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 from the metal and rust dust everywhere. This stuff just fell apart in my hands.

There was a lot of use left on those shoes when the car was parked but that must have been a long time ago.

Found Some Original 1967 Items

I have been shopping a little in classifieds.

I have found a good used driver side seat from a 1967 Beetle. I think seats from 66 up to about 70 would technically fit but I am glad to have found the right one. Now, that just leaves a passenger side and a back seat. I reckon if you just have one seat it may as well be on the driver side right?

I also found a fuel tank from a ’67. So, I have a seat coming from Georgia and a fuel tank coming from California. The original cars have been parted out but they will instill new life into my old project.

Books I have obtained

I also got a few catalogs:

JC Whitney VW catalog
California Pacific JBugs
Wolfsburg West

The Wolfsburg West catalog is great. It is very useful as a guide to help you figure out what fits what. They charge 4 bucks for the catalog and you get $4 off on your first order. I think the book is well worth $4 just for the info and pictures it has.

Copyright 2012

How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive:
A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot

First published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the knowledge to handle every situation they will come across with any air-cooled Volkswagen built through 1978, including Bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campers.

Easy to understand and fun to read information. For novice and veteran mechanics alike. Anecdotal descriptions, and clear language, this book takes the mystery out of diagnostic, maintenance, and repair procedures, and offers some chuckles along the way.

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One Comments

  1. Mike McDermid says:

    I have also just bought a 67 vert and am learning of it’s many hidden treasures (rust/rot). I check in here to see your progress and for inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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