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!).
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.
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.
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.
Since I bought my ’67 Bug just a short two months ago, I’ve been digging around The Samba, this website, and many other online resources trying to find out everything I can about the venerable Type 1. In addition, I’ve found myself reading a lot of dead trees material: Muir, Bentley, and historical books about Volkswagen in general (my favorite so far is Thinking Small). I find myself loving to work on the car – my day job is sitting behind a desk working on a computer (like so many others!), that I find getting grease under my nails and cranking on a wrench such a rewarding activity.