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Prescott Antique Auto Club – Ron & Diane Waller

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Ron and Diane Waller live in Phoenix, Arizona, where they sponsor a growing group of serious Volkswagen enthusiasts. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Ron when
he came to Texas to assist their daughter who just had taken a job near us. Introduce yourselves to Ron and Diane.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle Community

I tell Volkswagen owners that in order to complete their Volkswagen Experience, they need to interact with other Air Cooled Owners. Ron and Diane have taken this advice to heart and are having the time of their lives. Please read of their latest experience.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle Community

MarcouxRichard'67Convertible-7-2016-#bI’d been waiting for a year for a North Texas Volkswagen event which is fast becoming the largest in Texas. We’re not California, but when a good sponsor announces a show, the Texas VW Community responds enthusiastically. I am one of those responders.

In advance, I had a few things which I wanted to do to our ’67 Beetle. The main one was to remove the front bumper, clean the parts, repaint the backside of the blade, the brackets and the spacers—it was time. Then, we planned our drive to the show.

Salser-7-10-2016-Jay-NevaHardly had Neva and I accomplished this feat than I received an e-message from a good VW friend in Nebraska.

Richard Marcoux and I first corresponded some years ago—so long ago that we don’t recall why.

Richard is the kind of guy who, when he sees that special car, he goes for it. Or that special accessory. As a result of Richard’s knowledge of the 1967 Beetle, he has made some significant contributions to Articles for 1967beetle.com How about this one?

SOLD — L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle Sunroof

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I’ve looked at literally thousands of Volkswagen Beetles—a lot of them 1967 Beetles. In the process, I’ve purchased scores of Beetles for one purpose or another. It is heartening to find an “honest” Beetle. By “honest”—I mean one that is easily identifiable at almost a glance. This Beetle belongs to Greg Minuskin, a Reader-Contributor of 1967beetle.com.

In my looking at and researching 1967 Beetles, I find that possibly the most rare of the three Models is the Sun Roof Edition. Here is one of those rare Sun Roof Editions—waiting to be driven away by its new owner!

But first, let’s get some important details squared away:

  • You know how I am about VINs! All three VINs (spare tire well, tunnel and title) correspond.
  • The Beetle for sale has 15,609 miles showing on the Odometer. You can add 100K to that, I’m sure.
  • With every vintage vehicle the new owner will discover some things which need refurbishing or repaired. Greg and I looked over the car with that in mind.
  • The trunk liner and wiring cover need to be replaced with originals or good reproductions. The ones in the car are home-made.
  • The door scrapers and felts need to be replaced.
  • Greg tells me that the running boards have some “rippling” in the rubber—this may indicate some rust-bubbles beneath the rubber. In that case, the old rubber would need to be removed, the rust removed and new rubber stretched onto the running boards again.
  • The carburetor is not an original VW105-1 but is a good-quality, working unit.
  • Also, the front windshield was changed at some point—it is not original German glass.
  • However, all other glass IS German Sekurit.
  • Greg believes that the car has had one repaint. There are no apparent bubbling spots.
  • The black-walled tires are not new but have plenty of tread left. Even the injection mold features still are readily apparent.

Status: SOLD
Mileage: 15,609
Location: Tustin, CA
Price: $10,500 OBO
Contact: Greg Minuskin

1967 Volkswagen Beetle Community

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It has been a pleasure to have contact with so many Readers and Contributors to 1967beetle.com.

With some, I have been pleased to continue to exchange e-messages and even phone calls. As a result, my Volkswagen horizons have broadened greatly over the past few years. Ron and Diane Waller live in Phoenix, AZ. Without thinking a LOT—I cannot recall when Ron and I first exchanged e-mails. Perhaps it was when the Wallers were seeking a Volkswagen club or group with which to interact with their 1967 Lotus White Beetle.

See this Link for more about the Wallers and their Beetle: 1967beetle.com/ron.

