March 2014 Posts

Equalizer Spring Installation

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Equalizer Spring Installation

This article was submitted by reader and ’67 enthusiast Richard (Dick) Diaz. Thank you very much for your contributions to

I am not sure about this 1967 Volkswagen Bug which I purchased nearly a year or so ago–it has taken over my life! In a positive way I want to add! Luckily for me, I was fortunate enough to stumble across on one of my many trips through cyberspace looking at other 1967 VW Bugs, trying to see what is missing from my Bug.

I have tried hard not to make this project a “checkbook restoration,” but I do have limitations on what I can do myself, how much money I have and how much money my wife thinks I am spending! My rule has been to not try anything that requires a special tool, knowing that I have only so much time on this earth to use special tools and I have used up 66 years of my life to get to this point! I had written an early article for on the purchase of my 1967 VW Bug and what mistakes I made in selecting this particular car. This article, Equalizing Spring Installation, comes at the urging of Jay Salser and Eric Shoemaker of to hopefully help others that may want to pursue a similar project. The Equalizer Spring had been removed from my car when the previous owner lowered the car for the increasingly popular California Look!

This article is about my discovery of, and installation of, the missing Equalizer Spring that Volkswagen had installed in the 1967 year and early 1968 year VW Bugs. To complicate things, the Equalizer Spring goes by many names, making it elusive to what its true function really is: Rear Anti-Roll Bar, Z-Bar and Sway Bar. From what I have read, the Volkswagen engineers had it right the first time! According to Volkswagen’s Official Service Manual, Beetle and Karmann Ghia 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, Bentley Publishers, the Equalizer Spring is a side-to-side torsion bar connected to the axle tubes. It is designed to provide an additional progressive spring action to assist rear torsion bars when under load. The Equalizer Spring was added in 1967 because in 1967 the torsion bar was softened for a softer ride and the Equalizer Spring made up the difference and came into use only when there was a heavy load over the rear axle.

Big & Small

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Big & Small

A reader and friend of 1967beetle.comLouie Meyer sent over these photos from his local VW dealership. Thanks for sharing your ’67.

Eric, we had this massive bug named “Big Red” visit our VW dealer today. Buddy looks so small compared to Big Red. It was a fun morning. -Louie

Ron Waller at Bugorama

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A reader and friend of 1967beetle.comRon Waller sent over these photos from this years BugORama. A huge congrats from all ’67 owners for his first place win.

Hey, I took first place in the 1965 – 1967 stock beetle category. I added some other pictures of the show below. Enjoy.

Brass Inlet Tube

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Carb Brass Inlet Tube

This morning, I received a message from a VW friend showing me the new inlet brass tube to his vintage 28 Pict German Solex carburetor.

As many of you know, the brass inlet tube simply is pressed into the port of the carburetor.  With time, this tube can loosen, fall out and be the cause of a devastating fire in the engine compartment.

In the past, I have staked around the tube, which does, indeed, help to prevent its loosening.  Some use J-B Weld or some other epoxy to fix the tube into place.

Tim Robson of Yelm, Washington, who is a Solex carburetor specialist, can remove, tap the port and install a “barbed” inlet tube which never will loosen or fall out.

For Sale — Air Cleaner Support Bracket

FOR SALE — '67 Beetle Air Cleaner Support Bracket

If you know the ‘67 Beetle, you know that the oil bath air cleaner support bracket is often times (almost always) removed. These small bits are very hard to find today.

This was the first year of an all-new air cleaner with twin tubes for superior air intake. To stabilize this larger unit, VW introduced this special one-year-only bracket. These were designed and produced exclusively for

All hardware is included.

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FOR SALE — '67 Beetle - Air Cleaner Support Bracket