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Re: [T3] General Parts Question

On 18 Mar 2004 at 15:33, wfoh8x9 Martinez-Ortiz wrote:

> Well I am getting ready to cruise my Fasty starting from AZ-AL-MD-PA-and ending 
> in TX. I have not caculated the total miles yet but I figure at least 8K total. 

That's a LOT of miles to plan to take an unproven car on. You should plan to 
put a lot of miles on any car before you start out on any journey like that.

> I want to make sure everything is in good working order before hand so I am 
> going to put a FLOAT Eng and SW Axlein T3 and keep my original components. 
> I need to know about when change the SW Axle, do I need anything special, I 
> mean I plan on replacing the Shaft seals at the brake shoe housings, theShaft 
> Boots, the nose cone gasket if itneeds it andmy FLAPS sugested the shift 
> coupler and the seals for the side cover plates. Anything else???

Not sure what SW  and FLOAT means here. None of these parts are parts that I 
would ever suggest just replacing for good measure. Many of them will outlast 
the car and you can cause yourself some real trouble by getting into the 
transmission when you really don't need to.

> On the Engine I am putting a new 87mm piston kit and am debating on a stroker 
> crank maybe a 82mm.I will be using the stock solex's so I dont want to go 
> andupset to much thepowerbalance. I will be doing all my own work as 
> usualso more than likely I will just go with the slip-in piston kit.

More bad advice. NEVER install any of the oversize slip-in P/C kits. Their cyl 
wall is too thin and they won't last long. Stock 85.5s will give you much 
better results.

> When I raise the rear of the vehicleare the usual "Oil Change Ramps"
> enoughor do I need moreclearance, I know onT1 I would because the fan
> shroud. I will be taking the engine out first and then the Swing axle,
> will replace all push rod tubes gaskets, cilinder seals, rocker
> assyseals, carburetor gaskets and all the fluids. 

It's probably enough. You can measure the height of the engine and make sure 
you have enough clearance before you take it out.

> Is there anythingelse that I might have missed, Ido not have any vacation so 
> mainly Iwill be doing this in the afternoons after work and maybe the weekend 
> depending on thewife state of mind.

Give yourself much more time than you expect to need. It's much better to 
finish with time to spare than to end up trying to race the clock.

> I will modifya floorjack I have by welding a 1'x1 steelplate on the mating 
> surface with two angle brackets on the side to take the major components off 
> or do you guys suggesta different approach. 

I just put a small plywood plate on top of the jack.

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

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