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flash

Registered: 03/22/04
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I've been slowly restoring my 73 Super Beetle. I bought it new in '73. Do you remember how you could pull the back of the back seat down and hook it giving you about 6 square feet of space in the back? The area behind the back seat had a built in deck that would fold down level. That whole section that connected to the back of the seat has disappeared over the years. Does any body know how you can replace this back to the original status? Does anybody make these? Also, I'm seeking the original chrome side air vent covers....not the black plastic ones. Thanks..

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Loren R. Knapp
In The Hot Sonoran Desert of Arizona - 73 Super Beetle "The Blues."
Jonr99

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I Restored mine many moons ago, but here is how you can do it. Go to your local lumber yard, and get sone thin (but stiff) sheet wood (pressboard if you like). Measure the opening, and cut it to fit. Then order a section of carpet that is the same as the floor material, and cover the wood, leaving about 1 - 1 1/2 inches of extra on the flat side that would go behind the seat. VW used a metal runner to screw the extra carpet into the top rail of the back seat.

it is actually very easy to do, and will look "Bone Stock" when finished.

Good luck,
Jon
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I looked at every site trying the find the 'chrome vents' but it seems all you can get are the black plastic ones. You might try a VW swap meet or maybe even your local VW dealer to see if there is any NOS available.
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Vgonman

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Reply with quote  #4 
On my 72, I cannot make the back seat come down.i think something is missing. How were you originally supposed to be able to fold it down? Maybe the strap is broken or missing and i can activate another way............
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flash

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In reference to how you would lower the back seat. In my 73 Super Beetle...I just went out in the garage and checked, as it's been so long since I set her down flat. ...there's a looped strap tucked in along the edge of the driver's side of the rear seat. If you slide your hand up in there you should feel it. When you pull on it ... it unhooks the back and she lowers. Mine has two straps with flat hooks that clipped arround that metal piece that runs across the bottom of the back seat. These hold the two cushioned sections tight and give you a more level flat area in the back. About 6 cubic feet of space. The neat thing was how the back deck would fold down flat, yet when put back up had a perfect shelf under the back windshield. I wish I had that back. I'm considering trying one of those pre-manufatured speaker decks. Hope this made some sense and wasn't too confusing.
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Tobra

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You could justmake one as described above. The material is the same as the door panels, or pretty close, I think they call it masonite. Would just be a matter of getting the pattern, I think it is different in convertibles so I can't help with that. I have a dog collar from Wal Mart for a strap to release mine
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bluebug

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Registered: 06/13/04
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I am in the process now of reinstalling my interior into my 72 Super, I still have the original ones with the carpet on them. I will take measurements of the masonite and carpet if anyone wants them.
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flash

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Reply with quote  #8 
Hey Bluebug!
Those measurements would be great!
Thanks-a-Million!
Loren

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bluebug

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It is trapezoid shaped. Made out of 1/8" Masonite board. The board is 44" on the long side and 35-1/2" on the short side. It is 12-1/4" wide. The heavy felt covering is folded to the underside of the Masonite and secured, they used about 1/2" of felt for this. On the tapered sides the felt overhangs 1/2" and is just allowed to hang loose. At the front edge, which is the longest side the felt overhangs 1-3/4", this is to allow for it to be secured to the upper frame tube of the seat back. The bar securing it to the seat back is 3/4" wide and as long as the upper frame tube of the seat back. It does somewhat follow the curvature of the tube on the ends, but I see no reason it can not be cut just straight. Just do not leave it too long as it will hit the side panels.
There is a second piece to this set up though. It also mounts to the seat back. It is a rectangle of Masonite measuring 36-1/2" by 13-1/4". It has a square hole in it near the center, and has some sort of nylon cargo strap running through it. I have figured out how it attaches to the seat, but not what or where the strap goes to. The felt for this panel has no overlap on the sides. The overlap on the top is 1-1/4", and this has a piece of 1/16" that is 3/4" wide. It is sewn to the edge of the overhang and then sewn at the other side of the strip. The bottom has a 2" overhang, also with a 1/16" by 3/4" wide strip. But this one is only sewn at the edge.
I will try to get pictures to post, and try to locate where and what the cargo strap does. Hope this helps.

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flash

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Ah Ha! This is great info thanks! I have copied and printed the info. The cargo strap as I recall went down over the front of the whole set-up when the back of the seat was laid flat. It pulled tight and hooked on the bottom of the piece of metal running along the base of the seat near the floor. It held that section down flat and level so you could use that space to transport stuff. Let me ask you this - is what you are using for all these great measurements shot? If not...what are you going to do with it?

Thanks.....

Loren

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bluebug

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Reply with quote  #11 
All the pieces are in almost new condition, just a little dirty from age. No hard wear marks, just a small hole on the trapezoid shaped piece where it attaches to the seat back. All masonite boards are in perfect shape. I am going to put them both back in my car.
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Clark Verbockel
flash

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Reply with quote  #12 
Drat! I thought I could smooth talk you out of it.
Thanks for your help.

Loren

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Reply with quote  #13 
pictures of the pieces would be great the measurements are kind of hard to follow
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