February 2014 Posts

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Window Scraper Replacement

'67 Volkswagen Beetle — Window Scraper Replacement

Admin note – An older tutorial I put together that was worth another mention. This seems to be a popular topic in my inbox over the last few weeks.

I’m going to start off by being 100% honest: rebuilding your doors isn’t easy.
I’ve read “the experience is best described by words not suitable for polite company.” However, YOU CAN DO IT! I called around the Bay Area before taking on the task myself. Most shops (that would actually take on such a job) wanted $800-$1,200.00, plus parts.

Rest assured, this is in fact a task you can handle. The biggest part of it all is taking your time. Deep breaths, and take each part step-by-step. I also recommend picking up a set of plastic stack-on organizer bins, as inside door components are small and can be easily lost.

In my opinion, good progress is about 6 hours per door. This includes breaking everything down, checking the regulators, re-greasing parts, installing inner and outer scrapers, and slowly getting everything back to its former German glory.

Before you jump into the task, you’re going to need the correct parts. (German parts!) We have it covered. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to complete the job. This is assuming your door regulators, window winder, vent windows and lift channels are in working order. I did have to replace my left lift channel because it was rusted out.

Emergency Brake Handle Adjustment

This has probably happened to all of us ’67 owners at one point or another. One of the early attractions to the Vintage Volkswagen (for me) was how easy everything is to fix; even for the compleat idiot.

Don’t you wish modern cars were this way? I don’t even change the oil in our daily driver. Kudos to Volkswagen of old for their innovation and the idea of keeping it simple.

SOLD — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle (New Photos)

For Sale — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

Admin note: Updated with new photos.
This VW Beetle is a true classic, as clean and beautiful today as the day it rolled off the precision German assembly line 46 years ago. It looks great and it runs great, and it’s been brought back to almost completely original throughout! Lovingly cared for and maintained by a very meticulous owner. All electrical works: lights, turning signals, horn, wipers and back up lights. Painted back to original color (L639 Zenith Blue) Left the dash, inside of doors, engine lid & hood original paint for reference. Interior is customized color but all to period correct. Paint and interior are only 9 months old. All work was done by West Coast Classic. This car looks completely new inside and out. New brakes recently added. Current registration and pink slip in hand in my name as owner.  A real looker. Perfect beach car. One of the best 67’s out there.

Completely new paint (brought back to the original Zenith Blue), completely new interior (complete with new headliner), new brakes, pop-out windows, rubber mats throughout interior (period correct), roof rack, working original Sapphire V AM radio, original washer & brake fluid reservoirs, original jack, new brakes, just tuned up. More photos.

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 72,556 miles
Location: Chatsworth, CA (San Fernando Valley)
Price: $13,500
Contact: Alex | 818-822-7109

For Sale — NOS Bosch Distributor Cap

For Sale — NOS '67 Beetle Bosch Distributor Cap

Stand out at the next VW show with the correct parts on your vintage pride and joy. These caps are Genuine NOS Bosch (made for VW) in the correct brown bakelite, just as it left the factory. The original box is included. Fits Beetles ’64-’68.

(These will also fit a ’64-’67 Bus)

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Stripped Threads

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Stripped Threads

Lug Bolts often are incorrectly called “nuts”. For the 1967 Beetles these bolts are 12mm X 1.50 thread with a 9mm head.

Over-tightening the lug bolts not uncommonly results in stripped drum threads. Or, perhaps it is just the years of loosening and retightening the steel bolts that eventually wears the soft cast iron threads.

Once the threads in a drum hole have been stripped, the car should not be driven. The lack of one lug bolt can bring about failure of the remaining bolts due to the undue stress placed upon them.

An obvious solution is to buy a new drum. But, as with many other Volkswagen Beetle situations, there is a good solution which will save that drum!

But, first, let’s talk about some tools which will make this job possible. If you don’t own the tools which we will discuss, or don’t want to own them, you may be able to find a shop or VW friend to do this repair for you. My VW friends and I have found it difficult to locate a shop with the proper tools to do this job.