Central Locking

Central locking was a fairly obvious addition and, after looking around at my options, I chose a 4-door kit from AutoEurope. They were one of the few firms offering a purpose-made 4-door kit and the only one I could see where all doors were operated by either front door.

The box containing all the bits which looks quite plain.
Complete kit for four doors is supplied with frictionless actuators and all necessary fixings and instructions. The system comes complete with a central relay unit that will connect directly to my alarm system.
Two of the lock motors, the one with five wires is a master for the front doors and that with two wires is a slave for the rear doors. The metal rod connected to the two-wire motor couples it to the existing door locking rod.
Here are the motors fitted to the doors. The front door (on the right here) was easy, there was room for the motor directly below the original lock button with a gusset plate and the rods could be coupled directly. The rear door (left) needed a diagonal offset and an additional rod to reach from the available mounting position.

A final detail ... I needed to round up a complete set of good door handles and then I noticed that the driver’s door handles for the Variant and the Fastback were different. Why am I not surprised? There was so much non-standard in the Type 4.

Look carefully at the picture here, I have placed the original 2-door Variant handles above and below a set of four original Fastback handles. You will see that the operating pin is longer on the Variant handle, but that’s not all. The claws of the lever that acts on the internal mechanism are deeper too. As I wanted to retain a set of matching locks, I have had to swap the door lock cylinders to ensure a matching set for the whole car – doors, tailgate and ignition.

 

To be continued . . .