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posted on February 28th, 2011 at 10:48 AM
My '65 1500s notch project


Hi all.
I've just taken ownership of a '65 1500s notch and I can't wait to start work on it.

This will be a big learning curve for me as I've never had a project car before (have had motorbike projects in the past though). So far the beast looks pretty good. The panels and floor pan are free from rust and bog so far which i'm really happy about. Theres bit of an issue with the rear wheel arch or two though, hopefully no real horrible surprises pop up.

It's been adopted from VIC, so first step is to get it registered in NSW. For now, I just want to get it running, steering and stopping properly. Hope to get it on the road as soon as possible. Will worry about aesthetics after.

I'll post some pics and update with progress as it happens. I think I'm going to be asking a hell of a lot of questions so brace yourself! (yes i'll search first).

Cheers!

*That yellow notch in the background is my brothers.

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posted on February 28th, 2011 at 10:57 AM



Looks nice mate....all the best with the project :)

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posted on February 28th, 2011 at 11:02 AM



Looks great! ;)
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posted on February 28th, 2011 at 11:40 AM



Nice lookin ride man, good to see NSW inherit another car from the south states:)

What are your plans ? Resto ? or Ratified?




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posted on February 28th, 2011 at 12:01 PM



Gas burners, narrowed beam and slam. Do it!
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posted on February 28th, 2011 at 12:22 PM



Does a keen eye guess that that's yours in the background waffle?



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posted on February 28th, 2011 at 12:31 PM



Good eye ;) Yes it's mine. She's sold though and being collected on Wednesday night. I'm happy the two notches got to meet though for a couple of days. I'll be really sad to see mine go.
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posted on February 28th, 2011 at 12:47 PM



Thanks guys. Can't wait to start driving it :D

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What are your plans ? Resto ? or Ratified?


Well it'll be a rat in it's initial stages atleast! It seems to have an older blue paint job underneath that is starting to show through the cracked grey/white paint on top. I might work with the original paint underneath and see what I can get out of it. Hopefully it has a nice patina.




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posted on February 28th, 2011 at 04:37 PM



Ok, first mistake. Be delicate with old VW keys.
I turned one in the ignition barrel just a tad too hard and bent the bloody thing. I'm now too scared to try and use it again, who knows how many times it's been bent back and forth. It's about as soft as butter.
I've been trying to search around for a guide on buying new keys but I'm a little lost.

I have two separate keys, shown below.
(one says "A411" on it, and the other says "SG 45"

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/3231/img0415q.jpg


They're both different shapes. I figured one could be for the door and the other for ignition? But now I've almost snapped one in half I'm not game enough to try any more.
I took the ignition barrel out to have a look for a code. Is this what I should be looking for?
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Am I right in saying that I need an SG blank? I got thrown off because I saw a picture of an SG blank online and it looked different to my key (that displays SG code on it).

Is this all bit of a muchness? I've been able to start a VW with a 5 cent piece before, maybe I should just carry one of those on my keyring instead.

Any help would be appreciated!
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posted on March 1st, 2011 at 02:15 PM



glad it all came together mate - look forward to seeing it progress...



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posted on March 1st, 2011 at 02:40 PM



Oh yes, I want to say a public thank you to type3disease who helped me find the notch.
I owe you one.
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posted on March 2nd, 2011 at 06:05 AM



Some key cutters still carry blanks for VWs. I've gotten ignition barrel keys cut in the past - just pull the barrel and take it to a locksmith. I took it in, they guy picked it as a bug straight away, half hour later I had my key and it all worked fine.

If you want an original key, ebay has a few blanks the same as yours online most of the time.




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posted on March 2nd, 2011 at 07:45 AM



no biggy man... just put two people in touch with each other - thats all..

just keep us in the loop and get this thing back on the road...
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posted on March 2nd, 2011 at 07:54 PM



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Some key cutters still carry blanks for VWs. I've gotten ignition barrel keys cut in the past - just pull the barrel and take it to a locksmith. I took it in, they guy picked it as a bug straight away, half hour later I had my key and it all worked fine.

If you want an original key, ebay has a few blanks the same as yours online most of the time.


Cheers. I'll take the barrel and my old key to the local locksmith and see if he can help me out.

Can't wait to the weekend. The car is going to get a well deserved clean.




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posted on March 3rd, 2011 at 12:34 PM



Hi azzatron.

I'm sure your car is Aussie built. someone has addad the mustache from a german 1500S to the bonnet and the S badge on the number plate light I'm not sure if that was an Aussie option.

The car looks good and you will get to see the differance between how a 65 and a 73 drives.
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posted on April 2nd, 2011 at 08:45 PM



BLUE SLIPPED!
It's a good feeling that's finally done.

This morning with the help of Pollywaffle shadowing me, I took the beast on it's maiden voyage, a one hour trip across Sydney from the mechanics (RAW) to my house with no numberplates and luckily no "extra" attention besides the occasional wave and thumbs up.

