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  • VW Beetle Sound System 6V iPod iPhone in Ashtray

    Hello VW Fans. My VW Beetle Sound System with iPod is hidden and works with 6V.

    Behind the dash grill is a Retro Sound USA speaker, in the ashtray is an iPhone iPod dock and near the handbrake is a remote receiver. Under the back seat is a 6V to 12V converter, a Blaupunkt radio and a lighter socket for USB charge.

    I can play music from my iPod, iPhone, SD memory card and radio and can change the track, volume, input etc. with a remote. The iPod is charged when it is on the docking station.

    The sound system is switched on and off via the VW Beetle ashtray. For this I have installed a VW Beetle door contact with modified spring at the rear of the ashtray. In the ashtray, a small magnet is installed so that the ashtray drawer keeps closed.

    The door contact in the ashtray is connected to a 6V Bosch relay which switches the radio on and off. The sound system also goes off when the ignition key is removed.

    Details of my VW Beetle Sound System:

    The Blaupunkt radio has a permanent memory to store the settings after power loss.

    At the beginning I had the sound system connected so that when it is off no energy is consumed. If the radio has no power and then regains power, it must be turned on using the front button on the radio. Unfortunately, the Blaupunkt remote has no button to turn on and off. So I had to pull the rear seat and then turn on the radio. This is obviously not an option and therefore the radio must be permanently connected to power.

    So there is permanent power floating form the 6V battery to the 6V to 12V converter to the 12V Blaupunkt radio. I was worried that this makes my battery empty.

    The 6V to 12V converter is made in Germany and has a very low power consumption and the Blaupunkt radio needs also not much for standby. I already parked my Beetle with this sound system for 4 month and the battery was fine. By the way, the same 6V to 12V converter is running in my 1959 VW Beetle without problems since 1996 in connection with an amplifiers. This converter cannot be compared with the vintage Blaupunkt converter. It has more then enough power and runs continuously.

    The windscreen car antenna is hidden under the VW Bug rear seat. The radio can be used only when the engine is off because of noise problems from the motor. I had the cheap antenna swapped for an expensive Blaupunkt antenna and also installed a noise filter. I did not try the Bosch suppression instructions for VW Beetle, because I prefer to keep my motor original. All that did not help, so I listen to MP3 on the go.

    my 1965 1200 A VW Beetle Sound System with iPod my 1965 1200 A VW Beetle Sound System with iPod
    VW Beetle ashtray with iPod touch nano in the dock. For your info: The iPhone comes in contact with the dashboard and also shakes too strong in the docking station, because the VW Bug ashtray drawer is too short. VW Beetle ashtray with iPod touch nano in the dock. For your info: The iPhone comes in contact with the dashboard and also shakes too strong in the docking station, because the VW Bug ashtray drawer is too short.
    VW Bug ashtray with iPod touch nano 6th generation charging in the docking station. VW Bug ashtray with iPod touch nano 6th generation charging in the docking station.

    See and listen to music coming from one Retro Sound USA speaker while the VW doors are closed.


    0:00 motor off, sound on
    0:32 motor on, sound on, medium volume
    0:44 motor on, sound on, maximum volume

    VW Beetle Sound System hidden under the rear seat. VW Beetle Sound System hidden under the rear seat.
    Blaupunkt Melbourne 120 under the VW Bug back seat. Blaupunkt Melbourne 120 under the VW Bug back seat.
    Statron 2238.0 6V to 12V converter under the VW Bug back seat. Under the Statron converter is a 12V cigarette lighter socket with USB charger adapter. Statron 2238.0 6V to 12V converter under the VW Bug back seat. Under the Statron converter is a 12V cigarette lighter socket with USB charger adapter.
    Blaupunkt Remote receiver installed near the VW Beetle handbrake. Blaupunkt Remote receiver installed near the VW Beetle handbrake.
    Blaupunkt remote RC 823 in my VW Bug Blaupunkt remote RC 823 in my VW Bug
    Retro Sound USA speaker in VW Beetle dashboard grill. Retro Sound USA speaker in VW Beetle dashboard grill.
    VW Beetle ashtray with iPhone iPod docking station. VW Beetle ashtray with iPhone iPod docking station.
    VW Beetle ashtray with holes for the iPhone iPod dock cable. VW Beetle ashtray with holes for the iPhone iPod dock cable.
    VW Beetle ashtray with door contact. The door contact has a modified spring. Inside the ashtray is a small magnet to keep the ashtray drawer closed. VW Beetle ashtray with door contact. The door contact has a modified spring. Inside the ashtray is a small magnet to keep the ashtray drawer closed.
    Retro Sound USA speaker and modified ashtray mounted in VW Beetle. Retro Sound USA speaker and modified ashtray mounted in VW Beetle.
    USB cable and Aux-In cable connected with adapter to the dock station cable. USB cable and Aux-In cable connected with adapter to the dock station cable.
    iPod iPad iPhone VW Beetle Sound System. I also installed a lightning USB cable under the floor mat of the passenger side to recharge the iPad which I sometimes use as a navigation system. iPod iPad iPhone VW Beetle Sound System. I also installed a lightning USB cable under the floor mat of the passenger side to recharge the iPad which I sometimes use as a navigation system.

