Richard Marcoux’s ’66 – ’67 Hazet Tool Kit

'66 - '67 VW Hazet Tool Kit
I have had contact with Richard Marcoux (Nebraska) for some years. Richard is well-known for his pristine 1967 Beetles, although he also has had other years of Beetles. Richard has collaborated in several articles with information about parts and operation especially of the ’67 Convertibles. It is a pleasure to have contacts, such as Richard, in order to pin down some of these difficult-to-find facts. In this article, Richard provides absolute information regarding the much sought Spare Tire Tool Kit. One thing which we can take home from Richard’s experience is never to give up the search! His Kit apparently never has been used and represents a bench-mark opportunity to view an unmolested Kit. Richard explains how he came to own this Kit:

With owning a couple of ‘67s, I was used to looking for all those one year only parts. Like all car guys, part of the fun with this hobby is the hunt and finding those special items we are always on the look-out for. The ‘66/’67 Hazet Tool Kit is kind of the same thing. For several years I looked for an NOS kit. I had located several ‘66/’67 kits in all kinds of conditions.

Well… after several years of looking, this one showed up on eBay and it became mine.
The following inventory and pictures detail the contents of the kit.

Hayley Fulton’s Canadian ’67 Beetle

HaileyThe Beetle most Americans are familiar with is called the Deluxe. In Europe and Canada, Volkswagen offered a standard version of the Beetle which had minimal chrome, fewer luxuries, a less powerful engine and cost about 10% less. Although these are often referred to as “standard” models, Volkswagen preferred to call the trim line the “Custom”.

Since this trim differed from the Euro Standard models, especially in 1967, we specify them as Canadian Customs. A ’67 Canadian Custom typically came equipped with:

  • 1200 Engine
  • 12 Volt System
  • Leatherette Upholstery
  • Upright Headlamps (The ’67 Euros still had the classic headlamps)
  • Headlamp Dimmer switch on the floor (left of the clutch)
  • Basic Steering Wheel (’67 was the first year to use the modern steering wheel as opposed to the 3-prong style)
  • Partial headliner
  • Back Windows did not open (sealed rubber)
  • Front Vent windows painted body colour, not chromed
  • No door-panel pockets
  • No dashboard grab bar
  • No door post assist straps
  • No radio
  • No dash trim
  • Black interior knobs
  • Small signal lever
  • No speedometer trim ring
  • No fuel gauge (reserve valve instead)
  • No exterior lock on passenger side
  • No dome light switches on doors
  • Gas heater (I am told that the small green light top/left of the speedo is the indicator light for the heater)
  • Many chrome pieces and bumper brackets were painted gray as opposed to being chromed.

It’s not uncommon for Canadian Customs to have add-ons installed at the dealership (or shortly after the purchase) to emulate the look and luxuries of the deluxe models. For example, my Beetle’s certificate specifies being manufactured with exterior chrome but without exterior mirrors. A driver’s side mirror was added on either at the dealership or in the late 1960s (judging by the age and wear of the mirror).

Despite the many years passed and a few modifications, my Beetle maintains many of its original “Custom” characteristics. Enjoy the photos!

’67 Beetle License Plate Bracket

License Plate BracketI was choosing a License Plate Bracket for a customer’s 1967 Beetle. Not having focused particularly upon this part, I first examined the Bracket on my own ’67 Beetle.

I did so upon the premise that my car’s equipment is original and correct. So, I performed my examination. Then, I went to my storage and selected the bracket box where I found several—some identical to my own Bracket and some a bit distinctive.

I choose one which was in the best condition. It is of aluminum and had the least bends in it due to years of usage.

Ara Aghamalian’s ’67 Beetle

Ara Aghamalian's ’67 BeetleI purchased this car a few months ago from a guy that is a collector. He bought it from the original family that owned in here in LA.

I originally went to see a Zenith Blue he had, (he only bought ’67 bugs) but that didn’t have the history or originality of this one. The car has all the records going back to when it was sold in 1966, and is largely original with the vast majority of it’s ’67 only parts intact (except the generator/carb/coil/cap). It drives great and goes an indicated 80 as long as there are no strong winds!

