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Postby jifop » 01 Jul 2005, 14:44

No its not a chevette but after a year of the chevette as my daily i felt it was time for something a little faster, i still have the saloon ready for when i can afford the insurance but here is my new toy!

a 1972 vw type 3 variant!

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Postby Neilyman » 01 Jul 2005, 15:19

Looks sweet Tim. Can`t believe it`s faster than a Chevette though :?
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Postby jifop » 01 Jul 2005, 15:55

1600 twin carb :P kicks the sht outta it, although no where near as good a corners!
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Postby Shellysowner » 01 Jul 2005, 16:17

It looks really tidy! A pale blue type 3 saloon went past me the other day in Soton - that's gotta be a rare bird as if your estate wasn't rare enough!
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Postby jifop » 01 Jul 2005, 16:38

yeah notches are the rarest followed by the variants, i do like the fastbacks but like the notch (saloon) they're really impractical (you can get bugger all in them)
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Postby Neilyman » 01 Jul 2005, 18:30

jifop wrote:1600 twin carb :P kicks the sht outta it, although no where near as good a corners!


Ah, I thought they were a 1200/1300 or such :)
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Postby jifop » 01 Jul 2005, 19:38

no theyre all 1498 or 1548 twin carb! comfy ride aswell beats the rattly beetle hands down
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Postby chris(not) » 01 Jul 2005, 20:27

Wasn't there a fuel injected twin headlamp variant as well? ISTR that's what I helped a mate replace a valve on in about 1978. Much cursing and application of tinsnips and hacksaw to tinware to get at the engine, even with it out of the car!

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Postby jifop » 01 Jul 2005, 20:59

not to my knowledge but maybe, there was certainly a twin headamp type 4 and the type 34 (type 3 based) razoredge ghia had twin headlights but a type 3 engine!

forgot to mention fuel injection, yes they did fuel injection models for the yank market, less reliable and far more costly to fix than the carb version!

:shock: :shock: hacksaws to timware :roll: v-dub engines are way easy to get in and out all you need is a 16mm spanner a pair of mole grips, a couple of screwdrivers and a trolley jack!
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Postby Doive » 03 Jul 2005, 23:31

Nice one Tim, did they preserve that one in formaldehyde and mothballs since 1973?? Those things all dissolved faster than a chevette in a tank of brine when they came out of the factory. I don't think I've ever seen one in the metal. You must have a certain passion for these cars - a normal person doesn't wake up one morning and decide to buy a Variant.
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Postby jifop » 04 Jul 2005, 08:48

Doive wrote:You must have a certain passion for these cars - a normal person doesn't wake up one morning and decide to buy a Variant.


lol too true, my girlfriend hates it!

this one has had a full resto at some point but also post 72 models lost alot of the water traps and all the tripled skinned areas the earlier type 3's suffered from
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Postby chris(not) » 04 Jul 2005, 13:13

I agree about ease of removal of Beetle engines, but the one we took out of the Variant was the in line fan type- rather like a Beetle engine that an elephant has squashed flat! I remember the back end had to be propped up about 3 feet in the air to drop it out.

The hacksaw and snips were expedient at the time- it was an old banger and there were what looked like hundreds of self tapping screws to get the cowling off properly. As it was, we just cut and bent the appropriate bit out of the way for access then bent it back and added some more tin plate (literally from an old oil tin) and self tapping screws.

The car seemed quite good to drive, though with the bottom half of the headlight reflectors all rusty (x4) main beam was worse than dip at night! Oh and the car was automatic with it- my mate only had what we called a second class licence.

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Postby Shellysowner » 27 Jul 2005, 21:21

Yay! I just discovered the Type 3 selecta (and I can see by your sig you have too). How about a spot of lowering changing the lenses and de-bumpering?

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Postby jifop » 28 Jul 2005, 08:45

Shellysowner wrote:Yay! I just discovered the Type 3 selecta (and I can see by your sig you have too). How about a spot of lowering changing the lenses and de-bumpering?


cool! but mines too stock and you never really see them like it so apart from a wheel change (when i can afford the ones i want) its staying stock!
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