Hello, ’67 Beetle community. In between typing original VW part numbers into a growing database, I wanted to share this L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle Jay and I were discussing earlier today. One one hand, it looks to be very original; however there are some small things we noticed. (Aside from what appears to be a LOT of rust.)
What do you see? Anything that stands out? This car is currently for sale, however not officially here. Sometimes, I curate when something is interesting enough to have a cup of coffee (iced) over.
Gasoline is a wonderful “invention” but one which we should respect because of its evaporative and, thus, flammable qualities. We must use great care when working with gasoline. My number one rule is to work with gasoline outdoors so that gas vapors cannot accumulate
I frequently am asked by fellow Volkswagen enthusiasts what to do about gasoline spillage. This is a valid concern. When changing the fuel hoses, there always is the possibility for some gasoline to be spilled.
THERE IS A BETTER WAY!
While talking with my good 1967 Beetle friend, Frank Salvitti, of Long Island, New York, this past weekend, the subject of fuel spillage came up.
Says Frank—“Oh…that’s no problem! I use Line Clamp Pliers.” Now, Frank is a seasoned mechanic and knows things that a lot of us DIY-ers don’t. I asked Frank to explain his process and he told me that he would send some photos to illustrate his tool of choice.
Over the years, I have seen screws inserted into the ends of hoses, pieces of whittled wood, and other variations, in order to avoid the loss of gasoline while the person is working to change fuel hoses. But it takes time to insert something into the hose. In the meantime, the gasoline is draining. I laugh now, but I recall the many times I was beneath a VW, working on a fuel hose, and had the fuel to drain right onto my face or clothing. Not much way to avoid it if you are working with the fuel hose over head!
Frank emphasized the simplicity of the Line Clamp Tool and how to use it. The beauty is that if anything at all spills, it will be a couple of drops which remain at the end of the hose after it has been clamped. A paper towel can be placed there when the hose is disconnected and will take care of such a small amount.
The Clamp is applied appropriately—THEN—the fuel hose is disconnected.
Hello, ’67 Beetle community.
As we mentioned in an earlier thread, our good friend Chris Vallone over at Classic VW Bugs in NY has just finished restoring a ’67 Beetle. (Over 80 photos!) This car is a gem and just sold! Here’s a short video of it heading to TX. Congrats, Chris.
This car was found in North NJ in mid 2012. It’s rock solid, and needed very little body work. This is a numbers matching Body, Chassis, Motor, ’67 Beetle.
Like many ’67 Beetle owners around the world, Becky is a friend of 1967beetle.com. Jay and I gave her advice when she was first considering this car. It’s a gem with a history that would make any vintage VW owner proud. Unrestored cars like this are rare. In her own words.
To my knowledge everything is original. Had not been “restored”. Originally from Arkansas, I purchased the car from Arizona.
I am the 3rd owner. 60k miles, said to be original but of course no proof of that although when I purchased the car the title did read 56,000 actual miles. One cool thing is I have the original owner’s gasoline log and mileage tracking as well as his original school faculty parking sticker on the rear window from 1967.
The interior is excellent and original with the exception of the original floor carpet which is very worn in some places. The seats are in excellent condition. No tears in the headliner. Original glass windshield. Correct wiper arms and blades.
I have done a few repairs since purchasing the car in March of 2014. I replaced the carburetor (30 pict-1) and fuel pump. The front end was rebuilt by Kustom CoachWerks out of grand junction. Rebuilt brakes as well. The paint is original and has that beautiful patina! A previous owner has rougly touched up areas on the rear fenders. The body is in great condition with very little rust, but the rear fenders have quite a few dings. See photos.
The running boards are blue to match the car, not the typical black. Original rain guards above the windows. Bambus interior tray. See photos.
Car runs great for being 50 years old. It always starts right up. I do think there is a possible fuel pressure issue though. Original radio, works! The interior lights work.
I have the original seat belts, but I did add newer ones so that death didn’t loom every time I drove.
Heater works. Reverse lights are not hooked up. The rubber weatherstripping needs replaced on the entire car. I always keep the car in the garage from November to June.
I am selling because I’m moving to South America and need to be practical. But I love it, it’s been a joy to drive and I’ll be happy to see it go to a new human.