Tools of the trade

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Factory Tools

A few tools made especially for Type 3 service:

VW 176 - Type 3 fan puller

VW 177 - Type 3 fan housing centering tool

VW 178 - Special 13mm wrench for lower sidedraft carburetor mounting nut

VW 660 - Type 3 timing gauge. There were several versions of this gauge, ranging from a simple flat steel alignment tool intended for local manufacture to an elaborate device with an integrated static timing light and a spring clamp that allows hands-free use.


Other factory tools recommended for Type 3 service:

VW 113 - 27mm thin wrench recommended for holding the 6V generator pulley collar


Images courtesy of thesamba.com. For a list of all VW factory tools please visit the Special Service Tools page on thesamba.com.


Type 3 Tool Roll

Every Type 3 was delivered with a tool roll, the contents of which varied over the years. In the early years the tool rolls themselves were made from olive drab fabric or vinyl remnants and they usually didn't match the car's upholstery. Here are the tool roll contents by year as listed in the owner's manuals:


1962

· Tool roll

· Hub cap removal tool

· Combination pliers

· Screwdriver 0.85

· Screwdriver 0.5

· Open end wrench 8x12mm

· Wrench for spark plugs and wheel mounting bolts

· Socket 14mm

· Operating bar for sockets and jack


1963

For the 1963 model year a 27mm open end wrench was added. The manual points out that it can be used to turn the spark plug socket. It was also useful for holding the generator pulley when changing the belt. The 8x12 combination wrench was also changed to an 8x13 for 1963.

· Tool roll

· Hub cap removal tool

· Combination pliers

· Screwdriver 0.85

· Screwdriver 0.5

· Open end wrench 8x13mm

· Open end wrench 27mm (in conjunction with the socket for removing the spark plugs)

· Wrench for spark plugs and wheel mounting bolts

· Socket 14mm

· Operating bar for sockets and jack


1964

For 1964 the 1500S models got yet another selection of tools, including a new spark plug wrench and operating bar, a combination screwdriver replacing the two wood handled screwdrivers, and a 10x13 combination wrench. The 27mm wrench was still supplied for the 1500N models, which didn't get the new spark plug socket and bar, but it was discontinued for the 1500S.

· Tool roll

· Hub cap removal tool

· Combination pliers

· Screwdriver with double-ended blade for Philips and slotted screws

· Open end wrench 10x13mm

· Spark plug socket wrench with bar

· Wrench for wheel mounting bolts with bar (the bar is also used to operate the jack)

· Socket 14mm


Accessory Tool Kits

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When the VW 1500s were introduced Hazet offered a new round tool kit designed specifically for them. Unlike the more common round tool kits for the Type 1 and Porsche 356, which were held in place on the spare wheel by the hub cap clips, the 1500 tool kit was designed to simply fit inside the spare wheel unsecured -- necessary because the new 1500 wheel design eliminated the clips. The case of the 1500 kit is considerably larger than the Type 1 kit and is made of plastic instead of steel.

Wrenches in the kit include a 27mm open end, 13mm combination (Hazet 600), 10mm/14mm (450), 9mm/11mm (450), and 7mm/8mm (450).

Screwdrivers include a large and small flat blade (811-6 and 813-2) and a large and short Phillips (814-3 and 814-2).

The kits also included slip-joint pliers (760) and combination pliers (1850-6), a special 17mm hex head/21mm box-end oil plug wrench (2567), lug wrench (772), spark plug removal tool, and 13mm socket (2527).

A point file, Hazet 2125, is also included in some of the kits. The contents changed slightly over the years the kits were offered.

Beginning in 1966 a universal kit that would fit both the Type 1 and for 1966 and newer Type 3s was offered.

The kit pictured, with the VW logo and "1500" molded into the case, is the version offered by VW dealers, but there was also a version of the same kit sold by Hazet labeled "Tourist 2."