[T3] 2 week update

Dave Hall dave at hallvw.clara.co.uk
Fri Jan 20 14:40:45 PST 2012

I think I recall you have to drive out a pin to release the lock barrel on
the Squareback, so it's a tricky job - you don't get a second chance with
the alloy casting.  Keith has done it, but I'd settle for 2 keys in
preference to damaging the housing.

We had NGK plugs on a VW Polo, and they went an amazing mileage, before I
felt I had to change them just through old-age! (The plugs, not me.)

UK VW Type 3&4 Club

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Subject: Re: [T3] 2 week update

On 20 Jan 2012 at 0:13, John Lai wrote:

> Unfortunately, instead of focusing my attention on getting that fixed 
> first, I've killed time during my lunch breaks by buying stuff online.

I'll bet lots of us are guilty of the same thing.  ;-)

> Bought the following: 
> - Goodyear Assurance TripleTreds 195/65/15 - I know its wider than 
> stock but hopefully it won't rub since I will keep stock height. I put 
> them next to the stock tires today when I got home. Wow, its a lot 
> wider. Which I intended, but hoping I didn't make a bad decision.

The widest tires I'd want to mount on stock 4.5" rims would be 185s. 
It's certainly true that you can force wider tires onto those rims, but
performance and reliability declines. As the profile decreases, your ability
to mount wide tires on narrow rims goes down.

You might be able to call a dealer for recommendations for proper rim
widths. I tried the Goodyear web site but didn't find it there. I have a
very nice, but very old, booklet from Michelin that covers this well, but it
doesn't have modern tires in it. When it was 
printed, 75 series tires were considered low profile.   ;-)

If you found 185/75s they should be just about the same diameter as stock,
so it wouldn't change the speedometer, odometer, or ride height. 

> - NGK B5HS spark plugs
> - Bosch 09004 spark plug wires

I find that Bosch W8AC work perfectly. If you want an upgrade try the Bosch

Look at your old wireset carefully. If it's the original, it has some
wonderful and irreplaceable parts. Don't throw them away; damaged parts can
be replaced indifidually. I even stock the wire itself.

> Next steps are to:
> - Take out gas tank and have it boiled.
> - Take off calipers and send to Jim for rebuild
> - Try to see if I can get the ignition lock as well as all the handles 
> taken off to send to Jim or Gabe to be rekeyed to all match.

The gas tank may well be okay. Remove the gas sender and inspect it from

> The PO gave me four keys. 1 of 1, and 3 of another. Unfortunately, the
> 1 of 1 broke the other day when I just barely tried to turn it in the 
> ignition. Took the two pieces to a local locksmith to see if he can 
> make a key out of it and he did. But it didn't turn the ignition. Is 
> it possible to take off the ignition lock without a key? If so, any 
> links that would walk me through how to do it and the door and hatch 
> locks as well?

You don't need a key to get the '69 ign cylinder out, but it's difficult to
rekey that lock. The best thing to do would probably be to key the other
locks to match it. OTOH, the rear door is also hard to rekey, but I think it
can be slightly easier than the ignition lock. This sounds like a good job
for Gabe.

> - Carpet is super stiff. Like for the fronts, they have curled inward 
> off the sides. Need to look into softening them up and try to reshape 
> them back into place.

They may respond to a good shampooing.

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

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