    Parts for my VW Beetle Sound System:
    I bought and installed most parts twice, to get this great sound system running in my 1965 VW Beetle. The part list:
    -Retro Sound USA speaker for VW Beetle with mounting bracket Model VWMSB
    -Blaupunkt Melbourne 120
    -Statron 2238.0 6V to 12V converter
    -Blaupunkt remote RC 823
    -Blaupunkt remote receiver for RC08, RC09, RC10, RC10H
    -Windscreen car antenna, and antenna DIN to ISO adapter
    -Docking Station for iPhone
    -12V cigarette lighter socket for USB charge
    -Cigarette lighter to USB charger adapter
    -6V Bosch relay
    -VW Beetle door contact
    -a few cables, below the most important cables
    -USB cable from the docking station to 12V cigarette lighter, to load iPod in ashtray.
    -Aux-In cable from docking station to 12V Blaupunkt Radio, to connect iPod, iPhone with radio.
    -30-pin Apple to Aux cable. Blaupunkt Radio does not charge iPod, I do not use.
    -Lightning cable from 12V cigarette lighter to front, to load iPad.
    -6V power cable from the fuse box to 12V converter.
    -6V ground cable from the fuse box to 12V converter.
    -Speaker L and R cable from Blaupunkt Radio to Retro Sound speaker.
    All other cables for the VW Beetle Sound System are between the radio, 6V to 12V converter and cigarette lighter socket.

  • Saxomat Automatic Clutch in VW Beetle

    My 1965 VW Beetle 1200 A is equipped with a Saxomat automatic clutch. The Saxomat takes the function of the clutch pedal.

    The first owner ordered the Standard Beetle with Saxomat clutch and he paid 310 Deutsche Mark more. The Saxomat was made in Germany by Fichtel & Sachs and it has the Volkswagen M5 M-Code.

    My Beetle was in very good condition when I bought it. I made about 100.000 kilometer in 10 years with the Saxomat. In that time, only the clutch disc was changed once.

    Within the last 2 years, the function of the automatic clutch was getting worse. The rear gear could only be put in and out, when the motor was switched off. Parking took a while but I got used to it. A year later, the first gear had the same problem so I used only the second gear :-)

    I drove my beetle to a VW garage but they could not repair the Saxomat. The round head of the clutch rod was gone and the part was not available. I still drove the beetle with all the problems but the rust stopped me.

    I put my VW Beetle in a garage for 10 years and collected Saxomat parts. Then I did a full restoration of my VW Beetle.

    Below are pictures and information of the Saxomat automatic clutch before and after the restoration.

