[T3] Coil, Calipers, and Front Beam

Brian Fye bfye at canyonville.net
Sun Jul 3 08:35:59 PDT 2011

Sometimes you get lucky.  My tie rods bent gooing to the last
invasion, after I got home I measured things and didn't have to
replace the beam.

On 7/3/11, Keith Park <topnotch at nycap.rr.com> wrote:
> If the front end was hit hard enough to bend a tie rod the beam is probably
> bent too... which is probably why someone was getting rid of it.
> Easy to tell though, it will bend the torsion arms first, pull the lower
> arms AND bars as a unit and see if the bar protrudes thru the arm on the
> inner part of the arm in the center of the opening, if its just a bit off
> your probably OK but if its near the arm on one side the arm is toast. And
> probably the beam too,  You can also check the condition of the inner
> bushings this way too...you cant really tell about those without pulling the
> arms out and if the beam wasn’t regularly greased or was lowered they are
> usually toast.  IF these are bad it wont hold an alignment.
> Keith
> Top Notch Restorations
> topnotch at nycap.rr.com
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> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org] On Behalf Of Adriel
> Rowley
> Sent: Sunday, July 03, 2011 1:37 AM
> To: type3 at vwtype3.org
> Subject: [T3] Coil, Calipers, and Front Beam
> What does it mean when the primary resistance same as secondary resistance?
> Was static timing the engine a few days back, and after which it would not
> start.  So, reset timing again; same results.  Tried adjusting the
> distributor and changing the timing, as that is what the last thing that
> happened before it would not start.  No change, so set it back to correct
> position.  Decided then to check the points and they had carbon, so cleaned
> them, and it was better.  Checked the valves, and it was a nasty mess of
> loose adjusters and nuts, especially on the three four side.  Made it all
> right including torquing the nuts to 200 inch pounds, with 0.006" exhaust
> and 0.004" intake.  Not really much of an improvement.  So ran tests, and
> have fuel, but the timing light is not picking up a signal from the spark
> plug leads, and even more interesting, the coil lead.  Checked the coil
> using Russ's method of voltage, and was the same on the primary and the
> secondary.  Resistance is the same, so since that is the only thing out of
> specification, suspect that as the problem.  Got fuel, air, but seem to be
> lacking spark.  So, want to be sure before I have to reorganize the garage,
> as cannot find the one Russ gave me.
> On a better note, was able to get another front beam, as I feel I am waiting
> too much time waiting for help and trying to get it all together, especially
> considering I put the hardware in a safe place... ;/  The beam I got today
> is complete rim to rim and no play in any position, except on the passengers
> side at three and nine and about an eighth inch if that.  Most of the rubber
> boots are good and clean.  But does have a badly bent tie rod, but Brian
> says he has one to give to me. Also, could be lowered so will need to check
> it.  Plan on swapping it then replace what needs replacing once it is bolted
> in.
> How does one tell if the calipers are good?  Clean fluid came out and the
> rubber hoses are brand new, so thinking of leaving them on and trying them.
> Stoked as they are the late model calipers I want to use.  I also got a
> second set of late model calipers with the beam: what are they worth as
> cores?
> Also got the plastic plugs for the rear most interior fender bolts on a
> Squareback, door contact switch, metal ring for the rubber cup around the
> filler, the late door contact switch and some fender bolts with good soft
> rubber washers, all of which are really hard to find and been looking for
> some of them for over two years.
> Anyone need a set of rims?  No place for them around here as cleaning out
> Loosing stuff I need, finding things I do not and getting to be too much.
> Thank you,
> Adriel
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Brian Fye
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