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Vintage Volkswagen Battery Care

Featured ’67 Beetle — Eric ShoemakerI receive frequent questions about batteries, battery care and installation. Here a few of the tips which I dispense when I answer.

Know your battery! Check your receipt, if you still have it, to learn the battery’s age. Batteries have a way of “aging” because, once installed, they are out of sight. One of my VW friends told a group of us recently that when he could not start his car, he inspected the battery and found it to be 10 years old! Well—that’s a ripe old age!

So get that detail out of the way first.

If you have a test meter, check the voltage on your battery. It should read at least 12.50 volts and as much as 12.7 volts, depending upon its age and charge. When a battery drops to 12 volts, it will not function as designed.

If you do not have a test meter and/or cannot charge a battery, it’s best to simply remove the battery and take it to a battery shop to have it tested and charged, if necessary. Battery shops can do it all, including selling a new battery if the need arises.

If your battery appears to need charging, remove it from the car. I like to use nitrile gloves when handling the battery, if it is of the liquid type, because it is more than likely to have some acid residue on it. Don’t get this onto clothing or anything else. Battery acid is ‘hungry”. I loosen and remove one of the cable connectors and push it out of the way of the battery so that it won’t stray onto the pole and spark. When loosening the connector bolt, do not allow the tool to touch metal and spark.

I like to use a large piece of cardboard box in an open area for doing the charging.

Place the battery onto the cardboard because the liquid will bubble into tiny mist-like droplets as the battery charges. The cardboard will catch these. Then dispose of the cardboard when the process is completed.

Clean the battery posts. If you do not have the tool for this, use sandpaper for the purpose. Make each pole nice and shiny.

’67 Beetle – One Year Only Parts

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — One Year Only Parts

Nothing says it like pictures. The old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” applies here!

1967beetle.com daily receives many many requests about one-year-only parts (commonly shortened to “OYO”). It makes sense to maintain a photo library of these parts for everyone to access at will.

We’ve added a new feature under “ARTICLES” in the site navigation. Simply mouse over, and you’ll see the new addition. One Year Only Parts.

OYO

One of the great benefits of such will be to those who are considering the purchase of a 1967 Beetle. A check of 1967beetle.com’s OYO parts photos can help to confirm whether the car in question really sports period correct parts—or not.

Another use of this new resource will be the ability to compare parts when searching for a correct replacement part. All of us have had to scour the Internet looking for the proper part, often coming away empty-handed because we didn’t know exactly what we were looking for. Or because incorrect parts were being posted as being the correct parts!

Greg Minuskin’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Greg Minuskin

Few people have the opportunity to own a particular vehicle twice. Well, Greg Minuskim saw his chance and snapped it up. In Greg’s words.

I acquired the car in February of 2014 from the 3rd owner who had owned it for about 9 years, and decided to sell it. At the time the car needed only a brake job, and a few other minor items.

The sunroof did not work–in fact, it was stuck! After a few months, I decided to get the sunroof working again, so I carefully cranked back and forth, applying penetrating oil to the track and other components. After about 2 hours, I finally was successful but still could not fully open the sunroof.

Researching on-line how to take apart the sunroof, I carefully removed the headliner panel to the sunroof and looked behind, inside the roof toward the back A dark mass was blocking the sunroof from opening further! Flashlight in hand, I discovered a well mummified mouse, poor thing! Using a coat hanger hook, I was able to remove the poor creature and gave it a proper burial in our back yard. Gosh knows what laws I might have violated for burying something in my back yard! LOL

About 5 months later I sold the car to a friend, who enjoyed it with tender loving care, polishing it and even putting in his own, home-made parcel tray.

When my friend needed to sell the car, in November of 2015, I bought the car back and now enjoy taking it out on short trips around my neighborhood on errands, and the like.

It is garage-kept, starts right up and is a pleasure to drive.

Needless to say, there are a lot of us out here in the ’67 Beetle Community who lust for a SunRoof Edition like Greg’s. Just look at those Palm trees through that sunroof! Mmmmm! That’s enough to make a person begin to look around for one of these cars, isn’t it!