    1965 VW Beetle motor with Saxomat control valve 1965 VW Beetle motor with Saxomat control valve
    Saxomat clutch servomotor mounted at the left side of the VW Beetle transmission case. Saxomat clutch servomotor mounted at the left side of the VW Beetle transmission case.
    Saxomat vacuum tank mounted at VW Beetle boot floor Saxomat vacuum tank mounted at VW Beetle boot floor
    vacuum tank distance bolt mounting screw vacuum tank distance bolt mounting screw
    automatic clutch vacuum tank for VW Beetle (two tanks, one sparepart) automatic clutch vacuum tank for VW Beetle (two tanks, one sparepart)
    Automatic Clutch servomotor with mounting bracket Automatic Clutch servomotor with mounting bracket
    Saxomat Automatic Clutch Servomotor Saxomat Automatic Clutch Servomotor
    mounting parts before zinc plating mounting parts before zinc plating
    VW Saxomat clutch rod for the servomotor VW Saxomat clutch rod for the servomotor
    Saxomat control valve gummi metall bearing and vacuumtank distance bolts Saxomat control valve gummi metall bearing and vacuumtank distance bolts
    connection tube clamps connection tube clamps
    Solex 28 PICT1 carburetor VW # 113129023J with connection tube for VW Beetle with M5 Saxomat, side view Solex 28 PICT1 carburetor VW # 113129023J with connection tube for VW Beetle with M5 Saxomat, side view
    VW Beetle shift lever parts for Saxomat VW Beetle shift lever parts for Saxomat
    Saxomat automatic clutch mounted on my 1965 VW Beetle motor, never been disassembled Saxomat automatic clutch mounted on my 1965 VW Beetle motor, never been disassembled
    Automatic clutch on my 1965 VW Beetle motor, disassembled clutch cover, pressure disc and clutch disc. Automatic clutch on my 1965 VW Beetle motor, disassembled clutch cover, pressure disc and clutch disc.
    Vielzahn Tool to remove the Saxomat Clutch from the VW Beetle motor. Vielzahn Tool to remove the Saxomat Clutch from the VW Beetle motor.
    Saxomat Vielzahn tool self-made from a VW Beetle transmission part. A nut was welded on the transmission part. This self-made Vielzahn tool is necessary to remove the Saxomat clutch from the motor. Saxomat Vielzahn tool self-made from a VW Beetle transmission part. A nut was welded on the transmission part. This self-made Vielzahn tool is necessary to remove the Saxomat clutch from the motor.
    self-made VW Vielzahn tool self-made VW Vielzahn tool
    Automatic clutch disassembled and view on the flywheel. Free wheel, dive house, centrifugal disc and roller house removed. I kept the flywheel and mounted my spare parts. Automatic clutch disassembled and view on the flywheel. Free wheel, dive house, centrifugal disc and roller house removed. I kept the flywheel and mounted my spare parts.
    VW Saxomat Automatic Clutch parts. The heavily used Saxomat clutch from my 1965 VW Bug and a good used spare part. VW Saxomat Automatic Clutch parts. The heavily used Saxomat clutch from my 1965 VW Bug and a good used spare part.
    Automatic Clutch spare parts from a VW Beetle with low kilometer which was changed to manual transmission. I put this as is on my VW Beetle. Automatic Clutch spare parts from a VW Beetle with low kilometer which was changed to manual transmission. I put this as is on my VW Beetle.
    VW Saxomat Clutch spare part details, flywheel, centrifugal-disc, roller-house, free wheel with drive-house and clutch disc. VW Saxomat Clutch spare part details, flywheel, centrifugal-disc, roller-house, free wheel with drive-house and clutch disc.
    roller-house roller-house
    free wheel with drive-house free wheel with drive-house
    flywheel with centrifugal disc flywheel with centrifugal disc
    clutch disc clutch disc
    clutch cover, pressure disc and clutch disc clutch cover, pressure disc and clutch disc
    vacuum tank, bracket for servomotor sandblasted and black painted vacuum tank, bracket for servomotor sandblasted and black painted
    VW Saxomat servomotor, bracket, mounting screw and shifter after restoration VW Saxomat servomotor, bracket, mounting screw and shifter after restoration
    Saxomat servomotor mounted on my 1965 VW Beetle after restoration. Saxomat servomotor mounted on my 1965 VW Beetle after restoration.
    Restored clutch rod with arm mounted on my 1965 VW Beetle. After the first start of my Beetle, I only had to adjust the nut for the clutchrod to get the Saxomat running. Restored clutch rod with arm mounted on my 1965 VW Beetle. After the first start of my Beetle, I only had to adjust the nut for the clutchrod to get the Saxomat running.
    My 1965 VW Beetle motor after restoration. The carburetor at the picture is a Solex 28 PICT1 carburetor with a later made Saxomat connection tube. My Beetle was not running very well with this carburetor. Fortunate, I had the original carburetor and after restoration, the motor was running fine. A VW Beetle with Saxomat clutch has a higher idle. Possible there are different nozzles in the carburetor. My 1965 VW Beetle motor after restoration. The carburetor at the picture is a Solex 28 PICT1 carburetor with a later made Saxomat connection tube. My Beetle was not running very well with this carburetor. Fortunate, I had the original carburetor and after restoration, the motor was running fine. A VW Beetle with Saxomat clutch has a higher idle. Possible there are different nozzles in the carburetor.
    VW Beetle Saxomat shifter painted in grey black L43 in my 1200A Standard. VW Saxomat shifter painted in grey black L43 in my 1200A Standard Beetle. The shifter cable goes to the control valve. Also you can see, that the clutch pedal is missing.

  • My 1965 1200 A VW Beetle restoration

    I bought my 1965 1200 A Beetle from the first owner 1991. The ruby red Standard Beetle had 40.000 kilometer run, a Saxomat clutch and was in very good condition.

    After I had the car it was painted black, because I did not like red at that time. I also installed chrome pumpers and chrome hubcaps.

    From 1992-2000 the Beetle was my daily driver and I drove about 100.000 kilometer with it. After that, the beetle was very rusty and a quick TUV repair was not possible. I bought a 1983 beetle and put my 1200 A in a garage for 10 years.

    The body off restoration of my VW Beetle started with disassembling and the welding was finished by the end of 2011. After welding the beetle was sandblasted, painted and assembled in 2012.

    Below are pictures and information of my 1965 1200 A VW Beetle restoration:

