Seattlebug
Hi,

I inherited a '74 Beetle from a college student who "moved on" to Jettas, and it was just about naked when I got it. So far, I've rebuilt the engine (Igor, my monster lives!), put a taller fourth gear in the transmission, got rid of the rust, repainted, put new seals all over it, all the things one would expect. I can turn a reasonable wrench.

But I'm a bit stuck on the interior. I installed the headliner, but that's about as far as I've gotten. The car had no seats when I got it. I found front seats to fit it, but the back seat is not to be found so far except for the price of certain internal organs. So a couple of questions about the rear-seat area (all right, three):

1. There's suppposed to be some kind of ducting under the rear seat, apparently with a diverter valve for the "Heat-Defrost" lever to move. There's nothing there but space. I cut and soldered a steel tube to fit each side, but that leaves the only defroster control by my feet. The lever and cable move but still grasp at a void where something is supposed to be. What goes there?

2. Is this where those "defroster-booster" fan kits go?

3. In the March 2004 VW Trends, a Robert Churchill put a Ford Escort station wagon rear seat in his '75 Beetle. That is cheaper to do than to find a rear seat meant for a Type 1. Around here the seats for/from air-cooled VWs are pretty expensive. Is it hard to install an Escort seat? What kind of modifications have to be made to one of those to make it fit a late air-cooled Beetle?

Thanks.
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Wayne
Hello,

1-There is supposed to be a couple heater control boxes under the seat. They split the air flow from the heater boxes between the vents in front of the rear seats and the heater channels that lead to the front of the car. The cable that is there attaches to little flaps that allow you cut the flow off to the floor and direct it to the defroster.

2-The fan boosters that you are talking about go somewhere in the dash and increase the flow of air to the defroster vents in the dash. This will give you a fighting chance of keeping the frost off the glass during the winter.

3-As far as the seat goes you could try a wreckers for either. If you are trying to keep the car stock check the air-cooled classifieds at The Samba or maybe even eBay. If you get a rough one you can buy new upholstery at almost any VW vendors site.

PS: Here's one for sale at the Samba right now.

Good luck!
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Seattlebug
Thanks, Wayne. That helps. I'd rather have a stock seat and I'll check on them some more. If necessary, I'll use something like an Escort seat as a stopgap if the price is right. But I'd rather have a Bug seat. Well, this is a fun adventure.
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bikeworx
Seattlebug: i have a complete back seat (lower and back) from a '73 Super Beetle sitting here, doing nothing. Them work for you?

Probly should be recovered, but they should be useable as is........if interested i can get some pix of them.

Shoot me an e-mail at: bikeworx@comcast.net if you want them
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Seattlebug
Bikeworx,

email is on its way. Bless you.

Now: ugh. Heater control boxes--hard to find. Even harder are the tubes that go from the air vent box in the trunk to the defrost vents on the dashboard. Those are missing, too, and go a long way to explaining why I don't have any defrost,which I understand we do need in the fall-spring heating season.

Will look around for some, but the chances don't look good at the moment.

Ah, well, the rebuild adventure continues.
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bikeworx
Got the e-mail, and just e-mailed you back
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bikeworx
may have some of the heater pieces you need too, but kind of a long shot......

the pipes/tubing you need to go to the defrosters i know for a fact i don't have, but i may have one of the heater boxes...........maybe.

as for the covers (goes under the rear seat, has a round hole in them for the heater tubes/pipes) i have a couple of them too

let me get some pix off to you of the stuff i have. be late this morning, early this afternoon before i can send em though.
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bikeworx
Seattlebug, get ahold of me about the back seat and stuff, mailed ya with pix of everything just need to know if you do indeed want any or all of it?

also, what EXACT heater pieces do you need? Just pulled all the dash vents, control box and everything from my '74 that i'm not going to need...........
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Seattlebug
Oh, wow, bikeworx:

Are you a gold mine? My heater needs are:

1. The heater control boxes that fit under the rear seat and are regulated by the "heater-defroster" lever between the front seats. Right now all I have in the under-the-rear-seat space is space. The ends of the "heat-defrost" control cables just move feebly in the air, like the legs of a bug on its back. Pitful, really.

2. The tubes (for lack of a better word--what picture I've seen of them was not clear) that fit from the sides of the air vent box in the luggage compartment in front ("front is front") of the center of the dashboard to the defrost vents in the dash. These have the side tubes that the flexible defrost tubes fit into, about halfway between the air box and the defrost vents. Right now those flexible defrost tubes simply hang loose with nothing to connect to. My Chilton's shows a pic of them connected to something that I don't have. Not very helpful.

Is that description clear enough?
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Seattlebug
bikeworx,

As I think about it, whatever heater/defroster items you have that fit into the dash I'll take. It looks pretty naked in there.

Thanks again.
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bikeworx
Gotcha. Got yer e-mails and mailed ya back before i read here that you wanted the defroster pieces as well, so no need to reply to that portion of the e-mail.

like i said, i MAY have the heater pieces you need from my '74.........but won't know for sure for a few weekends yet as i still have to take them out of mine.
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bikeworx
still have the rear seat..........been trying to mail you, but my e-mails keep getting returned???

anywhos, have the seats still..........heater pieces i'm thinking i need to hold onto so i can drive this thing in the winter........
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