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T3: Re: Subscription & a first question

On 25 Feb 98 at 22:15, by way of Greg Merritt wrote:

> p.s. my first question!...the Type III Squareback I looked at today had been
> converted to carbs, and an opening had been cut in the engine compartment
> cover to accomodate the carb itself, then covered with a homemade plastic
> housing.  This placed a raised bump in the cargo area floor (I'd prefer a flat
> load space).  Is it wise to convert back to fuel injection, and would this
> eliminate the "bulge" in the floor?  How troublesome is the fuel injection
> system normally used on the Type III?

In my opinion the FI is more reliable and functional than carbs in a 
stock engine.  Putting such a system back together, however, is no 
job for a beginner.  There are a lot of variations in parts over the 
vears and you really need to get the right ones assembled together.  
There are also lots of things that can give trouble that will leave 
you completely baffled.  This is why many of these cars got converted 
to carbs in the first place, because the owners and their mechanics 
couldn't figure out the problems that the FI system had.

Carbs, even though most people don't really understand them, are 
something that most people can just bolt on and drive away.  They 
will seem to work correctly even though some of the jets are not 
quite right and the owner will never notice until, possibly, a valve 
burns or something else goes wrong that the owner may never connect 
with the incorrectly set up carb.  The mechanic who sold him the carb 
is not likely to point this out either.

Unfortunately, the conversion you have is one of the worst that was 
marketed for our cars.  There are rathere nice dual carb conversions 
that work nicely, or you could try to find someone in your area who 
was familiar enough with FI to help you out.  You would need both 
help and a pile of good used parts to do this successfully.

Where are you located?

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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