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kjwinn
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:06 pm    Post subject: unusual roof rack Reply with quote

can anyone identify this rack, it has suction cups on the bottom and resembles other racks that I have come across that were sold at sears. I was told that this rack was originally on an oval. If anyone can identify, please let me know. thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJ- If you bought that rack locally in TF/Jerome- I used to own it. It rode around on my various 1963 bugs from 1986 when I bought it at a garage sale here in Boise until I traded it away a couple years ago. The garage sale seller was a neighbor- and they had a 60s bug. The rack was supposedly made for Karmann Ghias- but during the time I owned it- I never fitted it on one. As you know, the clamp profile around a bug's driprails is not correct. The rubbing on the front straps was due to me running it on the wrong car for so many years.

I visited Bill Derricx(sp) at Wolfsburg Warehouse many years ago- and he had one for sale hanging in the shop- that is where I learned it's KG fitment. He asked $300 back then- and I felt halfway between my $5 and his $300 was more realistic. It appears to be a standard, JC-Whitney type american knock down roof rack kit- but I always like the look on my bug(s).

I never researched beyond that- but if anyone has a 50s 60s Monkey Ward, Sears or Western Auto catalog- I'll bet it shows up. I'll update this thread if I learn any more info.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks that is helpful, if you find any more information please let me know. I ended up with this rack through a trade and I had never seen anything like it before. I am sure this is your old rack as it came out of a Jerome garage sale about three years ago, it spent a little time on a rat rod and has been hanging in my garage ever since. it is a very unusual rack!
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