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Which solenoid is correct for S3?

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:56 pm

Attached is a picture of my car, probably from the mid 80s (not owned by me at the time) and as
you can see, the solenoid is the square, modern type, like the one on my Sprint. Solenoid is still
on the car. So, is this solenoid correct for #5727 S3 or should it have the round type, with the
larger black button?
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:57 am

My car is a little later, but it had that type of solenoid.
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PostPost by: Pastapesto » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:28 pm

Large round type with larger button......

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elancoupe wrote:My car is a little later, but it had that type of solenoid.
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:48 pm

I have a picture of what i assume to be a S3 (taken in 68) and that car has the round button type fitted.
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PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:31 pm

Button one on my 68 titled, 67S3 DHC bought in 72 Gordon Sauer
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:13 pm

Thanks guys. I'll probably go with the round button top one.
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PostPost by: billwill » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:19 am

Mine is an S3 Coupe and has a round starter solenoid but it does not have a manual button.
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PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:11 am

Here's a little more, March 70 service manual picture and then a march 71 parts list picture. Gordon Sauer
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:22 am

Round one with the manual button as posted by Gordon Sauer. My S3 was delivered 24 July, 1967. #45/7279
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PostPost by: Jon Eckman » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:20 pm

The '66 S3 I have (36/5599 converted to a 45) has the black round push button style.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:41 pm

Thank you. I appreciate and still welcome all the input
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