We've now converted the car to 12v which went very smooth besides a false start with a cracked fan shroud. Everything else on the car is as it came when I purchased it, besides the new relocated fuel filter and two new front tyres. It now sits about 3 splines down at the back and 2 at the front. Will let it settle and see how it goes before adjusting the height again (will look at the front again soon). Currently it's still within the legal lowered limit, doesn't rub when turning or scrape on my driveway (the acid test) and looks pretty bloody decent I think.

I'll be putting the plates on during the week. Went to the RTA to sort out the rego, but their antiquated system means they need to send and receive back a fax from VicRoads confirming the car is in their system before they hand everything over to me. I don't know why they cant just pick up the phone and check in 2 minutes...

Anyway, I'm very happy with the car at the moment. It's my first project car and the whole blue slipping etc were all new to me, so I'm happy things have all gone very smoothly with the help from Adam at RAW.
It drove really well on the way home, I can't wait to take it out for a mini road trip next weekend.
Here are a few pics I took this afternoon. It seems to be a natural rat which I quite happy with for now.

Our adventure across Sydney
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posted on April 4th, 2011 at 05:23 PM



SICK!! Looks fricken ace man !!!

Get that front down though... Looks like you have dead bodies in the boot :) That WILL attract attention. :P Whats planned next ?? I'd say narrow beam in the front . Would look completely RAD. And some flappers and done .. hehehehe.




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posted on April 4th, 2011 at 06:05 PM



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SICK!! Looks fricken ace man !!!

Get that front down though... Looks like you have dead bodies in the boot :) That WILL attract attention. :P Whats planned next ?? I'd say narrow beam in the front . Would look completely RAD. And some flappers and done .. hehehehe.

Haha cheers.
Yeah I want to lower the front by about an inch, and possibly bring the back up a tad to level it out. Wonder if I'll need to roll the front guards to prevent it from rubbing. It drives nicely and gets up steep driveways now, so hopefully that doesn't change too much.
Definitely want some white wall or white stripe action, just looking at my options. Will be putting on my venetians soon, meanwhile im looking for other accessories :D




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posted on April 4th, 2011 at 06:15 PM



very cool :tu:
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posted on April 6th, 2011 at 11:08 AM



My current exhaust is rat shit so I've been looking out for one that "tucks up" to give optimal ground clearance. After some searching I settled on this one I got from Boris at Vintage. It was cheaper than the one at Classic, and U.S made so I couldn't pass it up.
Hopefully this one works well. Will find out soon enough.

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Also picked up a second hand venetian off the forums I'll be putting on soon.

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posted on April 6th, 2011 at 11:17 AM



rad.. :)



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posted on April 6th, 2011 at 03:19 PM



I'm sure that is an Aussie made type 3 or back then
a 1500 twin S sedan.. or halfback...

it should have a Volkswagen Australasia plate in the front
maybe behind the spare...
and a Berger or BALM paints sticker...

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posted on April 6th, 2011 at 07:29 PM



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I'm sure that is an Aussie made type 3 or back then
a 1500 twin S sedan.. or halfback...

it should have a Volkswagen Australasia plate in the front
maybe behind the spare...
and a Berger or BALM paints sticker...

LEE

Yes it is a single year Australian made 1500S by all accounts.
Can't see any Australasia plate or paints sticker though, probably come off over the years unfortunately.




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info.gif posted on April 6th, 2011 at 08:38 PM
TWIN S


[size=5]Those "S" chromed number plate light covers would be very rare... You don;'t see many or any of those about now....

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posted on April 15th, 2011 at 08:53 PM



I don't know if you have sorted out the key thing yet, but there is a really good guy on the samba called 'gabvwkey' who can key locks alike ect... he has a stack of OG NOS key blanks the right kind! My dad just got his 21 window done and I just sent him my oval locks and ignition, he is also going to send us some blanks for our notchy. So if needed look for him, I'll try find you a link.
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posted on April 15th, 2011 at 08:57 PM



Thats his list of classifieds http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/search.php?username=gabvwkey 
Also always check the samba for notch parts and accessories, there is a lot out there,
Such as these Jonkon reverse light that i want! http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=878459 
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posted on April 15th, 2011 at 10:36 PM



Hi patina, thanks for that.
I went to my local locksmith and got a key cut which was pretty convenient. It's not as good looking as the original, but it'll do for now.
Yeah I always check out the samba. Got some ngreat stuff that pops up from time to time.

I'm having a slight issue with my numberplate. It sits too low and is partially hidden by the bumper bars (front and back).
I kind of want to avoid drilling into the number plates, so have to look at doing something with the brackets I guess. They just seem to sit about 3 inches too low.
Has anyone seem some mounting bracket attachements that hold the plate up higher?

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posted on April 15th, 2011 at 11:30 PM



I just drilled into mine. Does your notchi have the 'flat spot'?
Il post some picks of mine and show you the plates.
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posted on April 16th, 2011 at 08:20 AM



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