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alisonlee525

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I just bought 1974 Super Beetle,

I have no idea how to get the hood open, the knob is stuck!!!

I really need to get to gas tank.

Does anyone know any way I can open this and put a new latch & handle on???

Thank u in advance,Alison


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Hi Alison, welcome to the forums! Under your car, on the bottom of the trunk is a round plate. You might be able to knock that out then reach up and unlatch it from the inside unless you're like me and have too much stuff in the trunk, then you'll have to use the method below:

This is the method mentioned in the Bentley manual.


    Tools required:
    A hacksaw with a sharp blade
    A pair of Vise Grips
    Masking tape and some paper
    A new trunk lid handle

(1) Tape layers of protective paper on each side of the front handle and place tape on the trunk surface at the hand hole of the handle. This will provide some protection against accidental scarring with the hacksaw.

(2) Make 3 horizontal cuts across the handle as follows:
A. Make the 1st cut just above the button, as close to the button without scarring the side of the button.
B. Make the 2nd cut in the middle of the handle.
C. Use a Vise Grip to clamp the handle "halves" created with the 2nd cut together.
D. Make the 3rd cut at the bottom of the hand opening in the handle.

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(3) Remove the part of the handle surrounding the button that was created by the 1st cut.

(4) Turn each of the remaining handles "halves" counter-clockwise to release them from their retaining bolts (that are located inside the trunk). It may be necessary to jam a screwdriver end against the exposed bolt threads to keep the bolt from spinning with the handle once the handle "halves" are loose.

Once these steps are complete, the trunk should open.

Hope this helps!


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THANK U so very much I will try this and let you know how I do!!! Thank U again.


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Hi
that is the "normal" way to get the boot open if the cable has snapped..
If the cable has NOT snapped...
You need to hold the cable outer piece in the glove box with vyce grips and pull the center part of the cable with pliers etc..
When You pull the lever in the glovebox, You are pulling the center part of the cable against the outer part of the cable..
If the outer piece gets pulled with the center piece it won't open the boot...

I hope You can understand this..
One of the locals here disconnected the cable from the glovebox lever... He cut the cable at the locking end about 8 inches approx long..
He then drilled a hole under the front of the car and put the cable thru the hole..
He then screwed a knob onto the end of the cable.. so, to unlock His boot, He just placed His hand under the nose of the car and pulled on the knob...   lol

Maybe He had cable problems before.. lol..

cheers

Lee




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Thank you for all your help. I cut the handle (as VSB74 instructed me to) and it worked. It seems the former owner had over tightehed the latch release! Thank you for the help, I truly look forward to being a part of the Super Beetle coomunity! -Alison


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yes
its very difficult to adjust the lock...
as once you go past the proper position..
you are in trouble...

you really need to lock someone in the boot..
with the spare wheel out,...

and they can open the boot if the lock jams shut.... lol

cheers

LEE

its also easier if You have the two plastic gaskets in place
it won't scratch the paint....   LEE




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Glad to hear that it worked for you, Alison!


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I have the exact same problem , only because i took out the dash cause im doing a full rebuild of the onterior and pulled out the cable for the trunk release , and i forgot and closed it shut , now its stuck ,
I did the handle cutting trick but no luck , any suggestions ?
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