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  Topic: Split beetle deluxe 52 ignition pod
johnshenry

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PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:00 pm   Subject: Re: Split beetle deluxe 52 ignition pod
Those are tough to find and I don't have one, sorry. I do find that maybe 90% of pods out there for sale are missing those ignition switch "caps". I do know that Repuesto Sam (sp?) in Spai ...
  Topic: Earliest brown faced speedo?
johnshenry

Replies: 64
Views: 5634

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:52 am   Subject: Re: Earliest brown faced speedo?
does that logo look like it's been somehow 'worked'?



I thought that too. I wonder if they just filled in the recesses in the mold to take away the "cogs".

That pod is at 1155E w ...
  Topic: Earliest brown faced speedo?
johnshenry

Replies: 64
Views: 5634

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:26 am   Subject: Re: Earliest brown faced speedo?
Here's a grey face speedo dated Jan '49 on eBay. So potentially we have narrowed the first brown face down to Feb-Apr '49? And again, as someone suggested earlier, there was a lot of prototyping/sho ...
  Topic: KDF Speedo Pod?
johnshenry

Replies: 24
Views: 1000

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:48 am   Subject: Re: KDF Speedo Pod?
These photos should help you make up your mind! Note that there is even a KDF key.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/2138658.jpg


Well that shows that the green light is on the left, not ...
  Topic: KDF Speedo Pod?
johnshenry

Replies: 24
Views: 1000

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:52 pm   Subject: Re: KDF Speedo Pod?


https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/2138465.jpg

Well it looks to me that the green/oil light is on the right there, concur?

If so, then those are the "late split: positions which, * ...
  Topic: KDF Speedo Pod?
johnshenry

Replies: 24
Views: 1000

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:33 pm   Subject: Re: KDF Speedo Pod?
And it would seem odd that VW would build a test jig for something made by another company, but again, things were just done differently then.
  Topic: KDF Speedo Pod?
johnshenry

Replies: 24
Views: 1000

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:13 am   Subject: Re: KDF Speedo Pod?
this lady might know...
https://i.pinimg.com/564x/6e/3e/5c/6e3e5cccc9951aa603cf3dc38ae6a77e.jpg

That is one of my favorite split era factory pictures. Cool testing fixture and all of those pristi ...
  Topic: Earliest brown faced speedo?
johnshenry

Replies: 64
Views: 5634

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:50 pm   Subject: Re: Earliest brown faced speedo?
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/2055432.jpg

My late July 49 Standard pod, given the deluxe bling at some point.

What is the speedo opening size? 95 or 100mm? looks like a brown painted ...
  Topic: KDF Speedo Pod?
johnshenry

Replies: 24
Views: 1000

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:16 am   Subject: Re: KDF Speedo Pod?
I have a pod date coded 12.49 where the lights are already swapped, but I know that is the date/month the pod was made, not the manufacture of the split that it was installed in by VW.

I looked at ...
  Topic: KDF Speedo Pod?
johnshenry

Replies: 24
Views: 1000

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:24 am   Subject: KDF Speedo Pod?
We know that in '49 they swapped the position of indicator lights in the pods. with the oil light being on the left early, and on the right after (and yes, the other lights swapped sides too).

I am ...
  Topic: Bill Collins
johnshenry

Replies: 18
Views: 4976

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:25 pm   Subject: Re: Bill Collins
Where in Maine were they in 2018? I thought they had moved to AZ.
  Topic: Correct coil for 52 split beetle
johnshenry

Replies: 10
Views: 520

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:16 pm   Subject: Re: Correct coil for 52 split beetle
No, will be a number and a letter like this:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/2136975.jpg

7F is July 1950
  Topic: Correct coil for 52 split beetle
johnshenry

Replies: 10
Views: 520

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:09 pm   Subject: Re: Correct coil for 52 split beetle
Where can I find the date stamp on a star coil? I have a star coil, but can't find the date.

Its on the mounting bracket on one side, near the hole. Sometimes you have look hard for and scrape or ...
  Topic: Correct coil for 52 split beetle
johnshenry

Replies: 10
Views: 520

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:04 pm   Subject: Re: Correct coil for 52 split beetle
Jan '52 manual shows the skinny star coil.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/manuals/1_52bug/16.jpg

Shows the smooth top one for the Oct '52 Zwitter manual.
  Topic: Bill Collins
johnshenry

Replies: 18
Views: 4976

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:29 pm   Subject: Re: Bill Collins
Just wondering if anyone has an update on Bill.
  Topic: Possible 20th reunion of Return to the Fatherland Tour
johnshenry

Replies: 32
Views: 3600

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:35 pm   Subject: Re: Possible 20th reunion of Return to the Fatherland Tour
Very well said Bill. And virus withstanding, there has still been talk about this maybe in 2022 from VW friends in my circle. "Accepting" participants might be dicey, but true "drive ...
  Topic: Ignition lock diameter - Speedo Pod
johnshenry

Replies: 9
Views: 688

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 6:05 pm   Subject: Re: Ignition lock diameter - Speedo Pod
100mm is a deluxe pod. Will work well for your car, looks like a nice, complete pod.

Standard pods are 95mm speedometer opening.

Thanks John! So, that pod should have been ivory in the past?
...
  Topic: Ignition lock diameter - Speedo Pod
johnshenry

Replies: 9
Views: 688

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:09 pm   Subject: Re: Ignition lock diameter - Speedo Pod
100mm is a deluxe pod. Will work well for your car, looks like a nice, complete pod.

Standard pods are 95mm speedometer opening.
  Topic: Ignition lock diameter - Speedo Pod
johnshenry

Replies: 9
Views: 688

PostForum: Beetle - Split-Window/1938-53 VWs   Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2020 6:24 pm   Subject: Re: Ignition lock diameter - Speedo Pod
As someone who restores those speedo pods, I am of the opinion you are way better off finding a new pod than trying to repair that one. There is no easy way to repair that augered out ignition switch ...
  Topic: Front brake shoe width
johnshenry

Replies: 5
Views: 180

PostForum: Split Bus   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:19 pm   Subject: Re: Front brake shoe width
Ok, thanks all. I guess I didn't really compare them when I pulled to drums in 2019 to clean them up. I vaguely remember finding some shoes with a lot of lining left, and just solvent cleaning every ...
 
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