[T3] Invasion route
Bobsnotch at aol.com
Bobsnotch at aol.com
Thu Jan 19 13:50:57 PST 2012
In a message dated 1/19/2012 2:27:07 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
jadney at vwtype3.org writes:
On 19 Jan 2012 at 12:11, Gary Forsmo wrote:
> Excuse my ignorance, but can someone explain "the Wolfie Compound". Y'all
> experienced, T3 veteran, Invasion-ites (is that a word) probably, know
> that means, but as a "newbie", I don't. ????
Russ Wolfe was one of our most treasured members up until his death
just about 1 year ago. Russ had worked at a VW dealership for many
years and continued VW work as a hobby even after he moved on to a
different vocation. He was a fountain of VW experience and
One of Russ's last projects was a Type 3 Ghia, which he never
finished, so a couple years ago, he sold that car to Bob Heydt
(BobNotch on the Samba) in the Detroit area. Bob and his wife Sue
have pretty much rebuilt the car from scratch, and we're all hoping
someone will drive it to Colorado Springs.
In Russ's honor, Bob has named his T34 "Wolfie" in memory of the guy
who got that project started and gave everyone here so much of
himself while he was alive. If you're interested in seeing photos of
that restoration, and have a few days (really!) to kill, go here:
or just google on "had some time for the T-34 today."
Seriously, that thread is up to 61 pages by now, but it's loaded with
Actually, it was Sue that named the car, right after it "bit her". ;^) But
Jim got the gist of it. In my signature is a direct link to the build, and
here's the one from 2008 that Russ
I've been working on the car for almost 2 years now (winter work is very
slow and limited), in preparation of taking it to the 2012 T-3 Invasion.
This particular car last saw the road under it's own power in 1968, when it
had a bad front end collision, that relegated it to an Iowa field for the
next 25+ years. Russ bought it in 2004, and in 2008 Sue and I went out there
to install a set of floor pans, and the front clip. Russ rebuilt the engine
for it (the original), but didn't get to do much more due to customer work,
health issues, and all the other stuff that went with just retiring,
including working as a consultant for his former employer (he stayed very busy).
He called me up right before Thanksgiving in 2009, and made me an offer I
couldn't refuse. I first asked him IF I could ask Sue about getting it, as I
had a couple of other projects going on. She said yes, but we realisticly
couldn't get it at the time (winter was just starting around here), but
could come and get it in the spring (of 2010). We did go out to get it, along
with helping him organize his shop (took 2 days to dig the T-34 out of
it's hiding place). : O We brought it home and kind of assessed what we had to
work with, and did a little work on it, before getting ready to go to
Carthage MO (for the 2010 T-3 Invasion).
Once back from the T-3 Invasion, the real work happened, with sandblasting
and rust removal, to making patches, to pulling all the glass out, to
removing the body from the pan. The car was literally rebuilt from the ground
up. I had just painted it days right before Russ passed away. My intention
was to drive it out there (to his house), and let him take it for a drive,
but that didn't get to happen. Marilyn said she'd love to drive it though, so
I'm going to let her do it. : ) I've still got some things left to do
before it's ready, but I have driven it up and down my driveway, and in and out
of it's storage tent, but that's it up to this point. I met my 2011 goal,
of having it move on it's own, and stop. : ) And my only goal left is
taking it to the 2012 T-3 Invasion.
Bob 65 Notch S with Sunroof
71 Notch ...aka Krunchy
64 T-34 Ghia...aka Wolfie,
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