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Furious Fastback

Post by Rhysos » 26th March 2024 - 1:23pm

Hi all, Rhys here. I’m new to the forum, but not to aircooled VW’s and you may have occasionally seen me pop up over on the VZi and The Samba forums. I've recently become the proud owner of a 1972 1600 TA (purchased June last year), so I figured that it would be beneficial to connect with other Type 3 owners:

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So, my ride happens to be a VolksWorld ex-feature car from back in the day (Nov 2000):

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The car is far more sedate than it was back then and no longer has the 2165cc stomper, so the 'Furious' tag probably no longer applies :lol: It’s a rolling project with plenty of things to fix, but it is exactly what I was seeking; solid, running and peppered with battle scars:

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My first car was actually a 1965 Beetle, which I got just after passing my driving test almost 25 years ago. I still have it, but it is under looong-term restoration. Since I laid up my bug I had been feeling a growing desire to be back behind the wheel of an old dub. Type 3’s have always held a curious appeal and although I like all of the body types, the Fastback speaks to me. When I laid eyes on it, I just knew this one was for me! I've been loving getting to know this car whist working my way through the lengthy snagging list. It seems to be running sweet now, so hoping to put some miles on it this year.

Hopefully meet some of you out at the shows and/or cruises! I live in Bristol, so feel free to tap me up if you are local 8)

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Re: Furious Fastback

Post by broady_6 » 26th March 2024 - 9:45pm

Welcome to the club, great to see another one kept alive!
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Re: Furious Fastback

Post by purplepeter » 27th March 2024 - 8:32am

Welcome! I seem to recognise your reg, it'll come to me eventually where from!
I'm in Oldfield park in Bath, so not a million miles away, Which part of Bristol are You in?
There are quite a few Type 3's in & around: Larry & Lin Collins are kinda Kingswood area, Paul Dickinson is on the Wellsway & Dave our Editor, is in Pensford, Then theres Kim apted & Corndog Ben & a rough looking yellow square that floats around, but I haven't seen those last 3 for donkeys years!

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Post by Rhysos » 27th March 2024 - 10:05am

broady_6 wrote:
26th March 2024 - 9:45pm
Welcome to the club, great to see another one kept alive!
Thanks for the welcome Broady - I have learned a lot from your epic build. Most impressive :thumbsup:
purplepeter wrote:
27th March 2024 - 8:32am
Welcome! I seem to recognise your reg, it'll come to me eventually where from!
I'm in Oldfield park in Bath, so not a million miles away, Which part of Bristol are You in?
There are quite a few Type 3's in & around: Larry & Lin Collins are kinda Kingswood area, Paul Dickinson is on the Wellsway & Dave our Editor, is in Pensford, Then theres Kim apted & Corndog Ben & a rough looking yellow square that floats around, but I haven't seen those last 3 for donkeys years!
I'm actually in Kingswood myself, so not far from you! I also know of a fella just who lives up the road from me who has an impeccable early blue notch. Maybe a summertime convoy cruise to local aircooled/classic car shows would be fun given that a few of us are in the Bristol/Bath area? I will put a shout out in the 'events diary' section of the forum whenever I have something lined up.

My Fasty has changed hands a number of times over the years, so no doubt you have come across it before. In fact, it has appeared on this very forum several times before as I have just come across this thread viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2262 and also this viewtopic.php?f=21&t=7011 whilst browsing the 'members cars'.

Also, I believe it used to visit the drag strip way back when it had a big motor in it, but I haven't found any photos/videos of this. Be good to see it back in its 'furious' years though! I'll be sticking with the stock 1600 that's currently in it though - I like my cars 'low and slow' 8)
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Post by Danny Lord » 27th March 2024 - 5:11pm

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Post by Rhysos » 28th March 2024 - 12:38pm

As I now have a dedicated thread, I will add occasionally add some posts of the work I have done so far. First up was to replace a defunct alternator. This became apparent when I was whizzing down the local ring road and then without warning the engine power significantly decreased and rapidly quit on me at 50mph. Manage to coast the car over to the hard shoulder and got her going again with a spare battery. I investigated and found that the alternator wasn’t putting out any charge and so the car was entirely running off the battery. I pulled the existing alternator, but wasn’t able to revive it:

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Looking around for a suitable replacement, I noted that a lot of folk were using Nippon/Kubota units, commonly fitted to forklift trucks. Their low profile makes them ideal for fitting under the engine hatch. I fabricated some brackets and fitted up the new alternator, it's only a 40amp unit but seems to do its job well.

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Whilst I was at it, I made a custom repair to the fan shroud cover. I decided not to recreate the hump of the original, but just closed up the gap the best I could to prevent the cool air escaping:

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All works well and it looks far neater now 8)

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Re: Furious Fastback

Post by broady_6 » 30th March 2024 - 7:58am

Certainly tidied that up well. If you can add a seal to that, it wil help you a lot in summer. Currently your cooling fan will be able to draw in hot air from the engine bay. Even if you just bond some rubber flaps as best you can, it will reduce the amount of hot air sucked in. Theres also the grommit missing from the timing light hole and your intake boot for the airfilter looks split. Thanks to some helpful folk, these are now available again!

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And ive just noticed this sleeve missing too. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/202648761638

Please to see you getting stuck in, hope these help!
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Post by Rhysos » 31st March 2024 - 12:53am

Thanks for the advice Broady, that’s what I appreciate about forums. I will give some more thought and see about getting a tighter seal around the cover. Small improvements no doubt yield big gains when it comes to a cooling running pancake engine.

I wasn’t aware of the sleeve that should be positioned over the joint in the air cleaner, makes good sense though. The concertina rubber boot has certainly seen better days, so I will also put these items on my shopping list.

I had actually already sorted the timing inspection hole, which looked like it had been mangled with a screwdriver in a past life:

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Fitted up the same grommit that you linked to below:

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Even minor jobs like this are satisfying – small victories!

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Post by Rhysos » 31st March 2024 - 12:57am

Also, the car is running J-tubes, so with no OG heating components fitted I sealed up both ends of the fan shroud with delete bungs to replace the gaffer tape that previously did this duty:

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Re: Furious Fastback

Post by broady_6 » 7th April 2024 - 9:40am

Good work, nice to see someone wise to the cooling requirements
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