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by Editor
2nd June 2018 - 12:19am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Re-Fitting glass with new seals.
Replies: 12
Views: 175

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: 10
Views: 260

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: 4
Views: 423

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: 177

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: 167

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: 252

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: 297

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: 167

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: 1118

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: 84

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: 676

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: 387

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: 254

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: 96

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: 166

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: 419
Views: 42095

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.
by Editor
31st March 2018 - 1:01pm
Forum: Type 4 Corner
Topic: Rear window mystery
Replies: 3
Views: 284

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: 419
Views: 42095

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!
by Editor
31st March 2018 - 11:41am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Master cylinder fluid leak
Replies: 42
Views: 1118

Re: Master cylinder fluid leak

Are you sure that the M/C is compatible with a 4-disc system? The rear shoe system is designed to hold residual pressure to ensure the shoes don't have to move far to produce braking force, while disc calipers need to depressurise to let the seals pull the pads back from the discs to ensure the disc...
by Editor
27th March 2018 - 1:35pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Front ball joint bolts
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: Front ball joint bolts

I'm not sure the proper bolt is available, as it's a Type 3 part. Unfortunately unless the old bolt is removed with the torsion bar tension reduced by clamping the torsion arms closer together, the bolt thread is irreparably damaged, assuming the bolt doesn't actually shear. The shank of the bolt is...
by Editor
27th March 2018 - 1:16pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Gunson carbalencer
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Gunson carbalencer

I use a section of the large rubber petrol hose with the carbalancer, as It fits the carb tops nicely. However, the owner of my previous twin carb Variant soldered small tubes into the air filter tops above the carbs, sealed with tyre-valve caps. I made a simple U-tube manometer from clear plastic t...
by Editor
27th March 2018 - 12:52pm
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Master cylinder fluid leak
Replies: 42
Views: 1118

Re: Master cylinder fluid leak

Easy enough to smear a bit of the rubber grease on and may help the grommet to seal better. I've not heard of the problem before. Obviously you've checked for bits of flashing on the grommets or obstructions in the m/c machining.
by Editor
27th March 2018 - 12:33pm
Forum: Virtual Clubhouse
Topic: MOT Changes, May 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 683

Re: MOT Changes, May 2018

It's usually fairly obvious if your brakes aren't working evenly - try some gentle braking and more fierce and see how it affects the steering. It used to be reassuring as those dials rose evenly, and highlighted the difference in front and rear braking force, but now it all goes into the laptop, it...
by Editor
27th March 2018 - 12:21pm
Forum: Virtual Clubhouse
Topic: Forum likely to go offline
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: Forum likely to go offline

Probably all part of the hate campaign for the UK. At least it's not Novochok this time!
by Editor
26th March 2018 - 11:36am
Forum: Virtual Clubhouse
Topic: Forum likely to go offline
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: Forum likely to go offline

Just the thing to happen when you're 150 miles away from your desktop computer, with data access only by standing outside holding the mobile in the air! We've paid extra for 4 times the bandwidth per month, so maybe we'll have peace for a while. Thanks to Broady for keeping things moving meanwhile. ...