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[T3] A long day of disassembly...

<x-flowed>Hey listers, today was a long day of disassembly, the 73 US spec Variant was to be slaughtered today...

Me and my friend Zeljko started to work at 9:30 in the morning and wasn't finished until 6:30 in the afternoon. We did a pretty thorough strip of the car, I'll go into detail...

The car was a Texas yellow 1973 Squareback, VIN 3632024986, door jamb sticker said it was manufactured 9/72. The tag in the front plate read 37-3-3237, for those who are interested. It was also fitted with the late type BN2 gas heater, but it was removed before the car was delivered to the junkyard. The pump was still in place though. This wagon was in a very poor state, with lots of rust. It looked like it had been sitting outside for a long time. The rockers were completely rusted out, as were the bottom of the doors, the bumpers, and there was a lot of cancer in the lower areas of the engine compartment and upper areas of the front fenders and inner wheel wells as well. The floor pans looked amazingly solid though, as did the rear wheel wells. The rear fenders were both rusted out and destroyed by some PO, because they decided to keep the air intake grilles. These were simply cut out of the rear fenders! The front fenders were also rusted beyond salvage.

We managed to get the engine and tranny out as a complete unit, the shop lift and a fork lift helped us with that task. I had to cut the clutch cable as the wing nut was rusted solid, the heater cables broke off as we tried to undo them, because of rust. The throttle cable was frayed, so I chose to leave it behind. I of course got the FI wiring harness out in one piece, but I am amazed at how many cables there are compared to the simplicity of the dual Solexes. Speaking of dual carbs, one thing I found out is that the engine has been rebuilt at one time or more, and the engine case has been replaced. The case is a T code...

After the engine and tranny was out, we pulled the rear suspension. Easy enough, as the shop lift supported the rear end on the vertical plates at the ends of the torsion tubes, so we removed the three bolts under the car, and set it on the floor. Then we removed the 2 bolts on top, holding the shock towers, and undid the hand brake cables, and out it went, complete with drive shafts and brake drums. Yes, we did loosen the big end nuts before we started dismantling the car.

As mentioned, the body was in a sad state, but there's always some parts to get anyway. The hood and hatch were ok, so off they went. I also separated the doors from all their parts and got two good inner window scrapers, one good outer scraper and the vent windows. I also took the winding mechanisms with me, and also the latches and glass of course. Typically, I managed to crack the windscreen, but I removed the chrome (aluminium type, not plastic) and also removed all the other glasses from the car. The chrome trim on the sides of the car was also saved for later, but the trim on the left rear fender was gone, as were the rocker trim and the rear "Volkswagen" emblem. The H4 headlights were also saved from the scrap heap.

I don't know exactly how long this car has been in Norway, but it has been here for a looong time, as I saw an old sticker on the rear window, supporting a Norwegian seat belt campaign from 1979. The car had the orange rear turn signals (only one lens present, broken) and a KM/H speedometer with trip counter, in addition to the already mentioned H4 headlights.. A sticker on the hatch suggested that the car had been sold by Sun Valley VW. Anyone know where this is?

Other items that were kept for later was the fuel tank (is this FI specific?), the FI fuel pumps, air intake bellows (all uncracked and pretty soft after all these years), the fuse box, instruments, small plastic items from here and there around the car, most of the electrical switches in the dash, the window washer bottle, the wiper motor and linkage, wiper arms, fresh air box w/fan, steering coloumn switches (inc. ignition switch, the key also fit right door and hatch), the gear lever, the heater air tubes (or what you call them) including the thermostat housings, and of course the dash pad.

Ahh, the dash pad... What a beautiful piece of jewelry this is, not even a single sign of a hairline crack anywhere to be seen! After all the screws had been removed, it was easy to remove as if it had been installed last week. The only thing that annoyed me is the VIN tag, which only the North American cars used. Oh well, maybe I can have a tag that corresponds with my car's VIN made.

Some things were left behind, simply because we didn't have time to pick them, or the things were left undesirable to me. The black front seats (rear seat and panels was gone), the carpets, door panels, front suspension and master cylinder and the wiring harness. That's pretty much what was left on the car when we were finished! It was a fun and learning day for both of us.

I guess this is enough talk for now. And what is a post like this without pictures? Of course I took pictures, I'm going to resize them and upload them right after I've sent this post, look for them at http://public.fotki.com/volkswagen/variant_parts_car/

73 & 70 Variant

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