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Re: [T3] Rear seat lifting

<x-rich>Many thanks, Jim.

Volkswagen never introduced anything without a reason. 

The seat has 2 hinges in the front, pretty weak, with roll pins. The
hook is somewhat strong and was added, I think, after something has

Anyway, I will replace that string with one made of more reliable

<fontfamily><param>Helvetica</param>Kind regards

Ark Mirvis


On Aug 27, 2006, at 1:26 PM, Jim Adney wrote:

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

<excerpt>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



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