Wednesday, June 27, 2007

It's been raining!

You might have heard - over here in the UK we have had our wettest June since record began! Terrible flooding in South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire (where I am!)

Thankfully my estate was fine, but I went out for a drive on Monday night in the 4x4 to check it out ! Not everyone has faired so well and there have even been a few deaths!!!!!

Doesn't look it but this was a good couple of feet deep.

The River Trent was at the highest I've ever seen it.
Little stream that runs down the side of the road was just about over flowing into the road and peoples gardens.
Have heard some horror stories about peoples V-Dubs stuck in their garages being flooded out! At the end of the day, they are only metal and just lucky that more people haven't been hurt!

Now let's all just keep out fingers crossed that the European weather brightens up a bit for this weekends European Bug-In !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


VW1500 Type 3 Bud Vase Set up

Now you deffinitely don't see these too often!!!!

Budvases in Bugs are ten a penny, but you don't see many in Type 3's!

Picked up this NOS VW 1500 Budvase holder made by SICO
clever design in that is basically gets trapped between the dash and the inner bit of the ashtray.

Then I got a matching SICO budvase off flea bay too - nice design as opposed to one of the dull shaped ones that you see all the time.


Sunday, June 24, 2007


OK - well it's only a few days left until the First European Bug-In in Belgium!!!! Should be a truly awesome event - deffinitely not one to miss this summer - let's just hope the sun god's are in a good mood!!!
I'm setting off on Friday afternoon from what is currently a VERY damp and soggy Nottingham, down to the Euro Tunnel then across to Chimay!

I've got a trade stand there with BerT3. Together we will have LOTS of VERY COOL and hard to find Type 3 stuff - mostly NOS so don't forget to bring some money all you type 3 fans!

Some of the more choice stuff I'll be bringing

NOS Type 3 Heat Exchangers

NOS Type 3 Trim Rings
NOS Type 3 Arm rests
NOS Type 3 Mud flaps
NOS Type 3 Shiny bits!
NOS Helphos Spotlights

plus lots lots more!!!!!!

The 62 Notch is also entered in the show and shine so been busy polishing that up this weekend!
So - everyone who watches this blog and who is attending - don't forget to come over and find our stand and say Hello!
I'll be the funny looking one in glasses wearing a T-Shirt like this!


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Essex Square!

Steve Dudley from Chelmsford has sent me through some photos of this cool 67 Square he's just finished putting together for his son Matt.

Looking good guys - like it!

If anyone else has pics of their newly finished type 3's send em through to me at



Friday, June 22, 2007


Hi Guys & Gals - I need your help!

For those of you that don't know, early type 3 engines (1961 & 62) featured a bug style oil cooler (the black bit in this photo).
I have the a NOS Oil cooler of the correct style already but I am looking for the adapter bracket needed to fit it to my motor. In the photo, it is the silvery part.
The VW part no. is 311 101 171

if anyone has one for me then please either leave a reply to this post or drop me an email to



Monday, June 18, 2007

Cool Type 3 Video

Cool video here - O.G. footage of early notches being treated pretty nastily whilst being put through their paces!!!


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Judith & Vic

Just a quick note to say great to meet you guys today!

see ya at Chimay!

Judith & Vic's 62 Notchback

Judith & Vic are the proud owners of this 62 Notch that is the ex Mario car.

Not seen it in person yet but looks pretty sweet to me!


Project Palomba is done - update

Chris & Sam Palomba sent me a couple more pics of their fab squareback - well and truly completed now and looking awesome. See you over at Bug-In guys!!!


River Trent

Went for a drive the other evening in the Notchback - up to the River Trent at Fiskerton, nice pub just round the corner! :-)


Friday, June 15, 2007

62 Notch goes Dutch!

Fast Fred & Kobus have written an ariticle for Dutch VW Magazine "Boxertje magazine" about their road trip last year to the T3D open day. Some pretty cool pics of my notch made it into the article too! even a couple of pics about the early early notch popouts and fresh air controls on my 62.

thanks guys


Thursday, June 14, 2007

If Only!!!!

If only VW had made this one!!!! what if?????

Jason - this should be your next project!!!! get on it big fella!

Pic taken from cool website
check it out


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Bug Run, Sweden - Part2

a few more Bug Run Pics for ya!

sweet stance!

Ahhh - a nice stocker! just the way I like em - stock with toys on!


what's going on in there???

COOL mini bug! been watching the build of this one on the interweb! nice work that man!
EARLY notch looking good in the sun! love the sprints.

albert mirrors are cool!
Nice touch to the rear lid of this square!


Bug Run, Sweden - Part1

Well, as well as it being the legendary Classic in Cali this weekend just gone, it was also the Bug Run show in Sweden.
I had a couple of friends go over there - Chris with the Gulf Blue 62, and also Alan from Scotland.

here are some of their pics! Thanks Guys!

nice arty shot of a T34
OUCH! hope everyone was ok!
Lovely Bay - is this your Brothers Chris???

How cool????


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The PERFECT gift for your woman!

FORGET the VW Thing - get a VW Thong!

The latest piece of merchandise! click the pic to buy! lol


Monday, June 11, 2007

Type 3 Jail Bars

My new accessory Type 3 rear parcel shelf jailbar setup arrived the other day, all the way from Pedro in sunny California. Got me a chromed one!

Nice work Pedro - best bit is NO drilling is required! sweet!


Saturday, June 09, 2007

Busy weekend so far!

Well - I've been pretty damed busy so far this weekend!

a while ago I picked up some NOS VW Type 3 rear torsion bars of flea bay in Austria for naff all! I think the postage cost more than the bars!

Decided it was time to fit them as the rear end was looking slightly droopy (although I think I was the only one who thought this!)

anyway - provided a good opportunity to freshen up all the rear suspension / bushes etc... and give it a lick of paint.

Was a complete swine to get the old bars off !!! don't think anyone had removed the spring plates before me - took a fair bit of persuasion with hammers, breaker bars, heat gun etc.....

One of the NOS torsion bars

The every groovy guy that is Mike Dempster even lent me his NOS peiseler VW suspension setting tool which came in pretty useful, making sure you get it right first time - well, second or third time maybe ;-)

JOB DONE! am knackered now though!

but at least the droopy rear end is now cured and the suspension is firmed up a bit. happy chappy