’67 Volkswagen Beetle — 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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43 thoughts on “’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Original Door Handle Rebuild

    • 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.

      • 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.



  1. 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!

  2. 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.

    • 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

  3. 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

    • 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!

      • 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

    • 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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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