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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:37 pm    Post subject: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

I have a short piece of chain that is connected to gas tank hold down clamp. What is it there for ?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:53 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

It's not stock. If I were to hazard a guess, a PO added it and had it attached to the fuel cap so as not to lose it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:20 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

I do believe it is in fact stock. It holds the spare wheel in, I've seen this mentioned in other threads.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:24 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

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I do believe it is in fact stock. It holds the spare wheel in, I've seen this mentioned in other threads.


I've seen it mentioned on early Split-Window Beetles
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:30 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

Probably a dealer installed accessory (not factory) for the spare tire. Picture from Lee Hedges Gallery photo, 2015.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:34 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

Similar discussion on the Type 3 forum:
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=716989

Likely a dealer option, not factory. And likely no part number or manufacturer on the bracket.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:45 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

Not in either of my 67s that I bought from the original owners.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:32 am    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

With regards to it being a "1967" thing...This chain is / was not in my currently owned '67 convertible (for 30 years), but was in place in a 56k orig. mile '67 Savanna Beige beetle I bought from the original owner in 1985. It had a sort of "home made" appearance to it, and the loose end of the chain chaffed the paint where it hung despite having a dedicated piece of rubber in situ for the mounting bolt on the tank hold down.. I took it out!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:42 am    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:23 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

Put a spare tire in the car and lined up lug nut hole directly across from chain and 1 link stuck through the hole. Put a small lock on it then a hubcap
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:55 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:15 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

That's interesting. Was stealing spare tires a real issue or was this chain just some kind of gimmick?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:28 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

lol is that what it's supposed to do?

Was spare tire/wheel theft really that big a deal back in the day? Laughing

and then when you have a flat and go to put on the spare and you can't find the key to the padlock... Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:47 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

Maybe kids used to take the spare out of cars back in the day and used 'em for some creative shenanigans. Hard to say what drove such a curious invention.

For some reason, we used to steal valve stem caps off of cars back in the early seventies...until we got caught.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:47 am    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

I've got the same chain in my 64 bug and my car was pretty original when I got it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

It is an aftermarket accessory. Absolutely not factory.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:19 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

I will look at my 63 rag and see if it is there. Has had front end damage and many things changed over the years.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

My bone stock 67' bug had one in it when I bought it 15 years ago. I removed it of course..
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: What is the short piece of chain used for in trunk of 67 bug ? Reply with quote

Anyone got a vintage JC Whitney catalog that might have it?
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