It has been a pleasure to have contact with so many Readers and Contributors to 1967beetle.com.
With some, I have been pleased to continue to exchange e-messages and even phone calls. As a result, my Volkswagen horizons have broadened greatly over the past few years. Ron and Diane Waller live in Phoenix, AZ. Without thinking a LOT—I cannot recall when Ron and I first exchanged e-mails. Perhaps it was when the Wallers were seeking a Volkswagen club or group with which to interact with their 1967 Lotus White Beetle.
See this Link for more about the Wallers and their Beetle: 1967beetle.com/ron.
The Wallers were seeking a family-friendly group, low-key and oriented mostly to stock VWs. With no success after phone calls, internet searches and more, I suggested to Ron that he and Diane keep an eye open at car shows for even one other dedicated Volkswagen enthusiast. It worked!
Soon Ron reported that they had run into first one person, then another—until they had a nice group going.
Now a couple of cruises and some meetings later, the group seems destined to continue.
My congratulations to Ron and Diane for persisting in their quest!
Once in a great while, I actually get to shake hands with a Reader of 1967beetle.com. Today was one of those days. When Ron called to say that he had business in Texas—just up the road from us–and wanted to come for a visit—we were overjoyed.
Yesterday (June 30th), Ron called to say that he was in the area and we settled on a time for him to drive over to visit. The door bell rang and the rest is history! From 10 AM until almost 4 this afternoon, we talked non-stop about family, about retirement and about WHAT??? YES…about Volkswagens!
I must relate one story which Ron told us. He said that he’d been out walking and took a bit of a different route home, when he saw the rear of a ’71 SuperBeetle in a garage. Forward progress ceased as Ron contemplated contacting the owners. He carried with him some fliers which he had printed, telling about their VW group. It was early Sunday morning—should he go or should he stay! He decided to knock at the door. He knocked and eventually someone came to the door. To make a long story short, the couple had recently purchased the car and were now the second owners of an original car. More! As things unfolded, the couple’s daughter knew about Ron through Ron’s and Diane’s dog at the local dog park! As Ron said…”It’s a small world!” A chance meeting brought about a nice friendship and new members for the budding Volkswagen Club!
We broke about noon for the sandwich shop. More talk over good food. Then, it was off to a brief visit with “my” Volkswagen mechanic, Barry Blythe. We three stood at the shop bay door discussing one of the cars in the shop for some work. We talked about LED tail lights, which Ron recently installed onto their ’67, and about the Halogen head lights which he is about to install.
We bid Barry good-bye and sidled next door to my favorite collision shop where owner Geoff Loehmann and Mike Minschew talked with us. Geoff was in the midst of reinstalling an engine into his own ’67 Beetle. The pressure plate and throw-out bearing had given up the ghost and had to be replaced.
Now back at the Salser Place, Neva clicked a few shots of Ron and me with “Baby”—our ’67 Bug. Ron and I took a short spin around the neighborhood—yes, now the secret is out—my Beetle really DOES run and drive! LOL
Ron and I discussed the pop-outs he wants to acquire and install into their Beetle. We talked about rubber seals and parts for the pop-outs. We also looked under Baby’s hood to see what tools and spares are there.
Next, we looked through the engine compartment, talking about the various ’67 components for which these cars are so famous.
Whew—it was time to get out of the Texas mid-90sF heat and into the air-conditioned house. I set up a place on the table so that we could examine a carburetor. Ron and I had exchanged many e-messages and phone calls about some carb problems Ron was experiencing. After our dissecting today, I think that Ron is armed with more knowledge about his carburetor and that he is imbued with the confidence that he can conquer his carb!
The time had passed so quickly! And there was so much to say! But, all good things seem to come to an end and Ron announced that he had to go. But, there’s more to come—Ron said that he and Diane plan another trip to Texas and that they both will come for another visit.
Neva and I can’t wait!