June Newsletter

2018 June
This and That!!!!!

People that have paid their membership fees are: Corne, Vernon & Karin, Jacques & Lene, Anton & Naomi & Christo & Sandra, Kevin & Nicole Bok & Heidi, Jan.
2018 JuneCome now ouens if you want us to have a lekker yearend jol then you need to pay your subs.


Club Banking Details as follows:
Bank: Capitec
Account name: Wild Buggers
Account number - 1565574484
Branch code – 470010
Table Bay Mall
Use your name as reference

Previous Event: Wild Buggers Padkos Run.  6 May.

2018 JuneA week before the run the rumours started flying…. There was even a rumour that Karin and Vernon mugged some elderly neighbours to get their wardrobes! Some members had to phone old relatives to get their secret padkos recipe’s….. there was nothing of the usual chat like “my number one plug wire needs replacement” or “I advanced my buggies timing with one degree to gain a half a horsepower on a long downhill” nothing…..   
Sunday was one of those perfect autumn days and the Boland looked beautiful!  At each assembly point the excitement 2018 Juneintensified as old-school wardrobes were discussed. There were beehive hair do’s, deacon shirts, Ouma dresses, beautiful sun hats, kortbroek and langkouse, neckties crimplene,  even some “birdwatching” equipment….!
2018 JuneAlong the way our road captain joined us on his trusty steed!  Halfway up the Du Toitskloof mountain pass we parked and presented our padkos. Food and drinks and recipes were shared as well as memories of our childhood days. (At one stage it looked like the young buggers thought the old buggers lost the plot!) Team Shrek scored a few crucial bonus points to be declared winners and received the coveted trophy! The whole team surprised some motorists by giving them a Mexican wave! Smiles all around!
2018 JuneWe took a drive through Paarl. Now I have heard of horses that will freeze and refuse to cross a river but this is the first time I saw it happen to a buggy! Skobbejak (or is it LosParas?) refused to carry on right above the Berg River! We had no choice but to push it onto the Magistrates office stoep to repair it! From there we went up Paarl Mountain just for Ramkat to run out of fuel! Red faced I tried to convince everyone that I still have a half a tank left but no one wanted to listen… it happened too often… only later I discovered my school boy error… an over tightened fuel filter almost completely restricted the petrol flow.
We had a picnic on top of the mountain and walked to a waterfall for some photos. On our way home we had one more buggy with a clogged needle and seat (Welcome Heino – this is your introduction to buggy 2018 Juneruns!).
Thank you to all that joined the run it was an awesome way to spend a day with friends!!

Jacques and Lene

 Click the link below to see all the photos of this run:


THANK YOU!!! Air-Cooled Culture, Vintage VW Cape Town.

2018 June


What a perfect day to take a Slow Drive out to Darling! 

Thank you to each and everyone whom took time out of their busy schedules to make #ACC7even a success!!!  I trust everyone had a good laid back time at the Darling Brewery.

I lost count at about 55 cars. It was also lekker to have the Wild Buggers Beach Buggy Club joining in on the run for the first time!

Please do not forget to post pictures & videos on www.facebook.com/aircooledculture
or Instagram: @aircooledculture #ACC7even

Aircooled Life or Nothing....until next time!

Kind regards,

Juan de Goede


Next Event: Shrek’s Run. 10 June.

2018 June
Being a winter run, let’s play it safe and do something indoors. Let’s go have some fun on the ice.

No, this is not an ice-cream run!
Let’s imagine we are back in our school days and go Spur’ing & ice-skating.

We meet at Mc Donald’s – N1 City – Goodwood at 12 noon for 12:30pm. From there we go to the Spur in Grand West for lunch. Have some lekker chow until just before 3pm when the ice-rink opens.
Ice-rink time: 3pm till 5:30.
If the weather is not lekker you are welcome to come in your car.


2018 JuneNext Next Event: Christo & Sandra’s Camp. 6-8 July. Winter Kamp

Laat ons so gou as moontlik weet of julle wil saamgaan asb. sandra@smitaccountants.co.za

Ja dit is weer sulke tyd en as ek so na buite kyk gaan hierdie jaar se winterkamp  ( 6 tot 8 Julie ) n koue nat en geseende een wees.
So die Jacobse het besluit ons gaan nie te ver ry nie vir die mensies wat nou nie die Vrydag kan afkry nie dat hulle ook darm nog lekker saam kan kom kuier die vrydagaand.

Ons het op Stywelyne Kamppeeroord besluit en het die Chalette solank bespreek. Die Chalette huisves 6 mense per eenheid en tentatiewe prys werk uit op R110 per kop per nag….MAAR MAAR MAAR….daar is n prysverhogging einde Junie en ongelukkig moet ons wag tot dan vir die nuwe prys. Ons hoef eers die deposito dan te betaal nadat verhoging geskied. Ek sal dan weeer n epos uitstuur met die finale pryse en deposito bevestig.

