Help a new owner find a shop to fix my 550

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Help a new owner find a shop to fix my 550

Postby Safari4646 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:29 pm

Hello everyone,
I’m new to this site and to the 550 family.
Just purchased a Thunder Ranch built Spyder and I’m having trouble with my cable shifter.
Took her to Vintage motors and the owner says he’s 45 days out to just look at it.
Any suggestions on who else may be able to service these great tributes?
I live in Anaheim CA but am willing to drive the distance for the right workmanship and expertises.
Thanks a bunch for your time and I will keep you all updAted on what happens.
Cheers,
Allen
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Re: Help a new owner find a shop to fix my 550

Postby EEricson » Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:02 pm

Dude you can do this. What you have is a Brandwood cable shifter. It's a good thing.

Go to this web site. http://www.cableshift.com/C-S%20VT1/typ ... 0page.html

Click on "adjustment instructions." This thing is a bit fiddly but it's not hard or technical to adjust.
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Re: Help a new owner find a shop to fix my 550

Postby Safari4646 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:57 am

Thank you. At least, now I know what kind of cable shifter I got.
It’s a little too technical for my skill level and I really don’t want to screw it up.
Plus the cable may need to be changed due to a little crisping (too close to the heads)
You were very helpful thanks.
Still looking for a shop though. Was wondering if AAMcco May be a choice?
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Re: Help a new owner find a shop to fix my 550

Postby TSchommer » Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:57 pm

Your best bet is trying to find someone who works on older aircooled VWs. I know there are a few VW parts dealers in your area, they should be able to point you in the right direction.
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Re: Help a new owner find a shop to fix my 550

Postby DannyP » Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:20 pm

Safari: you have a handbuilt custom car. DO NOT take it to AAmco, they will mess it UP!

Definitely find an aircooled shop to work on it.

I have a cable shifter(not Brandwood,it's a PBX) and it's pretty simple. If you can, remove the offending cable and measure. Then purchase one from a Sand-rail shop or even a boat shop, same cables are used for boat controls. Better yet, take it with you.

When you re-install it, add a bracket that keeps the cable away from the exhaust.
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Re: Help a new owner find a shop to fix my 550

Postby Safari4646 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:41 pm

Thanks for all the info.
Found a few classic VW shops and will be on the horn with them first thing tomorrow.
Will post results.
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