The bus wasn't running when I bought it. The clutch didn't work. This problem was easily fixed thanks to the early bus design which is very friendly to dedicated engine-removers like myself. Simply remove the bumper, the rear plate under the engine lid, a few bolts, stick a jack on wheels under the engine and roll it out. We were used to late Baywindows, they have the rear plate welded to the body which makes it a whole lot harder to remove the engine.
The clutch problem became obvious with the engine out: the release bearing had broken. Fortunately I had a spare...It didn't look like the 1970 bearing at all...drat! off we went to the PO (Previous Owner). He checked his hughe collection of gearboxes...no 1970-compatible bearing was there.
so it turned out that VW used a different one from 1968 until 1970. Drat! Onwards... to the nearest VW-Dealer. A little checkup on their computer revealed that the bearing was used from 1968 until 1970. Not in available in their stock, so I would have to wait a couple of days, the price: only 97 guilders (45 US Dollars).
To be continued...
Vehicle Ident. Nr.:
|230 2 241 209|
|B0 451 657|
|523544 Sonderlackierung (special paint)|
left factory on:
Country of destination:
|Niederlande (The Netherlands)|
(M-codes continued 500/623/745)
More info on the M-plate: http://drive.to/mcodes
Last update: February 16th, 2001
Copyright © 1997 Vincent Molenaar
Vincenzo's Volkswagen Vans