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Re: [T3] Finally posted the pics

On 5 Oct 2004 at 15:45, Jon Remers wrote:

> So, here are the pics:
> http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_page.php?pic_id=90750
> My brother took them, sadly from "boring" angles.
> Both shift/handbrake boot were black. I really want to
> get back to the car and begin resto now ...

This car looks REALLY nice, at least inside. I hope you will do a slow careful 
job restoring the metal parts. Contact type 3 konny in Germany for sheet metal, 

I notice that your steering wheel and dash seem to be intact. This is extremely 
rare. One thing you should do to keep anything from happening to these parts is 
to keep them from temperature extremes. 

Very cold temps make them contract and pull away from other parts that don't 
contract as fast; thus steering wheels crack when the plastic shrinks faster 
than the steel frame inside them. Dashes crack when they contract more than the 
body that they are attached to. In general, organic materials contract about 
10x more than steel.

Hot temps are a problem because they promote outgassing of some of the more 
volatile components of the plastics. Loss of these components makes the 
plastics more brittle.

I think ideal storage temps for a car would be 40-50F or 5-10C. Keeping the dew 
point below 100% at all times would benefit anything that can corrode.

My idea of an ideal storage area would be a large space in what is called a 
"dead" cave. A dead cave is one that no longer has water flowing thru it. Year 
round temp and humidity tend to be extremely stable in these.

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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