    My 1965 VW 1200 A Standard Beetle before restoration. My 1965 VW 1200 A Standard Beetle before restoration. The black bug is my 1200A which I have since 1991. That’s the beetle which I restored. The second ruby red 1200A is for spare parts.
    My VW Beetle 1200A inside before restoration My VW Beetle 1200A inside before restoration
    1965 VW Beetle 1200A inside, original and unrestored 1965 VW Beetle 1200A inside, original and unrestored
    VW Beetle body removed from chassis VW Beetle body removed from chassis
    VW Beetle restoration disassembling VW Beetle restoration disassembling
    VW motor and chassis parts ready for sandblasting and painting VW motor and chassis parts ready for sandblasting and painting
    VW Beetle vent window before restoration. I had to disassembly five vent windows to get a set of two with all parts good for restoration. VW Beetle vent window before restoration. I had to disassembly five vent windows to get a set of two with all parts good for restoration.
    VW Standard Beetle door handle and parts. VW Standard Beetle door handle and parts.
    The VW Beetle screw list. I wrote a list of all original screws, so I know which screw is for which part. How long is the screw? What is stamped on the screw head (e.g. KAMAX 50)? I also took a picture of all screws and parts. After that I put all screws in a box to get the old rusty screws new zinc plated in black and silver. The VW Beetle screw list. I wrote a list of all original screws, so I know which screw is for which part. How long is the screw? What is stamped on the screw head (e.g. KAMAX 50)? I also took a picture of all screws and parts. After that I put all screws in a box to get the old rusty screws new zinc plated in black and silver.
    VW Beetle restoration: screws restored and new galvanized. The screws are as original zinc plated in black and silver. VW Beetle restoration: screws restored and new galvanized. The screws are as original zinc plated in black and silver.
    VW Beetle restoration welding. At the picture you can see how a new front apron and spare wheel well repair panel was welded. Overall the entire bottom 20 cm had to be replaced on my VW 1200A Beetle. VW Beetle restoration welding. At the picture you can see how a new front apron and spare wheel well repair panel was welded. Overall the entire bottom 20 cm had to be replaced on my VW 1200A Beetle.
    VW Beetle welding body with new Heater channels VW Beetle welding body with new Heater channels
    VW Beetle restoration sandblasting. After the welding was finished, the next step was sandblasting. The VW Beetle body, the floor pan and all other parts were sandblasted and received a 2K epoxy primer. VW Beetle restoration sandblasting. After the welding was finished, the next step was sandblasting. The VW Beetle body, the floor pan and all other parts were sandblasted and received a 2K epoxy primer.
    VW Beetle parts sandblasted. Front axle, tank and motor plates freshly sandblasted. All VW Beetle parts which are original black received epoxy primer and were painted black. All other parts, e.g. the body, fenders, doors and hubcaps received the first layer of filler after the epoxy primer. VW Beetle parts sandblasted. Front axle, tank and motor plates freshly sandblasted. All VW Beetle parts which are original black received epoxy primer and were painted black. All other parts, e.g. the body, fenders, doors and hubcaps received the first layer of filler after the epoxy primer.
    VW Beetle restoration fenders, doors and hood sandblasted and painted with epoxy primer. VW Beetle restoration fenders, doors and hood sandblasted and painted with epoxy primer.
    VW Beetle restoration chassis painted black. VW Beetle restoration chassis painted black.
    VW Bug front axle painted in black. VW 1200A Standard handles painted with epoxy primer and filler. VW Bug front axle painted in black. VW 1200A Standard handles painted with epoxy primer and filler.
    VW 1200A parts with epoxy primer and filler. These parts will be painted in ruby red. VW 1200A parts with epoxy primer and filler. These parts will be painted in ruby red.
    VW 1200A parts with epoxy primer and filler. These parts will be painted in steel grey. VW 1200A parts with epoxy primer and filler. These parts will be painted in steel grey.
    VW Beetle parts restored and black painted. Some parts are duplicated, because I disassembly two VW 1200A Beetles. VW Beetle parts restored and black painted. Some parts are duplicated, because I disassembly two VW 1200A Beetles.
    restored VW Beetle parts black painted restored VW Beetle parts black painted
    VW Beetle parts after resto. The big part is a Saxomat vacuum tank. VW Beetle parts after resto. The big part is a Saxomat vacuum tank.
    VW Beetle restoration front axle and brake drums black painted. VW Beetle restoration front axle and brake drums black painted.
    VW Bug motor paneling black painted. VW Bug motor paneling black painted.
    Primer at sheet metal overlaps of the VW Beetle. At the sheet metal overlaps the Volkswagen loves to rust. I put a lot of primer at all sheet overlaps with a brush and injection. This step is one of the most important steps in the restoration process. Better you look after that, rather than to trust that it will be done correct by a company. It takes about a day including body, doors and other parts. I recommend to do this as soon as possible after sandblasting and before the beetle moves to the painter. Primer at sheet metal overlaps of the VW Beetle. At the sheet metal overlaps the Volkswagen loves to rust. I put a lot of primer at all sheet overlaps with a brush and injection. This step is one of the most important steps in the restoration process. Better you look after that, rather than to trust that it will be done correct by a company. It takes about a day including body, doors and other parts. I recommend to do this as soon as possible after sandblasting and before the beetle moves to the painter.
    VW Beetle seam sealer sikaflex 221 sealant. VW Beetle seam sealer sikaflex 221 sealant.
    VW Beetle tank very rusty inside VW Beetle tank very rusty inside
    VW Beetle tank restoration with a concrete mixer. I removed the rust in the VW Beetle tank with a concrete mixer. The tank is filled with screws and mounted at the concrete mixer. This tank restoration method is good to remove surface rust. I also put lots of degreasers in the tank to get it clean for the next step, the POR 15 treatment. VW Beetle tank restoration with a concrete mixer. I removed the rust in the VW Beetle tank with a concrete mixer. The tank is filled with screws and mounted at the concrete mixer. This tank restoration method is good to remove surface rust. I also put lots of degreasers in the tank to get it clean for the next step, the POR 15 treatment.
