Hi, I have been a Bug Club member for over 20 years and I have a Bug which has been sitting in my garage roof for a long time. I have decided to renovate it and have started with the chassis/wheels etc. I am no doubt going to need quite a bit of help over the coming months but am hoping to refurb wherever possible. My first problem is that I dismantled the front hub and brake a long time ago and although I am reasonably confident that all is as it should be so far I am left with two small curly springs, item 4 on the front brake page, described as spring piston. I have no idea where these fit. See photo. I am awaiting new wheel cylinders, this assembly was just to try to figure out where everything goes. Please look at photo and tell me if I have anything else wrong.
hi Dickw and welcome to the site. as Stiffy says the springs hold the shoes in place. if you haven't got one already it is worth getting a haynes or similar type manual for a (cough) robin/rialto as this will provide loads of information for you on the running gear and most of it will be the same or similar to your Bug. also worth mentioning were you are based in the country as there could well be a fellow Bug owner/enthusiast local to you who can assist. good luck with the rebuild
Dickw, I may be looking at the picture the wrong way but it appears that you have assembled the bits the wrong way round. The studs for the wheel should point away from the shaft. The first thing to fit is the backplate then assemble the rest working out to the hub with the studs facing outwards . Then come the drum then the wheel. Or am I missing something it may be the corny iris regards Ayrbugger
Hi Vannin and Ayrbugger. Firstly I have assembled the correct way round, what you cannot see in that photo is the rest of the A frame behind the backplate. I will try to get a Haynes manual but I do have a Robin front end which is quite different. The shoes are held back on that with the traditional pin through the backplate, a spring and then a collar with a slot in it. These shoes are identical to the old ones I removed.
Yes, I have the owners handbook and the parts list. Having just read P38 of the handbook properly I have found the small hole in the piston and connected the springs. One last question, in my photos have I got the pull-off springs on the correct side of the shoes or should they between the shoes and the backplate. The shoes are wanting to pull out from the backplate which will make the drum difficult to remove.
Thank you. If you look at the photos I posted earlier you will see that there are no holes in the backplate to facilitate such a pin. I have, however, ordered some Mini ones today and will probably drill additional holes through the shoes (there are not any holes through the centre of the shoes where I would expect) and backplate to accommodate them. Just awaiting delivery of new cylinders.
The 2 long springs go on the inside. The set up is the same as a mini. You have the 2 small springs in place Ok. Some Brakes have a little rod that goes through the backplate and you turn it so it locks. I wouldn't worry adding any other bits. I will try andfind a photo of the set up.
This is a mini rear one so it is slightly different but it shows how the springs go. Basically if there on right the springs pull the shoes to the back plate. Its a faff getting them on sometimes. Make sure you have the shoes with the leading edge the right way round depending on wheel rotation.
Further to my last posts, does anyone remember there being a CD workshop manual and if so where to source one from and secondly, I know I am going to need a new wiring loom. Any advice would be welcome.
For the end of the front hub, the cap of a spray can works very well, simple and effective and best of all free. The wiering loom can be bought from the Bug Spares, order in advance because they are made to order.
tmallen: Just registered as I am looking to purchase a BB, I have one in particular that I am awaiting more information on. In the meantime, anyone got one for sale or know anyone who has, please send me details. Thanks
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ayrbugger: Kev, Open up forum and go to bond bug problems...there is a section re removal of body. You'll need three strong blokes or as I did a hoist and a support frame, and a strong beam in your garage to hang it all off.
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Rg: Brakes the same has mini
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Eartthing: please help !
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karl: If you don't get a reply, post on the main forum
May 16, 2020 19:22:21 GMT
Stiffy: Your better of posting a question on the forum. One earth goes to the chassis from the battery negative. Then anther goes fro the wiring loom onto a bolt ontop of the gearbox cover. :-)
May 17, 2020 19:30:59 GMT
stan: Karl,Stiffy, thanks very much, I'm new to this site and I though that t I was on forum.
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stan: I'm not sure if using this system right can any one advise pleas. Dope bugger
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stan: did you get details .
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