries, each a link directly to the material of interest.
The information in these pages is primarily based on our own experience.
We don't claim to be expert mechanics by any means. If there are mistakes they are unintentional, and we would appreciate your
bringing them to our attention so we can correct them. Though we try to be as comprehensive as we can, there are some topics
that are not covered, primarily because we haven't had the "opportunity" of working in those areas. Again, we would welcome
your input, and we would be happy to include your material here (with your permission and proper credit, of course).
All of the
material on this Web site has been extensively cross-linked,
both internally and externally, to provide ready access to the
information of interest (most of the underlined material are links). We would invite you to
peruse the material at your leisure, as there is a lot (we think) of valuable information
We encourage you to check back often,
as we are updating and adding more material to the Web page all the
time. It is our goal to address (as much as we can) just about everything
associated with the aircooled Volkswagen Beetle. If you find areas
that are not addressed, or if you have material you would like
to add or that needs correction, please get in touch with us through the "Contact Us"
initially designed the page to be mostly text with few frills
so that it would load rapidly - remeber the "dial up" days? Dave, with his digital
camera, has stretched this philosophy a bit by adding quite
a few pictures, many taken as he progressed through the rebuild
of his car. In addition to pictures in the body of the material, Dave has included
herein a very extensive set of Pictures documenting
his experiences with the rebuild his Super Beetle. There are more than 200 pictures
in this set, small at first, but enlarged with a single click on the picture.
sure to read "More about Rob"
and "More about Dave",
where you will find find more information about these two guys -- good friends though half a world apart.
Good luck with your VW adventure!
Let's keep these babies on the road!