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Technical / Re: Diagnosis of shifting issue - electrical 73 Ghia
« Last post by Vince123 on 26 June 2021, 19:39  »
Update - Power at the fuse box is good

Technical / Diagnosis of shifting issue - electrical 73 Ghia
« Last post by Vince123 on 26 June 2021, 18:10  »
The Auto stick in my 1973 Ghia will not shift - The clutch will not engage. I have bench tested the control valve and it is working. I checked all the hoses on the vacuum system and they all seem to be good - Also as the system was working before I pulled the fuse box to make a headlight repair and immediately after this is when the problem started I think the issue is electrical.

How can I test if the power is getting to the control valve? Is it positive wire always live?

Also How can I test the wiring from the shifter?
Technical / Re: Ignition switch wiring
« Last post by volkenstein on 17 June 2021, 08:28  »
The Samba Technical pages - . Has one for a 69 - careful as there may be an A-S Supplement. That one is here : .

Technical / Re: Introduction and Question
« Last post by volkenstein on 17 June 2021, 08:25  »
           Unstamped engine case (replacement). I'd go ask OR Police or Rego authorities about getting an approved stamp. The only other thing is it could be a Type 3 sort of case, the engine number is somewhere in the middle of the top of the case IIRC.

Technical / Ignition switch wiring
« Last post by on 17 June 2021, 05:27  »
Does anyone know the color of the wire that runs from the neutral safety switch through the ignition switch and back to the starter?  Or where I can find a wiring diagram for a '69 AS?
Technical / Neutral safety swith - or?
« Last post by on 16 June 2021, 22:46  »
I just spent two days working behind the dash of my 69 AS.  Installed a Retro radio and the single stereo speaker the just barely fits in place of the stock one.  Also replaced the voltage flucturator for the fuel guage.  Anyway, I dressed all the wires and put everything back in good cosmetic order.  Jumped in the car, turn the key and DEAD.  Behaves exactly like it does when I try to start in gear.  My first thought was neutral safety switch but somehow I don't think so.  I looked at a wiring diagram and energizing voltage to the starter comes through the ignition switch.  Is it possible I knocked something loose while wrestling either the radio or the speaker behind the rats nest of wires to mount them?  I don't have any idea what path the wiring takes from the ignition to starter.

Technical / Introduction and Question
« Last post by on 16 June 2021, 18:54  »
Im brand new and this is my first.
In 1968 I was working in Germany and bought my wife a new baby blue VWAS.  She drove it for several years but it eventually moved on. Over the years I became a car guy but never really into VWs. Im always searching for vintage cars and one day came across an AS that lived its life in AZ and belonged to a retired couple that had obviously taken care of it. After gathering as much information as I could get online, the owners were elderly and barely computer literate, but I believe make an honest attempt to get me the info I requested. So, I bought it sight unseen and had it shipped to OR.
One thing they told me was that they had had the engine rebuilt as a 1600 about 5000 miles ago. When the car arrived I liked it a lot and am happy with my purchase. The engine is very strong.
I wanted to indentify the engine but there is no engine number, none, nada. Here is picture of where I think it should be. Can anyone tell me what this means?
Thanks, Ray
Technical Information / Re: Where to find early 1969 temperature sensor
« Last post by KevM on 12 June 2021, 22:59  »
Thank you again, great info.
I hope all is well, I've got another semi, a 1302ls
Technical Information / Re: Hard to Find parts
« Last post by 68autobug on 12 June 2021, 12:26  »
maybe the plastic/nylon bushing on the clutch servo arm.,,, it wouldn't matter what it is made from... even brass...
I also have 2 complete gearboxes plus starter motors , vacuum tanks etc -
if You keep them adjusted and have replaced all of the hoses then they should last for many years..\
maybe if You need a clutch plate, one could be made by renewing the linings...
fuel hoses & breather hoses under the bonnet...
ATF hoses can be made from hydraulic hose using the original fittings...

Lee in Australia
The neutral safety switch has the same thread and uses the same 3 pin plug as the temperature switches do...
the temperature switches have the temperature stamped into them although very small...
they also have the date they were made on them like 2-68 & 3-68...
I don't believe these are available new...  so having the part number probably wouldn't help... The Auto stick was a joint project between PORSCHE- & Volkswagen -
whether they used the same temperature senders ??  I don't know...
but they should be available from old gearboxes...

Lee in Australia..

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