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wasted39
December 4th, 2006, 07:21 PM
Well for the past few days I have been pondering why the heat in my car did not work. Seems I remember it working last year. I changed the thermostat, filled it up with antifreeze and yet it still wouldn't put out more than 80 degree fahrenheit heat. I tried searching the internet, etc. to no avail. Then my dad calls just to see how I am, I told him of my problem, and he suggested that I reverse the heater hoses to the core to see if it is plugged. This might loosen the plug. Well I went outside, reversed the hoses and started the car. Let it get up to temp and voila, the heat was at 120 degrees and rising. It got up to 140 degrees before I shut the car off. That is quite a change from 80 let me tell ya. It seems the previous owners of the car must have had the hoses replaced and the mechanic must have put the hoses on there bassackwards. Now I don't freeze to death going down the road, reminiscing about the years that I had my 72 super beetle.:shiver:

dongfeng
December 5th, 2006, 12:39 AM
I have a 1975 Super Beetle (1303S) and the heater works great :D

Terry Yager
December 5th, 2006, 04:53 AM
I have a 1975 Super Beetle (1303S) and the heater works great :D

Over here in the rust belt, it's almost impossible to find an ol' bug that has the rocker panels/heating ducts intact.

--T

Terry Yager
December 5th, 2006, 04:55 AM
Well for the past few days I have been pondering why the heat in my car did not work. Seems I remember it working last year. I changed the thermostat, filled it up with antifreeze and yet it still wouldn't put out more than 80 degree fahrenheit heat. I tried searching the internet, etc. to no avail. Then my dad calls just to see how I am, I told him of my problem, and he suggested that I reverse the heater hoses to the core to see if it is plugged. This might loosen the plug. Well I went outside, reversed the hoses and started the car. Let it get up to temp and voila, the heat was at 120 degrees and rising. It got up to 140 degrees before I shut the car off. That is quite a change from 80 let me tell ya. It seems the previous owners of the car must have had the hoses replaced and the mechanic must have put the hoses on there bassackwards. Now I don't freeze to death going down the road, reminiscing about the years that I had my 72 super beetle.:shiver:

The idea is that you only leave the hoses backwards temporarily, just long enough to back-flush the core. Not recommended to leave 'em like that permanently.

--T

wasted39
December 8th, 2006, 10:39 PM
I'm thinking that they were put on backwards when the engine was put back in the car. After more research it seems that Chrysler put in a bypass that goes to the inlet of the heater core. If I am correct, that bypass is a metal tube that runs from the engine block where the bottom radiator hose connects. This bypass is meant to bring warm water direct from the engine before the thermostat opens. I guess they've been manufacturing these this way since nigh on 18 years :)

wasted39
December 8th, 2006, 10:42 PM
Over here in the rust belt, it's almost impossible to find an ol' bug that has the rocker panels/heating ducts intact.

--T
Ya my '72 came from Texas, but once it got here it immediately started to rust. I replaced the heat exchangers and the heat was better but I could never quite get it up to the windshield where the ice formed, on the inside :biggrin:

I loved that car. It was the best one I had, cept maybe for my '88 Daytona.

dongfeng
December 9th, 2006, 02:38 PM
It's the same here too, any car that has lived through 20+ British winters is usually looking rather tired underneath! Thankfully a previous owner replaced the floorpans and one heater channel, so it is working nicely.

Now demisitng the windscreen IS a problem! I get warm air out of the footwell vents, but cold air out of the windscreen vents. Still haven't sussed it out, but at least they demist in a fashion :lol:

Compared with my other Beetle (a 1966 1300) the boot space is MASSIVE. I managed to fit four 486 PCs I rescued from work under there!

wasted39
December 9th, 2006, 03:34 PM
Oh, if I had to do it all over again, I'd own another Vdub. I had 2 in my life, a '67 that was rusted out and had the engine compartment all baja'd out. And my dear '72 Super. I loved the '72 after I replaced the vacuum advance distributor with a centrifigal one. Only thing was, if it rained hard the night before, I had to get up early to get the moisture out of the distributor cap. Sigh...good times, good times.

carlsson
December 9th, 2006, 04:14 PM
If I fold the back seat, I think I can fit four high-profile PETs in my Skoda Felicia. Certainly two plus a stack of disk drives at least. My old Ford Escort might've held even more in one go. One of those days, I might take a picture of the PET-mobile. :-)

By the way, weather over here still is nice. A bit raining, but several degrees above freezing. It is almost like I would live in the middle of France or something. I shudder when I read about the weather you people from various places in the US are getting, although I don't know if the snow and cold degrees are according to regular December weather or some kind of extreme.

nige the hippy
December 17th, 2006, 02:09 PM
It's the same here too, any car that has lived through 20+ British winters is usually looking rather tired underneath! Thankfully a previous owner replaced the floorpans and one heater channel, so it is working nicely.

Now demisitng the windscreen IS a problem! I get warm air out of the footwell vents, but cold air out of the windscreen vents. Still haven't sussed it out, but at least they demist in a fashion :lol:


You are SO lucky,

I've had to replace the floorpans and heater channels on my old beetle, and what a job! the old jaloppy is still in 3 (main) pieces waiting to go over to my new garage (which is at the bottom of my new house's garden and not 2 miles away, so i might actually get some work done on it (how are you at rusted out front suspension mounts??))
Might I suggest that the hoses that connect the heater channel with the windscreen blowers have come disconnected at the heater channel end. I'm still wondering how to re-connect them myself, as I'm sure I'm going to have to push them upwards and out of the way before I weld the door-posts back in. There doesn't seem a sensible way to push them back on... Special tool time?

One good thing about a rag-top, is that there's no limit to the height of things you can put in it!

dongfeng
December 25th, 2006, 02:18 PM
The 1303S wasn't lucky, but I was with my 1966 1300. That was a one-owner car, 35,000 on the clock and completely original and unwelded :)

Not sure how to put the tubes on the channels, except connecting them before you weld. And if you do need to replace the A-pillar post base, get the repair panels from Hooky's Panel Shop (http://www.hookyspanelshop.com/), they are perfect in every way :)

Ragtop, eh? What year is the car? Pre '64? :)