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Technical / 1973 Super Beetle Shift Interlock Switch
« Last post by 67vetteal on 25 July 2017, 17:53  »
Hello, I am purchasing a 74 Ragtop with the Auto Stick. Seller reports using a Jumper across the Interlock.? Seeing as I'm new to this system I have no idea as to where to look. I have no manuals yet. I'm hoping someone will be kind and make a post to help me.  Thank You, Al Wicklund Thank You,
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Technical / Re: 1974 A/S will not shift into Low
« Last post by 74vbug on 25 July 2017, 00:25  »
I finally got back to this job this afternoon.  It was the shifter plate that had become out of adjustment.  I adjusted it to the correct position on my first try and took it for a good road test. I noticed that the two bolts were not very tight.  I have a habit of trying not to over-tighten and strip threads.  I made sure to tighten them today after adjusting. Thank you for the replies.
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Technical / Re: 1974 A/S will not shift into Low
« Last post by lucas660 on 23 July 2017, 14:04  »
I had this problem also. I solved it by adjusting the shifter plate.  It might take a few goes adjusting in but you should clearly see that the shifter knob is about 10mm 3/8" to the left of the d2 position when shifted.
The plate is adjusted by loosening the 2 M8 set screws under the rubber boot (13mm socket), make sure the carpet does not get caught under the plate. Good luck.
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Technical / Re: 1974 A/S will not shift into Low
« Last post by 68autobug on 23 July 2017, 07:16  »
1974 Standard Beetle with Autostick

After sitting about 3 months this past winter I find the Bug will not shift into Low (L) . When I start off after shifting into Low I find that I am actually in D2 and you can feel the trans slipping as it tries to start off in D2.
When I grab the shifter I "hear" and feel the vacuum so I don't think its the contact points at the bottom of the shift rod but I will check that anyway.  I'm going to check the plate and see if that is out of adjustment.
It drives fine in Reverse and in D1 andD2.
I like to drive it using L then D1 and then D2, the torque when I start off feels better to me.
Does anyone have any other advice to offer with this?   

Very Unusual problem... normally, any problems shifting starts with REVERSE , especially clutch problems... so, it seems that it isn't the clutch, it maybe the nylon bushing under the shifter rod, about 30mmapprox  back from below the back bolt holding the shifter and plate. These are usually worn out by now although I have never replaced mine yet. The replacement bush is very inexpensive but fiddly to replace... when the bush falls apart the long shaft that runs back to the gearbox drops slightly so the gear shifter can be compromised. The only thing I can think off. You could check how much the clutch lever moves in other gears to check  if the clutch moves the same amount, although You maybe on the right track with the plate etc... Best of Luck.. Yes, I like to use all the gears also, starting off with LOW gear... 
Lee in Australia 
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Technical / 1974 A/S will not shift into Low
« Last post by 74vbug on 21 July 2017, 22:40  »
1974 Standard Beetle with Autostick

After sitting about 3 months this past winter I find the Bug will not shift into Low (L) . When I start off after shifting into Low I find that I am actually in D2 and you can feel the trans slipping as it tries to start off in D2.
When I grab the shifter I "hear" and feel the vacuum so I don't think its the contact points at the bottom of the shift rod but I will check that anyway.  I'm going to check the plate and see if that is out of adjustment.
It drives fine in Reverse and in D1 andD2.
I like to drive it using L then D1 and then D2, the torque when I start off feels better to me.
Does anyone have any other advice to offer with this?   
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Technical / Re: Troubleshooting the vacuum system + Introduction.
« Last post by 68autobug on 20 July 2017, 14:03  »
Great News. I found some VW starter motor brushes which I have put into spare starter motors. I think I have found some generator brushes too, as i think I have fitted some of those, but I don't use a generator any longer...  Auto Electricians in Australia many years ago could buy electrical items at very very low prices... so most had many spares... most have probably been trashed... but hopefully there are still some out there. I found that many REPCO stores still carry tie rod boots and maybe ball joint rubber boots for beetles...  whether they can still be re-ordered though ?????

cheers

LEE
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Technical / Re: Troubleshooting the vacuum system + Introduction.
« Last post by lucas660 on 20 July 2017, 13:53  »
The Repco here has some rare parts in stock, for instance alternator brushes and things that no one seems to stock anymore. He found some gates branded 15/32" brake booster hose. Drove beautifully today. I'll report back here if it fails like the last experiment. The specs say it can handle 26 inHG minimum. The engine produces 22 under heavy deceleration so it should be ok.
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General / Re: 1969 VW Beetle wont go into gear
« Last post by 68autobug on 20 July 2017, 13:25  »
Hi Carol,
Well, most manual Beetle owners used to carry a spare "CLUTCH CABLE" and throttle cable as either can stretch and break at any time. The clutch cable actually snaps the many threads of steel a little at a time which means Your clutch needs adjusting.. On top of Your gearbox You will find the clutch cable coming out of the center tunnel and into a lever on the gearbox. Now Your beetle should have a" wing nut" which your cable will go thru, and all You need to do is turn the "Wing Nut" about 1/2 a full turn [clockwise] to tighten the clutch cable, if that doesn't work, try another  1/2 turn.
Now from memory, the clutch cable usually breaks near the end of the clutch pedal [inside the tunnel, or on the side of the tunnel in a square box} Our pedal are on the Right Hand side in Australia so it is slightly different. Now the good news... the clutch cables are NOT expensive plus they can be fitted in a very short time by anyone who has worked on VW beetles... Old or very old, very similar... A Newer mechanic would probably NOT have a clue on how to fit a clutch cable.....  Looking for an older mechanic ..maybe retired...

LEE in Australia


I have sent You a personal message with price and part number etc...

LEE
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Technical / Re: Troubleshooting the vacuum system + Introduction.
« Last post by 68autobug on 20 July 2017, 13:12  »
I had some yellow covered chemical hose here many many years ago, I thought it would have been OK, but I suppose was only made to be used with chemicals , with no heat.... I used it as a garden hose for many years.... lol..
Hopefully the truck/trailer air brake hose is easy to obtain. The place I used to buy it from has now gone out of business.. like many businesses in the country towns... I presume it can still be purchased... there is a truck parts sales business in town... but I suppose I will never need to replace it, unlike the old cotton covered hose... lol

LEE in Australia
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General / Re: 1969 VW Beetle wont go into gear
« Last post by carolj1951 on 20 July 2017, 04:20  »
Kyle, sorry didn't realize it was an automatic forum. I have 3 pedals.
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