    VW Beetle tank restoration with POR-15 Fuel Tank Repair Kit. From the outside the tank was Sandblasted and painted. For the inside, I bought a POR 15 tank restoration set (for 80-90 Liter tanks) and in a second order more of the Metal Ready (3.7 Liter). The tank repair with POR 15 worked out very well. If the tank is very rusty, you need a lot of Metal Ready. As more as better. After the inside restoration, the tank was painted again from the outside. VW Beetle tank restoration with POR-15 Fuel Tank Repair Kit. From the outside the tank was Sandblasted and painted. For the inside, I bought a POR 15 tank restoration set (for 80-90 Liter tanks) and in a second order more of the Metal Ready (3.7 Liter). The tank repair with POR 15 worked out very well. If the tank is very rusty, you need a lot of Metal Ready. As more as better. After the inside restoration, the tank was painted again from the outside.
    Bondo on original VW Beetle fender, ready for the last layer of filler. Bondo on original VW Beetle fender, ready for the last layer of filler.
    VW Beetle fenders and doors painted with filler. Ready for wet sanding. VW Beetle fenders and doors painted with filler. Ready for wet sanding.
    Ruby red parts for the VW 1200 A Bug fresh painted. Ruby red parts for the VW 1200 A Bug fresh painted.
    VW Bug door painted in ruby red. VW Bug door painted in ruby red.
    Steel Grey parts for the VW 1200 A Bug fresh painted. Steel Grey parts for the VW 1200 A Bug fresh painted.
    VW Beetle restoration: wheel painted in pearl white L87 and black L41. VW Beetle restoration: wheel painted in pearl white L87 and black L41.
    VW Beetle shock absorber getting primer and black painted. The front shock absorber was new old stock and the rear was new. The original primer and color at the shock absorber will rust very quickly and I do not like that… VW Beetle shock absorber getting primer and black painted. The front shock absorber was new old stock and the rear was new. The original primer and color at the shock absorber will rust very quickly and I do not like that…
    Restored parts of the VW Bug jack after resto zinc plated in black and silver. The head of the jack is painted in ruby but the original color is blue. This was the first part which I had assembled. Restored parts of the VW Bug jack after resto zinc plated in black and silver. The head of the jack is painted in ruby but the original color is blue. This was the first part which I had assembled.
    VW Beetle restoration floor pan corrosion protection with Mike Sanders rust prevention grease. Goodbye rust! VW Beetle restoration floor pan corrosion protection with Mike Sanders rust prevention grease. Goodbye rust!
    Mike Sanders grease needs to be heated and then it can be sprayed in the VW Bug frame tunnel and heater channel with a special special spraygun. Mike Sanders grease needs to be heated and then it can be sprayed in the VW Bug frame tunnel and heater channel with a special special spraygun.
    Restored zinc plated brake parts for the VW Beetle. The brake master cylinder is new old stock. Restored zinc plated brake parts for the VW Beetle. The brake master cylinder is new old stock.
    VW Beetle restoration assembling the floor pan with restored, nos and new parts. VW Beetle restoration assembling the floor pan with restored, nos and new parts.
    VW Beetle motor and gear box mounted at the chassis. VW Beetle motor and gear box mounted at the chassis.
    Making a VW Beetle floor carpet template. Making a VW Beetle floor carpet template.
    VW 1200A Standard Beetle floor mats. VW 1200A Standard Beetle floor mats.
    VW Beetle restoration floor pan. Restoration of the VW Beetle floor pan completed. Front axle, motor, gear box, brakes, pedal and all other parts mounted. The floor pan seal is fixed with Sikaflex 221. I did not use the nails. VW Beetle restoration floor pan. Restoration of the VW Beetle floor pan completed. Front axle, motor, gear box, brakes, pedal and all other parts mounted. The floor pan seal is fixed with Sikaflex 221. I did not use the nails.
    original VW 1200 A Standard Beetle hardboard trunk liner original VW 1200 A Standard Beetle hardboard trunk liner
    VW 1200A Hardboard trunk liner resto step 1. I put a few layers of newspaper peace’s with spray adhesive at the cracks of both sides of the hardboard trunk liner. VW 1200A Hardboard trunk liner resto step 1. I put a few layers of newspaper peace’s with spray adhesive at the cracks of both sides of the hardboard trunk liner.
    VW 1200 A Hardboard trunk liner resto step 2. I used spray adhesive to put wool felt on both sides of the hardboard trunk liner. VW 1200 A Hardboard trunk liner resto step 2. I used spray adhesive to put wool felt on both sides of the hardboard trunk liner.
    Car carpet for inside, e.g. behind the rear seat floor pan. The carpet is not visible and can be removed easy. It is the first layer on the metal to protect the color and to keep a bit the noise off. Car carpet for inside, e.g. behind the rear seat floor pan. The carpet is not visible and can be removed easy. It is the first layer on the metal to protect the color and to keep a bit the noise off.
    VW Beetle restoration body painted in ruby L456. VW Beetle restoration body painted in ruby L456.
    VW 1200A body fresh painted and back home. VW 1200A body fresh painted and back home.
    VW Bug 1200A body in ruby red L456 VW Bug 1200A body in ruby red L456
    VW Bug in packaging film getting Mike Sanders rust prevention grease. I put Mike Sanders corrosion protection in the heater channels and in the areas where the beetles tend to rust. VW Bug in packaging film getting Mike Sanders rust prevention grease. I put Mike Sanders corrosion protection in the heater channels and in the areas where the beetles tend to rust.
    VW 1200A Standard Beetle Headliner installation. The Standard beetle has a very simple headliner. It is possible to install the headliner in a Standard beetle by yourself. The first step is to mount the felt with spray adhesive. VW 1200A Standard Beetle Headliner installation. The Standard beetle has a very simple headliner. It is possible to install the headliner in a Standard beetle by yourself. The first step is to mount the felt with spray adhesive.
