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T3 Syncro Help/Assistance

Discussion in 'Buying and selling help' started by air82, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. air82

    air82 New Member

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    Hi All,
    I have just recently found a 89 Syncro for sale in Melbourne and I have a question for the brains trust!

    The Syncro is missing the prop shaft/drive shaft/tail shaft (not 100% what the correct name is as I’ve seen all these used in relation to said part) therefore only running 2wd.
    - What sort of cost am I looking at to replace this and how hard is it to find a replacement part (in Australia)?

    Also, seeing as I’m not very mechanically minded is their anyone out there in the Melbourne area who could come have a look at the syncro with me on Friday?

    Cheers
    Liam ✌️
     
  2. Dapom

    Dapom Well-Known Member

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    Hey Liam :) I would be more concerned as to the reason why the front prop was removed...
    Generally people remove them due to something being wrong in the front diff etc.
    I’m a T3 guy but don’t know a lot about syncro’s but know that syncro diff and box issues=$$$$$$$$
    Someone more knowledgeable will probably jump in shortly :) @syncro
     
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  3. air82

    air82 New Member

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    So apparently the story is that the bloke who owned it before the bloke who has it for sale, removed it so the van was more economical on fuel for his trip from Melbourne to North QLD!

    That is all I’ve been told.
     
  4. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    And what did that bloke do with the parts? o_O
     
  5. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    .... and that’s been a hot topic of debate recently........
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  6. kleinersyncro

    kleinersyncro Active Member

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    Hi Liam,

    Getting a used prop shaft here might be difficult, but not impossible. Sure there are floating a few around. But in worst case, probably costs you around $1.000 to get a recon one (if nothing else is wrong with it).

    Can you pls flick me a PM with more details on the Syncro and where about it is located? Normally I would offer to help looking at it, but I’m not around on Friday. Maybe Sunday is an option.

    Cheers Arne
     
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  7. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    As suggested above.
    Factor in assumption front parts dodgy unless proven otherwise.
     
  8. nils

    nils Well-Known Member

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    Not to rain on you parade Liam, I hope you have deep pockets, or are happy to be part of very steep learning curve.

    Repairs indeed become a very expensive undertaking very quickly.

    Concider why you want a syncro and whether a 2Wd would be a better purchase?
     
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  9. Gerry and Robyn

    Gerry and Robyn Active Member

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    Hi Liam.
    Give me a call.
    Gerry. 0438 303 270.
     
  10. mackaymanx

    mackaymanx Active Member

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    Does it have power steering? if not it might be a reason the shaft is out as they are a bit of a pig without it.
     
  11. peter915

    peter915 Active Member

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    Agree with previous comment.
    Uwe in Melbourne makes a new replacement shaft . Affordable . And they work.
     
  12. air82

    air82 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply’s everyone :)

    I ended up missing out on the Syncro as it was sold to someone else! After doing a bit more research and hearing a few different opinions my heart wasn’t 100% sold on the idea of ownjng a syncro!

    I don’t think I would have used it to it’s full potential, therefore a bit of a waste me owning one, when someone else could get more joy out of it!

    Anyway I have my eyes set on a nice Caravelle I have found, so fingers crossed!!
     
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  13. air82

    air82 New Member

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    This one had no power steering!
     
  14. air82

    air82 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply! I think my mind was a bit excited with the thought of owning a T3 Syncro! In all honesty I think it would be over kill for what I would generally use it for (mainly a daily driver)!
     
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  15. air82

    air82 New Member

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    Apparently the guy that took the parts out left them at home in his shed! While away on his trip his mates moved house! When he came back home (to the new pad), he went back to old house and checked where he had left the prop shaft in the shed and it was gone..... so the story goes!
     
  16. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    So the story goes.

    You still got that 82 T3? :rolleyes:
     
  17. air82

    air82 New Member

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    No I don’t! I do miss it though:(
     
  18. nils

    nils Well-Known Member

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    If the style is your biggest motivation, lifted 2wd can look as tough as an syncro at half the price. The extra money can be spent on building something that is truely a pleasure to drive. You also then have the option of an auto too if you are so inclined.
    The VW platform in 2WD form is still pretty capable for light track work (plenty of guys and girls have driven around oz in a 2WD) and if you do find yourself in the occasional bit of trouble the 2wd box in mosst cases will accept and locker or LSD as well.
    To be quite honest I enjoyed my 2wd over my syncro due to less cost and less time in the garage. Would I buy another Syncro?
    I can confidently say no.
     
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  19. Wattie

    Wattie Well-Known Member

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    My lifted 2wd auto gets me most places. :)
    PS Melbourne R.jpg
     
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  20. AC-T3

    AC-T3 Well-Known Member

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    Have to agree with all the above. A mildly tricked 2WD will do it all. If you're serious about using your 4WD to tear up planet earth - get a Landcruiser.
     

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