We receive a lot of emails here at 1967beetle.com about the proper carburetor for the ’67 Beetle. Don’t be fooled by those Solex “clones” that are stamped “Bocar.” My preference has always been the real thing. A properly rebuilt German 30 PICT-1 will function just as good as the day it left the factory 46 years ago. As we’ve mentioned before, Ed Fall of Vintage Werks is the person to speak to when it comes to getting the right set up for your ’67 Beetle. If you missed his featured story, it’s worth a read. In Ed’s own words about the 30 PICT-1, and a bit about his restoration process.
“The 30 PICT-1 carburetor was first introduced with the new, larger displacement 1300 engine on the VW beetle for the 1966 model year. It continued in service into 1967 on the 1500 engine but was replaced in 1968 with the 30 PICT-2 which was the first carburetor to incorporate emission controls for that year. The 30 PICT-1 carburetor differs very little in appearance from the 28 PICT-1 and in fact mimics the design almost completely with the exception of a larger throat and venturi.
Three versions of the 30 PICT-1 carburetor appeared on beetle and transporter engines during 1966 and 1967. Designated VW47-1, VW75-1 and VW105-1, the first two were used on the 1300 engine for 1966 and had an inactive power fuel circuit. The third version, the VW105-1 resumed use of the power fuel circuit like the earlier 28 PICT carburetors but omits the ball check in the gallery. This enables this carburetor to pull fuel directly from the float bowl more efficiently than the earlier 28 PICT carburetors and derivatives.
Vintage Werks carburetor restoration involves complete disassembly of each carburetor we receive followed by a thorough cleaning of all parts. Cleaning includes a solvent wash and for metal parts, blasting with a very fine resin media that polished surfaces without unnecessary abrasion. Special care is exercised in bead blasting carburetor body elements to remove dirt, oxidation and discoloration while resurecting the original casting finish and imperfections. This is in contrast to many other rebuilders who either do not effectively clean the bodies or use abrasives or pressure settings that ruin the original appearance. Smaller hardware parts such as machine screws, clips, springs, washers and nuts, if reusable, are then plated in clear zinc. Before blasting the carburetor mating surfaces are carefully faced to create a flat contact that will assure secure seating between the carburetor top and base and between the base and manifold. At this time, the butterfly and main throttle shaft is removed and examined for wear. If excess wear is noted, an oversize throttle shaft which we have had manufactured for the purpose will be fitted–this service is an additional cost. Once bead blasted, all larger parts are washed thoroughly again in solvent to remove any residual blast media. The throttle shaft and butterfly are then put in the base and the carburetor reassembled with the plated hardware. Care is taken to assure the linkage works smoothly and the ball checks on the accelerator pump are properly functioning. The carburetor is returned to you ready to bolt back on the manifold of your ’67 VW engine complete with gasket and mounting hardware.”