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I would like to buy the plastic vents that go on either side of the back window on a 1971.  They are not available as an aftermarket item.  Used units in good shape would be fine.

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Good luck!  Sorry to be a smarty but I have 2 71s.  Those vent covers are a large plastic piece that goes up the whole side of the window and only on the 71.  Last I heard, a used set was going for $200.  Best chance is in a scrap yard and hope the people running it don't know how rare they are.


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Good luck! Sorry to be a smarty but I have 2 71s. Those vent covers are a large plastic piece that goes up the whole side of the window and only on the 71. Last I heard, a used set was going for $200. Best chance is in a scrap yard and hope the people running it don't know how rare they are.


I didn't know it when I bought my car but I found out later when I saw an ad from New Zealand several months ago. That chap made a pair and posted a pic on the Samba. When I showed a printed version of his pic to a fellow enthusiast, he said that's what they look like.

The New Zealander wanted NZ$200 if memory serves me right. I don't know what the exchange rate is but I hesitated sending that kind of money to someone I don't know that is too far away to track down.

I contacted a scrap yard that was also on the Samba and breaking down '71s. He claimed the type vents used on '72-'75 Supers would work also, just I would need eight rather than six. I haven't done any measuring yet but it doesn't seem to pass the eyeball test and first glimpse.

Since you know more about these than I let me ask a few questions.

1) Are there any alternatives?

2) Is there any harm if they are covered up?

3) Do '71 (or earlier) standard Beetles also use them?

Thanks for your reply. I'll try some local yards when I get the chance.
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I fell for the line that the 72-76 vents will fit....bought 2 sets and found out that they don't.

 

If you cover the holes, all that happens is that you block the air coming in from those banana vents behind the rear quarter windows.  These just help to defrost the rear window.  I personally think they are ugly and plan to fill them in on mine.

 

the only other thing I have have thought of is some U-channel weather stripping and try to cut it at the perfect length so that when you glue it together you can't see the seem.

 

Let me know what you come up with.


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Ha, that's good to know about the later year vents. I had my suspicions.

My concern with plugging up the vent holes at the window is moisture getting in and getting trapped. I don't want to create rust trouble waiting to happen. I suppose I could plug at the half moons, also.

I like your line of thinking about weather stripping. I'm going to talk to my dad about it. He can be very creative as a do-it-yourselfer.

Thanks for your input. I'll be back for further updates.
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I make it. [smile]

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