Vintage Volkswagen Clutch Repair

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Tim Mossman's 1500 CC Engine Build
It was 1977 and I was driving a 1967 Black SunRoof Beetle with that awesome brick red interior. Oh, the car wasn’t in tip-top condition, but, it was all stock. I drove the car every day to and from work and elsewhere, while my wife ferried herself and the children in a second ’67 Ruby Red Beetle.

At the end of one long work day, I left the job and got into my Beetle. Funny thing. When I put in the clutch and attempted to start the car and shift into first, I could not get a gear—just a lot of grinding. Oh-oh! I thought. The clutch cable is gone. My brain went into over-load and information began to sift. Today, I’d say that my cerebral computer began a data search—but, in them days personal computers were uncommon to the masses.

I recalled about speed-shifting (at least that’s what I called it). This involves using the accelerator to generate movement, releasing the foot from the accelerator and quickly pulling or pushing the stick to get the next gear—all without the clutch pedal coming into play.

Only one problem: When the key is turned with the car in first gear, the car lurches forward.

I checked for traffic, pushed the lever into first, then turned the key—away we went!

Let off the gas and pull quickly into second. Hey—this was working fine. Now, I hoped for clear streets and few stop signs and stop lights. I was in Dallas afternoon rush traffic and had 15 miles to travel to get home. I plotted my trip as I drove, taking alternate streets where I knew there was less traffic and few stop lights, especially.

I sweated it to the outskirts of Dallas and pulled into Big Billy Barrett’s—the largest Volkswagen dealership in the area. When I obtained our VWs, it hadn’t taken long to become acquainted with the parts division at this dealership. I purchased a clutch cable, got into my trusty steed and made the remainder of the trip without incident.

I had a method for changing the clutch cable. I raised the driver’s rear, placed a jack stand beneath the car, removed that wheel and had instant access to the far end of the clutch cable. Vise grips were clipped onto the cable just before the clutch arm to keep the cable from twisting as the wing nut was unscrewed and then reinstalled when adjusting.

Next, the pedal cluster was removed. But, what to my wondering eye should appear but a crack at the base of the clutch pedal where it is pinned to the pedal cluster shaft. Besides a frayed clutch cable, the crack was opening when the pedal was depressed, allowing travel, but not effective travel. The pedal would bottom at the stop but wasn’t pulling the cable sufficiently to move the clutch! My problem immediately was compounded.

SOLD – Genuine ’67 Beetle Chrome Trim

Featured ’67 Beetle — Eric ShoemakerI have a used 7 piece Genuine German ’67 Beetle trim set for sale. If you know the ’67 Beetle, you know that this is a one year only item. There are two tiny marks on the drivers side rear door piece. Otherwise, they are in perfect shape and great for a daily driver. I purchased them NOS for our ’67 about 8 years ago. They still have a fantastic shine.

Status: SOLD
Location: Austin, TX
Price:  $35 shipped in the USA. (Outside the US, email me)
Contact: Eric Shoemaker

Ron Waller – Congrats!

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A big congrats to Ron Waller from the community. Our timing lights are pointed in your direction!

On Saturday November 8, 2004, the 11th Annual “Hearts of Valor Car & Motorcycle Show” was held at the Ahwatukee Community Center (Phoenix) to raise funds for wounded veterans. Ron and Diane Waller took first place in their division, 1951 – 1969 “stock” automobiles. In addition, they won the award for “Sponsor’s Choice,” which was given by Discount Tires for “show favorite.” There were more than 70 cars and motorcycles on display.

Their 1967 VW is the fifth the Waller’s have owned which included a 1960, 1968, 1971 and a 1972. Earlier this year their car also won 1st place at the annual “Bugs-O-Rama” which was held at the Wild Horse Pass Raceway in March. Waller is a veteran himself, serving as a sergeant in the Marine Corps from 1967 – 1971.

Austin Air Coolers – Cedar Park. Dec, 2014

15 - ZJLfpnQAir Coolers – Cedar Park. Dec, 2014
They say a photo is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, I’ll let these do their justice. It was great to see everyone last night at the Austin Air Coolers meet up, and fun to meet other ’67 folks who have been following

Photos: Matt Jackson

Vintage Volkswagen Fuel Filter Installation

Vintage Volkswagen Fuel Filter InstallationI’ve heard this argument time and time again. I actually had a mechanic tell me once that he “refused” to put the fuel filter anywhere but the engine compartment. Bad idea. A fuel filter puts pressure on the inlet tube of the carb. If that comes loose; well game over for your vintage Volkswagen. Not to fear, moving your fuel filter out of the engine area is very simple!

For illustration, my fuel filter is already installed and I’m replacing it. However, the process is the same.
Let’s take a look at a few simple parts you’ll need.

      A German Fuel filter
      A few feet of German fuel hose
      4 German fuel hose clamps (Note: We offer two styles)
      Confidence (You can do it)

Alright, let’s get to work.
Jack the car up and remove the drivers side rear wheel.

Vintage Volkswagen Fuel Filter Installation