Ons hoop om almal n slaggie weer daar te sien.


Next Next Next Event: Fonds Insameling. 12 August.

Details to follow in next newsletter.

Karin, Heidi, Lenè & Naomi?????


Members can advertise their business here or whatever you want to advertise here for free. Just mail me your add: anton@kleynbegin.co.za

Accounting Services: Personal TAX & Provisional TAX, CC's, PTY's, Books & Statements, Special letters, VAT etc. Phone Sandra 084-3589 846 or E-mail sandra@smitaccountants.co.za or see her website at www.smitaccountants.co.za


Biltong & Droë Wors, honey, dried Fruit & Nuts can be bought from Kleyn Begin. Contact Naomi – 08 28 48 68 55. Or E-mail them at info@kleynbegin.co.za or see their website www.kleynbegin.co.za
2018 June

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Replacing the Master Cylinder
Note: This procedure was written based on Dave's
experience with the replacement of the master
cylinder in his '73 Super Beetle, but the instructions
are pretty much applicable to any aircooled Volkswagen.

Master Cylinder for a 1970 Standard
The master cylinder is designed with a dual-circuit system which assures that one set of brakes (front or back) will operate if the other set fails. Three conditions are possible:

Master Cylinder Removal/Installation Procedure
Note: Make sure you have a good assistant!
It's impossible to do this job all by your onesies!


  1. Loosen the left front wheel lug nuts/bolts, then raise the front of car and place it securely on jack stands.
  2. Remove the left front wheel and put the nuts/bolts where you can find them.

Note: The master cylinder is tucked away up under the car on the left side, bolted to the firewall. A pushrod attached to the brake pedal provides the pressure to the incompressible brake fluid, with operates braking mechanisms in the wheels to slow or stop the car. Attached to the master cylinder you will find two metal lines -- these are the brake lines that contain the brake fluid. Also attached to the master cylinder are two "switches" (or "sending units" if you prefer. These switches sense when pressure is applied to the system, and they send out an electrical signal that turns on the brake lights on the rear of the car. Thus the wires that you will find attached to the switches.
Note: Have plenty of rags handy -- this job can get messy.

  1. Clearly label the wires that attach to the two brake light switches (so you'll be able to reconnect them correctly later), then disconnect the wires from the switches and let them hang out of the way. If the rubber boots covering the switches are in poor condition, replace them.
  2. Remove the two fluid reservoir hoses from the top of master cylinder and let the old fluid drain into a suitable container. (Alternately, remove the fluid from the reservoir with a large syringe -- this method is much less messy.) Don't pinch the hoses to prevent losing the fluid, since it is better to replace the old brake fluid anyway.

WARNING -- Do not start a siphon with your mouth or spill brake fluid onto the car. Brake fluid is both poisonous and damaging to paint.

  1. Inspect the brake fluid reservoir and the hoses between the reservoir and the master cylinder. Replace the reservoir and hoses if necessary. It's usually a good idea to install new brake hoses along with the new master cylinder. Get the ones that are specifically designed for brake fluid -- they're usually blue in color.
  2. Use a crescent wrench or a 15/16-inch open-end wrench to remove the two brake light switches. It is easiest to remove them now so you won't have to hold the old master cylinder in a vise to loosen them later. If you plan to replace them, you can just leave them in place to be discarded with the old master cylinder.
  3. Use an 11mm line wrench (flare nut wrench) to loosen the threaded fittings that attach the brake lines to the master cylinder. They are usually very tight and sometimes a little rusty. Don't use a regular open-end wrench for this purpose because it may round off the fittings. Once you have the two metal brake lines removed, seal them with dust caps to prevent contamination from dirt or water.
  4. The new master cylinder may have plugs in the reservoir inlet fittings on the top. If so, make sure you remove them so the master cylinder can readily "communicate" with the fluid reservoir so that pressure can be relieved as designed.
  5. Crawl out from under the car and crawl into the cabin on the driver's side to face the pedal assembly. Under the brake pedal you will find two 13mm bolts that face into the firewall. These are the master cylinder mounting bolts; loosen them with a 13mm socket (we find that a swivel socket works best). It is not necessary to remove the pedal assembly or the brake pedal pin to do this.

Note: Don't pull out the master cylinder mounting bolts completely out if you can help it -- there are steel sleeves over the bolts which can fall and be lost if you remove the bolts completely. The purpose of these sleeves is to prevent the two sections of sheet metal through which the mounting bolts pass from buckling as you tighten the bolts.
If you do remove the bolts, be sure to reach in through the large master cylinder hole and pull the sleeves out with the bolts. If one or both of the sleeves is missing, the master cylinder will not be properly supported and will flex away from the pan when pressure is applied. Locating replacement sleeves can be difficult, but they can easily be made out of an old cylinder head valve guide tube, available from your local auto parts store.

