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I have taken a photo of the bonnet handle lock mechanism to show where to cut it off in an Emergency...

When the cable snaps or the handle in the glovebox breaks off.

With the early type handle without the push button, You just cut the handle in half and unwind the screws...

If the screws don't unwind You are in trouble....

 

With the later model beetles with the push button lock in the handle,

You need to cut the handle twice....

Once in the center, as the screws are on either side of the handle,

But another cut needs to be made between the handle and push button

to allow You to unscrew the other half of the handle...

Doing this procedure will probably scratch Your paintwork too...

 

Here is a Picture to simplify the matter....

the screws in the handle shown are longer than normal,

just for photography purposes...

 

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Wayne

That's a great help in case anyone suffers the same fate that I did. I wonder what would happen if the bolts didn't release as you spun the two halves?

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68autobug

Hi Wayne,

For some unknown reason, everyone I have told to cut the handle, has had success in unscrewing the bolts...

Maybe the bolts are a tight fit and they grab the sides of the metal??

or maybe because they are done up so tight that they grab the metal??

I don't think there are any washers used with the bolts....

although I usually use flat or spring washers or both on most things....

I'll have to make sure I didn't use any washers or it may not work for Me.....

 

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68autobug

I did mark where to do the two cuts with a white pen but they don't show up, so I should do it again...

the part of the handle that the button protrudes from will actually fall off, when the handle is cut near it...

I'll take another photo to show where to cut...

 

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staticattic
Since you have brought up this topic, when I first bought my 72 SB, the trunk release cable was gone. It did have a handle that did latch, The only way to open it was to press and hold the button while at the same time lifting up and kind of pushing the nose towards the driver side. It took awhile for me to "master" the technique, but I eventually got the hang of it. Now that I have started restoring it, I have noticed the locking mechanism that the cable attaches to does not move at all. I am thinking either it has seized due to lack of lubrication or it requires a bit more than simply pressing with my fingers against the spring. I would like for everything to work like it is supposed to, but in the mean time, a trunk handle that doesn't latch isn't going to stop forward progress. Maybe a shot of WD-40 will do the trick...

Jeff

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68autobug

The release mechanism should move back and forth with your finger...

I did just that, last week, when I had in My hand an old 56 latch that My Son is using on His 56 Beetle...

Adjusting the bonnet latch... is is a hit and miss thing... as once You go a fraction too far with that bolt on the bonnet...

You are in trouble....

I had problems when i first bolted mine on...

and I pulled the cable, which seemed to work...

but the bonnet didn't pop open.... I tried and tried....

I'd leave it and come back later...

the problem was the bolt on the bonnet wasn't adjusted enough so the spring would pop it open....

I finally got My Wife to pull the cable while I tried the bonnet...

no problems....

 

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Wayne

Another VW mechanic told me that they used to take a shop towel, put it through the handle and pull up and to the right. But it only worked on the older Beetles.

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