Our little fellow was born May of 1967. He found a new home on June 17, 1967. When my soon-to-be-wife cleared customs at Rhein-Main, Frankfurt, Germany, I led her to the parking lot and showed her my wedding present to her. Sally christened him, “Mr. Frick”. I hope that the readers will forgive the anthropomorphism. Younger readers, you can Google “Frick and Frack” in order to understand the connection. When we got married, he took us to Salzburg, Austria for our honeymoon.
As it turned out, my wife depended on him quite a bit since I spent considerable time in the field, leaving her to fend for herself. Our apartment in Heidelberg did not have laundry facilities, so Sally made many trips to facilities near the Post. She did our shopping, not only at the PX, but downtown. She knew her way around Heidelberg better than I.
Mr. Frick was exposed to a range of weather conditions, from snow to desert heat. He was involved in one accident while in Heidelberg. I was driving on a one-way street (in the correct direction) and was hit head-on with the driver’s fender taking the damage. It was repaired at a VW dealership before we shipped him to the USA.
When my tour in Germany ended, he was driven to Bremerhaven to be shipped. We reunited during June of 1968, at Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, when my wife and I returned to the States. We drove Mr. Frick to California with many stops along the way.
By 1984, we were running a business and needed a different car. So Mr. Frick was parked in our garage and eventually became an extra “shelf”.
My wife became very ill in ‘99 and died this past August (2012). We always had hoped to have him back on the road. We talked about whether Sally wanted him to be restored or kept original. It was her wish to have him kept as original as possible. So I have not restored Mr. Frick–rather just made sure that he is safe to drive.
I cleaned the gas tank, carburetor, interior and exterior. I have replaced the engine compartment seal and deck lid seal. The fuel lines were replaced along with rear wheel cylinders. I am searching for the radio which we put someplace safe. So safe that I can’t find it. I installed a new battery and bought new correct-sized tires. I regret that I cannot remember why only the rear wheels have the correct colors. The fronts appear to be like those used for the spare tire. I flushed the engine oil and replaced some gaskets and engine seals, adjusted the valves and off we went.
As far as uniqueness, I suppose it could be that we are the original owners with only 73k miles on the car. I think that you will note that the paint is still pretty good and required only buffing and polishing. I have close access to Wolfsburg West and Car Craft here in California and could, if the need arose, get replacement parts.