Original Door Handle Rebuild

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Door Handle Rebuild

Admin note – An older tutorial put together by ’67 Beetle enthusiast Marius Strom, I figured it was worth another mention. This seems to be a popular topic in my inbox over the last few weeks.

Are you able to reliably lock and unlock your ’67 with the key from the outside? Do you ever feel like you’re going to twist the key off when you use your door locks? If so, your guide pin in your locking mechanism is probably broken.

Fixing them is pretty simple, and worthwhile — the door handles on a ’67 Beetle are one-year-only, and while you find a few on eBay or TheSamba’s classifieds, it’s worth rebuilding yours – it’s only a couple of bucks.

For my first post here at 1967beetle.com, I thought I’d try doing something completely new: a video. Let me know what you think.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle Door Handle Guide Pin Repair from Marius Strom on Vimeo.

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Marius

Hello, I'm Marius. I own a '67 Beetle, live in WA and contribute articles to 1967beetle.com.

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Mike Buettell

about 3 years ago

WOW ! I'm impressed. Great video.

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Marius

about 3 years ago

Thanks, Mike -- I was interested to see what the community thought about the video. I should have included in the original blog post that I collected a bunch of info on how to do this from TheSamba, but didn't find one consistently good set of video/photographic walkthrough.. Hopefully this video will solve that for others.

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Rob Snook

about 2 years ago

Hi, I'm in the UK and have just watched the video of the repair to the drivers side door handle on a '67 Beetle. This was a relief as I was wondering what to do as I can lock the door but not unlock it. Can someone confirm what the components are again just to be sure. The O Ring I understand but I cant find a supplier for a 'Chicago Pin' does anyone know of European / UK suppliers? or can someone mail me the components for a small fee maybe? Thanks whoevers out there. Cheers Rob

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Rob, Thanks for the comment. I'll have Matthew Keen chime in on this one, as he lives in the UK.

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Marius

about 2 years ago

I've got extra Chicago Posts, and I can surely put together a small kit of parts, but it'll be a few weeks away as I'm just about to head out for 3 weeks of vacation. Apparently Chicago Posts are also commonly referred to as: Chicago screws, barrel nuts, sex bolts (!!!), or Post and Screws - perhaps figuring out which of those names are used on the other side of the pond will help you find them in the meantime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_screw

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Thx!

robin snook

about 2 years ago

That's terrific Eric. If you could send the parts to me at the following address that would be great and I'd be happy to pay a few Dollars to cover the cost and postage. My address is: rob snook 33 alliance way paddock wood kent Uk TN12 6TY Cheers robin

Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

I've FWD-ed your comment to M.

Eric

about 3 years ago

Great job Marius. We'll do more of these for sure as time goes on.

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Mike

about 3 years ago

Great Video! Just what I needed too because I recently bought my first '67 Bug a month ago, and can't lock or unlock my doors from the outside...I've resorted to leaving my quarter window open and contorting my arm around just to open her up! I am definitely looking forward to giving this procedure a try!

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Eric

about 3 years ago

See Marius, you already have fans! :)

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Mike

about 3 years ago

Hey Marius....is it hard to remove the door handles from the door itself? What is the best way to do so? Newbies like me are always worried about those details! Lol.

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Marius

about 3 years ago

Hi Mike - Sorry I left that part out of the video - and for whatever reason, the Bentley doesn't cover the process either. It's quite simple: On the back edge of the door (along the B-pillar), you'll see one large screw off by itself near the striker/latch mechanism. Tucked underneath the door-to-body weatherstrip near there is two screws mounted vertically - dig out the weatherstrip and unscrew those two screws. Tap the handle forward towards the front of the car, and it should pop right out. If that doesn't make sense, check out this thread on TheSamba: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=489235

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Louie Meyer

about 3 years ago

Thanks Marius!!! I bought my 67 about a month ago and I can't unlock Buddy (my bug) at all. Locks great, but doesn't push the locker knob up high enough. This is a great fix. Pretty easy job, no special skills or tools needed. Thanks again for the video. -Louie

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Marius

about 3 years ago

Hi Louie - You might be able to make do with just flipping the handles from one side to the other, but this is such an easy fix that it would be nearly criminal to not do it at the same time. Glad you enjoyed it, and let us know how it turns out!

