digdug18 Dork
March 4, 2017 2:43 p.m.

My father bought a new to him 1968 karmann ghia, and we cannot figure out why there is a 3-4" hole underneath the front bumper. The PO painted the car, and taped over the hole to reduce overspray, but the PO had no idea either as to the purpose of the hole.

I've seen pictures of other cars online that also have this hole, though.

BrokenYugo MegaDork
March 4, 2017 2:58 p.m.

The shift rod comes out through there.


digdug18 Dork
March 4, 2017 4:17 p.m.

Thank you! Yeah, the one on this car is gone. So I need to figure out where to find another one.

GhiaMonster Reader
March 4, 2017 5:56 p.m.

I never knew why that's was there. Assumed it was just for the horns.

PMRacing SuperDork
March 4, 2017 6:57 p.m.

I thought it was for one of these:

84FSP Dork
March 4, 2017 8:02 p.m.

Another random VW question answered. Appreciate it.

MDJeepGuy Reader
March 4, 2017 9:13 p.m.

In reply to PMRacing:

Not in the front on a Vw

BrokenYugo MegaDork
March 4, 2017 10:55 p.m.

In reply to PMRacing:

Wrong end of the car, but VW did equip early bugs and buses with hand cranks. I think it was option on the Thing.

gsrw1980 None
April 27, 2017 10:38 a.m.

I believe it's for the horns. My stock horns are mounted right behind that hole.

Jerry From LA SuperDork
April 27, 2017 7:55 p.m.
84FSP wrote: Another random VW question answered. Appreciate it.

May we also consult you for random Jack O'Lantern questions too?

Toebra Reader
May 3, 2017 1:05 a.m.

I know a guy with a bug he can hand crank to start, pretty cool

TeamEvil Dork
May 11, 2017 10:19 p.m.

That oval hole is originally fitted with a black rubber dual "bellows" that leads from both horns to the outside of the front luggage compartment.

The rubber piece looks a great deal like a tiny pair of black rubber shorts and serves to allow the horns to be heard and keep the water and debris out of the spare tire well.

A while lot of the time this rubber piece is missing, water/snow/debris enters the spare tire bay and begins to rot and rust the metal very badly.

Not uncommon at all.

For your reference, may have to cut and paste:







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