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I've just removed the body off the floorpan on my beetle. At both sides on the rear crossmember near to the wheelarches there is a hole, below on the ends of the torsion bar are threaded holes. Are bolts meant to be in these holes as all references I've looked at on body removal only mentions mentions 4 bolts across the lower part of the rear crossmember.

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To follow what Moby has said, these mounting points were used on Bugs until the end of the 1966 model year. From then on, they were only used on convertibles. That is why you still see the theaded/bolt holes on later saloon Bugs.
 

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Thanks for the info chaps, it has put my mind at ease.
I wonder why VW decided they did not need them anymore?

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Pike said:
Thanks for the info chaps, it has put my mind at ease.
I wonder why VW decided they did not need them anymore?

Pike
Saloon Bodyshell is rigid enough without them, every bolt washer and rubber pad not fitted, saved VW a few pennies on every car, and when you are building thousands, it all adds up to a tidy saving. :D
 

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I generally agree with Laurence. I think it had something to do with the fact that there was a time when Bugs did not have the rear shock tower and so the shell was originally designed to be mounted at the rear cross panel. I also have a feeling the rear cross panel was modified to include a webbing that made the connection between the rear cross and the rear side panel more rigid. The other thing to remember, too, is that the less physical links between the shell and chassis would also mean less vibration and noise amplified by the shell.
 
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