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Seibert66
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:48 pm    Post subject: Howdy! Reply with quote

Glad I was allowed to join this community! I purchase a '66 SeaSand bug in Ocean Beach, California last week and I'm really stoked about it. I'll try to make it as stock as possible. I will start searching for period correct hubcaps. Does anybody exactly know what month in the manufacturing process the hubcaps were changed to the "66 look" ? I would think August 1965 but I'm not 100% sure...


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice ride. Welcome!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the official VW "Progressive Refinements" documents, the wheels and hubcaps were changed in Aug. 1965 for the 1966 model year: flat-style hubcaps, and new slotted style wheels. Not sure why people with 66 model year cars 'went back' to the pre-66 style of wheels and the older 'dog dish' style hub caps. When I got my 66 project car (built in Jan 66) ..the previous owner had also installed the older style wheels and hub caps.
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Seibert66
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for clarifying that, I have the original manual dated August 1965...so I guess this was one of the early 1966 bugs...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...so I guess this was one of the early 1966 bugs...

To tell how early your `66 is, compare your VIN to the numbers on this chart:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/bugchassisdating.php
Keep in mind that each chassis number is the last vehicle produced in that month.
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Seibert66
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, that was helpful! I have VIN # 116056650
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks, that was helpful! I have VIN # 116056650

That looks to be built before Aug. 12, 1965.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a chance that a small number of early 1966 model bugs would have had the old style hubcaps?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is there a chance that a small number of early 1966 model bugs would have had the old style hubcaps?

Don't think so. Mine is 116000423 and it has flat hubcaps.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, good to know...
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seirbert66 wrote:
Is there a chance that a small number of early kwfinder 1966 model bugs would have had the old style hubcaps?


Nice Bug!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks,
It's a work in progress...I was finally able to get some 1966 repro hubcaps ...they will do for the time being...



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beautiful beetle!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Curious about the location of the Emergency Flasher switch. It is 'usually' higher up on the dash ...just above where yours is located. I note that your car has the 'optional' (?) locking steering wheel, so perhaps on those cars so equipped, they put the flasher switch where the ignition switch would 'usually' go ..saved drilling another hole! Those efficient Krauts !!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I'm not sure either about the positioning of the hazard flasher on my dash. Maybe this bug was originally purchased and kept in Europe in the early summer of '65. The ignition on the steering column was typical for the European market , and if the owner relocated to the US at a later date...the flasher had to be added to comply with the '66 US regulations...
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