Bob Wilson’s ’67 Beetle

Featured ’67 Beetle — Bob Wilson

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.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Bob Wilson

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.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Bob Wilson

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.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Bob Wilson

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.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Bob Wilson

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.

Featured ’67 Beetle — Bob Wilson

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.

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Thanks, Bob, for sharing your ’67 with 1967beetle.com.
Edited by Jay Salser

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Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I founded and curate 1967beetle.com. I also co-founded Lane Russell with my wife Amanda. I drive a '67 Beetle daily, and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

25 Comments

timm

about 4 years ago

Great story! Love VW history.

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Doug Anders

about 4 years ago

Very moving story. Bob, may your lovely wife forever rest in peace.

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Matthew

about 4 years ago

Bob, thank you for sharing your story with us, your wife looks like she was always smiling, quite wonderful. The way you are doing the car is spot on, not too much restoration but plenty of preservation because above all it is a time capsule of you lives together. Matthew

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Kevin Gabor

about 4 years ago

Great story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us fellow 67' enthusiasts.

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Bob Wilson

about 4 years ago

I probably went on too much but I do appreciate your kind comments

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matthew keen

about 4 years ago

Hey Bob, not at all, your story really bought life to all our little cars. Many thanks

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Matthew

about 4 years ago

Bob if you need anything for the car even just advice then just ask. My email is matthewjohnkeen@gmail.com here is my lifetime connection with our two separated by time 1967 beetles http://1967beetle.com/matthew-keen/

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Jaime Munana

about 4 years ago

Wow Bob awesome story! Thank you for sharing this important story with us. Very touching. Our prayers are with you and Bob, you are not alone! Jaime

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Adilson

about 4 years ago

What a history, cool! congratulations!

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Eric

about 4 years ago

I agree!

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Jay Salser

about 4 years ago

This car might qualify as a "survivor" vehicle. Although it has quite a few miles on it, the condition warrants an evaluation of it with that in mind. I applaud Bob's decision to honor Sally's wishes to simply maintain the car in its present condition. Maintenance allows continued use of a vintage vehicle but does not alter its condition. In "survivor" state, the car could be worth more (intrinsically and in dollars) than were it to be restored. It is a fitting monument to both you--Bob, and to Sally! Thank you for sharing your story with the 1967 Community, Bob! jay

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Bob Wilson

about 4 years ago

Jay, I am not sure that I can adequately express my thanks for your kind comments and acknowledgement of Sally. It means a great deal to me. I am approaching the one year mark with sadness but smile when I think of her in the VW. Thank you again. Bob

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Jay Salser

about 4 years ago

Yes, Bob...Mr. Frick rather embodies the lasting relationship between you and Sally--a celebration, if you please. My wife and I have been married for over 48 years and VWs have played a major role during most of that time. Strange, but happy, that a car could become such a part of a family! With reminders of a lot of happy times. jay

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matthew

about 4 years ago

Bob, fuel line alert. Modern fuel contains alot of ethanol, this can eat away at the rubber fuel lines really quickly. What you want is 100% bio fuel proof hose, the best make for this is cohline its used on BMWs Mercs etc. Size to get is 5.5mm (beetle is 5.6mm) but it is a VERY good hose and fit and forget. Alot of beetles in the uk are going up in smoke as people don't replace the flexi hose with 100% bio proof hose. even new cheap hoses are only lasting 6 months. Also avoid braided hose as you can't see if failing. The hose should be replaced under the tank, rear frame fork to engine bay and fuel pump then fuel pump to carb. Other issue is carb inlet can sometime come out of the carb, I attach a cable tie to the left of the hose clamp and then tie into this another cable tie that goes round the carb inlet boss, this means if it gets loose it cannot pull straight out. The following is a uk link to the hose you want but you may find it in the states easier. http://www.advancedfluidsolutions.co.uk/55mm-id-732-100-bio-fuel-hose-diesel--petrol-2015-p.asp Good luck Bob, any questions the email me matthewjohnkeen@gmail.com

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Eric

about 4 years ago

Matthew, Good comments. The German fuel hose has always worked well for me...

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matthew

about 4 years ago

Hey Eric. We are having real trouble in the uk with beetles and campers going up in smoke, the ethanol is meant to be 5-10% but can go up to 20% over here, this has finished quite a few cars and buses in the last couple of years. The best hose used to be called R9 rating but alot of this has been copied by foreign counterfeiters. Now it is best to go for 100% biofuel proof just to be safe as you can. In my old beetle (a 1200 71) I had the fuel pipe pop off the carb on the motorway, the car came to a standsill only when the float bowl had emptied...amazingly the engine did not ignite while about 2 mins worth of fuel sprayed all over the engine...no harm apart from the dynamo gave up 2 weeks later as the petrol had totally degreased the bearings!!!

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Eric

about 4 years ago

Matthew, Wow, I'm sorry to hear that! I've always used the German braided stuff with no issues. Then again, I'm not driving my '67 daily. Keep us posted on new things you learn.

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matthew

about 4 years ago

Eric, It is actually worse if you drive the vehicle less as the ethanol can just sit in the lines and perish them. I'll get the Cohline 100% bio spec and serial number tomorrow off the hose and post it for you. Matt

Eric

about 4 years ago

I drive my '67 once about every 2 weeks. It's stored in my garage. That's the best I can do.

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Eric

about 4 years ago

I hope you're enjoying the site!

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matthew

about 4 years ago

Bob here is one of the greatest threads for how to keep a survivor vehicle in great shape and keep it totally unrestored, happy reading. Andy who did all the work is a great guy and you will appreciate a stickler for doing things properly. http://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showthread.php?t=634499

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Eric

about 4 years ago

Matt, This article is AMAZING! Funny, if I had that car I'd probably not even wash it..

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matthew

about 4 years ago

bob try this thread to keep a survivor running. http://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showthread.php?t=634499

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Jay Salser

about 4 years ago

Speaking to the issue which Matthew (above) brings into the discussion: I make a habit of carefully checking each carburetor which I work with to be sure that the brass inlet tube is firmly in place. I take a tiny center punch and place it at about 4-5 positions on the pot metal of the carburetor around the inlet tube and give a gentle rap with a hammer to "stake" the tube into place. I produce a tiny indentation--taking care not to break the pot metal of the carb. Just enough to make a tiny expansion at 4-5 places around the tube. Have the point of the punch as close to the inlet tube as you can press it. This expands the pot metal to tighten it around the inlet tube. These indentations are so tiny that they are not visible without a very close inspection so it shouldn't bother the purist who has a classically restored vehicle. I also make a habit of checking the fuel hose in the engine compartment on a regular basis. We tend to forget that this is part of a "health" check-up for our vintage cars. A fuel hose ignored is going to come back to bite the car's owner where it hurts the most!

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Mike

about 4 years ago

Jay, Yep. Like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqIqX3lep3U

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