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Gearchecker

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I was at a car show with my 66 Beetle this past weekend and we discovered something on my Beetle the nobody seems to be able to fully figure out, and nobody has ever seen this before.  There is a push/pull knob just to the right of my gas pedal, and it flips forward and backwards.  After quite a bit of trying to figure it out we discovered that it opens a small vent door that's mounted on the front face of the frame, under and behind the front bumper.  When the lever is flipped the vent cover opens and apparently allows some sort of flow through ventilation.  I can't follow the tunnel thru the frame because of the base pan.  WE're not sure if it flows into the passenger compartment or back to the engine for cooling.  Does anybody else have a vent like this on their Beetle?
I'm going to try to attache a couple photos of the vent open and closed for reference.  The vent cover hinges from the top.


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bob

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Does it look original or did someone make an access door? You have to move your shift tube forward when you replace the bushing or I had to cut part of the hump out to weld the clutch tube back to the frame mount when it broke loose, afterwards I welded it back but a door would help if I had to change out the clutch cable.

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Gearchecker

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It certainly looks to be factory made, so I'm assuming it is.  
There is a rod that goes from the arm on the interior floorboard at my gas pedal, all the way forward to the door.  It's well made, bent perfectly, and the end of the rod has perfectly formed wings stamped the tip in to hold the rod onto the door.  Between the door and frame there is a fine mesh screen (like a window screen, but made of stainless steel), and a die cut foam insert used to seal the vent tight when the door is closed.

Some have thought it is to access the shifter for removal, so why would they put a screen on it if ti would only be used as an access tunnel for repairs/removal of the shifter?
It's also on the very front face of the frame, and the shifter is at least 5ft back through the tunnel.  They would need to be very skilled to do any work thru a 4"x6" tunnel at that distance.

I've had hundreds of replays (mostly smart remarks) about it on facebook, but nobody has yet to find another like this one, or explain what it may be for.

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Gregory
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bob

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I would like to think that if it's not factory, that someone found out by accident that driving with a hole there circulated more air into the car, thus making the screen and door for it, either way, it's cool.
Makes you wonder why they never made front pop out windows like they do for the old split window bus.

Bob
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