[T3] More questions
dave at hallvw.clara.co.uk
Tue May 26 13:43:19 PDT 2015
Hmm, that doesn't match the info in the Parts book, where the 4-spoke is
listed as from 312 000 001, but maybe that was a USA/Canada situation.
Since there were several other items special to the N. American models, it
would not have been a problem for the USA specification to be a bit
different initially. For the same reason, the 5-bolt wheels and drum brakes
continued in certain markets for a few years after most got the 4-stud and
front discs in the main markets - eg Ross Clarke's Australian Fastback is
5-stud and originally 6V.
I've often wondered if some of the North American models were actually made
in July. The factory used to close for at least 2 weeks in August to update
the assembly lines - one summer we tried unsuccessfully to visit about the
middle of August, and had to call in again on our way back from the Berlin
Type 3 Club meeting to do the tour.
I'll have to inspect closely at our meetings in the UK.
UK VW Type 3&4 Club
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Subject: Re: [T3] More questions
No, very early '72 models got the same steering wheel as '71s. The 4 spoke
wheel was introduced partway into the '72 model year. (But that may well
have still been during calendar year '71.) There were several such odd
changes in the '72 models, including the gauges, seats, wiper arms & blades,
and the steering wheel & column. IIRC, these did not all change at the same
time. This is a lot like late '71s getting the larger '72 brake calipers.
I had one of those early '72s. Except for the engine and emissions, it was
the same as my late '71. It was a California version that had been picked up
in Germany in the early fall of '71 under the Tourist Delivery Program. It
had a '72 VIN ending in 003 480, very early.
On 25 May 2015 at 20:50, Dave Hall wrote:
> I think that should read mid-'71; ie for '72 models?
> UK VW Type 3&4 Club
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> On 24 May 2015 at 21:10, Adriel Rowley wrote:
> > Anyway, the other reason is the horn contact and turn signal cancel
> > tab, correct?
> The horn contact is the main difference between '71 and earlier. I
> believe the cancelling tab is the same. The wheel changed completely
> in mid-'72. It got 4 spokes and is much "deeper", so the steering
> shaft is shorter. I believe the spline, the horn contact, and the
> cancelling tab remained the same.
> Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
> Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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