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Question Smugglers box ???

Can someone tell me about the smugglers box and the covered tube thing in the bottom of my 1974 911. I can't find any information on this.
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They're originally designed to house the Kerosene filled heaters installed on the very early models as an option. The tube simply connects into the cabin as a heater vent.

Later models have the air conditioing units installed in there too.

I've epoxied a plastic panel guarding my steering column and keep oil and brake fluid in there...
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Sounds interesting, any pictures?
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The smugglers box is in the trunk. Just lift up the carpet, you can't miss it.

The Smugglers box according to the true Porsche historians was originally intended to house the battery. It was only after the meager heat from the original heater boxes was found to be inadequate in the prototypes that the gas fired heaters were installed there and the batteries moved further forward. I don't believe that there were any Diesel fired heaters, but I could be wrong.
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Oh that one! Ok now I know, thanks!
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They're originally designed to house the Kerosene filled heaters installed on the very early models as an option. The tube simply connects into the cabin as a heater vent.

Later models have the air conditioing units installed in there too.

I've epoxied a plastic panel guarding my steering column and keep oil and brake fluid in there...
do you mean your spare fluid , or did you actually move your brake fluid reservoir there?
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do you mean your spare fluid , or did you actually move your brake fluid reservoir there?
The early SWB ('64-'68) cars do have the brake fluid reservoir located in the smuggler's box from the factory.

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I use that box for mucho small parts in those plastic boxes you always see in food stores.. I wrap it in old wetsuit parts.
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I have a '68 and my brake fluid resevoir is up on the side of the trunk sort of next to where the gas fill cap is.

I have a blower in my smuggler's box, but I don't think its a gas-fired anything... I just thought it was a two-speed blower to help move more air into the car?

Now I'm confused...
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Usually the fresh air blower is behind the dash, and either the A/C blower or heater is in the smuggler's box.

Maybe your 2 spd fan is from aftermarket A/C or was for something else at some point. Since your car is 36 years old (probably almost 37) who knows what could have been added over the years.
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Shouldn't it be used for actually "smuggling" something! I use mine for transportation of Cuban cigars.
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Cuban cigars?? Where were you coming (driving) from? Mexico? My brother-in-law coming from Central America just swapped the cigar bands and put them in a different box.
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dotorg,

You are right on all counts.

All 68s had the dual master cylinder brake fluid reservoir up near the fuel inlet.

A 68L had a fresh air blower in there as standard and the gas heater was optional. That was the first powered fresh air as the 65-68 relied on ram air from the vent at the rear of the hood. The only exception was if the 911 has the gas heater, you could just use the blower and not the heat.

In 69 Porsche added the dual outlet fresh air fan behind the dash.

I think I still have a blower retrofit spare part kit that I never installed in my 68 911. It would add weight.

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>>The early SWB ('64-'68) cars do have the brake fluid reservoir located in the smuggler's box from the factory.<<

My '66 is also near the fuel filler lid, same as my '72.
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My '66 came with a gasoline powered heater in this location. I removed it. I just wasnt comfortable with a gas combustion divice 4" from my gas tank. I do have my resivor for master cylinder and have since added my fuel pump Canister filter and pressure regulator. I used the old out line from the tank to the heater as my excess pressure bleed back to the tank. Works great and I moved 11 lbs from the engine compartment to the front. (allways a good thing on this car)

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I recently opened up my "smugglers' box" on my 1988 Carrera, and (from memory) there's some cylindrical thing there, all covered with what looks like some hardened black goo (at first I thought it was spilled out of the cylinder, but it looks more like Porsche sprayed it on). What is in there??? (it shows how much I know!) BTW, this thread set me to thinking that, yes, it is extra space for some small "must carry" items, I'll check how big the available space actually is and find something or other to put in there!.
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All 68s had the dual master cylinder brake fluid reservoir up near the fuel inlet.
Yes, Grady, my mistake in saying "all SWB cars". Checking my factory manuals, I see the dual circuit MC was introduced in the 1968 model, not 1969 as I thought, so the last of the SWB cars had them.

Many of the early cars have been updated to the dual circuit system also, over the years, as their master cylinders wore out and were replaced, so they have had the dual circuit reservoir relocated to the fender, as that is where the bracket fits that comes with the newer, cube-shaped reservoir. I am sure that is why rattlsnak's '66 has a fender mounted one, as the early cylindrical reservoir bottle for the single circuit MC was mounted in the smuggler's box. I did that exact operation on my '66 when I had it. It is a good safety upgrade, as it separates the front and rear brake circuits so (hopefully) if one fails, the car can still be stopped.

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Paul,

Your '88 would have the A/C evaporator and blower in there if it came with A/C. If your car doesn't have AC' then I don't know what would be in there.
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Mine had a cylindrical vent for the heater. I would imagine that on cars where the vent was not used the factory sealed them up. I used fiberglass and resin to cover it up and coated it with ruberized undercoating. I was gettin water comming in during the El Ninio rains a few years back. This helped.
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