Volkswagen Air Cooled 1949-1969 Repair Guide

Bumpers

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Type 1 Models

Only the bumper itself can be removed by taking off the nuts on the back of the bumper. The brackets and reinforcement strap can stay on the car.

FRONT BUMPER


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Fig. Fig. 1 The bumper and bracket should be removed together, then the bracket can be removed from the bumper



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Fig. Fig. 2 The horn mounting bracket is bolted to the left-hand bumper bracket, and must be removed before the bumper can be removed from the car

  1. Using a 13mm wrench, remove all bumper bracket-to-body bolts.
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  3. Pull the bumper, together with the brackets and reinforcement strap or the damping elements, out of the slots in the front fenders.
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  5. Remove the 3 nuts from each bracket. Separate the reinforcement strap from the bumper and the brackets.
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  7. Remove the 3 nuts from each bumper bracket. Remove the brackets from the bumper.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Replace the rubber grommets in the front fenders if they are weathered or damaged. Lubricate the threads on the nuts and bolts before installing them.
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When installing the bumper and the brackets on the car, install the bolts, but do not tighten them. Adjust the bumper to a uniform gap with the body before tightening the bolts to 14 ft. lbs.

REAR BUMPER


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Fig. Fig. 3 The rear bumper mounts in the same manner as the front bumper-remove the 6 bracket-to-body bolts, then pull the bumper off of the car



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Fig. Fig. 4 A view of one of the two rear bumper brackets-note that there are 3 mounting bolts per side



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Fig. Fig. 5 If so desired, or if a new bumper is being installed and the rubber trim must be transferred, the trim can be separated from the bumper by removing the 2 nuts and the center bolt

  1. Using a 13mm wrench, remove all bumper bracket-to-body bolts.
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  3. Pull the bumper, together with the brackets and reinforcement strap or the damping elements, out of the slots in the front fenders.
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  5. Remove the 3 nuts from each bumper bracket or damping element. remove the brackets or damping elements from the bumper.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Replace the rubber grommets in the front fenders if they are weathered or damaged. Lubricate the threads on the nuts and bolts before installing them.
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When installing the bumper and the brackets on the car, install the bolts, but do not tighten them. Adjust the bumper to a uniform gap with the body before tightening the bolts to 14 ft. lbs.

Type 2 Models
FRONT BUMPER


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Fig. Fig. 6 Each bumper bracket is mounted to the front bumper by 4 bolts and nuts

  1. Thoroughly clean the exposed threads on all bumper mounting bolts before you attempt to remove them. If corrosion is evident, or if the nuts or bolts are difficult to turn, apply penetrating oil to the threads.
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  3. Remove the 2 side support bolts located just ahead of each front wheel.
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  5. Remove the 2 bumper bracket-to-frame rail bolts from one end of the bumper.
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  7. Place a support under the unbolted end of the bumper, or have someone hold it. Then remove the 2 bolts from the other end of the bumper and remove the bumper from the vehicle.
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  9. To remove the bumper bracket, remove the nuts and bolts attaching the bracket to the bumper.
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  11. To remove the end pieces, take out the 3 nuts and bolts that hold them on the bumper. Be careful not to damage the rubber seal.
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  13. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Loosely install the assembled bumper and brackets on the vehicle. Then, by sliding the brackets and side supports on their elongated bolt holes, obtain a uniform gap between the bumper and the body. When the bumper is properly aligned, tighten the bolts to 25 ft. lbs.
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REAR BUMPER


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Fig. Fig. 7 The gravel guard, if equipped, is held onto the bottom edge of the rear bumper by bolts



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Fig. Fig. 8 Exploded view of the rear bumper and bracket mounting for type 2 models



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Fig. Fig. 9 The bracket mounts to the bumper by two bolts and nuts-during installation, be sure to install the washers



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Fig. Fig. 10 Once the rear bumper is removed, the cover plate (if equipped) can be unbolted

  1. Remove the bolts and nuts at both sides of the vehicle that hold the cover plate to the body.
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  3. Remove the 2 bolts that hold one of the bumper brackets to the frame sidemember.
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  5. Place a support under the unbolted end of the bumper, or have someone hold it. Then remove the 2 bolts from the other bracket and remove the bumper from the vehicle.
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  7. The brackets and cover plate can be unbolted at this time.
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Thoroughly clean the exposed threads. if corrosion is evident, or if the nuts are hard to turn, apply penetrating oil.

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Be careful not to damage the rubber spacers by overtightening the bolt on the cover plate. Loosely install the assembled bumper and brackets on the vehicle. Then, by sliding the brackets and cover plate on their elongated bolt holes, obtain a uniform gap between the bumper and the body. When the bumper is properly aligned, tighten the bracket bolts to 25 ft. lbs. Do not overtighten the bolts that hold the cover plates on the body.
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Type 3 Models
FRONT BUMPER
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Disconnect the horn wire. the horn may be left attached to the bumper until the bumper is removed from the car.
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  5. Remove the 2 screws securing the reinforcement bar inside the bumper.
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  7. Remove the 3 bolts under each front fender that hold the bumper brackets onto the body.
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  9. Pull the bumper forward and off the car, complete with brackets and reinforcement bar.
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  11. Lift out the reinforcement bar. Remove the nuts from the carriage bolts that hold the brackets to the bumper, then remove the brackets. Unbolt the horn and remove it.
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  13. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. When installing the bumper assembly, make certain that the gap between the bumper and the body is uniform. When bolting the bumper brackets to the body, remember to install the washers.
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REAR BUMPER

The brackets used to mount the rear bumper are different from those used to mount the front bumper.

  1. Remove the 2 bumper bracket-to-body bolts on each end of the bumper.
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  3. Pull the bumper rearward and off the vehicle, complete with brackets.
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  5. Unbolt the brackets and back-up lights, if applicable.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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