It was -5° this morning and I just had to test my ’67 Beetle. It of course started right up. I left the heater off until the heads were warmed up. About three miles into my 18 mile trip, I felt warm air coming from under the seat. I then pushed the left lever down and let the defroster take action. I had frost forming inside the cabin windows. After about 8 miles the bug was a nice ambient temperature. These heaters work well if everything is connected correctly. This 67 didn’t miss a beat. I saw several stalled cars on the road this morning but I passed them all with my 46 year old bug.
We recently featured Tim Presiado’s L633 VW Blue ’67 Vert here at 1967beetle.com. Last night, he sent over this really interesting item. In fact, it might be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. Have any of you seen or possibly had one of these before? I’d love to see other ’67 colors.
Thank you for profiling my L633 VW Blue ’67 Vert. I was digging through a box of old parts that came with my car and came across this touch up pen. It is yet another neat item that came with the car!
Our good pal Tim Mossman of British Columbia is current rebuilding the engine of his L639 Zenith Blue ’67 pride and joy. He sent over this photo last night of the progress. Tim was even able to find NOS 1500 CC pistons, which we all know is getting harder and harder to find. I can hear the sweet cadence of the engine from here.
Thanks for sharing with 1967beetle.com, Tim. We will see you back on the road soon.
When we traveled in our VW’s, each family member grabbed his one or two large paper grocery sacks and filled them with the gear that he would need for the trip. This was a quick and efficient manner not only for packing one’s personal effects but also for packing into the Beetle. Presto! Luggage is too space-consuming.
This became so routine that I could announce a trip at a moment’s notice and all four of us could be ready to go in short order. Even the miniature black-and-tan Dachshund, “Molasses”, knew the routine. He paid little attention, to the untrained eye–yet, as soon as someone reached for his leash, he was alert and present. He knew his spot on the front floorboard beneath my wife Neva’s feet and would stay curled there with a blanket covering him until we stopped for a rest break. Then, he would be all “business”!
Most of our trips involved going the 372 miles (yes, I calculated them carefully) from our front door in Garland, Texas to my parents’ front door in Lubbock, Texas. We usually got up at 2 A. M. and were loaded into a Beetle and out of the driveway by 2:30. By 3:30, we had exited Fort Worth, Texas on I-30/20 and were headed into the darkness that enveloped us in the nothingness that was west of that city.
Aside from a rest stop, the only other stop would be for gasoline; once.
Traveling this early gave several advantages. There was little traffic. Our two children were fairly sleepy at that time of day, so they busied themselves with sleep. Neva kept me awake, plying me with raw carrots, celery and other crunchies and something to drink–usually canned pop WITH CAFFINE! These items were stashed between the children in the rear seat or the space between the front and rear seats. They would hand-up anything that was “ordered”. In this way, we passed the time quite nicely.
Today is a very special day. It’s my beautiful, amazing, loving wife Amanda’s birthday.
I’ve been wanting to collaborate with my very talented friend Ward Jenkins for as long as I can remember. After a few emails and phone calls, Ward and I started the creative process.
The general visual direction is, where we have been in life and our future. If you know me personallly, you know that Amanda and I were blessed with twins earlier in the year, Milo & Olive, who look very happy on Dad’s roof rack. They are the pride of my life. Of course, the illustration also contains things that make us who we are.. My background in skateboarding, design and love for the ’67 Beetle (this is our Savanna Beige). Also, Amanda’s love for photography.