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Randy Chow’s Barn Find ’67 Beetle

Randy Chow's Barn Find ’67 Beetle
The term “Barn Find” is a bit of an understatement in this case. By the looks of this VW, it’s obvious that Randy Chow is a very talented creative. This ’67 Beetle was created by hand to get that perfect aged look. I’d be honored to drive this car daily. In fact, I’d never even wash it. Would you?

Vintage Volkswagen Fall Foliage Cruise

Vintage Volkswagen Fall Foliage CruiseThis great story was sent over from a customer of Lane Russell, and follower of 1967beetle.com. Just another example of how we are connecting ’67 Beetle owners around the world. And, it’s always good to see my VW pal, Chris Vallone of Classic VW Bugs.

Hello, everyone!
Below are photos and a video of Chris Vallone and I. I took part in the 2014 “Fall Foliage VW Cruise” into the Hudson Valley in New York. It was very well organized and a lot of fun. I had a great time.

Regards,
Sean

Challenges of Vintage Car Ownership

Challenges of Vintage Car Ownership

Before I knew “Jonesie” (not his real name), he had purchased a Beetle which, by all logic, should have gone to the crusher. Never had he revived a car, much less a Bug. But, he had disassembled the car, removed the body from the chassis and proceeded to cut and weld and renew the car.

By the time we had met and become better acquainted, he was driving the vehicle but experiencing some major difficulties due to poor advice which he had received and some poor workmanship from a shop which rebuilt his engine and did some front end work.

I took Jonesie under consideration and introduced him to a bonafide VW mechanic and engine builder. Almost immediately the mechanic identified some of the problems. Together, we began solving and drawing the car out of its slump. It was gratifying to see Jonesie driving and enjoying his car. He talked about it, joined a local club, went on cruises and even was joined by his wife in his forays onto the highways.

I wasn’t surprised when he asked for help to build an authentic engine for his year of Beetle. After considerable expense, he soon was cruising with an engine to-kill-for—a real German engine from ring gear to crank pulley.

When he talked to me some months later and announced that he was selling his Beetle and all of his VW things, I was shocked. He told me that he had experienced a problem with his speedometer. Then, there was some other minor problem. These distractions bothered him and resulted in his disenchantment with a vintage vehicle. He plainly told me that he had not expected these things to happen. Clearly he was under the impression that once “restored”, the car was going to run without a hitch.

His has not been the first case I have observed! A person spends thousands of dollars and countless hours laboring to “get it right” only to have little stuff happen—usually when it is least expected and least appreciated—in terms of money, time and inconvenience!

I am a diehard VW fan who doesn’t like break-downs and other mechanical distractions, but I am in there for the long haul! I never have been under any delusion that a restored vintage car is going to be like a brand new car off the assembly line. Nothing is going to work exactly as it did in those days long past. Never!

In an article in the September-October, 2014 Saturday Evening Post, Jeanne Wolf interviewed Jay Leno—known the World ‘round for his vintage car collection and now-famous garage (pp.38-41 and 82). When but a boy, Jay was given a ’34 Ford Pickup to work on. His dad told him that if he could fix it, he could have it. Jay met the challenge and eventually had the truck running. He said about that first challenge: “You sort of learned to respect the machine and how to make it work. That’s probably what really got me into cars. And that’s what has kept me involved in creating my own collection and building the garage.”

’67 Beetle — One Year Only Parts

’67 Volkswagen Beetle — One Year Only Parts

Nothing says it like pictures. The old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” applies here!

1967beetle.com daily receives many many requests about one-year-only parts (commonly shortened to “OYO”). It makes sense to maintain a photo library of these parts for everyone to access at will.

We’ve added a new feature under “ARTICLES” in the site navigation. Simply mouse over, and you’ll see the new addition. One Year Only Parts.

OYO

One of the great benefits of such will be to those who are considering the purchase of a 1967 Beetle. A check of 1967beetle.com’s OYO parts photos can help to confirm whether the car in question really sports period correct parts—or not.

Another use of this new resource will be the ability to compare parts when searching for a correct replacement part. All of us have had to scour the Internet looking for the proper part, often coming away empty-handed because we didn’t know exactly what we were looking for. Or because incorrect parts were being posted as being the correct parts!

So Cal Big Weds

So Cal Big Weds

A huge thanks to our very good friend Timm Eubanks of So Cal, for contributing his photography talents and time to 1967beetle.com. Timm documented this year’s Big Weds vintage Volkswagen event.

“More than 100 Volkswagen enthusiasts – mostly buses but also Beetles – squeezed into the tight parking spots to show off, share stories and spend the day surfing at San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente. It seemed everyone had a story to tell down at San O, as it’s known by locals, during the annual gathering of Volkswagen aficionados who packed into the beach.”