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I received a call on Saturday afternoon from a reader of Jim Holloway and his wife, Llana, had purchased a 1967 Beetle Sedan in South Texas—in pieces, and were gathering parts for the reassembly. One of the things needed, Jim explained, was a Sapphire V Radio with the coveted rubber knobs. We discussed this at length, along with other ramifications of the restoration process. Jim and his wife are saving another ’67 from extinction. The previous owner had disassembled and lost interest or otherwise abandoned the project.

After a half hour’s conversation, Jim and I ended the call. I promised Jim that I would do what I could to help.

Later that same day, I received a telephone call from my good Volkswagen friend, Larry Ho, in Vietnam, also a Reader of Hey…this is a Worldwide outreach! Larry was excited! He asked if I had looked at my e-messages—I had not. I opened and found his message showing a Samba Ad for a Sapphire V Radio with the rubber knobs—for a hundred bucks. I hastily read the ad and saw that the seller had tested the radio and found it to be a working unit. I told Larry about the earlier call and we hung up quickly. I wanted to get to Jim ASAP!

I reached Jim and told him the number of the ad and that the seller had posted his telephone number. I said:

“Jim, hang up and call this seller…NOW!”

I messaged a thank-you to Larry.

In a bit, the phone rang and it was Jim. “I got the radio!” he told me—then had to hang up because the seller was calling to give the shipping cost.

Later, I received an e-message from Jim saying that he was the tenth viewer of the ad and the very first to make contact with the seller. And, that the radio deal was done. He was excited, I can tell you.

What does all of this mean? It means that works because readers are connecting! This is only one of the many ways that is being an advantage to us ’67 Owners.

You pose the questions. You post the information. A Reader is sure to have the answer! It’s that simple.

The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™

Posted by Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs since 1976. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are retired and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been our favorite year. We own a '67 Beetle and a '68 Karmann Ghia.

  1. Well said, Jay! And thanks for helping them out.


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