Wednesday, January 31, 2007

MORE NOS Type 3 Parts for sale!

Some other NOS Stuff for Sale - click the pics for info.

Also got some NOS boxed early armrests - if interested contact me via any of my samba ads.

NOS Front Right blinker

NOS Rear reflectors & NOS Reflector Seals

NOS Engine Cooling elbows

NOS Post Aug '65 Beauty Rings

NOS Type 3 Fender Beading

If anyone is looking for some NOS Type 3 Fender Beading (or wing beading as we call it in the UK!) then click the photo or the "Stuff for sale" button - I might be able to help you out!!!


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Air Cleaner Decal

In the never ending quest for originality I picked up a couple of water slide decals for the Knecht air cleaner on the Notch - these have been reproduced by Scott from
You too can pick these up from his Samba ad - click the picture of the decal for more info.

It went on a dream - great work Scott - thanks!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Gute Fahrt pt 2

Here are the rest of the pics from the launch article! enjoy

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Gute Fahrt

This is what it all started with - the first official test drives of the VW 1500 in the June 1961 Issue of Gute Fahrt magazine. more pics to follow.

Friday, January 26, 2007

NINOVE is coming - check Freddys blog

Don't forget - March 11th - Ninove is the place to be!

I'll be on the T2D Roadtrip - will you?

I think I need a shift light too!

Well - I did it :-))))))))) - looks pretty sweet

Thursday, January 25, 2007

NOS Red Needle Tachs are common - (not really!)

Well - first there was Freddy over in Belgium finding his NOS Red Needled Type 3 Tacho a few weeks ago.

Then - guess what - I found one too. Same tacho - different box, but NOS all the same.
6 volt - uber uber rare in the red needle format (and not so common in the white needle either!)

Now the question is - do I install it, or do I keep it on the shelf - the answer will be with you tomorrow!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

NOS Albert Mirror

Picked this up in passing the other day - nice and NOS in the box Albert Wing Mirror!

you get a lot better view with this than the tiny Cats Eye mirror! no wonder VW scrapped the cats eye after a year!


Monday, January 22, 2007

Project Pigalle Update!

Mike Dempster has sent me some photos with his update on what's going on with his Pigalle Fastback. This weekend he focussed on getting it back up to stock ride height. Most of use would do this by a bit of trial and error - but not Mike - he's got one of the OG VW suspension setting protractors!

Looking good Mike! See you on the road to Ninove!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Who are ya!?!?!??!? and where are ya?

Well - the ClustrMap has been updated and there are a few new visitors in the last few months!

Now getting people from
Saudi Arabia
Puerto Rico

and good to see that the South American contingent is getting its number up too.

if you are one of these visitors from a far flung land - sign the guesbook and leave a comment to this post saying hi!

Great to have all you guys and gals visiting. Cheers - Charlie

Back to the 80's

Another photo from the GizmoBob archives - mid 80's Green Notch - somewhere in Cali.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Spot the difference.

can you see the uber rare bit on this???? answers on a postcard (or leave a comment!)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

VW Type 3 Fastback - Japanese style!

Japanese car chase - A Fastback with some creative roof work versus a Fiat 850.

Any colour as long as it's Black, White, Red ..........

your colour should be on here if you've got a 61/2 type 3.
NOS type 3 colour guide

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Wooden Bug

Now this is just going too far!

Monday, January 15, 2007

More from the Ring!

Another nice vintage video - this time of a Formula VW car on the Nurburgring

There's something missing in there!

Stewart - aka Mr Volksrod has made quick progress on the Notch - engine and gearbox came out this morning - might even be back in by the time I'm typing this!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

1970's Nurburgring video - fabulous! watch it now....

Check out this awesome video from the Nurburgring in the 70's - Loads of VW's going round the Nordschleife.
I've driven round it myself - but thankfully I didn't do anything like this.
If you look carefully - you'll also see (along with all the Bugs!) 2 x Notch's, 1 x Square and 1 x Fasty at the following times in the vid.

1.23 black square getting a bit of 2 wheel action
1.59 - white notch rolling - looks like an early one too :-(
3.33 - grey fasty - just about surviving.
3.37 - another white notch rolling it - again - could be an early one!!!!

here are plenty of other hairy crashes in it too!

Saturday, January 13, 2007


Found this pic on thesamba galleries - that is just plain careless!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Trip to Volksrod!

Took the notch down to Volksrod near Loughborough tonight to leave it there a few days. Stewart will be working his magic giving the gearbox a bit of a freshen up - it's been leaving its mark on my driveway recently - but hopefully not for too much longer.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


These photos were taken by Gizmo Bob at the "Type-3 Day" car show back in '87 in Garden Grove Califonia.
This is Dave Galassi's ("Type-3 Dave") Notch and looks truly amazing!
especially the detailing on engine.

thanks for the pics Bob.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

New rear window blind

After 3 months on a boat it finally arrived the other day - got it fitted today - you like?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

nice behinds!

Arty pic by Mr D.

Monday, January 08, 2007

a rare sight

Mike Dempsters LHD Pigalle Red fasty (from when he owned it the first time round!) parked up with “Red Dash Dave’s” RHD a few years back – two Pigalle’s together is indeed a rare sight and now that Dave’s has gone to Belgium (which is where Mike's came from – spooky eh) the chances of getting them together again is quite slim - perhaps if Mike D is going to take the Pig over to Ninove, then I wonder if the current owner of Daves car will be over at that show?????

Freddy - any idea who owns the RHD pig now??????

Sunday, January 07, 2007

More pics from Chris' early 62

Couple more pics of Chris' 62 notch with the engine out having a bit of work done on it.
Here you can see the early cylinder heads with the flat inlet ports (later ones -post June 62 I think - were angled) and the early beetle style (but slightly different) oil cooler with the adapter plate to mount it horizontally.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Mycha's Type 3's

Mycha Jesaijes over in the Netherlands has sent me some photos of his awesome notch and his girlfriends fasty - two VERY nice rides.
Mycha will be over in Ninove in March so hope to see you there dude.