’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. A big thanks to Wolfsburg West for their support and always producing top quality parts for our old cars.

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!) Our good friends at Wolfsburg West 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.

'67 Beetle

Parts You Will Need:

  • 111837361: Felt Channel Clip. Secures felt channel to door. 10 required.
  • 111837565A: Lift Channel Weatherstrip. 2 required.
  • 111837439D: Felt Channel Large. Mounts onto rear vertical portion and top horizontal portion of door. 2 required.
  • 113853321DGR: Left Outside Scraper. Includes rubber and aluminum trim. 1 required.
  • 113853322DGR: Right Outside Scraper. Includes rubber and aluminum trim. 1 required.
  • 111837475A: Inner Left Scraper. 1 required.
  • 111837476A: Inner Right Scraper. 1 required.
  • 111837433A: Felt Channel. Mounts onto vent wing division bar. 2 required.
  • 113837629: Vent Window Flap Seal. Seals vent wing to division bar. 2 required.
  • 111837625B: Left Vent Window Seal. 1 required.
  • 111837626B: Right Vent Window Seal. 1 required.
  • N136612: Vent Window Pivot Rivet. Secures vent window to upper bracket, includes fiber washer. 2 required. I’d suggest a few more, as they are tricky to install.

'67 Beetle

These photos give you a general idea of how great the finished product can look if you take the time to do everything correctly. Again, take it one door and step at a time!

I was going to explain the whole tear down and rebuild process. However, my good pal Chris Vallone created video tutorials that takes a very detailed look at the work involved. It’s done on an early year beetle, but most of the same rules apply in terms of breaking down and putting back together.

If you still would like to read more detailed info, take a look at what Rob and Dave have to say. Again, take your time and enjoy the learning process. If you have any questions, or suggestions for future ’67 tips, feel free to contact me and I will do whatever I can to help out.

'67 Beetle

The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™

Eric Shoemaker

I created and curate 1967beetle.com. I own and restored a 1967 VW Beetle that my Grandfather bought new. Have a question? Own an air cooled VW? Say hello!

13 Comments

Marius Strom

about 1 year ago

Was just about to start this job today.. and realized I'm missing $1.20 worth of parts. BTW the part number you list for the inner right scraper is incorrect (link is right, but the part # is wrong)

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Eric

about 1 year ago

Oooooo, I'll fix that! Have fun. It takes about 8 hours per door sometimes. Make sure to sound deaden your doors while you have it all pulled apart. Also, check your window regulators. Mine was rusted and fell apart when I took everything out.

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Marius Strom

about 1 year ago

Yeah, I was fully ready to spend the whole day working on one door. Gotta get the seals fixed before my Vanagon comes back from the shop so I can focus on putting it back together!

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Eric

about 1 year ago

Sweet! It's a lot of fun. Your fingernails will hurt. Watch on the clips when you push them into the window. Ron had to send me a new scraper when they kept snapping off.

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Jim Ratto

about 9 months ago

a can of silicone spray is a valuable tool to have at hand when doing this job. I've done this a few times in the last 25 years and having good original parts is very crucial. I bought everything @ Wolfsburg West and it went together without any drama.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 9 months ago

Jim, Agreed. It's a tough job. I don't even think James over at the BH will do this work, due to how involved it is. Mine took about 7 hours a door.

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Paul bestoso

about 5 months ago

Great timing on the release of this 'how-to', I was warned that it could be tricky. I now have all of the ammo including the WW parts.

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Eric Shoemaker

about 5 months ago

Paul, You're welcome. It's not that hard, you just have to take your time and have fun with it.

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Paul bestoso

about 5 months ago

It's more about being sure that I finish what I've already started before I start pulling more parts off of my poor little car.

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Greg

about 5 months ago

Are there any different parts for a convertible vs. a sedan?

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Eric Shoemaker

about 5 months ago

I'll let Dr. Salser answer that one.

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Jay Salser

about 5 months ago

Ho, ho, ho! Eric..whadayahmean? Yes...Greg. I am no authority on Convertibles. However, Convertible doors are vastly different from the Sedans. See the following Link for information which will be an aid to you: http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/wolfsburg_new/convertible/index.cfm Convertibles are, in general AND specific, very different animals to the Sedans. Parts tend to be more expensive and sometimes difficult to locate. Fortunately, there are some very good sources, such as Wolfsburgwest.com and Chuck's Convertibles which really help those who are fortunate enough to own a 'Vert. jay

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Don Barker

about 5 months ago

I by-passed all the rounding-up of parts and bought the entire kit for both doors from Wolfsburg West. My car was media-blasted to bare metal, so I needed them all. It was a very complete kit, outside handle seals, dome-light switch seals, hinge screw plugs...EVERYTHING! Gotta love Wolfsburg West!

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