Repair: Brake Star Spring Clip

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!?

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Repair: Glovebox

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.

Type 1 – Late Model Plastic Glove Box

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Repair: Are you the keymaster?

 

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.

Zuul is looking for someone to help with her VW door locks. – Ghostbusters 1984

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Repair: Assembling a toolbox

What’s in your toolbox?  That’s probably a very personal question to some folks.  Over the years people amass a pile of tools for working on modern cars.  I know this to be true because I have a lot of fairly specialized tools for vehicles I own or have owned.  Yes, I even own a cam belt tensioner adjustment tool for a MKIV vintage Jetta 2.0 Litre.

MKIV (Jetta/Golf) timing belt wrench. Yes, you really need one of these for a timing belt job…

The beetle is  different though.  Elegant simplicity.  Only a few hand tools are really required to work on them.  I’m going to start a list below for those folks that are just getting started in the hobby, or want to do a spot check on their bug toolbox and mention some spare parts that you might like to have while traveling.

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Repair: It’s time for a oil change

Ok, this seems like this will be a simplistic article.  It sort-of is, everything is basic, but you need to be very conscious and meticulous to prevent trouble from finding you.  There are a few nuances about doing an oil change on your air-cooled engine that you may or not be aware of, things that  I have noticed while working on the air cooled wonder.  Perhaps I’m too picky about how to do simple things.  The devil is usually in the details.

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Review: Collector Automobile Motor Oil

How I Chose a Motor Oil for My Classic/Collector Car

It is a certainty that every car I see at a cruise or car show is using some type of motor oil. Since becoming more interested in motor oils, I find the decision making process used by my peers, to be so very interesting. Some men have all their service and maintenance work performed by someone else and do not know the details of the oil used in their motors. At the other end of the spectrum are the very talented car guys that complete every bit of service on their cars including body work and paint. These later men, however, range all over the map with respect to their oil knowledge.

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