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10th July 2018 - 12:06am
Forum: Cars and Parts Wanted
Topic: 1967 Squareback parts wanted.
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: 1967 Squareback parts wanted.

Just found this again after some weeks away from the keyboard. Superficially they were good, but plastic has dried out and there are transverse splits as it has contracted. Sorry. One looks in better condition, but presume it's not far behind in ageing.
by Editor
9th July 2018 - 12:04am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Front inner wing
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Front inner wing

I suspect the holes were for ventilation to help dry out what are more or less salt boxes once winter weather plays its tricks. Type 3s from 1972 got these. Maybe the same for Type 4s. Probably the previous owner decided to cover them before they allowed salt water to get in.
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8th July 2018 - 11:56pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Ignition/starting issue
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: Ignition/starting issue

It's a pre-engage starter, which means that the motor turns slowly and winds the starter gear on a spiral thread until the gear engages with the flywheel ring gear, at which point contacts inside the solenoid engage to put the full starting current through the motor. It may be the motor shaft needs ...
by Editor
8th July 2018 - 11:30pm
Forum: Virtual Clubhouse
Topic: VW Ed
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: VW Ed

Thanks for supporting his funeral, and ensuring the microfiche reader survives. He seemed a very friendly and welcoming chap when I called in to his house to buy some parts some years ago.
by Editor
8th July 2018 - 1:35pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Unleaded fuel
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: Unleaded fuel

They reckon older ones are unlikely to have a problem due to the lead impregnated on the seats over many years. They run hotter than water-cooled heads anyway, so use hardened inserts.
by Editor
8th July 2018 - 1:30pm
Forum: Virtual Clubhouse
Topic: VW Ed
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: VW Ed

How sad. Sorry to have missed the announcement. He had a steady stream of interesting genuine parts.
by Editor
8th July 2018 - 1:28pm
Forum: Virtual Clubhouse
Topic: Membership
Replies: 6
Views: 505

Re: Membership

Welcome! I do apologise for the delays - when we had half a dozen new members per week, things had to move more quickly, but without the regular magazines etc, with all the work and cost that entailed, we find the forum takes most of the load, and the relatively few who need or wish to be members is...
by Editor
2nd June 2018 - 12:19am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Re-Fitting glass with new seals.
Replies: 12
Views: 194

Re: Re-Fitting glass with new seals.

The Type 3 body manual actually talks about a sealant being used, but with clean openings and new rubber, it isn't strictly needed. There are solutions that track into small spaces if you find it's leaking. Liquid soap is another possible lubricant, but certainly avoid washing-up liquid which is bul...
by Editor
1st June 2018 - 11:43am
Forum: Virtual Clubhouse
Topic: Taking Suspension back to factory
Replies: 12
Views: 413

Re: Taking Suspension back to factory

Wear in the lower torsion arms seems a bit of a hit and miss thing. The front beam in a Variant I'd had from 30,000 miles which had been serviced meticulously by an engineer were badly worn at the inner ends when I finally scrapped the car at 90-odd thousand miles, and I had kept it greased regularl...
by Editor
16th May 2018 - 12:24am
Forum: Cars and Parts Wanted
Topic: 1967 Squareback parts wanted.
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: 1967 Squareback parts wanted.

I'll check on black rear interior panels. At least they're not far from you, and I think they are the padded vinyl type, so would be right for yours.
by Editor
16th May 2018 - 12:00am
Forum: Type 4 Corner
Topic: Side popout windows 412 salon
Replies: 1
Views: 186

Re: Side popout windows 412 salon

That car is in the museum at Wolfsburg. If anyone knows, Jane and Bryan might. I'll see if there's mention in the M options in the parts book.
by Editor
15th May 2018 - 11:43pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Front beam refurb.
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: Front beam refurb.

GSF may have them, or Machine 7, Heritage, eBay, or here on the forum.
by Editor
15th May 2018 - 11:24pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: In car heating.
Replies: 10
Views: 275

Re: In car heating.

