[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index] [New Search]

Re: [T3] Rear seat lifting

On 26 Aug 2006 at 8:44, Arkady Mirvis wrote:

> I was horrified yesterday when pulling the string, used to lift the 
> rear seat in my 1972 Square, I couldn't get the seat up. It was locked!
> After several attempt the seat finally came up. I see that the plastic 
> string, when pulled, is opening the latch. But what one will do if the 
> string rips off? How one can open the latch and get the seat up?

That seat bottom lock was introduce in late '71, I think. There is 
supposed to be a kind of translucent yellow plastic strap there to 
release the latch, but those are often broken. They get broken 
because they get used, as you imply, to pull up the seat.

Earlier squarebacks came with a rather large vinyl strap, made from 
the seat cover material, which WAS meant to be used to pull up the 

In reality, the little late strap should ONLY be used to release the 
latch, then the seat should be lifted with the other hand, by 
grabbing around the rear edge of the seat. Unfortunately, this makes 
lifting the seat a really awkward process.

Frankly, I've never understood why VW added that latch. This is not 
something that will flip up on its own. Or maybe they were worried 
about its coming open in a roll-over accident. That might be the only 
reason for this concern.

At any rate, I find that most of these late latches have been 
disabled by hammering the hook that's welded to the top of the tunnel 
to one side. It will just lay there flat.

If the latch strap breaks, you can reach down that slot with a hooked 
wire and snag the release that way, but that's REALLY hard unless you 
have another late square that you can look at to see what you're 
trying to reach. I've also seen people take the hinges apart to get 
at it from the front, but the wire trick works rather easily once you 
know what you're trying to hook onto.

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

List info at http://www.vwtype3.org/list | mailto:gregm@vwtype3.org

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index] [New Search]