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Kenneth Yeo’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Kenneth Yeo

Taking a look back into the archives, this story deserves another moment in the spotlight.

A 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.
-Eric

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.

Vintage Volkswagen Hazet Tool Kit

Hazet Tool Kit
From time to time interesting accessories come to our attention. The one discussed here is a very unusual one demonstrated to us by a constant Reader of 1967beetle.com, Guillermo Gonzalez, who lives in Puerto Rico.

Guillermo has 3-1967 Beetles which he cherishes. One is a Deluxe (like the ones which came to the Continental USA) and one is a Standard (Economy) Beetle, such as ones which sold in Europe, and other geographic regions. The third is not operable at this time.

Guillermo called this past Sunday to tell me how much he appreciates 1967beetle.com. I assure you that his comments were very welcomed! We love to hear from all of our Readers. He told me, too, that he is making a notebook of articles and technical tips. Several of our Readers have told us that they are doing the same.

Guillermo and I talked for perhaps a half hour. During the conversation, he told me about his unusual Hazet Tool Kit. When I showed natural excitement, he promised to send a photo of it.

After receiving the photo and reading about the contents, I sent the photo to long-time Reader, Jody Savageau for his comments. Jody is a researcher and has many resources at his fingertips. Jody wrote to say that the Hazet Kit was available for owners of ‘66-’67 Beetles and that it is different from ’65 and earlier kits.

’67 Beetle Engine Component Fasteners

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Reader Kevin Cook inquired about which Bolts to use with the Coil Bracket on his 1967 Beetle. Not having a ready answer, Eric and I began to ask some questions. I went to my bolt bins. I also made a call to David Brown of Pennsylvania. He and I discussed the possibilities, sorting bolts as we talked. Then, I recalled that another Reader, Richard Marcoux of Nebraska, has an unmolested ’67 Beetle. Richard and I spoke by phone and he agreed to take some photographs. Here’s what we concluded after much talking and searching of parts, etc.

Beth Leverman’s ’67 Beetle Update

Beth Leverman's '67 BeetleSome time ago, 1967beetle.com featured Beth Leverman’s 1967 Beetle. The car had been neglected, spending some years for all practical purposes abandoned in a backyard.

Herr Schmidt (his temporary nomer) was about to be rescued and taken on an extraordinary journey. His new owner—an unlikely lady, in Dallas, Texas, who spends her daytime hours in a lab coat behind a microscope. On the weekends, she is transformed into “the gal with the cutting torch at the body shop”!

Today, after a morning at the shop doing the latest body work, Beth came by the house to fetch some missing parts. Neva and I eagerly went out to see Herr Schmidt, camera in hand. It was our first glimpse of the car in some time.

Wow! A new engine! Wow! The damaged passenger’s cowling excised and original German sheet metal grafted into place. What—two genuine German front fenders also have replaced the earlier fenders which someone had used to cover up the old accident damage.

Beth Leverman's '67 BeetleThe apron had come from Don’s Bug Barn in Athen’s Texas. The hood, from yet another source.

Beth had serviced the speedometer. A correct Sapphire V radio with the coveted rubber knobs adorns the dash. Decals and other parts from Lane Russell.

The Correct ’67 Beetle Distributor

The Correct '67 Beetle DistributorThe Distributor of choice for the 1967 Beetle is the 113-905-205K.

The 205K distributor’s advance is operated by a single vacuum. A tube on the vacuum canister is connected to a metal vacuum tube by a short length of vacuum hose. At the other end of the metal tube it is connected also by a short length of vacuum hose to the driver’s side brass vacuum inlet of the 30 Pict-1 (VW 105-1) Carburetor.

The metal tube is configured with a loop (like a large upside-down letter U) at the top at the vacuum port of the carburetor. This is to discourage any gasoline residual from being aspirated into the vacuum canister.

Here’s a little history of the evolution of the metal vacuum tube.

Into December, 1961, only a braided hose connected the vacuum canister directly to the carburetor. This was remedied during the month of December, 1961, with a kit supplied by or installed by VW dealerships. This kit was unusual in that a metal tube, formed into a loop as a complete circle, was connected by a 40mm length of braided hose to the carburetor vacuum tube and, at the bottom end, by a 40mm length of braided hose to the vac canister. This was to be a permanent installation.

VW installed a circular loop with one long end (to the vac canister) and one short end. (to the carburetor)

The Correct '67 Beetle Distributor
As well, there was a “service installation” which was a metal tube formed into a complete circle-loop which was an abbreviated version of the above metal tube. This tube was short on either end. It was to be installed on previous years as a replacement for cars which were fitted only with the braided hose. 40mm was cut from the existing braided hose and the metal tube-loop was inserted between the longer end and the 40mm piece.