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RE: [T3] Purest Type 3 group? (kind of a rant)

A T-2 single cab with a 300hp Chevy mid-engine? I'd love to see this! 
I'm sorry. I didn't mean to re-hash the blue vs. black thing again. It's
just everything I've learned in this group goes against everything I've
known (or thought I knew) about VW's. I am very happy with our FI (one
example) and it seems very simple to service now that I know what to do.
So I assume (for now anyway) we are banished to the "Dark Side" of the
PS Can't wait to see the "V8 engine in a T-3"!

-----Original Message-----
From: Russ Wolfe [mailto:russw@classicvw.org] 
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 11:53 AM
To: type3@vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] Purest Type 3 group? (kind of a rant)

On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 12:57, +ACI-Schlegel, Richard+ACI- wrote:
> Why do I get the impression this group is NOT into customizing their 
> type 3? Nothing wrong with that. This group is very knowledgeable but 
> anytime someone mentions doing anything other than stock it seems to 
> be frowned on.

I think after you have been around this list a while, you will find that
there are both types. they are refered to as Lightside, and Darkside.
(refering for Star Wars.) You can't get mush darker than Brian Fye's
mid-engined, 2300cc Type3 roadster. Or Toby's 2 liter with a 5 speed
trans. Me, I have worked on these T-3's since the early '60's, and enjoy
them very much. Currently, my '71 FB automatic is completely stock. My
'66 FB is in the process of getting an engine rebuild and an upgrade to
dual port heads, with dual carbs. Dual carbs were stock on it original.
As for lowering it, I think Gravity has lowered it about as much as I
care to have it for the type of gravel road driving I do. As for the
blue coils. Yes, they do put out a hotter spark. but at a cost of higher
current draw on the system. The newer ones are not near as good as the
old originals, and besides, unless you going high performance, they are
not needed. The 009 distributor, kind of the same. The originals from
back in the '60's gave better performance, with the right carb/carbs.
The ones that are produced today, don't have the advance curves that the
originals had. The original 009 dist. had a cast iron housing, not
aluminum. In the past 40 years, I have probably done about every
"Darkside" thing to a VW that you can think of, including an L-Gas
dragster,  a '60 Bug with a Porsche engine, to a T-2 single cab with a
300hp Chevy mid-engine, but I always come back to stock. 
Yes, I dream that maybe someday, I would like to put a W8 engine in a
T-3, but for right now it is just something to occupy my mind.

Russ Wolfe
'66 FB MT
'71 FB AT 
'65 Bug (not running)

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