55Kab
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2011-01-17T16:04:39Z
I hope someone out there can help me out here.

If you own a 53-55 Beetle and still have your original tunnel carpet fitted can you tell me if there is an aluminium ring around the heater control outlet?

The carpets for my 55 are being made up this week and I can't find out what is correct...is it an ally ring or a ring of leatherette/saddler that fits around the tube?

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54 Gertie
2011-01-17T16:16:05Z
I'm afraid I cant go and check for you, and they've long since replaced, but from memory it should be the same edging material used around the gearstick etc.

From memory this is what a few car I've seen have had, most recently would be the black '55 at auction.

I'll do some digging...
William
54 Gertie
2011-01-17T16:18:19Z
Wrong again it seems...:lol:

Jan '54 manual.

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William
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2011-01-17T16:53:49Z
^^^ thanks Will, totally forgot to take a look at a manual.

However, that poses another question, if the above is from Jan 54 and the Cab is May 55, it would be incorrect to think it wouldn't have changed in 7 months of production.

I think the only way is for someone who has a 55 car with OG carpets to confirm what they got...

54 Gertie
2011-01-17T17:30:38Z
55Kab wrote:

^^^ thanks Will, totally forgot to take a look at a manual.

However, that poses another question, if the above is from Jan 54 and the Cab is May 55, it would be incorrect to think it wouldn't have changed in 7 months of production.

I think the only way is for someone who has a 55 car with OG carpets to confirm what they got...



As far as I know, NOTHING changed between '54 and '55, apart from I'm sure I remember reading about something tiny and obscure in the gearbox?


William
mrmagyar
2011-01-17T19:48:27Z
Hi,
My January '55 has an aluminium ring around the heater control, as does this picture from a '54.
Cheers,
Andy.
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1949 Belgian Standard
1955 UK RHD De Luxe
2splits
2011-01-17T20:52:07Z
I can confirm that my April 55 also had the aluminum trim ring. I had the original carpet in my car before I restored it. I can send you a picture if you wish when I get home.
Kevin

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2splits
2011-01-17T20:52:46Z
54 Gertie wrote:

As far as I know, NOTHING changed between '54 and '55, apart from I'm sure I remember reading about something tiny and obscure in the gearbox?



You're kidding right? EVERYTHING changed in 1955...its the most difficult year to know what is right and what isn't.
Kevin

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2011-01-17T20:52:47Z
mrmagyar wrote:

My January '55 has an aluminium ring around the heater control, as does this picture from a '54



Thanks Andy, that helps alot. Think I'm going to go with the ally ring.

2splits
2011-01-17T20:53:48Z
btw - mine was also a cab.
Kevin

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2011-01-17T20:54:57Z
2splits wrote:

I can confirm that my April 55 also had the aluminum trim ring. I had the original carpet in my car before I restored it. I can send you a picture if you wish when I get home.



Yes please Kevin, that would be great. With my car being built a month later the ally ring must be correct.

Martin

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2011-01-17T20:56:11Z
2splits wrote:

btw - mine was also a cab.



Great...validates the decision to go with an ally ring even more :beer:

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2011-01-17T20:58:37Z
2splits wrote:

You're kidding right? EVERYTHING changed in 1955...its the most difficult year to know what is right and what isn't.



I think Will meant 55 year car's which ran Jan-Jul 55 and in Europe are easier to work out than those in the US as Europe kept sema's, heart lights etc up to the model change in August 55.

mrmagyar
2011-01-17T21:00:23Z
Hi,
I should add my carpets are the tatty originals and the '54 carpet in the picture is original too.
Andy.
1949 Belgian Standard
1955 UK RHD De Luxe
54 Gertie
2011-01-18T11:20:34Z
55Kab wrote:

I think Will meant 55 year car's which ran Jan-Jul 55 and in Europe are easier to work out than those in the US as Europe kept sema's, heart lights etc up to the model change in August 55.



Yes. Lot's of changes late '55.

:smile:


William
mrsherbie
2011-01-18T11:36:37Z
I have it also jan/feb 55.

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