Tom Parson’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Vert

Tom Parson's L282 Lotus White '67 Vert

Thomas Parsons has been a Reader of 1967beetle.com for some time. Tom lives in the small town of Strathroy, Ontario, Canada, between London, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan, USA. Tom is well acquainted with vintage vehicles having restored other vehicles, including a wonderful Deluxe Model A Ford Coupe. He has attended many shows in Michigan, New York and in Ontario. Nowadays, he participates mainly in local cruises and car shows. Here’s the story of Tom’s 1967 Beetle Convertible.

I have learned a few things over the years, as we all have. Time, money, family and learning all impact our work for sure.

When I brought this car home, the body actually was in two pieces with the doors thrown inside along with many other parts. I picked it up on a flat-bed trailer–the body and parts were piled on one end and the chassis with motor on the other end.

When my wife saw the ’67 come home, she thought I had lost my mind. “You paid money for those parts?” I had taken on difficult projects before but she wasn’t convinced about this one, for sure. It was indeed rough. I have seen much better donor cars in my few travels to Florida over the years since I bought the car. Other than some work on the heater channels, the car simply had been disassembled and left in a heap behind a grocery store in London, Ontario, Canada. I had worked in the summer to help rebuild that store to another chain’s specs, so I shopped there for awhile even though it was not close to our home. I spotted the Beetle one day and drove around for a closer look. I suppose that anybody in his right mind would have run, but like Charlie Brown, I somehow felt that this car needed me! I found out who owned the parking lot it was left in, contacted the owner, paid his price and carted it all home!

Wish I had early pictures to share. The task was daunting but I always had wanted a ‘67 Cabrio–so the work was worth it. Some heater channel repair had begun but was poorly done. I think that the owner had been waiting for someone to come along so that he could unload this pile of parts!

I read a post, a few years ago, by someone who had purchased a “basket case” ‘67 Cabrio. I looked at the pictures and began to chuckle. The car needed a complete restoration but the body was intact. At one point early in my restoration, I had the complete body and doors and most parts of my car piled into a 4 X 4 foot space in the corner of the garage while I worked on the chassis! THAT was truly a basket case. I know what scratch-build means and, as I said, I did not have, at the time, the connections and support that 1967beetle.com provides. You are making a genuine difference to fellow enthusiasts.

Jesse Stovall’s L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE: L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

Editors note: FPO image, as we didn’t have photos yet from Jesse. However, wanted to share his story with the world. Once we have them, we will update and showcase. Thanks, Jesse for your contribution!

I learned about 1967beetle.com “late” while owning my 1967 Ruby Red SunRoof Beetle.

I won her in an auction in Colorado. The car had rust in the running boards and a few paint bubbles. No big deal. I bid a little over my limit and won. I am the third owner…the first two were in the same family.

The car came with the original owner’s manual with all of the service notes. Taking all things into account, I believe that this car (at the time of this writing) has a legitimate 62,602 miles. The first owner was an older gentleman who liked to collect cars. When his son was in college in California, he allowed him to use the car.

Although I was able to drive her home, due to sitting awhile, the car needed some engine work. I took her to Painters Grinding (an unlikely name but really good VW folks) and they rebuilt the engine, painted the tins and gave her back to me.

I moved out to DC, due to a job change, and drove her as a daily commuter vehicle. The horrendous roads here tore up the front suspension and I had it rebuilt by my faithful VW wizard mechanic.

After a pretty bad rear end accident in her car, my wife asked me not to drive the VW as my daily car. She made sense. Had I been in the Beetle, I’d be a distant memory.

As a result, I parked her for awhile and had no real idea what to do. I was contemplating selling her on Samba or Craigslist, due to living in DC with a crazy commute. I finally pulled it out of my garage and said “Nope. I’m driving this thing”. And I do. I love the car.

I have been doing a slow and continuing garage restoration–moving the fuel filter, replacing the fuel hoses, etc. Minor brake maintenance and some new tires came next.