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Special Service Tools - General Information
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Tools Listing Information
Page 1 (100 series) | Page 2 (200-249) | Page 3 (250-299) | Page 4 (300 series) | Page 5 (400 series)
Page 6 (500 series) | Page 7 (600 series) | Page 8 (700-999) | Page 9 (1000-up) | Page 10 (Other)
Local Manufacture of Tools (600-799) | 8/70 Spare Parts

General Information
Remarks about the tools numbering system, thanks to Joerg Lottermoser
Additional information and comments welcome

The "Classical" VW tools are named VW 100 to VW 820. The "VW" is part of the number. Tools with different prefixes are not VW tools. So 547 is not a tool in the VW list, it's V-547 (it's made by Matra, but this company also made tools for other manufacturers and for the free market). V-547 is used in VW workshops, but like screwdrivers and wrenches assumed to be a standard tool. Another example: 286c which is P286c and I think this is a Porsche tool (Porsche used VW tools as far as they could be used for their purpose, but made own tool for special applications). I haven't found a VW 286 tool, so maybe for the close relationship between Porsche and VW this number was not used in the VW tool list.

Early tools are sometimes mentioned with a capital T following the number so VW113 and VW113T or VW202a and VW202aT may be the same tool but VW202 and VW202t are different.

Tools numbered in the 2 numbers - 2 or 3 numbers scheme (for example 10-13 or 30-200) came from the Audi branch, they don't have any letter prefixes or suffixes. Volkswagen bought Audi in the mid sixties and the early watercooled models in the early seventies were based on Audi constructions. At this time they melted Audi and VW brand (in Europe). Tools are mainly for Audi models and early Passat / Dasher, Golf / Rabbit.

In late 70s they started a new numbering scheme, 4 numbers (starting with 2001) with optional letter suffixes. They count up to 3400+.

With Seat and Skoda brand came a new numbering scheme "T" plus 5 numbers, starting with T10001 (some Seat tools are numbered with "U" prefix).

In late 50s some tools got new numbers. There were some tools for local manufacturing numbered between VW 351 and VW 385 which got new numbers in the VW 600s and VW 700s range. I guess in the begin the local manufacturing range was VW 350 and above. When there were more and more tools VW decided to use VW 600 and above for local manufacturing tools.  Some of the local manufacturing tools could also be ordered ready for use from the factory, VW 771 for example.

Up to now I have determined this listing:
Old -> New
(VW 351/1) VW 604
(VW 353) VW 661/1 u. VW 661/2
(VW 355/4) VW 603/1
(VW 358a) VW 650
(VW 363) VW 662
(VW 364) VW 663
(VW 366) VW 736
(VW 370) VW 636
(VW 372a) VW 633
(VW 373) VW 654
(VW 374) VW 670
(VW 375) VW 671
(VW 376) VW 672
(VW 377) VW 730
(VW 378) VW 730/1
(VW 380) VW 655
(VW 381) VW 656
(VW 384) VW 659
(VW 385) VW 660
The old numbers were reused for new tools

Remarks about the tools numbering system as it related to Transporters, thanks to Julian Parodi

In the 1951 catalog it is written:
" The special tools required for the repair of the type 29 delivery van are supplied in a closed collection for subsequent insertion in this special tool catalog"

1955 VW Bus Shop manual Supplement with information:

Here is the table of early/late tools for the Transporter:
VW 113T VW 113A
VW 131T VW 131A
VW 133T VW 133A
VW 202AT VW 202S
VW 202MT VW 202M
VW 202NT VW 202N
VW 202PT VW 202P
VW 217/3T VW 217A
VW 223T VW 223
VW 224T VW 224A
VW 240T VW 240A
VW 241T VW 241A
VW 242T VW 242
VW 243T VW 243
VW 244T VW 244B
VW 258T VW 258B
VW 266T VW 266F
VW 270T VW 270B
VW 272T VW 272A
VW 273T VW 273B
VW 274T VW 274B
VW 275T VW 275

Tools Listing Information
Page 1 (100 series) | Page 2 (200-249) | Page 3 (250-299) | Page 4 (300 series) | Page 5 (400 series)
Page 6 (500 series) | Page 7 (600 series) | Page 8 (700-999) | Page 9 (1000-up) | Page 10 (Other)
Local Manufacture of Tools (600-799) | 8/70 Spare Parts
Actual tool photos courtesy of various TheSamba.com Gallery contributors

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