    VW Standard Beetle Headliner installation. The next step is to put the headliner with the original rods in place. Start at the rear and work forward. You need lots of power to get the headliner in place. VW Standard Beetle Headliner installation. The next step is to put the headliner with the original rods in place. Start at the rear and work forward. You need lots of power to get the headliner in place.
    VW Beetle restoration headliner. I bought the headliner, felt, spray adhesive and carpet for my VW 1200 A from Peter Theobold aka Monsterbacke, see decohaus.de. Peter can give you advice how to install the headliner. Also the necessary headliner installation tool was included. I would give 100 of 100 points for the Headliner from Monsterbacke. VW Beetle restoration headliner. I bought the headliner, felt, spray adhesive and carpet for my VW 1200 A from Peter Theobold aka Monsterbacke, see decohaus.de. Peter can give you advice how to install the headliner. Also the necessary headliner installation tool was included. I would give 100 of 100 points for the Headliner from Monsterbacke.
    VW Beetle hood hinges restored and ready do mount. VW Beetle hood hinges restored and ready do mount.
    VW Beetle restoration wiring the original harness. I did as much as possible of the wiring before the hood, tank and floor pan was mounted. On my first beetle restoration I mounted the floor pan and hood before I did the wiring and it was much more exhausting for my back. I would recommend to do the wiring first. It is very comfortable to stand at the place where the tank goes in and do the wiring. VW Beetle restoration wiring the original harness. I did as much as possible of the wiring before the hood, tank and floor pan was mounted. On my first beetle restoration I mounted the floor pan and hood before I did the wiring and it was much more exhausting for my back. I would recommend to do the wiring first. It is very comfortable to stand at the place where the tank goes in and do the wiring.
    VW Beetle engine compartment firewall with original insulation tarboard. On the left side of the firewall is a Saxomat part mounted. VW Beetle engine compartment firewall with original insulation tarboard. On the left side of the firewall is a Saxomat part mounted.
    VW Beetle restoration: floor pan ready to get toegher with the body. VW Beetle restoration: floor pan ready to get toegher with the body.
    VW 1200A Bug floor pan and body together after resto. Called HOCHZEIT in Germany. VW 1200A Bug floor pan and body together after resto. Called HOCHZEIT in Germany.
    VW Beetle restoration steering. I bought the steering damper from Volkswagen Classic Parts at the Maikäfertreffen meeting in Hannover. I do not know what the ugly plastic cover has to do there. It wobbles and clatters and makes very annoying driving noises. Who needs original Volkswagen Classic Parts reproductions parts like that? I removed it after the first few kilometers. VW Beetle restoration steering. I bought the steering damper from Volkswagen Classic Parts at the Maikäfertreffen meeting in Hannover. I do not know what the ugly plastic cover has to do there. It wobbles and clatters and makes very annoying driving noises. Who needs original Volkswagen Classic Parts reproductions parts like that? I removed it after the first few kilometers.
    VW Standard Beetle interior parts. VW Standard Beetle interior parts.
    VW 1200 A luggage area with cardboard. Only the Standard VW Beetle has cardboard in the luggage area. The Export Beetle has luxury carpet. VW 1200 A luggage area with cardboard. Only the Standard VW Beetle has cardboard in the luggage area. The Export Beetle has luxury carpet.
    VW 1200A rear seat VW 1200A rear seat
    VW Beetle vent window restoration press device. I build a VW Beetle vent window press device to get the window with sealing back in the frame. Because the VW 1200A has the vent windows painted in body color you have to be very carefully. I tested the press function with used parts. After the window is back in the frame, the sealing needs to be cut off. BTW, the restoration of chrome vent windows is easier. VW Beetle vent window restoration press device. I build a VW Beetle vent window press device to get the window with sealing back in the frame. Because the VW 1200A has the vent windows painted in body color you have to be very carefully. I tested the press function with used parts. After the window is back in the frame, the sealing needs to be cut off. BTW, the restoration of chrome vent windows is easier.
    VW Beetle door parts. There are lots of parts in the Beetle doors. I have already disassembled the doors a few times and it is always a big adventure to put the door together. VW Beetle door parts. There are lots of parts in the Beetle doors. I have already disassembled the doors a few times and it is always a big adventure to put the door together.
    VW Beetle door after a full restoration. I put Mike Sanders rust prevention grease at the inside of the door. VW Beetle door after a full restoration. I put Mike Sanders rust prevention grease at the inside of the door.
    Volkswagen Rubin L 456 paint code sticker repro. Before restoration, I took detail pictures of the original Rubin L 456 decal and the measurements. Then I redesigned the sticker with the computer. I do not know which font Volkswagen used so I choose a font which matches as close as possible. I then broke the text apart and changed the design of the letters and numbers till it was happy. At the end, I printed it with a Laser printer on aluminum paper “conrad.de Artikelnummer 532568”. Volkswagen Rubin L 456 paint code sticker repro. Before restoration, I took detail pictures of the original Rubin L 456 decal and the measurements. Then I redesigned the sticker with the computer. I do not know which font Volkswagen used so I choose a font which matches as close as possible. I then broke the text apart and changed the design of the letters and numbers till it was happy. At the end, I printed it with a Laser printer on aluminum paper “conrad.de Artikelnummer 532568”.
    VW Beetle 1200 A fuse box and wiring. VW Beetle 1200 A fuse box and wiring.
    VW Beetle oil cooler leak. After the first start of the motor, the oil cooler was leaking. I changed the two oil cooler seals without removing the motor. I removed the bumper and the hood so that I can work better. That was not so pleasant, but I was successful and happy that I did it by myself. VW Beetle oil cooler leak. After the first start of the motor, the oil cooler was leaking. I changed the two oil cooler seals without removing the motor. I removed the bumper and the hood so that I can work better. That was not so pleasant, but I was successful and happy that I did it by myself.

  • VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 1966 Details

    The VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 1966 is simply equipped and was the cheapest Volkswagen Beetle. Today the Standard Beetles are very rare compared to the deluxe Beetles.

    The 1200A Beetle was produced between 1965 and 1966. The 1200 A Beetle is also called European Standard Model.

    There are differences between a 1965 1200A and a 1966 1200A model. For example they have different wheels, hubcaps and front axle. But the special Standard Beetle only features are the same.

    Below are detailed pictures of my ruby red VW 1200 A Standard Beetle build in December 1965.

    VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 front side VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 front side
    VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 backside VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 backside
    VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 side view VW 1200 a Standard Beetle 1965 side view
    VW 1200a Bug aluminum L93 wiper arms and steel grey L328 hood emblem. VW 1200a Bug aluminum L93 wiper arms and steel grey L328 hood emblem.
    VW 1200a side view mirror and mounting screw in steel grey. VW 1200a side view mirror and mounting screw in steel grey.
    The Volkswagen Standard Beetle has only one horn grill painted in body color. The bumper is painted in steel grey. The bumper bracket is black L41 or aluminum L93. The Volkswagen Standard Beetle has only one horn grill painted in body color. The bumper is painted in steel grey. The bumper bracket is black L41 or aluminum L93.
    VW Standard Bug vent window is painted in body color. The outer door window seal is with chrome and not black. VW Standard Bug vent window is painted in body color. The outer door window seal is with chrome and not black.
    VW Standard Bug front indicator light is painted in body color. VW Standard Bug front indicator light is painted in body color.
    VW 1200A hubcaps are steel grey L328. The wheels are pearl white L87 and black L41. VW 1200A hubcaps are steel grey L328. The wheels are pearl white L87 and black L41.
    Volkswagen Beetle 1200A with 1200 hood emblem Volkswagen Beetle 1200A with 1200 hood emblem
    VW Standard 1200 A Beetle dashboard with Petri three spoke wheel in silver beige L466, rear view mirror with black arm and wiper switch with single speed. VW Standard 1200 A Beetle dashboard with Petri three spoke wheel in silver beige L466, rear view mirror with black arm and wiper switch with single speed.
    The VW 1200A Standard has no door contact switch for the dome light. The VW 88 emergency switch under the dashboard is not original but necessary. My Beetle has a 1965 T1 Split Bus indicator switch with high beam function which was installed for the first owner. The VW 1200A Standard has no door contact switch for the dome light. The VW 88 emergency switch under the dashboard is not original but necessary. My Beetle has a 1965 T1 Split Bus indicator switch with high beam function which was installed for the first owner.
    VW 1200 A seat frame, gear lever and hand brake are painted in grey black L43. My Standard Beetle has art leather seats from Volkswagen Werk for +30 DM (Deutsche Mark). VW 1200 A seat frame, gear lever and hand brake are painted in grey black L43. My Standard Beetle has art leather seats from Volkswagen Werk for +30 DM (Deutsche Mark).
    VW Standard Beetle has a fuel tap reserve switch. The floor mat before the gear lever is simply. There is no floor mat between gear lever and hand brake. This Beetle has Saxomat and so the shift lever is different and the clutch pedal is missing. The brake pedal with two pedal pads was installed for the first owner. VW Standard Beetle has a fuel tap reserve switch. The floor mat before the gear lever is simply. There is no floor mat between gear lever and hand brake. This Beetle has Saxomat and so the shift lever is different and the clutch pedal is missing. The brake pedal with two pedal pads was installed for the first owner.
    VW Standard Bug luggage area cardboard. The rear seat cover bar is grey black L43. VW Standard Bug luggage area cardboard. The rear seat cover bar is grey black L43.
    VW Standard Beetle trunk VW Standard Beetle trunk

  • Standard Beetle 1200A VW L328 Steel Grey

    The VW Standard Beetle 1200A had more or less no chrome. The bumpers, hubcaps, handles, outside mirror and hood emblem badge was painted in VW L328 steel grey metallic.

    Unfortunate, most of the leading suppliers of car paint products do not have VW L328 in the system. Not available, because the VW L328 steel grey was only used for Standard beetles and Volkswagen sold not many Standards. The Standard Beetle main color, like ruby red, pearl white, fontana grey and sea blue is easy to get at all painters.

