Getting the Brakes Lined Out

Before I make this thing go I have to be able to make it stop!

Snow Bound Beetle

Life, work and weather have gotten in the way a bit so I haven’t done much to the car lately. I am reading and making lists and preparing to get to work on it though. I am still learning a lot about the 1967 one year only stuff.

At the moment I am working on an order list for the brakes. (About $250.00 with shipping from Keiths Auto Parts – 1-800-RACE A VW)

Including what I have already ordered:

  • Master Cylinder
  • Brake shoes for front and back
  • 4 Brake kits (Springs and all that stuff)
  • Brake cylinders for all 4 wheels
  • All new brake lines
  • Brake hose for the reservoir to master cylinder

Old Rusty Brakes

With all this I will have some good working brakes. I am also ordering new wheel bearings while I am at it.

When I pulled off the front wheels I saw brake shoes that were literally falling apart. The pad separated …

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Rusted Fuel Tank and Brakes Below

I pulled out the fuel tank and discovered it had rusted out. The bottom was very thin and there were numerous holes, eaten away by old fashioned oxidation. After a time even fuel will turn into mostly water and then begin to eat and corrode at the tank. If you’re going to put a vehicle into long term storage it’s a good idea to remove the fuel.

Fuel tank is rusted with lots of holes

I checked around and learned that I was going to have to pay about $130 plus shipping for a replacement tank. I told my wife that I was going to use one of those red fuel cans instead. Spend the money on more important parts. Besides, I’d be 5 gallon tank and mobile. If you live in a rough neighborhood you could take your gasoline in with you every night!

As if it had been intended, I was checking the newly listed items in the Samba classified ads and found the fuel tank I needed for under $60 with shipping …

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1967 the One Year Only Beetle

For the Beetle 1967 was “one year only” in many ways and even more so for the convertible.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle deck lid with rain tray

1967 Volkswagen Beetle deck lid with rain tray

I have been doing quite a bit of reading and researching to learn more about this particular car. I have learned that the 1967 was an unusual year in that there are many 1967 “only” parts and accessories.

I learned that the passenger side front fender is not an original although the driver side fender is. I haven’t found out for certain about the bumpers but the rear deck lid is original – and very rare I have been told. The thing you see attached to the underside of the deck lid in the photo is a rain catcher. Notice the drain hoses on either side of the rain catcher which directs rain water away from the engine. I have been an air cooled VW enthusiast (fanatic actually) all my life and had never seen a deck lid like this before.

The seats that were included; a back seat …

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My New Project Bug 1967 Convertible Beetle

I started putting this website about 4 years ago but I haven’t owned an air cooled Volkswagen in more than 15 years. That is until this year. I just bought a 1967 VW Bug. It is a a “fixer-upper” that needs a lot of love and attention (and some cash money of course).

Right off the bat I can see that I will need 4 new tires, a muffler, a battery, a rear window, and some seats. But it does have a brand new top and maybe even the original bumpers. Most likely have to replace the entire brake system and a lot of wiring too.

I have already bought myself a copy of the “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive” by John Muir.  Next I am looking to get the Bentley manual. To me those are the required materials from the start. The How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive is a great read even if you dont have one! I love the illustrations and the way John describes the procedures.

As I work on …

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