’67 Restoration Updates

Earlier this morning, I was going through an archive of my ’67 photos. Who knew 7+ years ago I’d become so interested in my grandfather’s old ’67. I’m just now able to say that things are close to being complete; well, at least in terms of the engine. Notice the grin on my face below in this archived photo. I had just picked up the car and had no idea of the work that was before me.

At first, I had no intentions of doing a full restoration. It all came out of necessity to keep the car on the road. The more I learned, the more passionate I became about Vintage VWs. Working as a visual designer for the last 10 years has made me enjoy the craft at an even deeper level. I’ve always seen the ’67 as a work of art. Although in rough shape at first, I knew I could make it beautiful again. I’ve done it mostly with my own two hands.

Here’s a photo of the engine a few days after picking up the car from my grandfather. Horrible! Look at that fuel filter in the engine area. No fuel clamps! It’s no wonder he had a fire in the late 70s. Notice the char on the deck lid. At the time, I can’t really tell you anything that was actually correct to ’67 factory specs.

The photo below illustrates the current state of the engine; much better! German carb, German fuel pump, restored short ’67 coil, restored distributor with vacuum advance, etc. I restored the oil bath air cleaner and now offer this as a service to others.

I’ve still got things to do. Replacing the driver’s side front fender, new tires and possibly a few smaller items. Will it really ever be done? We’ll see.

The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™
The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™

Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I founded and curate 1967beetle.com. I also co-founded Lane Russell with my wife Amanda. I drive a '67 Beetle daily, and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

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Timm

about 5 years ago

Like the Golden Gate Bridge, when you get to one end and think you are done painting, you start alll over again. A big loop. That is the joy, so they say!

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