ICS 2021 - 1965 Vw Notchback 08 EJ255 swap and 5 speed swap Deboss Garage
ICS 2021

1965 Vw Notchback 08 EJ255 swap and 5 speed swap

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Complete rust free shell, fenders, doors, hood and trunk. Dustless blasted with glass bead and anti corrosion solution. Euro primed/ Evercoat feather fill PPG Porsche gray black 7a1 color Trim painted/powder coat gloss black

Every piece of rubber replaced. Fuel door rebuilt kits New full body wire harness. SS trim kit. SS bumpers. 60s VW STAMPED dealer option REGUS window vents. Restored Euro dash gages Restored steering column/new ignition Aircooled Accessories 911 steering wheel. New H4 headlights and buckets

Chassis: Brand new KlassicFab pan halves. Epoxy prime/Rhino lined entire pan. Custom suspension seat brackets front. Iron Ace hot rod seats front rear. Distressed leather seat pads and backs. Distressed leather dash wrap. Distressed leather window tray cover. Vintage Speed black mamba shifter. *shifter trigger wired to line loc. Wilwood stage brake lever. Autometer tach. Coolrydes custom pedal assembly. Halon fire extinguisher/billet QD mount. Jegs race lap belts. Optima red top battery. Black tweed headliner, door cards and rear cards. 1.25” narrowed T3 control arms with T1 BJ ends. T1 CB performance 2.5” dropped spindles. Wilwood calipers front and rear w/ebrake. Cross drilled rotors front and rear. New bearings and seals. SS braided lines. 17gal fuel cell. AN-8 fuel hose/fittings. 5/16 Copper Nickle hard fuel lines (w/return). 3/16 copper nickel brake lines. 2X Walbro 255 fuel pump. DIY fuel surge tank. Aeromotive regulator. IRS concerted rear end. 1.5” narrowed and flipped IRS trailing arms. New bushings, bearings and seals rear axles. 930 CVs. Sway-a-way race axles. Subaru TY758 5 speed trans. Subarugears reverse R/P and brackets. Mendeola Kafer bar kit. New KYB shocks front/rear. ALL hardware replaced on chassis with Grade8 or SS. 2008 Subaru EJ255. Converted Subaru stand alone harness. VF52 turbo. COBB accessport (pro tuned). Invidia downpipe. Flomaster Super 10 muffler 2.5” pipe 3’ dump. Greddy BOV. Mishimoto intercooler. Mishimoto 3 pass radiator. Porsche Aluminum 10 hole spares. Rear wheels widened by 2”. All wheels stripped and powder coated red. Toyo Proxe R888r tires.

About the build:

Tacoma, WA

I built this car by myself over 3 years and counting. All inside a 2 car garage, paint and all. I built the engine, trans etc. A real knuckle busting ground up resto mod. I have literally thousands of pictures and videos of every step of the way. Really hard to put it in words or so few pictures. There’s so many details to talk about. From the first snapped off bolt on disassembly to smashing the throttle and spoiling the turbo, it’s been a wild ride.

Nothing on the car was plug and play nor bolt on ready. I had to modify and built everything to fit. I learned how to do all this as I went. I surely don’t do it for a living lol. 2 steps forward, 3 steps backward was the moto.

I made the electrical harness for the swap by gutting an entire 2008 WRX and stripping it down. Built the WRX trans with a reversed R/P so now it’s 5 speeds forward instead of backwards (engine sits 180 out from factory).

My family let me spend countless days and nights getting this car figured out. It was a dream build of mine from when I was a kid and I finally got to a point in my life I could afford to do it.

Thank you for looking! I know it’s not American Muscle, but it sure was fun to build. It taught me what I needed to learn before I dive into a slammed C10 twin turbo build some day lol. (More pipe dreams)

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