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Tim Mossman’s ’67 Beetle & Steven Spielberg

Timm Mossman's '67 Beetle & Steven Spielberg

Congrats to follower of 1967beetle.com and good bud, Tim Mossman. Our timing lights are pointed in your direction.

Last Friday I got a call from a fellow who is a classic car “agent”. His business is called Reel cars, and he supplies classic cars to the movie industry in Vancouver. I registered on his site a few years ago. Well, he tells me Steven Spielberg is in town filming a Disney movie called “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) and he’s looking for a bug to use in his movie. He either wanted a dark colored bug or a light colored bug. Well, guess, what? He picked mine!

It’s in the studio here in Vancouver for a week and will appear in a scene designed to look like a Copenhagen Street. It’s being filmed here. The movie will be released in July 2016. Watch for my Zenith Blue 67!

Off to the studio!

Texas Vintage Volkswagen Classic

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The Texas VW Classic took place April 18th – 19th. I wasn’t able to take part, but our talented friend Matt Jackson was in attendance, camera in hand. They say a photo is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, I’d like to share with you a nice array captured from the weekend.

Thanks, Matt!

“Welcome to the Texas VW Classic located in the historic town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Surrounded by the scenic and sometimes wildflower covered hill country of central Texas, Fredericksburg is the perfect venue for a classic Volkswagen show. VW’s of all types, colors and makes show up to fill the streets around town and nearly every parking lot in town has a classic VW. The old German settlement not only offers a beautiful area to cruise the tourist lined streets in your classic vehicle but is also home to some of the best craft & antique shopping, music venues, and German restaurants west of Frankfurt.

The Texas VW Classic, held annually the third weekend in April, has grown into a three day event with some participants arriving to set up camp on Thursday afternoon. In addition to on-site VW and tent camping for participants, Fredericksburg offers a unique array of quaint accommodations including Bed & Breakfast options, local and chain hotels. Reservations should be made early due to the popularity of the area this time of year.”

Richard Marcoux’s ’66 – ’67 Hazet Tool Kit

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I have had contact with Richard Marcoux (Nebraska) for some years. Richard is well-known for his pristine 1967 Beetles, although he also has had other years of Beetles. Richard has collaborated in several articles with information about parts and operation especially of the ’67 Convertibles. It is a pleasure to have contacts, such as Richard, in order to pin down some of these difficult-to-find facts. In this article, Richard provides absolute information regarding the much sought Spare Tire Tool Kit. One thing which we can take home from Richard’s experience is never to give up the search! His Kit apparently never has been used and represents a bench-mark opportunity to view an unmolested Kit. Richard explains how he came to own this Kit:

With owning a couple of ‘67s, I was used to looking for all those one year only parts. Like all car guys, part of the fun with this hobby is the hunt and finding those special items we are always on the look-out for. The ‘66/’67 Hazet Tool Kit is kind of the same thing. For several years I looked for an NOS kit. I had located several ‘66/’67 kits in all kinds of conditions.

Well… after several years of looking, this one showed up on eBay and it became mine.
The following inventory and pictures detail the contents of the kit.

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.