My office is only a mile away from home and I drive the bug everyday (VW-Audi Design is across the street how appropriate). I do also drive my ’71 2002 for weeks at a time, and when it’ s too hot I drive my normal car (’06 cayman s).

The bug is the first air cooled car I’ve owned, and really my first vw. I’ve historically been a BMW/Porsche guy with a bunch of miatas thrown into the mix. But, I decided every car guy should own a bug at some point so here I am! If you have any more questions or need more info just let me know.

Best Regards,
Ara Aghamalian

Vintage Volkswagen Steering Wheel Restoration

Vintage Volkswagen Steering Wheel RestorationI’ve learned through process that proper steering wheel restoration is and art. How to do it the right way and achieve professional results is a question that fills my inbox weekly. I’ve been wanting to write this article for some time, and I just finished restoring my own wheel in our ’67 Beetle, We’re starting to offer this as a restoration service to our customers. Here’s some insight into how it’s done.

I’m not at all trying to come off arrogant, but restoring a steering wheel (or anything for that matter) does take skill and understanding of the painting and body work process. Don’t expect that you’re gong to throw a quick coat of primer on your wheel on a Friday, spray it with some paint and be back on the road by Monday. The drying process (curing) alone can take 2 weeks or more, depending on your geographic location.

Let’s talk a little about what you’re going to need.

  • A clean, dry area to work
  • High quality masking tape
  • Gloves
  • A respirator
  • An air compressor with an automotive paint gun (Assuming you already have experience with this)
  • Professional epoxy resin.
  • Automotive primer
  • Body filler (For the smaller scratches)
  • The correct color VW paint, and knowledge of what your correct color is. (I’m a purist)
  • Time
  • Patience
  • Attention to small details that no one will care about but you
  • Sandpaper. 220, 500, 2,000, and 3,000 grit for the final stages. Also, understanding how to wet sand properly.
  • Lacquer Thinner
  • Glazing putty

What is an epoxy resin?

Epoxy resins, hardeners, and other products are high performance materials. They are a complex blend of chemicals specially selected to give each system its desired characteristics. As with any chemical, poor handling or misuse can be potentially hazardous to health, therefore it is essential that the appropriate safety procedures are observed when using these products. Materials Safety Data Sheets should be available for each hazardous product from the materials suppliers.

Let’s get started.

Assuming that the wheel is removed from the car, the first thing you’re going to want to do is clean it. Keep in mind, it’s the most used item in your vintage VW. 45 + years of love means it’s going to need a proper bath. I like to use Lacquer Thinner. It dries fast, and removes all of the oils and dirt. Don’t be surprised if you have to really have to spend some time cleaning it. Mine took at least 15 mins. Allow to dry. This will give you a moment to have lunch and think about your next ’67 Beetle purchase, or that NOS part you’ve been hoping to source.

Beth Leverman’s ’67 Beetle Bumper Score

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We’ve been following Beth Leverman’s efforts at restoring her 1967 Beetle Sedan. I thought that the following was funny and unique enough to relate to 1967beetle.com.

Beth was out on a jog when she spied a garage sale along her route. Beth has been more of a big car person over the years until she caught the VW Bug. Seeing that there were automotive parts in the sale, she stopped and had herself a look.

Eventually she spied a VW bumper beneath a table. Upon closer inspection, she realized that it was a rear bumper. And…not only so, it was a correct 1967 rear bumper with the correct over riders.

She asked about the bumper “under the tables”. It was “Oh, that one?” sort of a thing. Beth said that “…those goofy guys didn’t want that Volkswagen part mixed in with their American parts…” so they had put it under the table.

They told her “$25 dollars.”

Beth couldn’t get her money out quickly enough. She latched onto that bumper and headed home. Herr Schmidt soon was adorned in proper style. I approve, don’t you?

I asked if she felt guilty enough to go back to give the guys a little extra for the part. She just smiled her sly little Beth Smile.