January 2012 Posts

So Cal — Timm Eubanks

My first introduction to Timm was about a normal as any other email exchange. As he mentions below, we first connected via Twitter. We have a similar background, both professional work and upbringing. We’re also both very passionate about these old air-cooled gems. I’m happy to call Timm a good friend, in spite of the fact he stalked my ’67 on 580 in the pouring rain. Some things are just meant to be.

Timm, tell me a little about yourself, your background and how you got into vintage Volkswagen Beetles?
I was born in Northridge, CA in 1958.  My Dad owned a ’58 Beetle at the time. Our family of five took many trips all over the West Coast in that bug. Since I was the youngest, I rode in the back package tray area. Safety first!!  My Dad was a preacher and needed a bus to transport people to Sunday school so he then bought a VW Bus. Oh, my Mom was so pleased! She still talks about having to ride around in that Bus. I don’t have the heart to let her know that “The Bus” we had is now worth more than any new car she has ever owned. So that was my early years with Volkswagens.

From the Archives — ’67 Restoration Tips

From time to time I like to mention a past restoration tips, tutorials, how-to videos, etc.
Here are a few from the archives.

’66 and ’67 VW Beetle Wiring Diagram
Window Scraper Replacement
Early Beetle Bumper Quality
Fuel Filter Installation (Out of Your Engine Area!)
Correct ’67 Window Winders
Coil Restoration for ’67 Beetles
German Pierburg Fuel Pump + Fuel Pressure
’67 Beetle One-Year Only Parts
German Square Weave Installation
Recommended Reading – Volkswagen Bentley Manual

Fender Beading Installation

Engine Sound Absorber
’67 Beetle Colors
#VintageVW on Twitter — How it Works
Trunk Sound Deadening
Door Panel Removal and Installation

Are there future ’67 restoration tips, tutorials, how-to videos you’d like to see?
Please email and let me know.

Vintage Volkswagen Restoration

This isn’t exactly ’67 specific, but worth a watch if you’re into vintage Volkswagen restoration. For over 60 years, the VW Beetle has held the record as the most popular car sold, with the highest number of enthusiasts scattered all over the globe. The Beetle is unique in looks and character and loved by people of all ages. Modification options are seemingly endless and people are often willing to pour thousands into faithful restoration and full custom jobs.

The show Beetle Crisis hunts down a Beetle enthusiast who challenges the big Beetle boys at their own game. They must achieve this on a tight budget, sourcing all the parts from the internet and, in addition, most of the work will be undertaken in their own shed or garage, as opposed to a specialist body shop.

There are a bunch of great ’67 restoration tips and tutorials in the works. Next week, I’m featuring an interview with Timm Eubanks of So Cal. See you then.

Fuel Tank Replacement

This is another one of those topics I receive a fair amount of emails about. Anytime fuel is involved there is an understandable reason to be nervous. However, rest assured you can in fact replace the fuel tank in your vintage pride and joy. It all starts with a 13mm wrench and a bit of confidence. YOU CAN DO IT! Deep breaths, and take each part step-by-step. I also recommend picking up a set of plastic stack-on organizer bins. These help keep track of the small bits.

A word of caution. Rob and Dave said it best:

WARNING: Gasoline is extremely flammable, so take extra precautions when you work on any part of the fuel system. Don’t smoke or allow open flames or bare light bulbs near the work area, and don’t work in a garage where a natural gas-type appliance (such as a water heater or clothes dryer) with a pilot light is present. If you spill any fuel on your skin, rinse it off immediately with soap and water. When you perform any kind of work on the fuel tank, wear safety glasses and have a Class B type fire extinguisher handy at all times.”

Note: This task is easiest when your fuel tank is very close to empty.

’67 Restoration Updates

Earlier this morning, I was going through an archive of my ’67 photos. Who knew 7+ years ago I’d become so interested in my grandfather’s old ’67. I’m just now able to say that things are close to being complete; well, at least in terms of the engine. Notice the grin on my face below in this archived photo. I had just picked up the car and had no idea of the work that was before me.

At first, I had no intentions of doing a full restoration. It all came out of necessity to keep the car on the road. The more I learned, the more passionate I became about Vintage VWs. Working as a visual designer for the last 10 years has made me enjoy the craft at an even deeper level. I’ve always seen the ’67 as a work of art. Although in rough shape at first, I knew I could make it beautiful again. I’ve done it mostly with my own two hands.