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jordank



Joined: 03 Apr 2008
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Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 8:28 pm    Post subject: Question about rear drum compatibility... Reply with quote

64 beetle, swingaxle. The front has been changed to disks, 4 lug. I want to change the rear to 4 lug as well, but don't want to spend a grand on read disk conversion too...

Can anyone confirm/deny if rear drums from a later beetle (4 lug drums) work on an earlier swingaxle rear end?

I'm hoping that i'm lucky and can just get a pair of drums, turn them, and then they would just fit.. Smile

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ONEBADBUG



Joined: 25 Oct 2003
Posts: 429
Location: Spokane

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I remember correctly, it will work if you put a spacer between the drum and nut. Type 3 fits directly, it's been a while.
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Long-roofs



Joined: 23 Aug 2007
Posts: 714
Location: valley

PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a '64 Beetle, if it's still short axle...I would get '68 and later Beetle rear backing plates/brakes and drums....then just machine off some of the snout til the axle nuts goes on far enough. The same applies for '66 and later rear type 3, four lug brakes...which I have if you need them.
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jengel451



Joined: 11 Jun 2007
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Location: Greenacres, WA (yeah, like the show)

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This brings up a great topic.

I need early Type 3 wide 5 rear brake assemblies. Anyone? Anyone?
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Long-roofs



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jengel451 wrote:
This brings up a great topic.

I need early Type 3 wide 5 rear brake assemblies. Anyone? Anyone?


How early? '61-'63 were basically '68 and later Beetle brakes, then throw the 'Swirl' drums on and go. '64-'65 are the same brakes as '66 and later four lug, just didn't have the holes for adjusting. I happen to have a set of '64-'65 rear type 3's, plus some '66 and later stuff.
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jengel451



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I'm right, I'll need pre 65 Type 3, which are WAY bigger than what I have now, and still have the wide 5 pattern.

I'm running 30mm wide and I think the Type 3 is 45mm wide and the drum itself is a bit bigger all around, hence the need for the backing plates.

If you have the drums/backing plates etc. that would be WAY cool.
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