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Re: [T3] Tachometer

On 3 Dec 2003 at 19:44, Russ Wolfe wrote:

> On Wed, 2003-12-03 at 18:28, Keith Park wrote:

> > And I agree with Toby...  many of us bought our ENTIRE car for $350! and
> > even the really nice ones really dont deserve a $350 gauge, especially a
> > non-vw one.  And keep in mind, that after all these years this gauge will
> > need a complete reconditioning and calibration to be accurate again.
> > 
> I didn't even give $350 for my '71. It was a gift. "Get it out of my
> yard, and you can have it."

One of my best type 3s was the 71 AT I bought for my wife. I paid $75 for it 
and drove it home. I replaced about 4 quarts of oil in the 5 mile trip; the 
case was cracked.

Once home I dried it out because it had a shot out side window, replaced that 
window, rebuilt the front axle and replaced the bent lower right trailing arm, 
and did a temp fix on the case which held for 6 months while I built an engine 
for it. The new engine outlasted the car, which we drove for more than 10 

All thing considered I've never gotten a truly cheap car, because the ones with 
the really low purchase prices always soak up a lot of after-purchase repair 
expenses. Those expenses never included a $350 tach, however. Most of the fancy 
crankshafts I buy have actually cost less than half that....

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

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