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Re: [T3] 1973 Fasty Dashboard removal, itty bitty light, cable, and welding?

On 18 Jun 2005 at 7:23, Timothy Kender wrote:

> I bought a new dash to replace the San Andreas Fault dash I have. Was 
> wondering if anyone knows how to replace a dash and how to remount the 
> VIN?

You should know that in some (all?) states it is illegal to remount a dash VIN 
tag. I'm not suggesting that you not do it, but if you do, make it look OE and 
don't ever tell anyone about it.

I would suggest that the right length of pop rivets might look just about 
correct. You might also want to reuse the old internal supports that are under 
the old dash.

> 2nd Q: below the two vent controls there is a small light (LED? Don't 
> know for sure as it was crushed by PO or others...) It is to the right 
> of my Saphire XV AM radio. Does anyone know what it is?

It's a '73 only item (or maybe late '72 also.) I've seen it variously described 
as a map light and a light to illuminate the heater levers. It really isn't 
useful for either purpose.

> As an aside, I bought a steering wheel & adapter to nake it fit. Then 
> found my 1973's steering column is not using the older large spline 
> style column, but the newer small spline column. Did VW switch this 
> early on mine? Or some PO do that?

I think all the type 3s are the same diameter from beginning to end.

> Lastly, how does one replace the rear hatch cable system?

Ouch, that's a toughie. You're gonna need donor parts.

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

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