I am bringing back to life a wonderful 1977 Type 2 Microbus. In
doing so, I have discovered a leak in the master cylindar of the
braking system. Not really a big deal to fix, but getting the right
part seems a bit confusing.
According to my Bently service manaual the 68 through 70 microbus'
have the master cylinder bolted to the frame and that later models
attach to two studs on the power servo. In the case of my bus, it is
set up as the 68 through 70 microbus'. It has manual brakes (ie no
power servo). I think this is because this bus was supposedly build
and sold in Germany and brought to the US by an owner. Probably
someone in the military, but who knows. Although, the VIN number
shows up in list of US sold buses. So I don't know. Ok, back to the
Since my 77 bus, has manual brakes. I am concerned the master
cylinder that would show up in a parts list would be for the power
brakes version and not the one I need. The pictures in the service
manual match the master cylinder that is in my bus, but those are
obviously from the 68 to 70 model.
So my question: Do I go to my parts store and order one from the 68
to 70 years or do I ask for the '77 model and take my chances? Any
And if someone knows the history on these "cargo" buses that were sold
in Germany, I was told in limited number, that would be interesting to
know. The chassis number is 2372108623 if that helps.
- posted 15 years ago