Editors note: Jay, you’ve outdone yourself with this one. The ’67 Beetle community around the world thanks you for your in depth knowledge of these great old cars. Let’s all take a moment to shine our timing lights in the direction of Garland, TX.
It occurred to me a few years ago that in the case of parts failures for my 1967 Beetle, I had few spare parts to call upon. I began in earnest to collect—first, only major parts which might fail and be more costly to replace down-the-road. Soon, I was examining possibilities for more parts. Eventually, I had collected so many parts that my inventory, if you could call it that—was in terrible disarray! Parts were crammed here and there on shelves.
Neva offered to help me. She sat with a clip board as I unloaded the shelves and began to reassemble the parts in a meaningful manner. Neva noted each part, numbering and naming each, including which shelf it called home. Soon, we had the job done—shelves and a large lateral filing cabinet.
My next operation was to transfer all to my computer. I called the file: VW Inventory. Now, I easily could locate any part which I had saved. Later, I went through the Inventory and rearranged in groupings of related parts, including condition (new, restored, used) and number of units of each part.
I had it in the back of my mind to restore and inventory a Pedal Cluster for my Beetle. I placed a Cluster on my work bench to remind me. On an opportune day, I scavenged every Cluster which I could find in my storage area. Now, the task was to sort to find appropriate examples to restore. I decided to restore two, since we also have a 1968 Karmann Ghia Coupe—which takes the same Cluster.
This discussion concerns only left-hand drive vehicles. There are extra components for the right-hand drive clusters.
When considering the Clusters, I had to note the condition of the Housings—that’s what I call the base unit to which the Pedals affix. The Housings are of cast aluminum. Over the years, moisture accumulates at the low spot where the Housing bolts to the tunnel. Corrosion and pitting occur, rendering many Housings unsuitable for reuse. This shows the importance of good rubber seals all around the car—to prevent moisture infiltration.
Right away, I discovered that I had two different Cluster Housings in my stash. Both styles bear the same VW Part Number: 113-721-109A. I checked my own Beetle and decided to use the example which corresponded to its Cluster Housing configuration. The difference can be seen in comparative Photograph # 1. Note the Accelerator Pedal Stop protrusion in the right hand example.