[T3] proper carb spacers?

Sean Bartnik sjbartnik at mac.com
Mon Apr 8 09:34:24 PDT 2019

I wish I had taken some photos when I was installing the carbs but the stack goes like this, top down:

1) carb complete w/ throttle section (there is a thin paper gasket visible between carb main body and throttle section)

2) carb base gasket (paper)

3) phenolic spacer

4) carb base gasket (paper)

5) manifold

I’ll try and get a pic later when I’m near the car. 

The parts book on the samba is unclear on this because it’s missing the page with the part numbers for the items shown in the diagram with regard to these parts. 


> On Apr 8, 2019, at 12:22 PM, David Yaghoubian <goob at roadrunner.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the reply and photo. Pretty carb! So are you saying that under the carb in your photo (and mine) there should be a phenolic spacer? I can see what looks like a gasket under mine, but it isn't very thick. Do you possibly have a photo of a phenolic spacer so I can determine whether or not this is the/a culprit? Thanks again,
> Dave
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> From: type3-vwtype3.org <type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org> On Behalf Of Sean Bartnik
> Sent: Monday, April 8, 2019 7:31 AM
> To: type3 at vwtype3.org
> Subject: Re: [T3] proper carb spacers?
> As a follow-up, here’s a pic of one of my freshly-rebuilt carbs out of the car:
> https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-Q7dcNkm/0/4ac39f17/X2/i-Q7dcNkm-X2.jpg
> This just shows the carb with throttle valve section installed. There are no spacers shown in this photo. 
> -Sean
>> On Apr 8, 2019, at 10:13 AM, Sean Bartnik <sjbartnik at mac.com> wrote:
>> I’m sorry you’re having such trouble with vapor lock. I also run a dual carb setup with stock mechanical fuel pump and I’ve never had a vapor lock issue even in the worst of summer (95 degrees with 90% humidity). 
>> I looked at your pictures and they’re not quite clear (and I’m also used to seeing a single port manifold, not dual port), but it appears to me in your photos that you don’t have any phenolic spacers at all. 
>> I just see the carb body with the throttle plate section below it (removable on these carbs from the main body) and then the manifold. 
>> I see the gasket between the main carb body and the throttle valve section, but I see no spacer below that between carb and manifold. 
>> -Sean
>>> On Apr 8, 2019, at 6:13 AM, David Yaghoubian <goob at roadrunner.com> wrote:
>>> Now focusing on the carbs to continue trying to figure out my vapor lock
>>> issue, do I have the correct spacers under my carbs? Sorry to have to ask
>>> but my Bentley is 1968 and up, and the photos in the Haynes and Scientific
>>> American don't show the spacers/gaskets clearly.
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