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Hack Job Slang.  Poorly done bodywork, often by an inexperienced, untrained, or foolish owner.  Usually involves cutting of some sort, often on the dashboard, wheel wells, or air vents.
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Hammered See chopped.  Hot VWs called "Kid" Dean's famous red Squareback "Hammered Down" when they featured in in March '84.

Hannover German VW factory opened in March, 1956 for full production of VW Transporters as well as various other parts for use in other VW factories

Harp Mirror Accessory Bus mirror arm, most obvious feature being the diagonal arm from the base to where the mirror attaches.

Hassia OEM maker of taillights, turn signals, and other parts, including lenses and lens housings.

Hazet OEM manufacturer of accessory toolkits for VW.  Popular tool manufacturer often used by German mechanics.
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HBB Initials for Hamburger Brad, long time web site member and moderator who passed away in 2009.

Headlight Eyelids Headlight accessory.
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Headliner Vinyl or cloth fabric which covers the ceiling of the vehicle.  Some Bus models, such as Panelvans and Kombis did not come with a headliner.
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Hearse Conversion vehicle, often based on the Single Cab, for use by funeral homes.
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Heart Taillights The term used to define the Beetles first combined stop lamp, tail light indicators. The name comes from the heart shaped dark red plastic window located on the top of the tail light body for the stop lamp. These were first used in late 1952 and continued through the first part of 1955 on non-US models. Some associate the end of the Heart Lights era with the end of the Semaphores in production. Not to confused with the US only export Egg Tail Lights that used the same location on the fender and the same size body. The Heart Lights were deemed unsafe by the USDOT by mid 1954.
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Heat Exchangers See Heater Boxes

Heater Boxes Metal-framed boxes that transfer air and/or heat from the engine compartment into the cabin area of a VW.
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Hebmüller Hebmüller was an automobile coachbuilder that had evolved from a horse-drawn carriage maker since its founding in 1889. In 1948, the Hebmüller company was engaged by Volkswagen to construct 2,000 two-seat convertible cars based on the Beetle. At the same time, VW placed an order for 1,000 four-seat Beetle cabriolets from Karmann, clearly indicating that the two-seater was expected to be the more popular of the two. Prototypes were developed, and, after evaluation and modification (the Type I platform required substantial stiffening to keep the windshield from breaking under the stress of normal driving), series production began. Ultimately only about 700 (Volkswagen says 696, external evidence suggests as many as 750) were ever completed, of which a mere handful remain in existence. At least a dozen Hebmüller convertibles were known to have been completed by their former competitor Karmann after the company finally succumbed to bankruptcy in 1952. Between about 1947 and 1949, Hebmüller also manufactured a few open, door less, four-seat patrol cars based on the Beetle but using their strengthened platform, for the West German police. Other interesting and very collectible cabriolet specials were produced by the custom coachbuilders Rometsch and Dannenhauer und Staus.  Often referred to as a "Heb".
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Hehr Manufacturer of windows for use in VW Camper Buses, primarily Westfalias

Hella OEM supplier of light and lens assemblies to Volkswagen. 

Herbie Main character in Walt Disney's "The Love Bug". Also known as Herbie the Love Bug. Herbie has stared in 5 major motion pictures. The Love Bug (1969), Herbie Rides Again (1974), Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo (1977), Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) & Herbie Fully Loaded (2005). Also a 5 part part television series, Herbie the Love Bug (1982) and a 2 hour TV movie The Love Bug (1997). The character was created as a VW Beetle that is alive and has a mind of its own. Herbie helps a has been race driver win races. Based on a 1963 Deluxe sunroof sedan. Herbie is known for his famous red, white & blue racing stripes and the # 53. Upwards of 100 VWs were used in the making of the movies. Only around 20 documented cars are known to be in private collector hands from the original series (1969-1980). In recent years The International Love Bug Registry has been started to document both movie used cars and replicas. The registry is part of http://www.lovebugfans.com

Herrod Helper A rear spoiler that mounted to the fresh air vents below the rear window.  Originally sold be J C Whitney in the early 70's.

High Hinge Refers to the position of the door hinges on the Split Bus body.  High hinges were used until late 1960 (1961 model)
Also see Low Hinge

Highback Seats Seats introduced in 1968 in the U.S. and other markets for increased safety.   These seats have the profile of a modern seat with a seat back that rises completely up the back to provide a headrest area.
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Highroof VW-built Panelvan with a "high roof" to allow for taller packages.  Often used by the garment industry or as an ambulance.  The maximum load varied according to body type from 580 (Ambulance) to 830 kg (Panelvan).
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High-top Slang for highroof.

Hippy Bus A Bus "Look" which often features hand painted 1960's icons such as peace symbols and flowers.
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Hitler, Adolf Adolf Hitler, 1889 - 1945, dictator of Nazi Germany, and founder of National Socialism, was the father of the Volkswagen. 
Hitler recognized that access to an affordable car would have a powerful liberating effect on the individual German worker.
Hitler outlined the basic specifications for an affordable car to Ferdinand Porsche in the fall of 1933:  a roomy, rear-engined car with a 100 kph (62 mph) cruising speed, 30 mpg, and low maintenance costs.  It must also be air-cooled (as most German homes at that time did not have garages), and seat four people because, "we can't separate the children from their parents... " 

Hitlerin Kosto Finnish: "Hitler's Revenge".  In Finland, a nickname for the Beetle sedan and convertible. 

Hockey stick Gear selector rod with a shift finger welded on the end in the nosecone of the transmission.  Shaped like a hockey stick.  Your shifter engages the shift rod, which then travels back to the shift coupling, which secures the shift rod to the hockey stick so that when you move the shifter, your transmission changes gears.

Holdsworth A third-party, aftermarket camping conversion for the Transporter

Honeycomb tailllights See Snowflake taillights

Hood The front or rear lift-up portion of an auto body that allows access to the engine or trunk space.

Hoodride See http:///www.hoodride.com for details.

Hoops Term to identify the metal and wood structure used to hold the canvas up in the bed of a Single Cab or Double Cab.  Also see Tilt
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Hoover Bit The oil cooler sealing frame aka "Hoover Bit" is small piece of tin used at the base of the doghouse oil cooler to seal the fan shroud and ensure maximum cooling air passes through the il cooler.

Hormiga This VW was built between 1975-79 with 2600 units produced in completely knocked down kits (CKD) in Hanover, Germany and 3,600 units were produced in Puebla, Mexico, between 1977 and 1979 for Mexican market.

It was evaluated for production in the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pakistan, Indonesia, Turkey and Mexico. It was built in and sold as: Turkey as the EA489, Indonesia as the Mitra and Mexico as the Hormiga (meaning Ant in Spanish).

It used a 1600 engine and was front wheel drive.  The payload was approx. 1 ton (1,000 Kg)

Also see Trakbayan

Hrosc  In Slovenia (part of the former Yugoslavia), a nickname for the Beetle sedan and convertible. 

Huevito Spanish: "little egg". In Cuba, a nickname for the Beetle sedan. 

Huf Early key maker for VW automobiles

Hump Seat VW Bus front bench seat used from early 1961 through 1962.  So called because of the hump in the backrest, offset toward the driver's side.  Both the base and the backrest are unique to these Buses.  The base has 2 posts at the rear to hold the backrest in a certain position, which were originally covered by rubber tubing to protect the upholstery.  Another attribute of the hump seat Buses is the 3-position backrest and bottom half adjusters, located on the Bus body.

Huls Aftermarket accessory maker, usually associated with seat recliners.
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Hurst American made accessory bumper for a Bus.  Manufactured in Abington, Pa. between the years of 1956 and 1959.

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