Question about 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle
So go ahead and do it. It's not clear whether you're actually asking a question here. It doesn't help that you haven't stated which VW you have. Beetle, Karmann Ghia (Type 14 and 34), Variant?
If you're asking whether to do it then the old ones are rotten and need replacing, so yes.
If you're asking how to do it then with respect that's a question far beyond the remit of a simple free question and answer site like this. It's not overly difficult in itself if the vehicle is mostly solid, but you need to be able to weld and you ideally need to remove the body from the chassis. But we're talking of a 41 year old car and only you can see what condition it's in: removing the body (normally an easy job) might not be if the shell is also rotten and the chassis itself may well collapse just behind the front axle tube as soon as the body comes off. Once the body is off it may mean that you're better replacing the chassis entirely. One thing is guaranteed: whatever rust you can presently see will be just a fraction of what's really there.
There are entire chapters of specialist VW restoration books devoted solely to the question you've asked, and so there's no point in re-inventing the wheel. Buy or borrow a suitable book and join the VW owners' club in your country. The knowledge and expert advice you'll gain will far more than repay the financial investment in both.
Posted on Nov 13, 2009
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