[T3] Steering column help

Max Welton max.welton.2k at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 08:58:46 PST 2020

> I think your '67 column is almost completely different from all the later
> columns. The only similar parts would be the shaft, horn circuit and wheel.
> The turn signal switch and lock assy. are completely different.
> I don't see the bearing in your photo. I'd start there, get the shaft in place,
> and then see how the turn signal switch fits.

Isn't #16 in my first pic the bearing?

> There might be good cause to consider swapping to a later Type 3 column.
> The early ign. sw. is NLA and the TS switch is fiddly. Starting in '68 we also
> got a collapsing shaft, which could be a lifesaver in a crash.

I would except the housing has already been powdercoated and looks
really nice. Also the ign switch is an ISP replacement so it isn't 53
years old.


I'm trying to figure out what keeps the switch located. Looks like
there needs to be a screw or post through the semi-circular part to
engage the switch?

I'm making a list of missing parts using https://www.vwispwest.com/pg94

113415589A Thrust Ring
113415587A Thrust Spring
113415593A Washer
111415521D Locking Shell

I'm wondering if my best bet would be to obtain another steering
column (like from a bug) for parts. Those are all type-1 bug part
numbers. And of course I would learn a lot from taking it apart.

A column from a 61-67 bug should do, right?

Thanks for all the help BTW.


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