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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:13 pm    Post subject: Factory Defrost Tube Access Windows Reply with quote

Which years/models of Beetle had factory access windows in the kick panels, which looks like a forethought to simplify defroster tube replacement at the rocker/heater tube location?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Factory Defrost Tube Access Windows Reply with quote

As far as I am aware, bugs only have a very small access hole in the kickpanel area near where the heater channel outlet tube is at the front of the car. The hole is about the size of a nickel I think.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Factory Defrost Tube Access Windows Reply with quote

Okay, the picture is a little more clear now that I got these photos from my buddy. These are from his 1966 U.S. convertible. So it turns out that only the driver's side has the window (which discounts the defrost tube theory), and it definitely looks factory judging by the rolled edges, original paint and carpet adhesive all around it. What's interesting are what appear to be some sort of tooling holes or something, on both sides of the car, which are symmetrical from side to side.

For comparison, his '68 vert (which used to be mine Very Happy ) and his '78 vert, don't have these. I seem to recall a post, maybe by Tim Donahoe, that showed one that he had or had seen, maybe even with a pic. But these kick panel openings do seem to be rare.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Factory Defrost Tube Access Windows Reply with quote

I didnít even consider a Ďvert. I havenít owned or picked through one, and I know they have a different stiffenening structure.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Factory Defrost Tube Access Windows Reply with quote

With it only being on the driver's side, I'd guess its purpose was more likely to facilitate installation of the wire harness.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Factory Defrost Tube Access Windows Reply with quote

Yeah, I didn't mention in my opening post that my subject vehicle was a convertible.

We were thinking it may have had something to do with the harness too. Be interesting to hear more input.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Factory Defrost Tube Access Windows Reply with quote

Those 4 round holes don't look factory. Maybe used for a brace during a body R&R on the pan?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:42 am    Post subject: Re: Factory Defrost Tube Access Windows Reply with quote

Perhaps...I haven't had my eyes on this car in person. But he's had it a couple decades, and it's largely in original paint, and we have no reason to believe it's ever been rehabbed in any way. I don't know that anybody repairing it would've put effort into placing those holes symmetrically.
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