What is the correct Bosch starter for 1970 VW beetle convertible, 1584 CC, 57 bhp?

Asked by Jul 13, 2017 at 01:00 PM about the 1970 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Three weeks ago, I ordered a new starter online from a California VW parts
company.  I ordered a Bosch SR15N from their website, where it indicated a
Bosch SR15N would fit my vehicle.  A smaller than original starter arrived in
a box that said SR15X  and the packing slip also indicated it was a SR15X.  I
called and discussed the SR15X with a company representative, who
assured me that it was a new starter and that it was the same as a SR15N.  I
installed a new starter bushing and the starter and cranked it over. The
starter made uncharacteristic sounds before the engine started.  I
immediately turned the engine off.  I then had my VW transported to the
Volkswagen repair shop where they found the exposed wire from starter to
the solenoid burnt.  The battery cable to the starter and the switch wire were
properly fastened so there was no short from that.  I researched the new
starter's Bosch number 6 004 AA0 021 on two different websites which does
not show this number fitting my 1970 VW beetle convertible.  Should this
Bosch starter fit my VW and if not, what Bosch starter fits?  Thank You!

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