It's not very common for Type 3 heat exchangers to leak exhaust fumes, though sometimes there's fumes drawn in around rusty casings. Sniff the outlets and if you smell exhaust, don't use the heater until you get it mended. The slider knobs on the A posts send hot air to the footwells or the screen. ...
by Editor
12th May 2018 - 1:14am
Forum: Events Diary
Topic: BRISTOL VOLKSFEST 15-17 JUNE
Replies: 3
Views: 331

BRISTOL VOLKSFEST 15-17 JUNE

Hello, just giving you some info on the Bristol Volksfest. It's at Birches Farm, Long Ashton. There are maps on the site at http://www.bristolvolksfest.co.uk/ and you can look up prices etc on there. We have a club plot booked, thanks to Larry and Lin, though not a club camping area, and you're welc...
by Editor
29th April 2018 - 1:25am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Front beam refurb.
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: Front beam refurb.

Front beam: check the suspension ball joint rubber boots for damage. If torn the joint has probably got road grit in it and need replacing. It's not very easy to check for wear when disassembled. OTOH it's easier to replace them when apart. Unless care was taken to compress the torsion arms together...
by Editor
28th April 2018 - 2:18am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Master cylinder fluid leak
Replies: 42
Views: 1156

Re: Master cylinder fluid leak

The drillings in the brake switch holes are larger than the holes to the brake pipes. I've heard it makes it less likely for air to remain in the switch.
by Editor
27th April 2018 - 12:23pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Fan belt size and type
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Fan belt size and type

It's actually 9.5 x 1000 but typically the other size is supplied by the usual suspects. Last time I looked Halfords had the part.
by Editor
27th April 2018 - 1:20am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Carbs, rebuild or replace
Replies: 5
Views: 694

Re: Carbs, rebuild or replace

One adjustment does the mixture and the other the idle speed. Just work out which does which. Get it to run, then adjust the mixture on one making it weaker (screw in?) and it will run faster until it starts running slower, then go back slightly richer. Do the same on the other carb. Check the first...
by Editor
27th April 2018 - 12:40am
Forum: Virtual Clubhouse
Topic: old friend returns
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: old friend returns

I've got rear lights and lenses - probably have them at Stanford Hal if you're going.
by Editor
27th April 2018 - 12:06am
Forum: Virtual Clubhouse
Topic: Help - I kow nothing about my car!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 265

Re: Help - I kow nothing about my car!!!

Sounds like Betty has only been idle for 9 months, and was running after you got back from abroad, so it may not be anything too awful. Type 3s didn't originally come with fuel filters, apart from the Fuel Injection models, where it's under the front axle on the fuel pump. The carbed models have a f...
by Editor
22nd April 2018 - 12:45am
Forum: Parts for sale
Topic: VW 412 Brochure
Replies: 0
Views: 105

VW 412 Brochure

I have a 412 brochure from the early 1970s I am looking to sell for £10 plus postage if it is of interest? I can email a scan if required and would be prepared to post on approval. Best regards, Shaun Lyons 0752 652 4947 email supplied, but not printed in view of recent spamming Please do not reply ...
by Editor
3rd April 2018 - 12:22am
Forum: Virtual Clubhouse
Topic: Fastback Inspection needed in Leighton Buzzard
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Fastback Inspection needed in Leighton Buzzard

Hi, I've had an email from a Fastback owner who is having trouble over its registration as it's the old style blue V5, not the V5c. It has been stored for over 30 years; If anyone is in a position to take a look at it in Leighton Buzzard on behalf of the club, that would be helpful. PM me if you can...
by Editor
31st March 2018 - 1:09pm
Forum: Members' Cars and Project News
Topic: 1971 VW Type 3 Fastback
Replies: 430
Views: 42949

Re: 1971 VW Type 3 Fastback

Hmm, lots of panels even for my '59 Beetle, but pricey after the almost free metal bashing on a Type 3! The engine is a bit too different from later ones though, but I've a couple of 30hp to make one OK one from - got to get started on the usual body bits first though.
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31st March 2018 - 1:01pm
Forum: Type 4 Corner
Topic: Rear window mystery
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: Rear window mystery

Interesting - I've never seen that aero-back concept before (apart from other manufacturers). There's a big estate car with 6-cylinder rear air-cooled engine in the VW Museum in Wolfsburg. I'll have to dig out my photos to see if that's 5-doors, and the EA number.
by Editor
31st March 2018 - 12:20pm
Forum: Members' Cars and Project News
Topic: 1971 VW Type 3 Fastback
Replies: 430
Views: 42949

Re: 1971 VW Type 3 Fastback

Hope you get it done before your knees and hips get creaky and everything stiffens up (or not as the case may be). I can report that WD40 doesn't work on seized-up human bodies!