  1. Have an assistant remove the old master cylinder as you loosen the two mounting bolts. Leave the mounting bolts in place if possible.


  1. Bench bleed the master cylinder before installing it. See our procedure for Bench Bleeding the Master Cylinder.

Note: Bench bleeding the master cylinder is VERY important! You CANNOT get all of the air out of the master cylinder by trying to bleed it in place. We have made this a separate procedure because the process is quite lengthy and takes a bit of time. But it is essential that you do it (listen to the voice of experience!).

  1. Have a helper put the thoroughly-bled new master cylinder into place while you guide the pushrod and start the two mounting bolts. Don't tighten the bolts completely yet, because it is much easier to start the metal brake lines if you can wiggle the master cylinder around a little bit.

Note: Don't forget the sleeves on the mounting bolts. Again, be very careful not to pull the mounting bolts too far back while installing the master cylinder, as you may drop a sleeve into the "black hole" below the bolts. It can be a nightmare getting these sleeves on the bolts between the sheet metal, but they MUST be there! We finally resorted to attaching the sleeve onto a Popsicle stick with a cable tie while we ran the bolt through into the threaded hole in the master cylinder. It will be best to send the wife and kiddies away during this process -- you may turn the air a little blue!
Note: Make sure the pushrod enters the boot and the master cylinder properly, and make sure the boot doesn't get crimped and that it protrudes through the hole behind the brake pedal as it should. The vent hole in the boot goes downward.

  1. Remove the dust caps from the brake lines and start the fittings into the two threaded holes on the side of the master cylinder (the topmost holes; the lower ones are for the brake light switches). After the fittings are started, tighten the master cylinder mounting bolts from inside the cabin.

Note: There are just two brake lines from the master cylinder. These split further down stream to go to the front and rear wheels respectively.

  1. Tighten the threaded fittings on the brake lines with the 11mm line wrench.
  2. Install the brake light switches and tighten them with 15/16-inch wrench. Reattach the brake light wires per the labels/sketches you made previously. Install the protective rubber boots securely over the sending switches and attached wired.
  3. Adjust the length of the pushrod so that there is 1mm of play between the end of the pushrod and the piston inside the master cylinder. This can also be done by adjusting the pushrod such that there is about 1/4 inch (5-7mm) of freeplay at the top of the brake pedal. See our Brake Pedal Free Play Adjustment Procedure.)
  4. Check to make sure that your pedal has about 1/4 inch (5-7mm) of free play at the top of the pedal. (See our Brake Pedal Free Play Adjustment Procedure.)

Note: This is VERY important and VERY difficult! (That's why a separate procedure.) Take your time and fine-
tune your fingers for delicate work! It’s hard to feel 1mm between the end of the pushrod and the piston inside the master cylinder. It’s easier to feel 1/4 inch at the top of the brake pedal, but not much. Just realize that you are making a very delicate adjustment, and take your time!! You'll live to regret it if you don't, believe me!

Sub-note: VW states that the length of the pushrod must be very precise -- exactly 5.433" long plus or minus 0.019". Without some pretty precise instruments, that’s very difficult to achieve. It’s “easier” to adjust the brake pedal freeplay, as discussed above and in the Brake Pedal Free Play Adjustment Procedure. But the operation is still pretty tough! Believe me, we had more trouble with the pushrod adjustment than I care to think about! If it’s wrong, the piston inside the master cylinder can cover up the hole that goes up to the brake fluid reservoir, thus making it impossible for the pressure in the system to be relieved. And this is a BIG problem, as we discuss in detail in our Brake System Pressurization article.

  1. Refit the reservoir hoses (use hose clamps on both ends) and fill the fluid reservoir with fresh brake fluid.

CAUTION: Use only new, unused brake fluid that meets SAE recommendation J 1703 and conforms to Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 116.

  1. Remove any residual air from the master cylinder as follows:
    1. First make sure you have a drip pan on the floor under the master cylinder, as this will be messy.
    2. 2018 JuneLoosen the threaded fitting on each output line at the master cylinder (one at a time of course) 1/2 turn or so while an assistant applies the brake (pedal just half way down). Do the brake light switches first, then the two brake lines. Tighten the fitting before the pedal is released.
  2. Top up the reservoir with brake fluid.
  3. Bleed the system in accordance with our Brake System Bleeding Procedure.
  4. Check the reservoir cap to assure that the vent is open.
  5. Check the brake operation and the brake lights before road-testing the car.
  6. Reinstall the left front wheel.
  7. Lower the car to the floor and fully tighten the wheel lug nuts/bolts.
  8. Carefully road test it to assure that the brakes operate properly.

Here's How the Job in Our '73 Super
Beetle Looked When Completed.