April 2014 Posts

Chuck Conselyea’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Chuck Conselyea

This quick note was submitted by reader and ’67 enthusiast Chuck Conselyea. Thank you very much for your contributions to 1967beetle.com.

Hello ’67 readers!
Here are a couple of photos of my 1967 Beetle, which I purchased about 11 years ago as a retirement gift. Since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed improving my bug, and of course driving it. Hardly a time goes by when I have it out on the road that people don’t give me thumbs up, pull up beside me and throw compliments my way. It’s great and I love it. The wide whites aren’t of course period correct, but everyone seems to like them. A recent addition is a roof rack from Vintage Speed. I like it.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Chuck Conselyea

Richard Lee’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Richard Lee

I grew up in a small town. Athabasca, 2 hours North of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton is the capital of Alberta. I now live in Barrhead, just 1.5 hrs Northwest of Edmonton, Alberta.

I find that there are a few clubs, and collectors out here. Due to working away, I seem to miss out on most gatherings I hear about. I do have two ’67 Beetles, though.

A purple, not all original, which my oldest daughter, Amanda, pampers. It is up-graded to a 1600cc but has stock seat belts and interior (except for headliner—see below). The windows have been tinted and there are a few other modifications, as well.

And my green ’67 with a 1500 engine, but with stereo, wheels, tint, and other non-stock mods done before I got it.

I think from what I’ve found, the Purple Lady is a Canadian car, and the Green Machine definitely is a USA designated deluxe Beetle. Amanda’s was built for the Canadian market. Should have had the 1500, or smaller engine, no running board trim, or window rubber trim. Could have come with over rider bumpers, but likely not. Small center-only head liner. Still had reverse lights, and drivers rear view mirror. Painted flat wheels.

Frank Weber’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Frank Weber

I first got bit by “the bug” my second year in the Marine Corps. A buddy of mine purchased what I now know to have been a ‘72 Super Beetle. I had my first ride in it when I was scheduled to go to the rifle range, which required 2 AM drives to the range and 8 PM drive from the range, in the middle a South Carolina winter. The vehicle itself was in horrible shape and I could actually see the road below my feet passing by, but, it got us from point A to point B. Riding around in freezing early mornings / late nights became the highlight of my day!

Although, I hadn’t desired purchasing one YET! It wasn’t until one evening when the beetle broke down on the side of the road and both my buddy and I got out of the beetle to inspect the engine. It turned out that the throttle control spring and the belt broke. At this point I realized I was just standing there, thinking how far of a walk it would be until I reached my warm bed. My buddy then pulled out a spring from his pen, jerry-rigged (pun intended) it to the engine and taped, (YES TAPED, with heavy duty 100 mile an hour tape) the belt together!! Needless to say, I thought this guy was crazy…BUT IT WORKED, well at least enough to chug back to base. From that moment I was sold! I had to get one for myself.

Fast-forward 12 years, I finally got my own! I had been searching on the Samba and various other sites when I stumbled upon ClassicVWBugs.com. I contacted the owner Chris Vallone, and after some long discussions with my wife, placed an order. Chris was able to find me a ‘67, original black, with a solid body and components. What was going to be a quick clean up turned into a complete body off and engine rebuild. I even had the interior redone from standard red to tweed gray with white piping. This really turned into a project, for Chris, not to mention my constant phone calls, which I am sure he appreciated! LoL. I received my ‘67 in January and have amassed, what I believe to be, an impressive tool collection and a library of books and videos. I use my ‘67 as a daily driver and I have even volunteered to go grocery shopping, EVERY WEEKEND, in order to fire it up. Although it is conventional to name your beetle a female name, I went a different route and named it IronSquishy, which I think fits nicely (I even got a small name decal)!

Front Beam Lubrication

12 years I’ve owned my ’67 Beetle. I only recently learned about front beam lubrication. Who knows the last time it was properly done. Like an oil change, this is just one of those things you have to keep an eye on.

Marius and I had been going back and forth about the process, so I thought it would be a good idea to document it. Lubrication helps protect the steering components from rubbing against each other and causing unnecessary wear. It’s a very simple job. According to the Bentley manual, it only needs to be done every 6,000 miles or once a year.

The Reluctant Mechanic has done a fantastic job of documenting this process. Without repeating his steps entirely, I’ll simply point out what you need and how to get it done.

Items you’ll need

  • A good quality grease gun. I picked up a Lincoln Lubrication 1334 Heavy Duty Pistol Grip Grease Gun and it’s worth every penny. Thanks Marius for the suggestion.
  • Grease. 2 units of Red Line 80402 Synthetic Grease does just the trick.
  • A wire brush to clean up the zerks on the front of your beam.
  • Newspaper to catch dripping grease. There will be a lot of it.
  • Gloves to keep your hands clean.
  • Some good music. I enjoyed Pandora through my iPhone. :)
  • Cold ice tea waiting when you finish the job. I’d say sweet tea, but I no longer live in the South.

Restored Oil Bath Air Cleaners

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Gary Beck, a customer and reader of 1967beetle.com recently sent along these photos of his restored oil bath air cleaner installation. Nothing makes us smile more than seeing an air cleaner breathing new life (literally) into a vintage Volkswagen.

Speaking of air cleaners, we’re now able to offer them powder coated. This took a bit of research and refining in process, as the biggest concern with powder coating is burning up the top filter element. We’re very happy to offer this level of quality to not only the ’67 Beetle community, but all vintage VW owners.

Thanks, everyone for supporting Lane Russell and 1967beetle.com.
Ok, let’s get back to the photos.