There are great all inclusive kits out there. Last summer I bought one for MY72BUG a model 1302 Super Beetle convertible. For an average shade tree mechanic the job is a walk in the park. I did mine in about three hours one Saturday afternoon. They give you the pads, rotors, bearings, calipers, and flex lines. Everything fits like a glove and the results are well worth it. You don't need to change the master cylinder although I did on mine just for the peace of mind. More people tend to swear at the old four drum brake set up than swear by it. It is not for any reason other than pure stopping power that front drums went the way of the dodo and discs took their place. As for the tie rod ends, get someone to move the steering wheel back and forth while you look for any movement in the joint. It should be smooth with no movement within the joint itself. Look also to the idler arm again smooth movement with no movement within the joint. Bleed all of the old brake fluid out. Check the rear flex lines for cracks and interior deterioration. Check that the rear drums are not worn bell shaped and are within the maximum diameter values. Do it all up and you should have real stopping power and a nice handling bug. good luck with the project and think safety first. Dan (MY72BUG) in Goderich
I'd rather have a partial bottle in front of me than a partial frontal lobotomy.