[T3] pinion gear gone-need a tranny '70 sqbk

Keith Park topnotch at nycap.rr.com
Fri Jul 22 17:39:51 PDT 2011

Couple additional things you can check, pull the fill plug and shine an LED
flashlight in there, rotate the mainshaft and look at the gear you see, its
reverse gear and make sure its not damaged.

If you can remove the nosecone you can inspect the shaft bearings, if the
balls show ANY wear, don't buy it.


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[mailto:type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org] On Behalf Of Jim Adney
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 8:53 AM
To: type3 at vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] pinion gear gone-need a tranny '70 sqbk

On 21 Jul 2011 at 16:22, Fred Simmons wrote:

> is there any way to tell if a junk yard  tranny is okay?  any advice

I don't think there is any sure fire way to know, but most are fine. 
One thing you could do would be to turn the junkyard tranny on its 
side and pull out the drain plug. There's a magnet in the middle of 
the plug; look at what's accumulated there. Normal stuff is black and 
smooth between the fingers. If there's anything gritty, that's not a 
good sign.

Some junkyards will give guarantees and replace bad items, but that's 
small consolation given all the work that you have to do to swap a 
tranny. Nevertheless, your odds of getting a good transmission are 
MUCH better than for getting a good engine.  

It should not be hard to find a good late Type 3 tranny in SoCal. The 
best one would be late, with the larger, longer throwout bearing arm 
outside the case and the integral right side cover. With the late 
tranny, you would also have to replace your pressure plate, but 
that's not a big deal.

At the same time, inspect the flywheel surface and clutch disk, and 
it's probably worth pulling the flywheel and replacing the flywheel 
seal. Oil the seal surfaces before you reinstall the flywheel. Do 
this work carefully, following the Bentley instructions.

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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