Marius Posts

Original Door Handle Rebuild

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — Door Handle Rebuild

Admin note – An older tutorial put together by ’67 Beetle enthusiast Marius Strom, I figured it was worth another mention. This seems to be a popular topic in my inbox over the last few weeks.

Are you able to reliably lock and unlock your ’67 with the key from the outside? Do you ever feel like you’re going to twist the key off when you use your door locks? If so, your guide pin in your locking mechanism is probably broken.

Fixing them is pretty simple, and worthwhile — the door handles on a ’67 Beetle are one-year-only, and while you find a few on eBay or TheSamba’s classifieds, it’s worth rebuilding yours – it’s only a couple of bucks.

How to Register WA YOM Plates

YOM plate

Following up on Mike Buettell’s excellent article he published last year on California YOM plates, I wanted to talk about how to accomplish this in the state of Washington. I wasn’t sure that my state had such a program, but it turns out the RCW 46.18.220 provides for exactly this. The law is intended for the common “Collector Vehicle” plate you see on older cars here, but has an accommodation if you want to run period correct.

German Roof Rack

Classic Roof Rack on Felix the Beetle

Since I’ve owned Felix, I’ve had a quality repro rack on his roof supplied by our friends at Wolfsburg West.

A few weeks ago, a friend who is moving contacted me about an old rack that was sitting in his house. This rack had been on his Dad’s ’62 and ’68 Beetles in the ’60s and ’70s, but he happened to keep the rack even though the cars have moved on.

Intrigued, I went over to his house to investigate. The only marking I noticed in the dim light of the parking lot was “HWE”, and some searching on TheSamba, eBay, and Bing found me info about HWE Type 2 racks, but nothing for our venerable Beetles. I started a thread on TheSamba to find out about pricing, as I didn’t want to rip off my friend (or be ripped off if it’s a repro!).

Cascade Kombis vintage meet — ’67 Beetles

Just returned home from an excellent day with the Cascade Kombis at their annual Vintage Meet event. With over 180 air cooled VWs in attendance, the ’67 model year had a good showing. There were three (!) ’67 verts, and a handful of ’67 sedans.

I snapped this picture of Felix the Beetle in front of the line of pre-68 square window bugs. Alas, no ’67s won awards today, but I’m happy to report that none of the Volksrods there were ’67s.

Marius ’67 Beetle Birth Certificate

I just got my Volkswagen Birth Certificate in the mail for Felix the Beetle. I always knew based on his VIN number that he was “born” in January of ’67, so there was a 1 in 31 chance of Felix sharing my birthday.

The birth certificate arrived today, and page one confirmed something I knew already: the engine case isn’t original to the car. However, page two confirms it! Felix and I share a birthday – he’s exactly 12 years older than I am – as Eric mentioned in a text message response to me, it was meant to be. :)

I’ll take sharing a birthdate over original engine case.