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Tom Parson’s L282 Lotus White ’67 Vert

Tom Parson's L282 Lotus White '67 Vert

Thomas Parsons has been a Reader of 1967beetle.com for some time. Tom lives in the small town of Strathroy, Ontario, Canada, between London, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan, USA. Tom is well acquainted with vintage vehicles having restored other vehicles, including a wonderful Deluxe Model A Ford Coupe. He has attended many shows in Michigan, New York and in Ontario. Nowadays, he participates mainly in local cruises and car shows. Here’s the story of Tom’s 1967 Beetle Convertible.

I have learned a few things over the years, as we all have. Time, money, family and learning all impact our work for sure.

When I brought this car home, the body actually was in two pieces with the doors thrown inside along with many other parts. I picked it up on a flat-bed trailer–the body and parts were piled on one end and the chassis with motor on the other end.

When my wife saw the ’67 come home, she thought I had lost my mind. “You paid money for those parts?” I had taken on difficult projects before but she wasn’t convinced about this one, for sure. It was indeed rough. I have seen much better donor cars in my few travels to Florida over the years since I bought the car. Other than some work on the heater channels, the car simply had been disassembled and left in a heap behind a grocery store in London, Ontario, Canada. I had worked in the summer to help rebuild that store to another chain’s specs, so I shopped there for awhile even though it was not close to our home. I spotted the Beetle one day and drove around for a closer look. I suppose that anybody in his right mind would have run, but like Charlie Brown, I somehow felt that this car needed me! I found out who owned the parking lot it was left in, contacted the owner, paid his price and carted it all home!

Wish I had early pictures to share. The task was daunting but I always had wanted a ‘67 Cabrio–so the work was worth it. Some heater channel repair had begun but was poorly done. I think that the owner had been waiting for someone to come along so that he could unload this pile of parts!

I read a post, a few years ago, by someone who had purchased a “basket case” ‘67 Cabrio. I looked at the pictures and began to chuckle. The car needed a complete restoration but the body was intact. At one point early in my restoration, I had the complete body and doors and most parts of my car piled into a 4 X 4 foot space in the corner of the garage while I worked on the chassis! THAT was truly a basket case. I know what scratch-build means and, as I said, I did not have, at the time, the connections and support that 1967beetle.com provides. You are making a genuine difference to fellow enthusiasts.

Yunus Peer’s L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

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As we search in barns and forgotten locations across the world for more unique ’67 Beetle stories, sometimes they find us. This time, it comes from Yunus Peer in Hawaii.

Aloha, 1967beetle.com.
I am a long time ’67 Beetle enthusiast. I restored a few in my younger years – and as you may know, one never really kicks the addiction. Here’s the latest chapter. After a 20 year layoff, there’s a 67 in our family again. My son found this one close to his home in Orlando – It came from Brazil to Florida and is now on its way to Hawaii. The last pic is of the last 2 we had to sell in NH before we moved back to HI.

Brian Davis’s L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

This is a special ’67 Beetle that belonged to your grandfather?
My ’67 Beetle was stored in my grandparent’s basement for as long as I can remember. My grandma died when I was 25, and before she passed she asked if I had an interest in taking the ’67. Of course, I said yes.

After the dust settled, one weekend, I went down to their house to see what it needed to get back on the road. I pushed it out of the garage after 30 plus years of sitting idle. It was out of gas along with brake fluid. The brakes also badly needed adjusting. After these simple items were taken care of, it only took a quick bump of the key to ignite her back to life. There’s something really amazing about that.

Graham Patterson’s Australian ’67 Beetle

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Happy New Year! We’ve featured Graham’s RHD ’67 Beetle in the past. Well, he reached out with an update and it sounds like his project is finally nearing complete. Good work, Graham!

Greetings, 1967beetle.com. A Merry Christmas and Safe New Year to all the vintage Volkswagen followers around the world. I have at long last completed my Australian ’67 Beetle. Whilst I have not been in any rush on this build it has thrown up a lot of issues with obtaining Australian ’67 parts. I had plans to ensure this build was in a genuine restoration but I had to compromise and use what I had, so it is not exactly to Australian as-built.

In a few days I will get it inspected for registration use on the roads and see no issues with this process now that each and every thing has been done. I am however very proud of the old girl – she runs a real treat and turns heads. You will note the typical period Australian sun screen on the front windscreen. My best regards.

Graham Patterson
Perth, WA

Jesse Stovall’s L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

FOR SALE: L456 Ruby Red ’67 Beetle

Editors note: FPO image, as we didn’t have photos yet from Jesse. However, wanted to share his story with the world. Once we have them, we will update and showcase. Thanks, Jesse for your contribution!

I learned about 1967beetle.com “late” while owning my 1967 Ruby Red SunRoof Beetle.

I won her in an auction in Colorado. The car had rust in the running boards and a few paint bubbles. No big deal. I bid a little over my limit and won. I am the third owner…the first two were in the same family.

The car came with the original owner’s manual with all of the service notes. Taking all things into account, I believe that this car (at the time of this writing) has a legitimate 62,602 miles. The first owner was an older gentleman who liked to collect cars. When his son was in college in California, he allowed him to use the car.

Although I was able to drive her home, due to sitting awhile, the car needed some engine work. I took her to Painters Grinding (an unlikely name but really good VW folks) and they rebuilt the engine, painted the tins and gave her back to me.

I moved out to DC, due to a job change, and drove her as a daily commuter vehicle. The horrendous roads here tore up the front suspension and I had it rebuilt by my faithful VW wizard mechanic.

After a pretty bad rear end accident in her car, my wife asked me not to drive the VW as my daily car. She made sense. Had I been in the Beetle, I’d be a distant memory.

As a result, I parked her for awhile and had no real idea what to do. I was contemplating selling her on Samba or Craigslist, due to living in DC with a crazy commute. I finally pulled it out of my garage and said “Nope. I’m driving this thing”. And I do. I love the car.

I have been doing a slow and continuing garage restoration–moving the fuel filter, replacing the fuel hoses, etc. Minor brake maintenance and some new tires came next.