You’re new to the ’67 Beetle. Why the purchase?
I’ve always owned and loved fast muscle cars. The Beetle always fascinated me with its quirky mechanics and its long history. I just love them. Yes, I know my front fenders are off a ’66.
Tell us about the history of your ’67 Beetle?
The Beetle was owned by a friend of mine. They had bought the car for their son on his 16th birthday. I don’t think he liked it too much because it always sat in the driveway. After awhile, the city got on to them so the Beetle was moved to the backyard. It just broke my heart to see it deteriorate. I moved away and a few years went by. After going to a VW show I decided to call them and see if they still had it and if they wanted to sell it. Long story short, the son is now 23 and the Beetle now sits in my garage awaiting its daily tinkering.
What are your restoration plans?
Eventually I plan to take it 100% apart, bead blast the body and put it back together like it was brand new in ’67. Right now I just want to get it running and work on getting the correct parts.
What are some of the challenges you have faced so far?
Learning the mechanics of it. It takes an artist of sorts to get it running just right. I can’t seem to master it. Starts up every time though! These care are made so well. It’s amazing.
In your opinion, what makes the ’67 Beetle so unique?
The one year only parts. I love trying to find special things that were ’67 only.
What parts (if any) have been hard to locate?
I’ve had pretty good luck finding parts and have made a lot of friends that have spare parts lying around. I would say the radio knobs and the air cleaner bits were a bit challenging.
What is your take on doing a 100% stock restoration VS non stock?
In my opinion I would go stock. I’ve restored a few cars non-stock and I really regretted it.
What advice would you give to anyone restoring a ’67 Beetle?
Enjoy the process! Take your time and use German parts.
Any ’67 Beetle specific tips or words of wisdom you would like to offer?
Carry a flashlight and a battery charger at all times. Better safe than sorry.
1967beetle.com, you are a wealth of information! Also, I love seeing the articles everyday. Being new to the ’67 Beetle, it’s a good way for me to learn things. I can’t thank you enough for all the help!
Thanks Beth for sharing your story with 1967beetle.com.