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Vintage Volkswagen Hazet Tool Kit

Hazet Tool Kit
From time to time interesting accessories come to our attention. The one discussed here is a very unusual one demonstrated to us by a constant Reader of 1967beetle.com, Guillermo Gonzalez, who lives in Puerto Rico.

Guillermo has 3-1967 Beetles which he cherishes. One is a Deluxe (like the ones which came to the Continental USA) and one is a Standard (Economy) Beetle, such as ones which sold in Europe, and other geographic regions. The third is not operable at this time.

Guillermo called this past Sunday to tell me how much he appreciates 1967beetle.com. I assure you that his comments were very welcomed! We love to hear from all of our Readers. He told me, too, that he is making a notebook of articles and technical tips. Several of our Readers have told us that they are doing the same.

Guillermo and I talked for perhaps a half hour. During the conversation, he told me about his unusual Hazet Tool Kit. When I showed natural excitement, he promised to send a photo of it.

After receiving the photo and reading about the contents, I sent the photo to long-time Reader, Jody Savageau for his comments. Jody is a researcher and has many resources at his fingertips. Jody wrote to say that the Hazet Kit was available for owners of ‘66-’67 Beetles and that it is different from ’65 and earlier kits.

Albert Cuevas’s Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

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Albert Cuevas’s L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle was featured with us a bit ago. Things got busy, and I forgot to mention that we did help it find a new home. His ’67 is a true gem that I’m sure the new owner will enjoy for many years to come. (This car is sold)

This is a beautifully restored, turn-key 1967 beetle, which I have owned for 21 years. I’m starting other projects. This car was restored around 3 years ago and always has been garaged since. Definitely a head- turner. The car needs nothing. My asking price was much lower than what it has taken to build. I’ve enjoyed her for 21 years–now it’s time for someone else to enjoy. To some, the 1967 is considered to be one of the best years. It was the first year for 12 volt, 1500cc engine and the last year of classic bumpers and so on.

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!
I’d like to take a moment to wish a very happy 95th Birthday to my Grandpa.
If it were not for him buying my ’67 Beetle back at the end of ’66, 1967beetle.com would not exist today.

I recently asked my Grandpa what made him choose a vintage Volkswagen. In his own words.

“Eric, my memory is not what it used to be, but… I purchased the Beetle brand new in December of ’66. The price was very competitive, and it was common knowledge that the German VW of old made products that were the result of the highest level in engineering and quality.”

Beth Leverman’s ’67 Beetle Update

Beth Leverman's '67 BeetleSome time ago, 1967beetle.com featured Beth Leverman’s 1967 Beetle. The car had been neglected, spending some years for all practical purposes abandoned in a backyard.

Herr Schmidt (his temporary nomer) was about to be rescued and taken on an extraordinary journey. His new owner—an unlikely lady, in Dallas, Texas, who spends her daytime hours in a lab coat behind a microscope. On the weekends, she is transformed into “the gal with the cutting torch at the body shop”!

Today, after a morning at the shop doing the latest body work, Beth came by the house to fetch some missing parts. Neva and I eagerly went out to see Herr Schmidt, camera in hand. It was our first glimpse of the car in some time.

Wow! A new engine! Wow! The damaged passenger’s cowling excised and original German sheet metal grafted into place. What—two genuine German front fenders also have replaced the earlier fenders which someone had used to cover up the old accident damage.

Beth Leverman's '67 BeetleThe apron had come from Don’s Bug Barn in Athen’s Texas. The hood, from yet another source.

Beth had serviced the speedometer. A correct Sapphire V radio with the coveted rubber knobs adorns the dash. Decals and other parts from Lane Russell.

Glen Orris’s Australian ’67 Beetle

This beautiful ’67 Beetle comes from Glen Orriss of Australia, a reader of 1967beetle.com. It’s a 1300 deluxe. I don’t know much about the production run of ’67s in other countries, but this one is worth a mention because of  its unique features. It looks more like a ’66, but is in fact a 1967 Beetle.