DOUBLE-RACKED SUNROOF

Eliot Vancil's cool driver of a Notchback is this slammed '65 with South African Sprint Star wheels!
By Dean Kirsten | July 6, 2015

Photos by Dean Kirsten


From Midlothian, Texas, Eliot Vancil has a stable full of customized VDubs, one of which is the double racked ‘65 Notch featured here. Eliot bought the car from Derek Abe in Hawaii, and “dug up some history....Derek purchased the Type 3 from a middleman (in Austin, Texas) who sold it for a collector in Mexico. I did some digging and found out that the car was originally built by Alex Pegado at ISP West in Carson, California, in 2001. So I made a call to Alex, who remembered the Notch well, and also told me he bought it in 1995, from a graveyard in the desert. It was a body-off resto done by ISPW’s Anthony Scotti and Alex, with 1500cc rebuild (plus alternator), stock tranny, new suspension and brakes, Sea Blue paint, and ISPW-made interior utilizing Originally restored by the gang at ISP West, this ‘65 Notch has seen a few owners since, and has landed in the hands of Texan, Eliot Vancil. He’s taken it to another level, via redline tires on South African Sprint Star wheels, dual racks, new dash, etc. TMI gray and mesh-grade vinyls, new stock style door panels, along with a new dash with factory gauges and steering wheel.
“When I received the car, it was in pretty good shape but needed some TLC, bodywork, and paint. Eric Anderson (Eric’s Custom Finishes in Houston, Texas) repaired and painted the damage to both front and rear aprons, then I cut and buffed the blue paint to a real nice finish. Everyone thought I had the Notch completely repainted! Then I got with San Diego, California’s Pedro Sainz, who supplied two of his Doulgas Firslatted racks (roof and decklid), and jail bars for the rear window shelf. For something different and never seeing a Notch with South African Sprint Star wheels, I started hunting. In Tennessee was Brook Carr, who had what I wanted, two 4.5x15s and two 6x15s, and as soon as they got to me, I had Eric Anderson paint-detail them. Obviously the ridiculous rear wheel offset required shortened axles, which were installed by my buddy Kostya Lytvynchuk at Ukrainian Motorsports. Kostya also dropped the car two clicks in front and back. After having the wheels shod with 135 radials for the front, and rear 185s, I still didn’t have the look I was after so I sourced some redline inserts, thanks to Sam Manis. I also hated the late dash so I found an early wraparound, had it redone at Just Dashes in Cali, and installed it with help from Paul Bauer and Eric Anderson. I had a lot of help along the way from fellow members of our VW club, Der Lüftkülers (DLK).”

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