Re-living a Volkswagen Moment — A Quiz

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Re-living a Volkswagen Moment — A Quiz

Another quiz here at 1967beetle.comKnow the answer? If so, you’ll get 25% off in the 1967beetle.com boutique store. The first person to chime in correctly below wins. Jay Salser will be moderating. The winner will be notified within 48 hours as well as announced. Good luck.

Around 1980, I came home a little early one blisteringly hot summer day and told the family to pack so that we could head to Lubbock to visit my parents.

I was in my 40s in those days and thought nothing of striking out at the drop of a hat in one of our Volkswagens. Soon everyone had a sack packed and Neva had some goodies readied as well.

We already had discovered that packing in one of our ’67 VW Beetles was more efficient if each person packed his possessions in one or two large, brown-paper grocery bags; these “squashed“ into relatively small spaces whereas a suitcase will not. Even the miniature dachshund would run to the back door where his leash hung and beg to be put on it. In a matter of a half hour or so, we were in the car and off.

We sped through Dallas on I-30 with no problem and had gotten practically through Fort Worth when I noticed that I was having more and more difficulty coaxing speed from The Red Baron, our ’67 Beetle sedan. As we neared the western outskirts of the city, I began to think about “vapor locks“. I never had experienced one, but I thought about the metal gas line that comes through the firewall and into the engine compartment. Given the tremendous heat of the day, coupled with the heat of the engine, I decided that a vapor lock it must be.

I pulled into a gas station at Las Vegas Trail and explained my situation to the mechanic on duty. He agreed and soon had pulled the metal line and had replaced it with a standard woven gas line. I paid the bill and we pulled away from the station. As we left Fort Worth, the car could barely reach 15 mph.

I knew that there would be no help past Fort Worth, so we turned around and used the shoulders to limp back into town with traffic speeding past us. It was a memorable and hair-raising trip into town.

Years later, Neva and I made a trip across Fort Worth and on to Mineral Wells. This brought to mind that ill-fated trip of long ago. As Neva and I traversed the same route, we rehearsed each harrowing moment, cringing sometimes and laughing at others.

Finally, we made it back to Las Vegas Trail, exited to the South and found a large auto parts store in the first block. I had decided that the problem had to be the fuel pump. I bought a pump and set out to find some shade so that I could swap it out.

At a vacant shop, I put the family into a shady spot while I changed the pump. Soon, I had us going again, but the car was going only more and more slowly!

The day was wearing on so I decided that we should return home. As we neared downtown Forth Worth, I thought that perhaps a carburetor rebuild might do the trick. We were not going to make it home at the rate we were moving (actually NOT moving!). I exited I-30 and soon found another auto parts store. I went inside and explained our plight to the man at the parts counter.

What was the question that this person asked that led to the solution to the car’s problem? Chime in below with the answer!

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Posted by Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs for over 41 years. 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. Is there a fuel filter that I can change somewhere?

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    1. Hmmmmmm!

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    2. Charlie,
      You are the winner! Congrats.

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  2. Blocked tank breather?

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    1. Could be?!?!? Hmmm

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  3. Kid at the counter, “Uhhh… Did you add enough water to the radiator?” Kidding!

    Do you have some cool water? Poor some on the fuel pump…

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    1. That’s funny! Keep the ideas coming.

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  4. Did he ask if the carb was getting fuel and or what the fuel pressure was between the pump and the carb? Sounds like the fuel pump flange was restricting the fuel pump rod due to the heat.

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    1. I had thought the same, but this time I don’t think it was the case.

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  5. fuel filter clogged

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    1. A winner will be announced in 48 hours!

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  6. Did they ask if you had checked the in tank copper fuel filter?

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    1. Hmmmmm!

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  7. Distributor had come loose retarding the timing a whole lot, making the engine have no power.

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    1. Good one! Maybe.. Maybe not..

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  8. When was the last time you cleaned your fuel filter ?

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  9. Here is the conversation:
    Parts guy: “By any chance did you stuff a lot of clothing or personal belongings up in the front over the gas tank?”
    67 Owner: “As a matter of fact we did. That area is completely full.”
    Parts guy: “There is a little hose that returns air to the top of the fuel tank as fuel is used by the car. If for some reason that hose was crimped air could not replace fuel as it was consumed since the gas cap is air tight.
    Have you checked that little vent?”
    67 Owner: “No, but I’m about to.”

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    1. Funny! I figured you’d say something like, “Jay’s ’67 had a rough night the day before with an all stock 356.” :-)

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    2. I have been away from the computer for some hours, so now I am playing catch-up. I LOVE these responses. When I posted this to members of a VW group with which I associate–I had to laugh at a lot of the jesting answers received. Daniel (above) comes up with the parts guy suggesting more water for the radiator! There are a lot of good guesses in the mix! I’d have to say that we have people involved with 1967Beetle.com who know how fuel systems work! Eric says that he’ll announce the winner in 48 hours. Meanwhile…keep the gray matter churning! I’m impressed! jay

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      1. Hi Jay it’s Jaime, this is really neat what you are doing, coming up with these litte quizes! I wish this were a daily brain teaser, that would be so educational for us all.
        Thank you,and everyone else such as Eric for doing this, Jaime.

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        1. It’s readers like you Jamie that make 1967beetle.com what it is.

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  10. Mike Buettelll May 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I think the answer lies in the details involving Texas heat and the dog. Here is what really happened: Jay, in an effort to impersonate Mitt Romney, put the miniature dachshund in a cage up on the roof of the car. Not to be totally cruel, he hooked up a portable air conditioner running off the fan belt. As the day got hotter, the air conditioner worked harder and harder putting more and more strain on the engine eventually slowing it to a stop. The parts guy question was: Why don’t you bring the dog inside and turn the AC off?

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    1. Hi, Mike…My wife and I are sitting here laughing at your response! We must have fun any way we can get it–right?! I assure you that the doggie was perfectly content, lying at my wife’s feet…waiting for the next rest stop so that he could investigate all of the cool new smells! jay

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  11. bad coil or clogged muffler

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    1. Good possible answer. We will know soon.

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  12. a stuck thermostat

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    1. That would cook the engine, eah?

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  13. When did you last put gas in the tank? Seems like a no brainer but after hearing all the tech answers I could think of why not start simple?

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    1. The winner will be announced!

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    2. Hello, Tom…I wish that I had “started simple” when this happened to me! I allowed the external elements (the heat of the day) to over-ride good diagnostic procedure! NOW, in my mind, I trace from the beginning–from the-tank-on-back!

      There were a lot of REALLY good answers given by everyone! Charlie came up with the solution first but we didn’t want to stymie solution-offers by cutting off entries on the first day.

      Thanks to everyone for reading and contributing!

      jay

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      1. Good times! We will do it again soon.

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  14. I like the gas filter plug. keith

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