What you are looking at is the real thing; the stock kit which makes the joins for the exhaust pipes. The two part clamp devices come off and there is a large compound fibre seal - that crumbling stuff - with a metal ring on either side of it. Someone may have added some muffler cement but when the stock stuff is correctly installed it works just fine without any additives. Preserve your good pipe and muffler components but all of the other joining stuff - just yoink it off and pitch it. You can buy all new stuff from any VW parts supplier for peanuts. With exhaust work, the trying part is preserving the exhaust pipe studs on the cylinder heads. Invariably one or two will twist off breaking the stud. Then you summon all of your skills in extracting broken studs and replacing them with nice new ones. Even if your exhaust pipes are rotted through and the muffler is shot, everthing you need is readily available for reasonable prices. The heat exchangers, if they are still present, can be pricey but if you don't plan on needing a heater on your 'vert just buy a set of " J " pipes to replace them. I went down this road on the restoration of MY 72BUG which is also a 1302 convertible. Now, if you will, go the VW Bug convertible international registry by googling TYP 15 .com This is a non-commercial site which seeks to register every Bug ' vert on the planet. Look up the Canadian entries and you can see mine, it is # 330 in the registry. Hope to see yours there soon. Good luck with the restoration and DON'T wait until yours is completed before you send them a picture of your machine. You can always update your picture later. Dan ( MY72BUG ) in frozen Goderich, Ont.
I'd rather have a partial bottle in front of me than a partial frontal lobotomy.