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Re: [T3] Upper torsion arm needle bearings

This is common in lowered or poorly lubed cars.  Im all out of parts till I
get a chance to cut a couple more beams next year.  The 63 has the wider
lower bushings... which you wont find unfortunately.  Ilve sent my Front end


Keith Park

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Yancy Everhart" <yancy.everhart@earthlink.net>
To: <type3@vwtype3.org>
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 1:53 AM
Subject: [T3] Upper torsion arm needle bearings

> While greasing the front end the other day I noticed some play in the
> drivers side upper torsion arm bearing.
> I removed the torsion arms and sway bar only to find the needles in the
> bearing broken in half!  The passenger side seems to be fine, as the
> is intact and the red fiber-looking bushing was in place, (although
> cracked).  Here are a few images of my front end:
> http://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/index.mv?photo+125805.jpg
> http://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/index.mv?photo+125807.jpg
> http://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/index.mv?photo+125809.jpg
> http://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/index.mv?photo+125811.jpg
> The drivers side torsion arm looks pretty bad, so I am looking for a good
> replacement -- anyone have one?  I have located a new bearing, with p/n
> 311.401.305A  is this correct for my '63 T3 Ghia, chassis # 0166781?
> If that number is correct, how do I pull the old bearing out and drive the
> new one in?
> I will also need 2 of the red fiber-composite bushings that go between the
> axle and the torsion arm, along with torsion arm seals, p/n 311.405.129.
> Anyone have any of these parts for sale or know where to find them?
> What do those of you with front end experience think I should do?
> Yancy Everhart
> 66 Squareback
> 63 343
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