[T3] Shift coupler differences

Soren Jacobsen snj at blef.org
Mon Dec 14 15:28:01 PST 2015

On 12/03 03:09, Soren Jacobsen wrote:
> Here's a mini mystery for you all.
> The other day I stumbled upon the shift coupler that came out of my
> October 1964 Variant.  It's unlike any of the late style VW shift
> couplers I've seen.  This one has a solid pin going through it, which is
> held in place by a clip that fits over a groove in the pin.  It looks to
> be genuine VW.  Pictures:
> http://blef.org/vw/t3/shiftcoupler1.jpg
> http://blef.org/vw/t3/shiftcoupler2.jpg
> http://blef.org/vw/t3/shiftcoupler3.jpg
> Is this an early thing?  If so, when did they change to the more
> familiar style?

Mystery solved.  To answer my own question: November 15, 1965 (December
20, 1965 for Bugs/Ghias, although apparently some of those
intermittently received the new style coupler before the Type 3s did).
Now if I could just find a couple spare clips for the early coupler, and
maybe a better set of early rubber pieces (metal bushing instead of


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