October 2013 Posts

Vintage Carburetor Repair


While cleaning a vintage 30 Pict-1, VW 105-1 carburetor, I noticed that one of the manifold securing studs had a nut on the top side. This almost always is a sign that the threads have been stripped and that someone has put the nut on the top end so that the carburetor can be used. It is not a very effective manner for saving a carburetor. And, unsightly, as well.

This is the carburetor that is specific to 1967 Beetle Sedans and Convertibles and they are becoming more and more scarce. I turned the carb this way and that, looking for any other problems. None. It seemed unwarranted to just scrap it.

Eric Shoemaker’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Eric Shoemaker

I spend so much time focusing on tips, tutorials, classifieds, interviews, etc here at 1967beetle.com that I often forget that I, too, own a ’67 Beetle. (L620 Savanna Beige) It was originally purchased in Atlanta, GA by my Grandfather whom I love dearly. Here are some photos from a cold, foggy drive around the Alameda NAS Sunday morning.

I love this great hobby, and I’m happy to showcase so many great vintage Volkswagen stories from around the world. Keep sending those emails. If you own a ’67 Beetle, we would love to feature your vintage pride and joy here at 1967beetle.com.

Restored, Original, Survivor

L639 Zenith Blue '67 Beetle

Admin note: I’d like to pause for a moment to thank Jay Salser for his continuing contributions to 1967beetle.com. Our audience has grown in leaps and bounds because of your efforts.

We, who have an interest in Vintage Vehicles, use a number of terms to describe our own vehicles and those which we see at shows, club meetings and elsewhere. Sellers also advertise their vehicles, using these same terms.

Often there is little thought about the terms which we use and what is implied when we use them.

The USA VW Community has always been pretty relaxed about our vintage vehicle society, including how we describe our cars. We have not been as “organized” and precise about how we evaluate our cars as has the “Big Car Community”. With classically preserved Volkswagens in the USA fetching into the 5 figures, and even higher, it is time that we paid more attention to how we look at our cars.

Having an inordinate interest in vintage Volkswagens, I read lots of for-sale ads and also listen to owners describing their cars. Mostly, there are three terms, or variations of them, used in these descriptions:

  • Restored
  • Original
  • Survivor

Let’s look at these three and how they should be used and how they are interrelated.

SOLD — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle


Just listed here at 1967beetle.com, this L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle is in very respectable condition. If you know about the ’67 Beetle, you know this one is a keeper. In fact, I wish I had a bigger garage.

“Up for sale is a 1967 VW beetle with 61,359 original miles. The 1967 Beetle is considered the most desirable and valuable year out of all classic beetles!”

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 61,359
Location: Ruckersville, Virginia
Price: $5,000.00 (Starting bid)
Contact: Bidding on eBay  |  David Shurn

Pre-Heat Hose Clamps & Tools

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Paper Breather Hose Clamp

Eric and I commented to Ken Jones, the new owner of the Ruby Red ’67 Beetle which was advertised here at 1967Beetle.com. I wrote to Ken, congratulating him on the purchase. Since I had seen a photograph of the engine compartment of the car, and noting the screw clamps on the air breather hoses, I mentioned that he could find some nice reproduction hose clamps from our good friends at Wolfsburg West.

Ken responded telling us that, after having taken possession of the car, he discovered a sack containing several pieces, including those original wire clamps!