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sb001 Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:00 am

HippyTom wrote:

The top will have to be completely replaced, including some wood bows. I've never done one, but I've figured out how to do everything else on these cars. I'll find out more this week. Just depends on what I can get it for.

I'll let you know how it goes.

HippyTom, in my perusing around on the internet I came across this website for an upholstery supply company that was clearing out its VW items:

https://www.dltcorporation.com/searchresults.asp?Search=volkswagen

It looks like they have some vert top headliner and bow replacement items if you scroll down on that page, I have no idea whether these price quotes are anything decent since I've never had to price vert parts, but you can take a look and see what you think.

Lingwendil Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:18 am

To be perfectly honest, the autostick gets a pretty bad rep these days primarily from people who don't care enough to take the time to understand them, or that don't look at the context of what these cars were supposed to be back in the day.

I've test drove a couple, and one of them in particular was surprisingly peppy, and with the fact that I drive 150-175 miles daily as part of my commute, I would love one less pedal to fool with in gridlock traffic. If I found one in good shape for a good price I would gladly buy one!

The first time I drove one felt pretty gross, but I feel the same way in any automatic. It's sort of like that one girl you were ashamed to tell your friends you got with, It may sure be fun, but it's not for bragging rights, do it for you, man. Have fun.


Personally, a 71-72 autostick super beetle sounds like a fantastic daily driver, comfy ride, on top of the assisted shifts sounds pretty luxurious :o

markj60616 Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:29 am

Zundfolge1432 wrote: If you read the manual it says you may drive it using all the forward gears, low, 1 and 2 or skip low and do the 2 to 3,shift or simply leave it in high gear all the time which if Youre not in a hurry works too. Rather than make a decision off what other people think Id go drive a few cars and see for myself. As for the newer 6 and 8 speed autos I love em having driven Audi A4 with tiptronic, butter smooth stays in the power band all the time. Wife and I also fans of CVT.

My 2014 has tiptronic and I agree!

jwold Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:20 pm

I drove an autostick ghia for several years through late high school & college + a few years after that. It was a great car, I always started out in the L (1)gear since I liked the little bit of extra oomph it had to get going.
Main problem I had with it was that wire that ran to the stick shifter was cracked and needed to be replaced so when it would short out, it wouldn't shift...a minor problem.
I had read somewhere about them that the clutch/tranny lasted longer since there was no 'human error' in the shifting, not sure if that's true or not.

johnjhazel Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:08 pm

I have owned a 73 autostick Super Beetle and a 76 4 speed standard Beetle. My autostick had a 009(I have since learned there are better choices...such as a proper autostick distributor), 1641cc kit, and an extractor exhaust. It was no slug. I did not find much difference between starting off in LOW vs DRIVE 1. I never just left it in DRIVE 2. I read that constantly starting off in DRIVE 2 is a good way to blow out the trans seals. I do not know if that is true. I did enjoy not having to shift out of 1st gear as with the manual after going 50 feet. LOL.
My autostick kept eating drive plates as the torque converter was out of round. This all was before the days of the Internet. I would love to have another autostick beetle.



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