Volkswagen announced this week that the Beetle would be discontinued again by next summer . This time the “new” Beetle would be retired and plans for the upcoming electric powered Beetle would be in doubt as well.
In the ’66 beetle I own, the 6 volt battery sits on the metal floor pan under the rear seat, passenger side. Since I have owned the car (1971) I have performed a bi-annual maintenance on this area. The following describes the procedure.
I did this repair on my own car about a month ago, but I didn’t write this article until now because I didn’t think anyone else could benefit from my techniques since it’s pretty obscure. Now, I have written it up, since it seems like a more common issue than I anticipated.
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This weeks article is a rather short technical idea than a full fledged project. It’s about keeping your brakes adjusted on your Bug, Ghia, Thing, Buggy, etc. If you’ve ever adjusted your brakes before, you are aware the the issues of the brake adjustment stars. The stars typically corrode in place, so we remove them, clean them up in the wire wheel. We typically apply grease or anti-seize compound to ensure they remain free (for a while at least). The next step is to adjust the brakes so they just slightly drag on the drums. Take it for a test drive, feels great doesn’t it! But wait a minute, by the second time you drive it you need to adjust your brakes again – whats going on here!?
So – this weeks article is a pretty basic repair, but pretty much necessary these days on the older Standard Beetles and early Super Beetles. The original glove boxes are made with a paper fiber material that hasn’t held up well over the years. On my Beetle, staying original isn’t all that important. More important to me, is the car being functional.
Locks on your VW bug are pretty simple to work on. On my 1975, the door locks didn’t match the ignition lock. Since it was a used car, I only received one of each key for the vehicle. I had a blank for my ignition, but I had no blank for the door key. I needed to re-key the doors to match my ignition. Apparently, this is the way to do it, as you can not re-key the ignition even if you wanted to.