    I painted all VW L328 steel grey metallic parts for my VW 1200A twice, because I did not know where to get the correct color. The information here will help you to avoid double work.

    original VW L328 Steel Grey VW Beetle 1200A 1965 1966 Hubcap and NOS VW 1967 Standard door handle original VW L328 Steel Grey VW Beetle 1200A 1965 1966 Hubcap and NOS VW 1967 Standard door handle
    original VW Käfer 1200A 1965 1966 stahl graue Radkappe und NOS VW 1967 Standard Türgriff original VW Käfer 1200A 1965 1966 stahl graue Radkappe und NOS VW 1967 Standard Türgriff
    Close up picture of a VW 1200A hubcap in steel grey. As you can see (click to enlarge), Volkswagen painted the door handle in much higher quality. The inside of the hubcap is rough and irregularly painted. Close up picture of a VW 1200A hubcap in steel grey. As you can see (click to enlarge), Volkswagen painted the door handle in much higher quality. The inside of the hubcap is rough and irregularly painted.
    NOS VW 1200 Standard Beetle 1967 door handle # 111837205D in L328 steel grey. A 1965 1966 1200A has different door handles but they are in the same color. NOS VW 1200 Standard Beetle 1967 door handle # 111837205D in L328 steel grey. A 1965 1966 1200A has different door handles but they are in the same color.
    Unrestored VW 1200A 1965 1966 Hubcap in L328 steel grey. The hupcap was mounted on my 1200A Standard when I bought the beetle. I had to cut out the middle of one hubcap to get the hubcap under an electronic paint reader. Unfortunate it was not possible to get the original color code with an electronic paint reader, because the hubcap inside is irregularly painted. Unrestored VW 1200A 1965 1966 Hubcap in L328 steel grey. The hupcap was mounted on my 1200A Standard when I bought the beetle. I had to cut out the middle of one hubcap to get the hubcap under an electronic paint reader. Unfortunate it was not possible to get the original color code with an electronic paint reader, because the hubcap inside is irregularly painted.
    These unrestored handles in steel grey L328 were mounted on my two 1965 1200A VWs. The picture was taken before sandblasting and without knowing, that it can be difficult to get L328 today. These unrestored handles in steel grey L328 were mounted on my two 1965 1200A VWs. The picture was taken before sandblasting and without knowing, that it can be difficult to get L328 today.
    My ruby red 1200A. WOW. I had to repaint all steel grey parts after a while, because I was not happy with the color. My ruby red 1200A. WOW. I had to repaint all steel grey parts after a while, because I was not happy with the color.

    What went wrong?
    The sandblaster removed the original color of all my handles. The inside of the hubcaps was useless to get the steel grey color mix code. At this time I even was not sure if the inside of the hubcap has the correct steel grey color. I had nothing else to compare. I had not the NOS VW 1967 Standard Beetle steel grey door handle which I have today. My color supplier had the idea to search for the mix code in the “old papers” for 30 EUR. Great! I did that but made a small mistake. I ordered “VW L328 steel grey” and not “VW L328 steel grey metallic”. At the end, my 1200A parts in steel grey looked like this.

    VW L328 Standox Basislack Formula. I found out that Standox has VW L 328 steel grey metallic and so I ordered that. VW L328 Standox Basislack Formula. I found out that Standox has VW L 328 steel grey metallic and so I ordered that.
    VW L328 Standox Basislack and Clear Satin Gloss VW L328 Standox Basislack and Clear Satin Gloss
    VW 1200A Standard Beetle Hubcaps, Handles, Bumpers, Mirror, Hood Badge painted in Standox VW L328 Basislack and Clear Satin Gloss. VW 1200A Standard Beetle Hubcaps, Handles, Bumpers, Mirror, Hood Badge painted in Standox VW L328 Basislack and Clear Satin Gloss.
    VW Standard Beetle steel grey bumper button bolts VW Standard Beetle steel grey bumper button bolts
    VW 1200A Beetle Hood Emblem painted with Standox L328 and a nos vw steel grey door handle VW 1200A Beetle Hood Emblem painted with Standox L328 and a nos vw steel grey door handle
    VW Beetle 1200A Hood Emblem Badge painted in L328 Standox steel grey, compared to a nos vw steel grey door handle VW Beetle 1200A Hood Emblem Badge painted in L328 Standox steel grey, compared to a nos vw steel grey door handle
    VW 1200A Bumper painted in Standox steel grey L328, compared to a new old stock door handle VW 1200A Bumper painted in Standox steel grey L328, compared to a new old stock door handle
    VW 1200A Bumper painted in Standox steel grey L328, compared to a new old stock door handle VW 1200A Bumper painted in Standox steel grey L328, compared to a new old stock door handle
    VW 1200 A Bug Hubcap painted L328 steel grey, compared to a nos 1967 Volkswagen Standard Beetle door handle VW 1200 A Bug Hubcap painted L328 steel grey, compared to a nos 1967 Volkswagen Standard Beetle door handle
    VW 1200A 1965 1966 Hubcap painted L328 steel grey, compared to a nos Standard Beetle door handle VW 1200A 1965 1966 Hubcap painted L328 steel grey, compared to a nos Standard Beetle door handle
    original VW 1200A 1965 Ruby Red Ragtop Beetle original VW 1200A 1965 Ruby Red Ragtop Beetle

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