What Is it?
Recently, Reader Beth Leverman, who is rebuilding her 1967 Beetle, messaged me, with photos, of her inner door mechanism rebuild.
She has had to innovate—as we all learn when working on our vintage Beetles!
Seeing what she was doing made me think of a particular part—well, actually two parts, which we all have on our ’67 Bugs. Quite obscure parts, I might add.
I went to a relevant cabinet drawer and pulled two pieces which I saved years ago. I cleaned each and took measurements. And examined the material. Hummmmm
Camera in hand, I took a few photos of two of these pieces which actually still are installed on my Beetle, dating from the factory.
Before you ask, no—these pieces are not on the car doors.
Then, I looked at a couple of catalogs from large VW parts distributors. Unable to find any mention of the parts, I made a phone call to the technical assistance office of one of these VW Parts Sources. The tech and I discussed the subject—in a few minutes he announced to me that these parts just are not available. Which exactly matched my conclusion.
Please view the photos below and comment. Make a guess. Or, if you know, reveal the parts’ application.
After we’ve received a number of comments, their true nature and application will be discussed here on 1967beetle.com.