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Jay Salser

about 1 year ago

Hello, Marius... There have been more than a couple of requests for a repair kit for door handles. Have you considered putting together a basic kit to sell? There would not be a huge market, but it could help some people in the 1967 Beetle World who can't find or don't know how to find the components for the repair. I have one such request sitting in my mail box presently. Contact me @ jksalservw@verizon.net. jay

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

Yes... What Jay said.

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Marius Strom

about 1 year ago

Hi Jay - I need to dig up and see if I can find any spare Chicago posts. Unfortunately, my time is getting more and more limited as I've got a little one on the way that I'm getting ready for. If someone that has the time available wants to put a kit together, I wouldn't take offense.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

Congrats on the little one, M!

Mike

about 3 years ago

Thanks for clarifying and validating that I didn't ask an ignorant question! :) Your info rocks!!

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Marius

about 3 years ago

There are no stupid questions... :) Seriously, the only reason I knew how to drop the door handles off was because I'd done the same to my Vanagon a while back -- and the Vanagon Bentley does talk about how to remove them. Funny to see that the process hasn't changed in the 20+ years between building the Bug and my Vanagon!

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Eric

about 3 years ago

Great job again Marius. If you've not read his story, you can here! http://1967beetle.com/marius-strom

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Chelsy Howard

about 3 years ago

Guys, this is fantastic! This site is a huge resource to all us '67 owners. I'm so glad it exist. I like this better than TheSamba because it's so focused. TheSamba is full of noise and opinions. Keep it up guys!

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Hayley

about 2 years ago

this is perfect. Unfortunately I can't switch my handles around because only the drivers' side has a key hole! I needed this video

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Eric

about 2 years ago

Enjoy!

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Craig

about 2 years ago

The video did not explain what the "guide pin" does. Does it allow the locks to lock and unlock? Easy enough fix, but not real clear on what this fixes other then allowing the paddle to have something to slide on. I just can't lock and unlock my doors and I am wondering if this will fix it. I need to get to Lowe's and get the parts. Just need more explanation on what this fix will accomplish.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

Craig, Thanks for the comment. I'll have M chime in on the thread who made the video.

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Mike

about 2 years ago

Great video Marius. I too wondered how to take the handles off in the first place. So you don't have to remove the interior door panels? Also, I tried to purchase the repair parts at home depot but didn't have any luck. I'd love to purchase a rebuild kit from you. Thanks again for your info!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 2 years ago

'67 Mike!

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Eli

about 1 year ago

Hello Thank you for the Video, To give back, i found out where everyone can get what they need for the repair. Lowes has the chicago posts "Binding Post" and the Phillips Screw. Good Luck

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Jay Salser

about 1 year ago

Good job, Eli! Thanks for doing the leg-work for others of our readers! jay

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frank corbet

about 4 months ago

Thank you...my research has been eliminated!

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Stephen L. Murray

about 1 year ago

Excellent Post!

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Sam Glenn

about 1 year ago

Marius, great idea to do the video! Thanks a million for sharing the info. Eric, thanks , as always, for 1967beetle.com

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

Sam, Thanks for reading!

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Daniel

about 1 year ago

Marius, thanks so much for the tutorial. Looking forward to fixing my passenger door handle soon! If others are still interested, I would be willing to source the parts and make kits in the coming weeks. With Marius's blessing of course. Email me directly. Thanks again!

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Nathan

about 1 year ago

Great info!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

Keep us posted about the kits!

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Marius

about 1 year ago

I'd love it if someone could step up and make kits available. You have my blessing. I only ask that I get a 15% commission on all future sales, a perpetual license to re-create my own kit later driving you out of business, etc. I'm kidding. :) Make the kits!

