New Engine Seal and Running Boards Installed – 1966 VW Beetle Project

It’s been an unusually warm March this year, so I decided to get back to work on the Beetle. I had planned to work on the car during the winter time with my gas heater in the garage, but it just didn’t happen.

Today I decided to install the engine seal in the engine compartment, as well as the running boards. While installing the engine seal, I realized I got some paint on the wiring harness while doing the undercoating of the car last summer. I tried removing the paint from the wires, but I ended up stripping some of the tracer colors off the wires as well. I know that most people won’t even notice this, but being the anal person that I am, I decided to order a new “main” wiring harness from Wiring Works. They were kind enough to let me order just the “main” wiring harness, without ordering the entire kit. That saved me some money. The rest of the wiring was in great shape and had no over-paint on it, so I didn’t need to replace it. Stay tuned for another post in the near future where I replace the “main” wiring harness.

The engine seals fit into a channel/groove in the engine compartment. It can be a little tricky to squeeze into the channel. I ended up using a thread burnishing tool (from my fishing rod building toolkit) to help squeeze it in. It really helped a lot. Here’s a picture of the thread burnishing tool:

Anyway, the engine compartment and running boards are looking great! Here are a few pictures from today:

Engine Seal Installed

Running Board – Passenger Side

2 thoughts on “New Engine Seal and Running Boards Installed – 1966 VW Beetle Project

    1. Wolfy

      Hi Cameron. Glad to help out. I added an additional picture to this article. It’s the thread burnishing tool that I used to help install it. The tool is plastic and is nice because it won’t scratch your paint. Well, it won’t scratch it as easily as using a screwdriver or something. 😉


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