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71beetle

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I'm a bit stuck on shopping around for a new convertible boot for my wife's 71 super beetle convertible. I have called various businesses and received some weird answers...  One company list 65-71 and 68-72 with different boot numbers, another list 3 different boot numbers 65-70, then 71 then 72. Another list 68-70 and 71-72...
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What is the big difference in the boots... would a 72 fit a 71 or would a 70 fit a 71....or is a 71 it's own special size and not compatible with other years... The VIN starts with a 151 if that helps.
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Jerry
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MY72BUG

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The difference in the boots is in the position of the various dome fasteners.  The 72 and 71 are the same.  70 and back are different.  BUT, before you go doing anything rash, check in with your local convertible top and upholstery shop and ask them about a custom job.  Sounds pricey?  You could learn from my example where I went to my local vinyl supply where I picked up some super tarp material used for truck tarpaulins.  Using a home made paper pattern, I determined how much material I needed.  The guy sold me enough to make 2 boots.  It came to about $65.  In his scrap basket there was a quantity of bright yellow vinyl and some killer bright red.  This he gave me for free.  I took the works to my local top shop.  The upholstery man checked out the home made pattern, made a couple of adjustments and quoted me an hour and a half shop time.  He did the job as a filler between major projects.  Shops like to have these little jobs just for this purpose.  The all up cost for one boot was $145.  This was finished, fitted and looks great.  Better yet, the beading around the edges is all colour matched to the car.  A comparable one from suppliers was over $ 200 and that didn't include the coloured beading.  Give it some thought.
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71beetle

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OK thanks, I'll check it out see if I can do the custom boot, I'm in the mountains and will check out the a few places when I go to the big city in the next few weeks.  I do have a guy here that does good vinyl and leather work here.  Seeing the different years that cover the 71 just made it harder.  I can take newspaper and staple it to make a pattern then get the materal... Thanks for the help and the ideal.
Jerry
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