[T3] Nose too high.

William Jahn willjahn975 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 14 14:17:06 PDT 2019

Keith was measuring a 71 square he also has a T-4 engine in it don't recall
if auto trans or stick and don't know the difference in weight between a
T-4 engine and T-3 . Perhaps the rear was raised more with a T-3 engine. I
know my 73 square is a bit lower in the front mainly because I carry tools
it the frunk , I've never measured it to compare. I also have gas shocks in
the rear heavier than the smaller gas shocks they are white on the front
also gas are gray more like the stock shocks. Thing they are KYB something
like that.

On Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 2:19 PM Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org> wrote:

> On 11 Jun 2019 at 20:38, Keith Park wrote:
> > TOday I made the final 2 adjustments to get my front end at the right
> height
> > and level after replacing a torsion arm, I ended up with 26 3/8" on both
> > sides and Im happy with that.  That gets my thumb between the upper
> torsion
> > arm and snubber and plenty of room below the bottom one.
> I double-checked my measurement and also filled up my tires. They were
> way down from over the winter. After all that, the measurement came up to
> 25-3/16".
> That gives me a bit more than a thumb's room between the upper arm and
> the rubber bumper, but keep in mind that this space gets LARGER as the car
> gets lower.
> > I suppose It could go a LITTLE Lower without issue, but I didnt say that.
> > Jim's a 25 inches sounds right for one that has settled out for nearly 50
> > years.
> I don't think this has sagged any. Steel doesn't creep over time, unless
> it's
> cracked, and my rocker panels are quite parallel to the ground. I've found
> that I should be able to place my fingers, palm down, on top of a tire and
> the
> back of my hand will be pressed lightly against the fender arch. Rears are
> different, with much more load on them and being supported by the rubber
> bushes instead of needle bearings.
> Keith's number is over an inch higher than mine, but his trailing arm
> sounds
> like it's in about the same position, maybe a bit higher, but I can't see
> that
> explaining an extra inch. I'm measuring a '73, late body, standing on a
> flat
> concrete slab; would an early body wheel arch be that much different?
> What year are you measuring, Keith? That wouldn't be the Notch, would it?
> That one was always too high in front, but I gather that you've now
> lowered it
> back down to what you feel is normal. Are the rockers parallel to the
> ground?
> How about the fingers on top of the tire test?
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