My friend just got a '69 Beetle... inherited it from a relative, no service records available. I was acting as designated driver in it last night and I noticed the brakes were, well, frankly pretty lousy. Even going 20 miles per hour, you'd have to push the brake pedal practically through the floor and it still took a little bit too long to come to a full stop (for my taste).
I'm not really used to driving the old bugs, and even on my '91, people that are used to driving a 2006 Mazda or whatever are amazed at how much effort is required to drive so I guess my question(s) would be: are unresponsive brakes just a pretty normal thing for these dinosaur v-dubs or should I start helping her check out the drums? Where is the brake fluid reservoir located on old Beetles?
She also had a question about why her car sounded like "a motorcycle"... I told her those old cars usually didn't have much in the noise-reduction department, they probably sounded like a chainsaw new from he dealer. I don't know the cause of the occasional sputtering and stuff when idling, though. Is that normal? Some kind of engine knock?
Mainly I just don't want to see my friend get hurt or damage her car because of worn-out brakes. Honestly, for all I know, those shoes could be the originals.
Thanks for your help