When this 1963 VW was customized the owner pulled out all the
stops. "We're talking a 1-3/4-inch chop, suicide doors, frenched
headlights, and shaved molding and door handles... and that's just
The extensive bodywork was handled by Mike Penock in Wilmington,
and involved complete dechroming with the exception of the front VW
emblem. After the custom modifications were completed, thorough
block sanding was done to straighten all panels, in preparation for
Ronny Wright to apply the House of Kolor custom-mixed metallic
green. Fiberglass bumpers from Glass Action in Prescott Valley,
Arizona were also painted to match, but not before the fronts were
modified with small turn signals. Other exterior
tricks include remotely actuated electric door and hatches, billet
mirrors, halogen street rod headlights, and polished Porsche
"Hackmesser" wheels wrapped with Dunlop rubber.
The interior of this neat Notch' was handled by Randy Bussey, with
help from Jim Carr and Wes Moss, and was totally redone
with tweed and velour. Starting with highback seats and custom door
panels from Sewfine Interior Products in Colorado, they
installed a velour headliner while Bussey fabricated and installed
a custom-cut carpeting.
One major modification to the interior was the addition of a custom
fiberglass dash from Glass Action, which was modified by Wes Moss
and fit with an assortment of VDO gauges, Premier stereo head unit,
and various switches. The stereo system packs quite a punch, with a
large Rockford Fosgate amplifier mounted in the trunk, from MB
Quartz component speakers, and a 10-inch woofer mounted between the
The interior is also highlighted with a Grant steering wheel, Berg
shifter, billet pedal covers, and a chrome fire extinguisher.
With all the customization to this point there wasn 't a way to
settle on anything but a stout powerplant. For one wild ride,
had Bernie Bergmann in San Jacinto,California assemble a 2442cc
Type 3 powerplant, starting with a fully machined case,
Bergman 88mm full-circle crankshaft, 94mm Cima/Mahle pistons and
cylinders and 5.700-inch H-beam rods with Chevy
journals. An Engle 120 camshaft operates 3/8-inch chromoly pushrods
and stock rockers, which open and close 44mm intake and
37.5mm exhaust valves in ported and polished "D 'port heads. Air
and fuel are metered by a pair of Weber 44 IDF carbu-
retors, and the mixture is fired by 3/4-inch spark plugs that get
zapped by a Bosch 009 distributor. Exhaust is handled
by a custom built 1-1/2-inch header system that is HPC coated and
finished with a Super Trapp muffler. Topping this mighty
mill off is a Bergmann 911 fan system paint-matched shroud, a host
of billet goodies, stainless steel lines for the fuel, breather,
and full-flow oil systems, and a Bergmann-refreshed gearbox.
Looking this terrific Type 3 over, you can see that details are
everywhere. From the highly-detailed trunk with tan tweed lining
and billet hinges, to the slick hinged suicide doors and glassy
smooth exterior, the owner certainly spared no expense.
And with Best of Show wins at both the Manassas Bug-Out and Florida
Bug-Jam, you can see that this is indeed one fine "Chop Notch.?
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