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

And I want 25% for curation. :P

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Larry

about 1 year ago

I have 4 or 5 extra Chicago posts and screws if anyone can't find them. Let me know and I'll send you 1 or 2 - no charge in the spirt of our 67s :-)

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Robin Snook

about 1 year ago

Hey that's great Larry, Unfortunately I'm in the UK but happy to send you any fees to cover the cost of postage. My address is: Colliers Green Cottage Northiam Road Staplecross Robertsbridge East Sussex TN32 5RP Thanks Muchly Robin (Snook)

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Eric Shoemaker

about 1 year ago

Glad you guys connected.

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Larry

about 1 year ago

Snook I'll put these in the mail this morning. Take care, Larry

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Howard

about 11 months ago

What are the OEM part numbers for the right and left door latch mechanism and the door handle for a 1967 Beetle - vin 117556096? On my 67 drivers door (left) the latch mechanism is 111-837-015D and the door handle is 113-837-205J/206E. Thank you

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Eric Shoemaker

about 11 months ago

Let us check.

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Jay Salser

about 10 months ago

Hello, Howard...By now, you may have discovered the information about the Latch Part #s which you needed. I am unable to verify that from my lack of a vantage point. However, you are correct on the door handle Part #s--205J/206E. Strange part number but that's it in any case. I hope that you can arrive at the correct part numbers for the latches. jay

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Laura

about 7 months ago

Where can you find the 3 inch Chicago pin? I just bought a 1967 beetle yesterday and I found out the hard way that the locks don't unlock from the outside by locking my self out. I found this video and really want to try to take care of this myself.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 7 months ago

Laura, Let me find out! Also, we would love to feature your '67.

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Dan

about 3 months ago

My 67 Beetle sedan locks are a little different in that the guide post does not have that partial shaft that yours fits into at the base, ie, where you stuck the end of the Chicago post with the screw and the end of the spring. My guide post was just cast into the flat bottom of the lock mechanism. Consequently I have no shaft to hold the new guide pin base so it doesn't wobble. I know that my parts are stock and original since my wife is the original owner of the car and the locks have never been changed in any way. Can this fix be modified somehow to work for me... maybe drilling out that hole at the bottom so that the screw can go through it and then into the Chicago screw in order to hold it tight to the base? I will experiment but would appreciate any thoughts or advice.

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Moises L

about 3 months ago

Hi Marius, Im in Seattle area, I have 1967 bug and I have some problems with my doors Handle :-( , are yoiu in WA?

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mariusstrom

about 3 months ago

Howdy - Yep, I'm just over in Bellevue.

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Rob Snook

about 3 months ago

Hi, I'm over in the UK and of course have a 67 Beetle and of course have had a door handle problem. I was going to disassemble it and follow the recommendations on the (excellent) video but I found that just be very slightly lifting the key when opening the door it worked. I guess after nearly 50 years of use a few niggles are to be expected. Very envious of you being in Seattle...its my most favourite place in the US. Whereabouts are you? Cheers Rob

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Moises L

about 3 months ago

Great!!! do you know a vw place that can help with my door handles?

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mariusstrom

about 3 months ago

Did you try doing what I described in the video?

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Moises L

about 3 months ago

No, I did exactly what you did on your video. By the way, thank you so much for the video, is really helpful and well explained! the problem i have is on the key cylinder it gets stock on the handle. The key turns but can't unlock the door from the outside.

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mariusstrom

about 3 months ago

Hmm, beyond that I don't know what to do. George up at Porbug in Lynnwood is a great VW mechanic and can probably get you sorted.

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Moises L

about 3 months ago

Thank you!!! I will look for him....

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Dan

about 3 months ago

Hey. Nobody left any kind of response at all to my comments about how my 67 bug lock mechanism differs from the one in the video. Is there a way to post a picture along with my comments so the difference I am talking about is more clear?

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