VW Type 2 Bay Suspension

A Short History Of The VW Type 2 'Bay Window' (cont.)

1973s changes brought more body modifications, the front indicators were moved from just above the bumper, to next to the fresh air grille for the cab, a deformation panel was added behind the front bumper, allowing the bus to pass the US crash tests, even though as a van it was not required to pass them.

The VW roundel on the front panel shrunk in size, and was made of plastic, painted white (L041)on most models,  and chromed plastic on Deluxes. The “blade” type bumpers of the earlier buses had been replaced by the larger and squarer “Europa” type bumpers. By virtue of the bumpers changing, the cab steps were now incorporated into the wheel-arch/wing. All Type 1 engined buses now used an alternator as opposed to a generator.

In 1974 VW refined the bus further, the Type 4 engine had been increased to 1800cc, the cab floor was redesigned, and the fuel filler was now flush mounted into the side of the van, rather than hidden behind a door as on previous versions. The painted finish on the dashboard was changed from a smooth finish to a rough finish.

The sliding door handle was changed and now featured the lock in the door, as opposed to the handle. It was now possible to lock the door from the inside, but unlock if from outside, a system put in place by linking both internal and external locking mechanisms. For ease of access to the engine, VW introduced an inspection cover above the engine, in the form of a lifting luggage compartment floor.

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