Huge kudos to Jay Salser for his work on this article. It was crafted by Ken Yeo in his own words. Our growth has been amazing, and the fact that these great cars keep surfacing. Slowly, we’re connecting ’67 owners globally.
Ken, tell the Readers of 1967Beetle.com a bit about yourself and where you are located.
I’m 40 this year, from Singapore. I’ve owned 4 bugs over the last 20 years, and my current 1967 for the last 15. I’ve had a ’71 1302, ’67 1300, another ’67 1300 and a ’66 1300.
How did you become interested in Volkswagens.
It was my 4 years at the University of Miami, Florida where I first was exposed to beautiful cars and fell for vintages almost immediately. Upon graduation and return to Singapore in 1995, I set out looking for a classic and found the VW bug most affordable, since I was conscripted into the Army and wasn’t paid well. Interest became passion, then obsession, and I’ve always owned at least one ever since.
Your car differs in some respects from those which were directly imported from Germany into the USA. Tell us about some of those differences.
Our ’67s are available only with 1300cc ‘F’ engines (much like the ’66), and retain the sloping headlights. As an ex-British colony, we are right hand drive (RHD). Our bumpers come with over-riders. Rear turn signal lamps are in orange instead of red, and reverse lights are excluded. A little mix-and-match of the US and European models, I would say.
This article was submitted by reader and ’67 enthusiast Richard (Dick) Diaz. (Thank you very much for your contributions to 1967beetle.com.
I am not sure about this 1967 Volkswagen Bug which I purchased nearly a year or so ago–it has taken over my life! In a positive way I want to add! Luckily for me, I was fortunate enough to stumble across 1967Beetle.com on one of my many trips through cyberspace looking at other 1967 VW Bugs, trying to see what is missing from my Bug.
I have tried hard not to make this project a “checkbook restoration,” but I do have limitations on what I can do myself, how much money I have and how much money my wife thinks I am spending! My rule has been to not try anything that requires a special tool, knowing that I have only so much time on this earth to use special tools and I have used up 66 years of my life to get to this point! I had written an early article for 1967Beetle.com on the purchase of my 1967 VW Bug and what mistakes I made in selecting this particular car. This article, Equalizing Spring Installation, comes at the urging of Jay Salser and Eric Shoemaker of 1967Beetle.com to hopefully help others that may want to pursue a similar project. The Equalizer Spring had been removed from my car when the previous owner lowered the car for the increasingly popular California Look!
This article is about my discovery of, and installation of, the missing Equalizer Spring that Volkswagen had installed in the 1967 year and early 1968 year VW Bugs. To complicate things, the Equalizer Spring goes by many names, making it elusive to what its true function really is: Rear Anti-Roll Bar, Z-Bar and Sway Bar. From what I have read, the Volkswagen engineers had it right the first time! According to Volkswagen’s Official Service Manual, Beetle and Karmann Ghia 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, Bentley Publishers, the Equalizer Spring is a side-to-side torsion bar connected to the axle tubes. It is designed to provide an additional progressive spring action to assist rear torsion bars when under load. The Equalizer Spring was added in 1967 because in 1967 the torsion bar was softened for a softer ride and the Equalizer Spring made up the difference and came into use only when there was a heavy load over the rear axle.
This morning, I received a message from a VW friend showing me the new inlet brass tube to his vintage 28 Pict German Solex carburetor.
As many of you know, the brass inlet tube simply is pressed into the port of the carburetor. With time, this tube can loosen, fall out and be the cause of a devastating fire in the engine compartment.
In the past, I have staked around the tube, which does, indeed, help to prevent its loosening. Some use J-B Weld or some other epoxy to fix the tube into place.
Tim Robson of Yelm, Washington, who is a Solex carburetor specialist, can remove, tap the port and install a “barbed” inlet tube which never will loosen or fall out.
Throughout nearly 43 years of marriage, cars have come and gone in our lives more often than I can count … ’55 Chevys, ’66 Mustangs (Shelbys, hypros & the occasional plain Jane) and the odd ’32 Ford. However, our 1st car was a new ’71 Shantung Yellow Super Beetle purchased just weeks before our wedding and kept secret from that group of friends who felt the need to advertise to the world that we were “Just Married”.
In 1991, we revisited the land of VW with the purchase of a ’68 Yukon Yellow convertible … just perfect as a perky little second car to haul around our growing family. Like the ’71 sedan, “Wally” (so named because his previous two owners had shared the same first name) moved on to a new home a few years later. This past summer, we decided that a ’67 convertible (the year Gary graduated from high school) was just the vehicle needed for fair-weather trips to the local DQ for ice cream with the grandkids … now numbering five.
After months of searching, we stumbled upon what looked to be a likely candidate on eBay…numbers-matching, recently refreshed and at a fair price – good bones with just enough TLC required for the grandkids to enjoy helping out and, most importantly, it was Yukon Yellow! After several conversations with the seller and careful estimates on what we would have to put into the vehicle, we placed the successful bid. The car was shipped to Washington State from New York Both of our daughters said, “Oh, a Wally, too,” when they first saw it. The name stuck!
From age 7 onwards, our daughter, Janeva Salser-Sulman, knew few cars other than Volkswagens. As time passed, she “graduated” from passenger status to assistant mechanic, helping with bleeding the brakes, fetching tools and many other tasks related to maintaining our fleet of Volkswagens. In high school, she learned to drive the stick-shift Beetles, got her license and completed her high school and college years all the while driving one of them. It wasn’t until she had to appear at work in full office attire that she quit the VWs in favor of an air conditioned “alternate vehicle” in order to combat the broiling Texas Summers. Here’s a memory which she wrote and posted to me late last year.
Spring 1987 – I was a senior in high school – Daddy was just finishing this car. He had bought it and restored it, painting engine parts, replacing the interior – it was restored inside and out – a SPARKLING RED beauty of a car, and we dubbed it “Cherry Cheeks”.
All of our cars had names that fit their character. We had the “Red Baron” who flew across the country on long trips, fighting heat and cold and faithfully carrying 4 passengers and a dog. We had “Friendly”, whose speedometer loved to make noise at about 40 miles an hour, until “he” became demented on a trip to Ft. Worth, screaming so wildly, that Momma pulled off the side of the road and detached the cable from the dial to mute the poor beast. Funny that we never named the Ghia that you see in the reflection – that car is another story.