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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!

I think this is my first post, I'm not sure. I joined in anticipation of my '71 Super purchase. I am glad I did!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy crap man! Good write up! I was just going to tackle this and you made things way easier. Thanks for the detailed post. Don't be afraid to do more. You did an awesome job.
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

will lithium grease from a tube work as well as that from a spray can? or will that be too thick? incidentally, i just took apart my regulator and no crud. no sign that grease had ever been there. i think lack of lubrication and a little rust is causing my problems.
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see any reason why the stuff in a tube wouldn't work just as well as the spray type, or even better. The spray grease tends to evaporate some. I used it out of convenience.
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for this useful guide! When I save up the money for a full door rebuild kit (I need all new rubber, ugh.) I'll fix my regulators too Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 8:07 am    Post subject: Great instruction set Reply with quote

I totally knocked this job out in just a few hours thanks to this post. I had recently picked up some new/used vent windows. Mine were in pretty bad shape. So I went ahead and swapped those out too. Now my windows can be rolled up and down without destroying any more handles!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your post. The job went well with your instructions and photos. I was wondering after I did the job if the tangs could be bent and the spiral cable taken out and greased without taking the rest of the door apart. Seems like it might fix a lot of the hard rollup problem even though its not as thourgh as your instructions. Just smokin and thinkin.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installed a window regulator on the drivers side of my '67 last night. I didn't read any instructions... Great tutorial, only thing I have to offer is that I didn't have to completely remove the vent window. Instead I just took out the top screw and tilted it back. That gave enough clearance to get the regulator in.

Took me about an hour but my car was already missing the door panel and regulator (I have no idea why someone would remove the regulator and put the vent window back without replacing the parts) so I didn't have one to remove initially.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is an excellent post. Pictures are definitely worth a thousand words...or more. Thank you!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDGuero wrote:
only thing I have to offer is that I didn't have to completely remove the vent window. Instead I just took out the top screw and tilted it back. That gave enough clearance to get the regulator in.


Unless the bottom mounting bolt is missing from yours that can't work.

The winder sits in a recess in between the quarter window frame and the inner door skin and unless you unbolt the quarter window and move it out of the way it can't be installed correctly.

But if you remove the top screw and lower bolt it can be tipped back far enough to get the winder mech in which I suspect is what you have done, your lower mounting bolt was probably just missing.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joel wrote:
SDGuero wrote:
only thing I have to offer is that I didn't have to completely remove the vent window. Instead I just took out the top screw and tilted it back. That gave enough clearance to get the regulator in.


Unless the bottom mounting bolt is missing from yours that can't work.

The winder sits in a recess in between the quarter window frame and the inner door skin and unless you unbolt the quarter window and move it out of the way it can't be installed correctly.

But if you remove the top screw and lower bolt it can be tipped back far enough to get the winder mech in which I suspect is what you have done, your lower mounting bolt was probably just missing.
That causes a nasty vibration, let me tell you!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike, thanks for the fantastic tutorial! I purchased my first bug (71 SB) a few weeks ago and this was my first real DIY project. Pictures and details were perfect. Cheers!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So much better than trying to follow my Haynes manual!

But how do I remove my felt channels? They're OG, and very nice, so I don't want to replace them, but I'm putting new my new window scraper and trim assemblies, and they won't go in without the felt channels being out. Any help is greatly appreciated!!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make it at sticky
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome, I'll be doing this job this weekend! I will definetely be referencing this thread
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another thank you for a great tutorial.
Went off without a hitch, AFTER reading this thread..
Don't wanna mention the before!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great tutorial! Thank you for taking the time to detail everything. I need to do this, and have been putting it off out of fear until now. Thanks again!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something I might add to this:

I had a hard time re-installing the window because the top of the window was encountering resistance from a horizontal crash brace member that is attached to the outer skin of the door (this brace is located inside, however). Fortunately, there is a large hole just under the lock pull for you to grab the top of the window as it hangs up on this horizontal member and force the top of window toward you, which will get the window "over the hump", so to speak.

And this is fun while trying to pull the padded bottom (you did pad it, right?) vertical end of the regulator, while pushing up on the glass, and also pulling the top of the window away from that horizontal cross brace.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:36 am    Post subject: Re: Window Regulator How-To Reply with quote

Hey Mike! First of all, thanks so much for the post. I'll be tackling this on the passenger door for my project '71 Super Beetle (got it 3 weeks ago!) this weekend.

I'd like to do the same for the driver's side, but there's a problem.

7) Remove the single bolt at the very bottom that holds the regulator to the door. Depending how tight the regulator is against the glass you may choose to remove the glass next (at step 9) or remove additional bolts first (step 8 ).
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My door is missing the small bracket where the regulator bolts on. The bottom of the regulator is hanging loose. I'll try and post a photo soon.

Do you (or anyone else on this thread!) know where I could get a replacement bracket? I've looked online for the past few days and have yet to find anything.

Thanks in advance!
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