’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™

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started 1967beetle.com. I also own Lane Russell, a leading supplier of VW parts for your classic Volkswagen restoration. I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. 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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