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Late J pipes and heater flaps in 60 Baja beetle
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unclebilly
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:31 am    Post subject: Late J pipes and heater flaps in 60 Baja beetle Reply with quote

I have a 60 Baja with a 70 engine and trans. The heater flaps are not connected and Iím not sure how to connect them. The cables come out under the rear seat but the controls on the newer j pipes donít seem to be compTible with whatís there.

I canít be the first person to deal with this... a search turned up nothing.

How do you connect the heat in an early bug with a newer engine?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: Late J pipes and heater flaps in 60 Baja beetle Reply with quote

You don't need cables under the back seat, you need cables coming out on the frame fork by the engine.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Late J pipes and heater flaps in 60 Baja beetle Reply with quote

Yeah. Those heater control cables come out of the forks near the parking brake cables, under the axles. The cable should have a section of steel rod attached to the wire as shown in the pics above.

The heater box (the term "J-Pipe" refers to a section of exhaust tube that replaces the heater box and has nothing around the exhaust tube) has a link with a loop to place a barrel nut like for the throttle cable, into the loop with the cable end pinched inside it by the little bolt.

If your heater boxes lack the linkage, then you may need to ask around for anyone who has junk heater boxes with linkage you can beg or buy.

Your 1960 shouldn't have cables under the back seat unless the pan is far later (1965+). The cable under the back seat are to control the flaps for air fed under the back seat. The duct for the warm air will have a 'Y' under the back seat. This ducting is part of the body, NOT the pan. This was not in Bugs before 1965. But if a 1960 body is sitting on a later pan, then the cables may be there, but not the ducting or flaps to connect them to. Your 1960 should have a knob on the right side of the tunnel forward of the shifter to control heat. If instead, it has a pair of levers next to the parking brake handle, then the pan is later. And the 1960 body should have a heat duct under the back seat with no 'Y' in it.

Per our standard, show us pics of what you have under the car as well as under the back seat. It's much easier for us to help you that way.
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