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Mark Massey’s L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

Another fantastic ’67 from our friend Mark Massey over at OldVWs Restoration. When speaking with Mark about the history of car, this is what he had to say.

Herman is a very early ’67 beetle (VIN #117002513). I purchased in December of 2002. Plans were to restore him someday, but during the winter 2006-2007 I really wanted to have a beetle to drive instead of my truck.  After doing some searching and coming up with nothing worthwhile I decided to use Herman.  I replaced his rocker panels and floors, put all new brakes in and gave him a tune-up.  Attention was played to rust proofing Herman and not worrying about looks.

A good heater system was also devised. Who says a bug heater doesn’t work if setup correct? One weekend in February 2007 we hit -14 below, my truck wouldn’t start, but Herman did.  He had no problem heating up his interior, sure it didn’t get hot inside, but it was comfortable considering it was -14 outside. The key to a good heater is German heater boxes and good air flow.

As of February 2012, I have put about 50,000 miles on Herman (total miles 173,456).  In addition to being driven all winter by myself he is also now driven all summer by my girlfriend. Last summer alone she racked up 12,000 miles on him.  Very little money has been put into Herman over the last 5 years. Herman represents what the beetle was built for, honest cheap reliable transportation.  He isn’t shinny and new, he is what he is and doesn’t pretend to be anymore.  For a 40 plus year old car Herman has done very well.

Advanced Vintage Volkswagen – Atlanta, GA

856821_380234758750925_1877074071_o-2As some of you probably know by now, we relocated back to our hometown of Atlanta, GA after a long cross-country adventure. Recently, I had a generator, fan issue with my ’67 Beetle. (Jay Salser is working on an article that goes a bit more in-depth on the issue and resolution)

Being that I work, run a business and have small children, I don’t always have time to do the work myself, as much as I truly love and enjoy.

The vintage VW business landscape here in Atlanta, GA has a changed drastically. I really did get spoiled by the West Coast. As it turns out, the old places I had come to depend on long ago had long since closed up. I event extended my search to non VW shops. It went a little something like this.

Eric: “Hello. Do you work on old VWs?”
Shop: “No.” Click.

Eric: “Hello. Do you by chance still work on old VWs?”
Shop: You can’t get parts for those, no we don’t.”

Eric: “Hello. Do you ever tinker with old VWs?”
Shop: “Whatcha got a dune buggy? No, we don’t.”

As you can see, it wasn’t looking good. Even Advanced VW off College Ave seemed to have closed up; or did it?… After some searching, I was able to get in contact with Bobby who’s the owner. Apparently, the City of Decatur made him move so they can “clean up” the area.

Luckily, he’s still in business and probably the last vintage VW shop standing. He’s over in Tucker, GA now and going strong. Bobby’s not really one for attention, but I can tell you with all honestly that he’s the best guy for your vintage VW. I can’t tell you how happy I am that he’s still working on these old cars. Here’s his info.

Advanced VW
1878 Forge St
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 938-4499

Now for some photos of his shop. If you look closely, you’ll see my ’67 with some of his other old friends.

Chris Vallone’s L518 Java Green ’67 Beetle

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Hello, ’67 Beetle community.
As we mentioned in an earlier thread, our good friend Chris Vallone over at Classic VW Bugs in NY has just finished restoring a ’67 Beetle. This car is a gem and we wanted to give it another showcase.

Chris also sent over a nice walk through video of the car that you can view below. It’s even got an NOS correct rear bumper. It’s rare items such as this that keep me up at night. This car was found in north NJ in Mid 2012. This baby is rock solid and should need little body work.  This is a numbers matching Body, Chassis, Motor, ’67 Beetle.

Chime in below and let Chris know what you think. He’s watching this thread and would love the feedback. Now on to the video.

SOLD – L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

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Just listed for sale here at 1967beetle.com. This is a very original L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle, just waiting for a buyer. (I love the patina) The current seller knew he had found a one year only gem that’s not been abused. This would be a great candidate for a period correct restoration. Who’s going to take this ’67 home and put it in their garage?

• Original H-case motor refreshed with many new parts, great compression
• All new brake components (pads, cylinders, soft lines, brake switches)
• New clutch cable
• New accelerator cable
• New clutch
• New pressure plate
• New throw out bearing
• New transmission mounts
• New Bowden Tube
• New voltage regulator
• New E-brake cable (not installed)
• New wheel bearings (not installed)
• New door panels
• New seat covers (fronts installed, back not installed)
• Extra rear bumperGreat glass, all original but windshield
• Nice tires

I am the third owner of this car. It sat for appx 20 years in a pole barn near my home town. A grandfather bought it with appx 7,000 miles on it. He drove it, his daughter drove it and then his granddaughter drove it before it was parked. It had a bad respray on it that you can still see in some places. I used a combination of graffiti remover and 0000 steel wool to remove the respray. Over the course of the last 9 months I have begun to get this car back on the road as original as I could afford to do it! The car had A/C added at some point, but the only thing I have left for it is the A/C pulley and nothing else.

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 9,634 (Odometer has rolled over)
Location: Tulsa, OK
Price: $4,000 OBO
Contact: Mark.Howsen@williams.com  |  918-549-8257

Bentley Jay Perkins L87 Pearl White ’67 Beetle

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It’s emails like these that make me realize just how many ’67 Beetles hold a special place in their owners hearts. Bentley’s story echoes many, as the vintage Volkswagen is a very unique car with an emotional connection to the past. We will keep searching around the world to bring these tales to 1967beetle.com. It’s a labor of love.

Hello to all the wonderful folks out there that read this. My name is Bentley Jay Perkins, proud owner of a leather-craft business run with my father and of course, an early 1967 Beetle!

Let me begin by introducing you to a vehicle that has no doubt been named many times in her past, but I like to refer to her as ‘Fluffy’ or ‘Fluff’ for short. First registered in the UK on 24th April 1967.

At the age of 17 I bought this wonderful example of a Beetle, having absolutely no knowledge as to how special the car I was purchasing was. Bought for the prize sum of £2050 with a last minute bid on Ebay I was in love immediately. Almost entirely original including her engine and paint she is now, from what I have been informed, worth a considerable amount more with the local Classic VW scene soaring and ’67 Split buses going for upwards of £25000 in mediocre condition I dare to even ask what this little bundle of joy is worth. (My insurance company would have a meltdown) So let the story of my past 8 years with her begin.

Atttention! Boy does she get some attention! My first ever event that I attended was by suggestion of a colleague 2 years after the initial purchase. I bumbled in expecting to see lots of other Beetles just like mine…. only to find, none of them did. Yes they were all Beetles, but none of them had that character that mine had. She seemed a tad wider, longer and more sleek looking than the others, I had different catches, rear lights and other items of small detail I started to pick out. It was only until people started approaching my general area and asking if she was ’67 I realised something must be special about the year.

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Let the research begin! Since then I have attended plenty of shows, while not always with Fluffy, I have always asked around to gain peoples inside knowledge of my cars year, gathering, resourcing and researching I have found a ton of information is accessible to us one year only owners, like this website as a prime example! My latest crusade is the unfortunate need to re-spray the original paint. Enter stage left – Eric, Jay and Chris whom I have been conversing with to find the correct paint for my bug. While Eric has also prompted me to do this small write up for 1967beetle.com.