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Re: [T3] Type III advice

Rust in the bulkhead is the hardest to dispel, hard to access and difficult to
cure. Unfortunately there are plenty of water traps on a Type 3, go over the
sills/heater channels, inner wings (front and rear), battery tray, bumper mounts
etc. Some of these places are hard to access which makes the job that little bit
harder when viewing to purchase, but worth the effort in the long run.

For the car you are looking at, 100 bucks seems like a good price even as a
spares car (n.b. I didn't actually say that...!)

In short, the chances are you will need *some* welding, but shopping around will
minimize the amount of work needed in that area.

Welcome to the land of the Type3,


'73 Fastback

p.s. Happy St. Patrick's Day, hic.

Ben Doughney wrote:

> Hello list,
> I just joined this list and this is my first time posting, so let me
> introduce myself. My name is Ben Doughney, I am from New Zealand, and at the
> moment I own a 1971 1302S Beetle. I have owned this beetle for 4 months now,
> and I have started getting various VW magazines.
>     I have been seeing all sorts of VW's in them, and I really like the look
> of the Type III, and am thinking of buying one as a restoration project.
>     I had a look at a 1971 1600TL Automatic yesterday. It had quite a lot of
> rust in it, at the back behind the vents, under the bonnet, above the
> mudguards, along the sills and just below the rear window. The floor pan
> wasn't too bad, it had rust under the battery, but appart from that there
> didn't seem to be any other rust. The engine had a lot of oil both on top,
> and underneath, and also the gearbox had oil around the sump.
>     The engine started all right and didn't sound too bad for a car that had
> been sitting for a year and only started up every so often. I noticed that
> it had Solex 32PDSIT carbs on it, and I thought those were only used on the
> 1500S engines and that all the 1600 were fuel injected?
>     The price that the person was asking for it was NZ$200 (approx. US$100).
> I will probably be looking at some more, this time some notch & square backs
> as well as a fast back, and was wondering where are the places where the
> rust is really serious and where is it easily fixed. Are there repair panels
> available?
> TIA,
> Ben Doughney
> '71 1302S
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