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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.
|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|
Accessory Bus mirror arm, most obvious feature being the diagonal arm from
the base to where the mirror attaches.
OEM maker of taillights, turn signals, and other
parts, including lenses and lens housings.
OEM manufacturer of accessory toolkits for VW.
Popular tool manufacturer often used by German mechanics.
|HBB||Initials for Hamburger Brad, long time web site member and moderator who passed away in 2009.|
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.
Conversion vehicle, often based on the Single Cab,
for use by funeral homes.
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.
|Heat Exchangers||See Heater Boxes|
Metal-framed boxes that transfer air and/or heat from the engine compartment
into the cabin area of a VW.
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".
|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
|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
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
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.
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
|High-top||Slang for highroof.|
A Bus "Look" which often features hand painted
1960's icons such as peace symbols and flowers.
|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
|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
|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
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
|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.
made accessory bumper for a Bus. Manufactured in Abington, Pa. between the
years of 1956 and 1959.