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 thesamba.com 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 1967beetle.com. 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!