Sparking the mixture is an MSD ignition system using an MSD distributor controlled by a 6AL box. Once burned, exhaust gases exit through a CB Performance system using 1.625-inch headers collected into a single muffler.
The sound of the car is somewhat confusing to VW enthusiasts. It still has a flat-four sonic quality, but there's also something different going on. Heinlein may fool the average import racer into trying something, but other air-cooled boys will be wiser.
To finish the project, Heinlein had the interior re-skinned at Octavio's Kustom Upholstery. He wanted a classic and mostly stock look, so the seats were done in cloth and vinyl similar to what came from the factory. Small touches, like extra gauges in the center of the dash and modern seatbelts, give subtle hints to the car's potential.
To add a little Cal Look flash on the outside, Heinlein chose Porsche Fuchs wheels, 4.5x15 inches up front and 6x15s out back. They look perfect with the understated paint job and factory chrome.
Although we normally feature water-cooled VWs in this magazine, we have a soft spot for the air-coolers. Heinlein's '64 Notch is one of the finest we've seen and all the staff said they would love to own one like it. The funny thing is, even though we all admire the car, each of us has a list of things we would have done differently. That's the beauty of an air-cooled: everyone has a personal vision of the perfect example. And everyone is right.
1964 Volkswagen Type III Notchback
Longitudinal rear engine, rear-wheel drive
2.3-liter flat four, T03/T04 hybrid turbo, 650-cfm Road Demon carburetor, MSD distributor and ignition control box, Small Car Specialties Street Eliminator Heads, Scat 1.4:1 rockers, Manton chrome-moly pushrods
Four-speed manual with Super-Diff, chrome-moly retainer, steel shift forks, overdrive fourth gear (built by Der Transaxle)
Sway-A-Way torsion bars, heavy-duty spring plates, billet aluminum subframe bushings
Four-wheel discs, stainless steel hard lines, braided soft lines
Porsche Fuchs alloys, 4.5x15 (f), 6x15 (r)