Tim Mossman’s L339 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle is outstanding. With all original paint, there were some revelations to come that, once unraveled, have proven to be much more than “interesting”.
In the beginning…Tim’s ’67 came from the paint booth, making its way along the assembly line at Wolfsburg. Somewhere there, a workman—someone with knowledge of the destinations of these cars–took a black crayon and began marking on the trunk floor. Now, almost 47 years later, Tim notices the markings and messages 1967beeetle.com about them. “What do these markings mean?”
Eric copied to me and I copied to researching friend, Louis Harris in Dallas, Texas. Lou has done much digging through the annals of VW History for me over the years. He’s a computer person. He’s just the one that I needed! Indeed, within hours, Lou had answers.
When we traveled in our VW’s, each family member grabbed his one or two large paper grocery sacks and filled them with the gear that he would need for the trip. This was a quick and efficient manner not only for packing one’s personal effects but also for packing into the Beetle. Presto! Luggage is too space-consuming.
This became so routine that I could announce a trip at a moment’s notice and all four of us could be ready to go in short order. Even the miniature black-and-tan Dachshund, “Molasses”, knew the routine. He paid little attention, to the untrained eye–yet, as soon as someone reached for his leash, he was alert and present. He knew his spot on the front floorboard beneath my wife Neva’s feet and would stay curled there with a blanket covering him until we stopped for a rest break. Then, he would be all “business”!
Most of our trips involved going the 372 miles (yes, I calculated them carefully) from our front door in Garland, Texas to my parents’ front door in Lubbock, Texas. We usually got up at 2 A. M. and were loaded into a Beetle and out of the driveway by 2:30. By 3:30, we had exited Fort Worth, Texas on I-30/20 and were headed into the darkness that enveloped us in the nothingness that was west of that city.
Aside from a rest stop, the only other stop would be for gasoline; once.
Traveling this early gave several advantages. There was little traffic. Our two children were fairly sleepy at that time of day, so they busied themselves with sleep. Neva kept me awake, plying me with raw carrots, celery and other crunchies and something to drink–usually canned pop WITH CAFFINE! These items were stashed between the children in the rear seat or the space between the front and rear seats. They would hand-up anything that was “ordered”. In this way, we passed the time quite nicely.
While cleaning a vintage 30 Pict-1, VW 105-1 carburetor, I noticed that one of the manifold securing studs had a nut on the top side. This almost always is a sign that the threads have been stripped and that someone has put the nut on the top end so that the carburetor can be used. It is not a very effective manner for saving a carburetor. And, unsightly, as well.
This is the carburetor that is specific to 1967 Beetle Sedans and Convertibles and they are becoming more and more scarce. I turned the carb this way and that, looking for any other problems. None. It seemed unwarranted to just scrap it.
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We, who have an interest in Vintage Vehicles, use a number of terms to describe our own vehicles and those which we see at shows, club meetings and elsewhere. Sellers also advertise their vehicles, using these same terms.
Often there is little thought about the terms which we use and what is implied when we use them.
The USA VW Community has always been pretty relaxed about our vintage vehicle society, including how we describe our cars. We have not been as “organized” and precise about how we evaluate our cars as has the “Big Car Community”. With classically preserved Volkswagens in the USA fetching into the 5 figures, and even higher, it is time that we paid more attention to how we look at our cars.
Having an inordinate interest in vintage Volkswagens, I read lots of for-sale ads and also listen to owners describing their cars. Mostly, there are three terms, or variations of them, used in these descriptions:
Let’s look at these three and how they should be used and how they are interrelated.
Eric and I commented to Ken Jones, the new owner of the Ruby Red ’67 Beetle which was advertised here at 1967Beetle.com. I wrote to Ken, congratulating him on the purchase. Since I had seen a photograph of the engine compartment of the car, and noting the screw clamps on the air breather hoses, I mentioned that he could find some nice reproduction hose clamps from our good friends at Wolfsburg West.
Ken responded telling us that, after having taken possession of the car, he discovered a sack containing several pieces, including those original wire clamps!