January_girl
Hi everyone, I found your site via Samba. I'm am going to look at a Super this Friday. Please tell me the important areas to check for rust, etc. This car is owned by the widow of the original owner - - it's pricey but may be worth it if it's in great shape.
Any suggestions would be great!
here's the car....

http://www.autotraderclassics.com/details?adId=90430343

thanks!

1973 Super Beetle
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VSB74
Welcome! You want to definitely check for rust in and around the heater channels, light surface rust is ok but no rot. Try jacking it up using the original jack point and listen for any crunching noises. Also check the frame head under the front end and all four wheel wells. Another typical place is under the battery, that's usually the first place they rust.

The ad lists a lot of things that were replaced, check to see if they used quality parts or cheap aftermarket especially the bumpers, if they're not triple chrome, they'll rust easily.

I'm sure I've left some things out so someone else will chime in. You've found an awesome site here, and there are a lot of helpful people, much more friendly than some of the people on the samba! Good luck with your purchase and if you get it, be sure to take some pics and send to Wayne for a feature. Looks like a good buy from the description.
Rog
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January_girl
Hey, thanks for responding! Can you tell me exactly where the heater channels are located? I don't think I want to try to jack up the car myself, I've never done that and I don't want to practice on someone else's car I will bring a flashlight and crawl under the car and take out the back seat and look at the battery.

I agree, the Samba folks can be a bit rough, esp. on females and people who are not mechanically inclined!

1973 Super Beetle
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bumblebee73
the heater channels are located behind the black running boards and run the length of the running boards,

and vsb74 i think you covered it well.
http://s86.photobucket.com/albums/k92/my67truck/my%201641cc%20vw%20rail/

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MattB

Very nice looking car. If you look at the top of this website click on tech. Then click on tech talk with Rick. Then find the heater channel replacement section. Look that over it will show you exactly where the heater channel is. Basically it is on the outside of the floor pans that sends heat through the car. More importantly it is the bugs "frame" and provides the structural integrity of the car. Another good area to check on Supers are the top strut mounts in the trunk. Check and make sure they are not rusted.

1974 Super
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January_girl
Thanks Matt, that's pretty cool. So I need to stick my head under the running boards to see the channel I assume.
If a car was recently painted, wouldn't it be covering up any rust that is lurking?

1973 Super Beetle
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bumblebee73
all depends on the person that did the job

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olspeed
Looking underneath will show you a lot but, look close as the floor pan (bottom of car) bolts to the heat channels right there also. Also rap your knuckles (don't hurt yourself) along the lower door sill and back past the door jamb toward the back seat. If you can feel it dent in through the carpet there are problems there. Also like MattB said the top of the strut towers are prone to rusting so look there to make sure they are solid. Buy a small magnet and run it over areas that you feel are suspect if it has problems sticking to the surface there is bondo (body filler)there.
Olspeed
66 Ghia, "Dexter" 76 flat window Beetle
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beetledon

Looks similar to my '72 marina blue super. Look under it with a big enough mirror to look for rust. Check the strut housings in the trunk for rust. How many miles on it? engine, clutch, brake shoes, master cyl, wheel cyl's been replaced? Boots on tie rod ends and struts not torn or missing? Gas lines in good shape? Window rubber seals, door, trunk lid, engine hood seals been replaced? Engine seal (to keep muffler heat out of engine compt.) been replaced? How old are tires & battery? Does the front end shimmy between  45 - 60 mph? Everything work, even the fresh air fan? Bring a friend along that knows bugs. I bought mine 4 yrs ago for $2800, no rust but it needed a lot of work. Put another $4200 into it, now its a great running trustworthy super with only 60,000 original miles on it!  Cya, beetledon

beetledon
72 blue super
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