Hello friends!

I am trying to replace my starter.  I have an 80’s CMC kit, 1971 Chassis and 1972 engine (both Super Beetle donors).  

When I look at what I need to do to disconnect and in my reference material it shows two bolts that need removed.  But when I look at my starter set up... that doesn’t seem to be the case. 

I’ve got two issues:

1) My starter looks different? Or is different? ...and I’m trying to remove it   

2) No matter whether different or not access is TERRIBLE BEA5407A-FF3A-4F35-B79D-1B2AA21BE9FC9B90F269-1214-4548-8E5F-E91D646BD68A

Above you can see I removed one Nut  (bottom circle).  The top yellow circle is where I suspected the other “bolt” according to the mechanics guide, should be40843488-725C-4CCA-B3F3-302AF624B0AF

view above is the other side   Really hard to take the photo... let alone gain access to the part   

D2F68DF6-2B20-4636-A8C3-5CEF4ADFA6CEFor the last photo... that doesn’t even look like something that can be unscrewed.  Looks like a “U” shaped partial-circle or something like that.  But doesn’t look like my mechanic’s manual suggests it should be.   

Can someone please help me?

Thanks for reading.  


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Looks like a D bolt. The nut is on the engine side. The bolt has that D shape so it doe not spin when you take the nut off.

@JB356SR posted:

Looks like a D bolt. The nut is on the engine side. The bolt has that D shape so it doe not spin when you take the nut off.

That makes sense!  It makes me wonder if the one side where I removed the nut from is also a D bolt that I cannot see?  (Like the D bolt head is on the engine side)

If you have yet to purchase a starter get the " Auto Stick" starter ( has more torque) it has a self supporting nose cone that does not require replacing the bushing in the trans case. Advance Auto or Auto Zone under $50 with your old core.  NAPA has the for $58 exchange.  BTW when you set the D bolt through the starter stick a piece of Duct tape on it to the starter  so that it doesn't push back when you put the nut on the bolt. 



Last edited by Alan Merklin

Unfortunately, the part will arrive tomorrow. Knowing my luck it will not be the "Auto Stick" that you have suggested.  Below I have provided the link to the part.



Also, I was wondering if anyone happened to know the gauge of ignition wire?  The connector snapped off cleanly.  I need to buy a new connector to affix the ignition wire to the starter and it looks to be a very heavy gauge. 4 Gauge perhaps? Larger even?  Any advice here is welcome

hello guys...i have experience in this area,,,my JPS /SUBARU is on a 1974 pan and beefed up trans.....just like the 50 yr old WORE OUT SHIFT ROD that GENIUS john boy put in my $40K car to save $30.00...he also put a CHEAP CHINA MADE STARTER & CHEAPER BATTERY in as well....when both started to FAIL AFTER ABOUT 1000 miles i replaced both with a way better BOSCH BATTERY & STARTER....(and after the WORE OUT SHIFT ROD debacle which should have been a warranty issue... which is whole other OPRAH)...i didn't waste my time & effort to claim the same with the battery & starter...this BOSCH starter is smaller in diameter and was easy to replace...now is TURN KEY & dependable ...cant go wrong with BOSCH parts....just another of my 2 cents

I wanted to provide the update that I have received and installed the starter.  The installation went smoothly and the car fires up strong.

Thank you to all for your advice and knowledge!  I love this site and the valuable resources within it.



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