The 1967 Beetle Community — Always Growing

This makes me so happy to read. Thanks, Jay for meeting and helping another ’67 owner! Congrats, Jessica and Charlie. -ES.

Friday, Neva fielded a telephone call from a lady saying that she needed a speedometer for her 1967 Beetle. She left a note on my desk so that I could call when I came into the office
Jessica informed me that she and Charlie had acquired a 1967 Beetle which needed a few things, including the aforementioned speedometer.

Then, Jessica said something really funny! She said…..”She’s suffering an identity crisis!” I began to laugh—it was hilarious. After I calmed, Jessica told me that “she” is “Gertrude” her newly purchased ’67 Bug. We talked a bit about naming Beetles—which thing is what my Neva is good about doing. And—laughed some more!

Well…the “identity” problem stemmed from something which the seller had told Jessica at the time of sale. The seller gave the impression that the car might be a ‘70s Model. After doing some research about VINs, Jessica looked at the aluminum VIN Plate behind the spare tire. It read 117….. “But,” reasoned Jessica…”might this not be a ’70s VIN?”

In order to get to the bottom of the matter, we discussed the other Factory VIN, beneath the rear bench seat. I told Jessica that both Auto VINs should agree and that they certainly should match the Title VIN.

When Charlie and Jessica visited this morning, the first thing which Charlie and I did was to remove the rear seat and clean and chalk the Chassis VIN. Sure enough, it agreed with the Aluminum Tag VIN behind the spare tire. Both gave proof that the car is, indeed, a 1967 Beetle Sedan.

Overnight, after our Friday conversation by phone, Jessica also had done some study of VINs on and had an idea of the Manufacture Date of the vehicle, assuming that it was a ’67 Bug. In fact, Jessica continued to amaze me with facts which she had been learning during her study about her Gertrude!

She had been reading every article that she could from Hey—that’s what the Site is there for, isn’t it! And, it is doing its work.

Our daughter, Janeva, came from her home across the street. Gus—their Dachshund, tagged along, greeting each of us in turn. Janeva grew up in VWs, helped with various mechanical repairs as a child, learned to drive them and did drive them—even through college and afterwards. She has a great eye for judging VWs! She learned the Craft well from “someone”!

We talked about motor oils, tires, new rubber seals, carburetion, auto insurance and, yes…that needed speedometer. Jessica ended up walking away with a 3/67 Date Stamped unit. Later in the afternoon, she told me that the speedometer had been installed and was behaving splendidly. That’s what we love to hear, isn’t it!

We also talked about qualified VW mechanics in the area in which we live. Qualified VW shops and mechanics are in short supply, but both Charlie and Jessica are not afraid to tackle maintenance situations. Jessica already changes Gertrude’s motor oil and has done some carburetor work. And they both worked to install the newly acquired speedometer.

After almost 3 hours, we parted ways, promising to get together again. Even planning to caravan to a large VW show in North Central Texas the first part of July.

And that, My 1967 Beetle Friends, was how Neva and I, Janeva and Jessica and Charlie spent several hours of our Saturday!

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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. Thanks so much to you and yours, Jay! One of the best afternoons to recent memory! As I talked about, I remember when I owned my first beetle twenty years ago how wonderful the community can be. Neva, Janeva, and you embody the welcoming and familial feelings I associate with VW owners. I look forward to getting to know all of you and my sweet Gertrude better in the years to come!

    And a huge thanks to Eric for providing this site as a platform for learning and sharing.


  2. Janeva K Salser Sulman June 11, 2017 at 12:52 am

    There’s just nothing better than a little ’67 VW Beetle, and checking out the new family baby.


    1. Girl…You said it all! I rejoice every time I see one of these 50 year old Beetles being brought back to life and made useful. Thanks for helping with our Little Beetle Party this morning! daddy


  3. Richard A. (Dick) Diaz June 11, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Jay, Neva, Janeva and Gus, reading this made me feel like I was there! I could even picture Gus sauntering across the street! Charlie and Jessica your adventure has just begun, but with Jay as your wingman “Gertrude” will rise again!


    1. Thank you for your faithful Readership, Dick. I always know that you are there! What a journey we are taking with these ’67 Beetles. Y’all have a great day there in Sunny California! jay


  4. Such a fun story!


    1. Hi, Todd…Yes, it’s always a pleasure to meet other ’67 Fans! One never knows what he might find. With this car there are some anomalies which can’t be explained because its history is obscured. But we had a blast talking, looking, exchanging information and everything that’s involved with these Beetles. I hope that your Beetle is well and happy these days, Todd! jay


  5. Well, as I am.. And have bin Bettle poor this past 2 years, I still very much LOVE the story’s of others finding there gold. Nothing beats the learning of its history, and the dream of where it may take you.
    The smell of a new project is even a great thing. Well, depending where it’s lived the past few years I guess… But you get it right ? Exciting possibilitys.
    Congrats on the newest member of your family ! I’m sure Jay will get you headed down the right roads in no time.
    Enjoy !


    1. Hello, Richard from Alberta! It is good to hear from you. Well…one of these days, another Beetle is going to join your family–I can feel it in the wind! LOL Get that garage and extant projects completed–then there can be time for examining the possibilities of having another VW! Stay well, my Friend! jay


    2. Thank you, Richard! Jay is so knowledgeable! Charlie and I are so happy to have met such a wonderful couple! We have found we share common interests beyond buggies. I’m sure you’ll find another again! It was 20 years between my first and Gerdy.


      1. Oh yes…I have bin keeping my eyes open, and I know exactly what I’m looking for ! Last while iv bin expanding my garage, and adding a few beetle friendly tools to the collection for when the next one shows its self…lol.
        And, although never meeting Jay face to face, we keep in touch often, and I find MANY things of interest between us ! I usually learn something as well.
        The beetles we have had, has bin the beginning of a few still going friendships, and a few simply excellent people just meeting in passing as well.
        The beetle just tells others your a friendly people I’m sure.


        1. Hello, Richard…I agree with you! These lovable little cars open many doors to new friendships! Who can resist talking about them? I hope that the garage project continues to go well–from the pictures, I know that it will facilitate your efforts at restoring Lynn’s car as well as all of your other projects. Stay safe! jay


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