The Kitchen family from Toronto made some progress yesterday on restoring their 1974 Super Beetle. It’s an ambitious project, since they bought the car partially dissembled, with the chassis and body already separated. They have been locating and replacing missing/damaged parts as they go. So far they have performed a top-end rebuild on the stock 1600, but it’s now time to start on the body work. While it has it’s fair share of southern Ontario rust, it can be repaired with some time and patience. In order to make working on it easier, a rotisserie was fabricated. Working above your head with rust and dirt falling in your face just isn’t fun. Since the body is off, most people fashion a rotisserie to attach to the bumper mounts. However, if you wish to work on or replace the bumper mounts this obviously becomes an issue. It was decided to build a custom mount across the body strut tower mounts for the front mount, and to build a plate for the rear firewall and bolt the car to the plate. When the rotisserie work is complete, then the bolt holes can simply be welded closed.
As the Kitchen family progresses with their project (as with any K-W Bug Club Members) we will try to document their project progress for others to see. If any members would like to show their projects just email us and we will publish them on the website.
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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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.