From age 7 onwards, our daughter, Janeva Salser-Sulman, knew few cars other than Volkswagens. As time passed, she “graduated” from passenger status to assistant mechanic, helping with bleeding the brakes, fetching tools and many other tasks related to maintaining our fleet of Volkswagens. In high school, she learned to drive the stick-shift Beetles, got her license and completed her high school and college years all the while driving one of them. It wasn’t until she had to appear at work in full office attire that she quit the VWs in favor of an air conditioned “alternate vehicle” in order to combat the broiling Texas Summers. Here’s a memory which she wrote and posted to me late last year.
Spring 1987 – I was a senior in high school – Daddy was just finishing this car. He had bought it and restored it, painting engine parts, replacing the interior – it was restored inside and out – a SPARKLING RED beauty of a car, and we dubbed it “Cherry Cheeks”.
All of our cars had names that fit their character. We had the “Red Baron” who flew across the country on long trips, fighting heat and cold and faithfully carrying 4 passengers and a dog. We had “Friendly”, whose speedometer loved to make noise at about 40 miles an hour, until “he” became demented on a trip to Ft. Worth, screaming so wildly, that Momma pulled off the side of the road and detached the cable from the dial to mute the poor beast. Funny that we never named the Ghia that you see in the reflection – that car is another story.
This is one of the more interesting stories I’ve heard, in regards to a ’67 Beetle.
“Oscar Almaguer has lived in his ’67 Beetle since he and his wife divorced ten years ago. The maintenance that has been done on the now 46-year-old Beetle is basic and few of the car’s parts are original. The engine, which Almaguer starts by short-circuiting two wires under the hood, comes from a more modern VW Sedan. The wheels and seats are from another Volkswagen model and instead of a gear-stick Almaguer uses a plastic bathroom pipe. The company behind the classic car model which Almaguer calls home is on the up.”
This ’67 is a Mexican made Beetle, which are entirely different than German made models. Beetle made in other locations than Germany have earlier attributes. Notice that this car has ’64 and earlier quarter windows, as well as a smaller rear window and front windshield. These are a mix-mash of parts; all made by the worn tooling which was shipped to various world production lines from Germany.
This article was submitted by reader and ’67 enthusiast Tim Mossman. (North Vancouver) Thank you very much for your contributions to 1967beetle.com.
When brought my Zenith Blue 67 Beetle in for serving at Hansig Motors in Burnaby on July 26, 2013, 129,029 miles were showing on the odometer. I had put about 5,000 miles on my bug since I took ownership on May 17, 2012 with 124,000 miles. The compression check showed cylinder 1 at 120, 2 at 130, 3 at 0 and 40 at 80 PSI. After a valve adjustment the readings on went up slightly to 50 PSI on cylinder 3 and 90 on cylinder 4. Under the section “Please note” on the invoice read: NEEDS ENGINE SOON.
Fast forward to September 2013. After checking with the PO of my Beetle, he suggested I get I touch with local VW guru Lanny Hussey and ask him if he could do the rebuild. Lanny is one of the founding members of the local Der Volksrennwagen Kafer Klub and has been around air cooled VWs for most of his life. He has owned many 67s (his favorite year) over the years and has build some pretty amazing VW’s such as this custom 67, which was eventually sold to a buyer in France.
Although not specific to the ’67 Beetle, this beautiful story transcends all years of the Vintage Volkswagen. There’s an emotional connection we all have with these great cars. Even with 1967beetle.com, each featured article is connecting the past with the present.
“The Story of VIN 903847 — the incredible history of a 1955 Volkswagen Beetle
The word Volkswagen translates to mean ‘people’s car’ in German, and really, the iconic vintage cars have long-held people’s affections since they were first introduced.
Now Academy Award nominated director Hubert Davis looks to investigate the incredible history of a 1955 Volkswagen Beetle, VIN 903847, through each of its drivers. Dating back to the original owner, three remarkable solo trips around the world are just the start of the story. As much as it is a story about the people connected by one machine, it’s also an observation of our enduring fascination with the automobile.”
Don Carter appeared to be just an ordinary citizen in the Heart of Texas. But the acquisition of a single Volkswagen-based vehicle propelled him into the spotlight over the next 30 something years.
Upon purchasing that vehicle, Don found that he needed some parts. What better way to obtain the parts than to buy—yet another Volkswagen. And another. And, yet another.
The passion for Volkswagening grew. Don had a piece of land outside Athens, Texas, on Highway 175. Upon that land, he began to tinker with the cars—first gingerly, then more and more. Eventually he hired a succession of mechanics to run what would become Don’s Bug Barn.
Don even built two race cars—one a Karmann Ghia and the other, a Beetle. He raced at Ennis, Texas, where a quarter mile track drew enthusiasts from all over Texas and elsewhere. He raced the likes of THE Gene Berg and came in—second. Which was a thrill of its own—just to be able to say that he had raced one of the best and come out second.