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24-07-2020, 08:50   #1
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1967 VW Variant.

I am starting this thread about the 67 Variant that I was lucky enough to gain ownership from Alpha Beta.

And so that he can continue with the best thread on boards, his own one, I will be posting up any relevant info of the variant here from now on.
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24-07-2020, 10:17   #2
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What I have done so far is to assess the current condition of the car.
so....

I freed the 2 seized wheels so that nI can move it in and out of the shed as I need to.
I brought loads of sand with me from the south coast , tucked up in the wing areas, front and back.

I am inspecting the main trouble areas associated with Type 3 Variants. Mainly heater channels, A and B posts, windscreen
areas, and front inner wheelhouse, and under rear seat ares. Plus the floor pan of course.

When I was negotiating ( well giving Alpha his asking without any hassle to him) I as happy to take the car, if I did not
have to split the floor from the pan for repairs. A 20 minute inspection of the car led me to believe I would not have to do this.
Of course thats if under the muck it was reasonably OK. I took a chance that it was. And indeed it is better than I had hoped.

So far inspection has revealed that I need to repair the two corner rear tails of the shell, the front spare wheel well area,
and one front bumper mount. All this without splitting the shell.

More to follow

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24-07-2020, 14:37   #3
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24-07-2020, 15:41   #4
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Drivers door panel after a sponge and soapy water.

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Seat came up as well after a minute or two


Drivers side front beam showing vw manufacturing number.


And top of heater channel showing shiny solid metal.

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24-07-2020, 19:19   #5
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Oil looks like it was changed yesterday.



Rear passenger side panel unmarked, not the usual condition.



And underneath the leather inspection cover, nice shiny rust free wing bolts.



Abd dynamo is unmarked from its 50 year slumber

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24-07-2020, 21:13   #6
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Wing surface rust treated with genolite and a quick rub 5 minutes later with fine scotchbrite pad.



For 53 year old german metal this is in amazing condition. Far superior to whats available today.

Majority of repro vw panels are paper thin. There are some decent made panels out there, but its not whats widely used. Cheaper crap is the norm
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There is an Irish VW Aircooled group on FB, you may get assistance from there also.

Good luck with the project.

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There is an Irish VW Aircooled group on FB, you may get assistance from there also.

Good luck with the project.

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Thanks, but I am well familiar with the VW aircooled variety, and have worked on all of them many, many years

But it would be interesting to know folks opinions on which routes they would take on the journey.

My own current plans are to get the mechanics and engine going, then the body.

Which entails door,wings,front boot, and rear hatch removal. Strip down these parts and make any necessary repairs ready for paint.

Then to make any repairs to the body shell with these parts off.

Maybe pass on all the parts to a neighbour crash repair chap with a modern spray booth. As he only has to spray parts, it should be a cheaper option than a full car respray.I have already spoken to him, and he has offered me spraybooth time., for myself.

Then when its driving, move the shell to the booth, just to respray the roof.

Bring home re assemble, job done
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Pancake engine design.

Vw 's pancake engine design made it possible to increase luggage space area in the type 3 range.
Boxer engine similar to beetle engine, except the cooling fan has been taken from the upright position
of the beetle engine, and moved to the end of the crankshaft at the pulley end.
This made the pancake engine low in height, about 40cms, IIRC.

The engine in this car is free revolving, and in ok visual appearance. The dynamo looks like new

I notice that the automatic chokes have no live feeds to them from the coil. This
means they were inoperative. This would have made this engine difficult to start,
especially in colder months.

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Best of luck with the project. It will make for interesting reading here.

Can I ask what this is for? Is it to pull moisture out of the metal?
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I brought loads of sand with me from the south coast , tucked up in the wing areas, front and back.
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Can I ask what this is for? Is it to pull moisture out of the metal?
I think it's a left over from the previous owner
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Best of luck with the project. It will make for interesting reading here.

Can I ask what this is for? Is it to pull moisture out of the metal?
From driving along the beach on the southern coast of the emerald isle.
Its from having fun and enjoying the car
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I expect to remove the plugs after plenty of lubrication with WD 40 this week.

Clean and gap them. Check the distributor and rotor, and clean and gap the points.
Change the coil, and connect the auto chokes.
Oil looks new, so I will crank the engine with the plugs out, and get the oil around the engine.

Then compression test all cylinders . If its good then I replace the plugs, and squirt petrol straight
down the inlet manifold.. Check the dissy for spark.

If good to go, then fire it up. I will know within 5 minutes whether this engine will fire or not.

Sounds like a plan.
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I expect to remove the plugs after plenty of lubrication with WD 40 this week.

Clean and gap them. Check the distributor and rotor, and clean and gap the points.
Change the coil, and connect the auto chokes.
Oil looks new, so I will crank the engine with the plugs out, and get the oil around the engine.

Then compression test all cylinders . If its good then I replace the plugs, and squirt petrol straight
down the inlet manifold.. Check the dissy for spark.

If good to go, then fire it up. I will know within 5 minutes whether this engine will fire or not.

Sounds like a plan.
Record the attempt to start it please!
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This is really making me want to get a proper project
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