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Old April 20th, 2005, 01:49 PM   #1
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Hi Volks,

John La Francois here, I'm 42 years old married, and work in Alzheimer’s research.

I hope to be able to chronicle my '65 Volkswagen Notchback S. From the begining, when the car first came into my ownership, till the present, and maybe into the possible, virtual,(Cyber-), or actual future. My avatar, (thanks to John Jaranson) and topic description kind of gives the future away. But first I have to attend to the major rust damage, (heater channels, and pan). And accident damage from a PO. As soon as I can find the non digital photos, (and get them scanned) of what I started with I'll post some pics.

The Notch's production date is April 1, 1965. I optained a nice Birth Certificate from the factory and found out that the engine and chassis #'s matched what came from the factory. It was a tourist delivery car picked up in Germany. Driven a bit through Europe, (I really have to get the full story about it's European adventures). It was then converted to US spec's lights, reflectors added, and the speedo changed. And then shipped to the US by VW. I'm the third owner, I got it from the grandaughter of the original owner. This was in April of '98. I towed the car home, a 4+ hour haul from the southern tip of NJ. Then I started to look at what I had gotten myself into. The accident damage was from a Mercedes Benz that hit the front, (the granduaghter was stopped and the Benz tapped the nose). And then I realized the motor was seized. After some investigation I found mouse nests stuffed above #'s 3and 4. This over heated that side of the engine and that cuased the #3 exhaust valve head to brake off taking out the #3 piston. And the shards from all of that went into the case. The #4 piston was seized to the cylinder, and the cylinder was cracked. Needless to say that head was toast as well. The interior was trashed, and moldy. The rear passengers side fender had been replaced, (looked like some good German steel), but was left in primer so rust had it's way with it. And there is some bondo on the PS side of the rear apron as well.

Please feel free to send me any questions, comments or suggestions.

More to come.



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