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Re: [T3] 72 FI missing/sputtering

On 21 Nov 2005 at 21:49, fess wrote:

> On Nov 20, 2005, at 3:40 PM, Jim Adney wrote:
> > but I strongly encourage people to keep
> > their original screw-on right angle dist cap ends. Those are almost
> > irreplaceable and they never wear out.
> it looks like aircooled.net has plug wires for type III's
> with the right angle.  OEM Bosch and Super Mag Plus.

The sets now available are not the same as those originally supplied with the 
cars when new. The OG dist ends actually screw onto the wires, so the wires can 
be replaced easily without replacing anything else. The replacements are 
crimped on so you need to buy a whole new wireset any time you want to replace 
wire. I do have some good used right-angle OG dist ends, but I want $10 EACH 
for them. They were available new from Bosch at one time, but for even MORE 
THAN THIS. They never wear out and I don't want people to get the idea that 
they can just buy them sometime if they decide they want them. They are not 
being made anymore and the supply of replacements is dwindling.

That said, I sell bulk SP wire which I sell by the foot and you can trim to fit 
YOUR car exactly. I also sell both new and used Bosch SP ends; personally, I 
use the used ones first on my own cars. If your OG wireset is gone and you need 
to replace everything, I also have complete new wiresets which have right angle 
dist ends, but they are NOT the OG dist ends. They are crimped on.

If you live in any kind of damp climate, you should also buy the silicone boots 
which fit over the ends of the bakelite SP connectors. These seal moisture away 
from the SP insulator and make a significant difference when starting in damp 
weather. I believe these are still available from VW, and I have a few of them. 
They are reusable, even if your SP connector goes bad. They are rather 
expensive, but they are one of the most useful improvements VW ever introduced. 
There were 2 versions, the early one, which came out in '67, which doesn't 
work, and the late one which came out in '71 (I think) which is excellent.

One more part that is important to keep in good repair are the air seals that 
go around the SP connectors. These are important to keep the cooling air from 
leaking out before it's done its job.

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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