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Re: [T3] Purest Type 3 group?

On 12 Mar 2004 at 10:57, +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. 

There really are two camps on this. I don't mind improvements, but most of 
what's done is just copycat mods. Others are just following what the market is 
trying to sell them, even when the market is selling junk. 009s and Blue coils 
are good examples of that.

There ARE good examples of customized cars here, and strong proponents for 
them. Brian's pink roadster is a good example of a car that was going to be 
either scrapped or customized, so he did something with it that no one else had 

There's nothing wrong with carbs, but there's no point in removing a perfectly 
good (or easily fixed) FI system only to replace it with a poorly matched carb 
system. I'd feel the same way about removing a perfectly good carb system only 
to replace it with a cobbled up Frankinjector system.

For me, I look to see what kind of thought has gone into it, no matter which 
direction it is headed.

I think Bob Hoover wrote up what a new owner should do with his car, and his 
suggestion was to make a list in order of importance of things you wanted to do 
to it. Once the list is finished you should go back and see if "get THIS engine 
running well" and "get the brakes working well" were the first 2 and that 
"installing a really boss sound system was below # 8. If you pass those two 
tests, you're probably on the right track. If not, you need to spend more time 
thinking about your list.

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

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