The Wallers were seeking a family-friendly group, low-key and oriented mostly to stock VWs. With no success after phone calls, internet searches and more, I suggested to Ron that he and Diane keep an eye open at car shows for even one other dedicated Volkswagen enthusiast. It worked!

Soon Ron reported that they had run into first one person, then another—until they had a nice group going.

Now a couple of cruises and some meetings later, the group seems destined to continue.

My congratulations to Ron and Diane for persisting in their quest!

Don’s Bug Barn — A Vintage VW Salvage Yard

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An older article that has been getting a lot of page views lately. It’s time for another moment in the spotlight. -ES

Perhaps one of the most frustrating experiences a vintage car buff can have is not being able to locate necessary parts. As you’ve worked on your “second love” Volkswagen, invariably you’ve run against the brick wall of “that part is no longer available”! “What??? Now what am I going to do?” That’s probably putting it mildly. In my more than 36 year experience with VWs, I’ve had this problem hundreds of times. My two children and I made a regular habit of visiting salvage yards in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Then, things changed. Government restrictions began making things difficult for the salvage people. Yards were moved or closed. But, don’t give up! There still are some salvage yards located around the Country. Here’s the unique story of one salvage yard oasis; Don’s Bug Barn. As told by Dustin Carter, Don’s son.

How did you get all of this!?!
I have answered this question many times. My answer of “It is my father’s 36 year collection” never seems to satisfy.

Okay? But… but how did you get all this?
I tell the story, which always elicits smiles, that since we are in Texas, it is not uncommon that our story begins with horse-trading. In 1974, my father, Don Carter, got his first Volkswagen from my grandfather, who traded a horse for a dune buggy. My grandfather had no use for the buggy and offered it to my father, who accepted, thus beginning the story of Don’s Bug Barn. Growing up, my father always was a car guy, and throughout the years he acquired all types of American iron and muscle cars. But Volkswagens became his ultimate love.

Once my father started working on the buggy, he realized that it was missing the carburetor. In true Don Carter style, instead of purchasing one part, he bought a Volkswagen Beetle, complete with an engine, for the cost of the carburetor. From there, one Bug led to another, and another, and so on. His first Bug was a 1959 Semaphore Beetle, which we still own. He says he was drawn to the simple, yet sophisticated engineering of a VW. He also liked being able to work comfortably on the engine, while having the ability to pull and reinstall an engine by himself. It did not hurt that VWs also were an affordable hobby at that time.

My father is a collector of things, and when he becomes interested in something, let’s just say he is hooked. To this day, when asked, he is not able to pinpoint the exact reason he built the Bug Barn; other than that he needed a place to work on his VWs. He purchased land from my grandmother, and the foundation for the main shop was poured in 1977, with the help of friends and family. It was also around this time that my father made his first appearances on the local VW racing scene. He had been involved with drag racing for years, so racing VWs was only natural. The Bug Barn owns two VW race cars, a ’61 Ghia and a “slightly” modified chop-top ’67 Beetle, both of which my father named “The Bad Habits.” His hopes were to run the Bug Barn as a repair/parts shop in order to fund his racing.

Featured Volkswagen Business — Doug's Bug Barn

With his shop operating full time, and weekends spent racing, my father was living his dream. When in 1979 he became a father, my grandmother and mother told him to “get a real job”. It was at this point that my father took a job with the State as a social worker. But that did not slow progress at the Bug Barn. Since my father’s weekdays were spent working at his “real” job, he hired people to run the Bug Barn for him. Through the ‘80s till the mid ‘90s, the Bug Barn flourished. Several excellent VW mechanics operated the business while my father was working. During this time, my father never stopped purchasing VW cars and parts. On the original Bug Barn business card it read: “I buy VWs any condition”. My father had the forethought to know that even a totaled VW still had good parts. He also realized the importance of one-year-only parts, which is why he regards the ’67 Beetle as the best year built. Over the years he bought several ’67 Bugs; we still have 15 of them today.