Perry Meade, of Greenfield Ind., works on Saturn cars for a living. However, he has had the VW sickness for quite some time, 11 years to be exact. His list of cars, previous to this squeaky clean 1965 Notchback, include a '69 Beetle, a '65 Baja, a '73 Baja, '69 Squareback, '70 Beetle, '62 Karmann Ghia, '64 Karmann Ghia, '66 and '67 Deluxe Type 2's, and a '62 Crew cab (ed's note: No wonder people from Indiana say there are no old VW's left in their state!) His current daily driver is a semaphore-equipped '55 Beetle, but for weekends and car shows, this Notch gets the nod.
The story of how Perry found this Notchback is worth repeating. Perry had talked to an older gent that said he knew there was another old gent in Farmersburg, Ind., that had some old cars in a barn. Perry was living in Terre Haute at the time, and he and another VW buddy decided to go on a "treasure hunt" and try to find the fabled "old gent." They drove into Farmersburg, and started asking people, perfect strangers, if they know of an older man in town that had a bunch of old cars in a barn. After not having any success, they hit the jackpot; they found someone who knew the man they were talking about and got directions to the house.
They arrived, and introduced themselves and told him the reason for their visit. After visiting with the man for a little while and admiring some of the man's hand-built cars that he had constructed over the years, Perry and his friend were led to a barn, and lo and behold, behind some American cars, was a 1965 Type III Notchback with the original Sea Blue paint and in reasonably good condition, missing only the engine. Perry tried for over four hours to talk the old gent into selling him the car, but he wouldn't do it. Dejected, Perry gave up, vowing to return. But he never did.
A year and a half went by, and one day at church, Perry sees some VW friends that tell him excitedly about this Type III Notchback they had just bought from an old gent in a barn in Farmersburg.
Dejected once again, Perry gave up on ever seeing the Notch in his driveway.
Almost two years later, Perry has relocated to Greenfield, Ind., and is looking through a local Auto Trader. What do you know, there was a 1965 Notchback for sale! Perry immediately made the call, hoping that the car would be as "buildable" as the one that got away.
Guess what? It was "that" Notchback. The couple said that they knew that Perry would be the first one to call. Not wanting to lose this car again, Perry borrowed the $600 purchase price from a good friend, Glen Vermillion. Finally, it was his.
What Perry finally managed to get his hands on, was a 62,000 mile original Notchback that reportedly belonged to a doctor in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Germany. When the doctor returned home to the States, he had the car shipped home, and subsequently sold the car to the old gent that Perry had initially tried to buy the car from. Now, it was time to get to work.
Since the floorpan had already been cleaned and painted, all Perry had to do was lower the front by one notch and add some lowered shocks and some Flat-4 BRM replica wheels. After going through the braking system, Perry turned his attention to the power train. An original single-relief case was line-bored and put back into service, along with some Cima/Mahle 85.5mm pistons and cylinders for a 1600cc displacement. A Melling high-volume oil pump was added, and an Engle 110 cam. The rest of the engine remained basically stock. Perry detailed the engine sheet metal in Sea Blue and black. Topped off with the stock Solex dual carburetor system found on most Notchbacks, the engine was complete.
The transaxle on Perry's Notch was in good shape and needed only a thorough cleaning and service before being re-installed. An EMPI trigger shifter was used for gear selection.
Moving on to the body, Perry performed all the necessary dent and ding removal himself, and then whipped out his spray gun and applied the Sea Blue base coat/clear coat. Perry located an NOS front bumper and re-chromed the rear.
All glass, including the factory-tinted windshield, were re-installed. T.M.I. was called upon to provide the Grey basket weave seat upholstery, and salt and pepper carpet.
All of the interior, as well as the rest of the work on the car was done by Perry. He now had the Notch of his dreams: The one that had gotten away and then come back to him, and he wanted to try his hand at some local shows.
Almost every time he shows the car, he comes home with a first place in his class, a testament to his hard work and attention to detail.
One notable exception to his first place winning streak was at the Cincinnati VW club's annual Family Reunion, at G.E. Park in Cincinnati, where we first spotted this car. Here, the Notch took the Best of Show.
Perry would like to thank his wife, Melissa, for all of her patience and understanding of his VW obsession. As well, he would like to thank his friend Glen, for loaning him the money for the Notch when it became available again.
This should be proof positive to all of you VW heads out there--never give up. Perry didn't, and he ended up with one sweet Notchback to show for his persistence and determination.
We'll bet that this is one car that will never get away from Perry again!
T.M.I. was called upon to provide the grey basket weave upholstery, and salt and pepper ca
Perry located an NOS front bumper but re-chromed the rear.
The front was lowered and some lowered shocks and Flat-4 BRM replica wheels were added.
An original single-relief case was line-bored and put back into service, along with some C