1967 Beetle Community – Bob Ebert


When Bob Ebert opens the garage doors of a morning, I wonder if he thinks of the words to the song “Mary In The Morning” (authors Johnny Cymbal and Michael Rashkow).

“Nothing’s quite as pretty as Mary in the morning…”

You see, “Mary” is Bob’s 1967 Beetle Convertible.

Bob and I became acquainted some time ago through 1967beetle.com. We don’t recall the circumstances—no doubt some discussion of Beetle parts or repairs. Over time, Bob and I have struggled with the answers to some difficult VW questions, rejoiced when hard-to-find parts were located or just talked about our families.

Imagine Neva’s and my surprise when Bob announced that he and his wife, Nicole, would be driving from Ontario, Canada, to San Antonio, Texas, where their son and his family live. Right by Garland, Texas—our town!

The date was set and we eagerly anticipated their arrival at our house on the return journey to Canada, August 7th (2018).

When Bob and Nicole arrived—the conversation began. It did not end until they were so weary from their travels that they retired for the evening. Next morning, we took up where we left off—before they too soon left to continue their road home.

Although Mary The Convertible has been driven, Bob has been buying parts to put Mary into good working order again. Also, he’s been cleaning beneath the rear seat and installing missing heating duct bits.

Recently, Bob told me that he is becoming excited about getting Mary back on the road.
I am excited also! Anytime a ’67 Convertible Beetle is put back onto the streets, it is nothing short of a miracle. The Convertibles have become quite rare.

Bob insisted on inspecting our own Beetle, “Baby”. He even asked if he could sit behind the wheel. Well—of course, he could!

After the Eberts arrived back in Ontario, Bob and I continued our conversations by e-mail and telephone. Late developments include Mary having been pushed from the garage into the sun light. And—even having her engine fired and running well.

There are more things to rectify before Mary hits the road. But Bob persists and eventually the Convertible will be basking in her full glory. That’s when we’ll get “The Full Story”! Stay tuned!

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Posted by Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs for over 41 years. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are retired and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been our favorite year. We own a '67 Beetle and a '68 Karmann Ghia.

  1. Richard A. (Dick) Diaz November 1, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Jay, You and Neva have become good friends with so many of us entering the VW scene and specifically the 1967 VW! And, like many of us our enthusiasm may wane over time, but we cling to our loved VW because it surely does bring us happiness to drive them! Thanks to you, Neva and 1967VW.com for keeping the dream alive! Bob’s visit is testimony that you and Neva have an impact on all of us!-Dick

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    1. Hello, Dick…It always is good to hear from you! Yes…it is interesting that these VWs take hold upon us and become “family members”! LOL. Then, our VW Family continues to expand until we have family around the World. Eric and Amanda are to
      be thanked for keeping all of us in touch. Tell your wife and daughter “hello” from the Salsers, please. jay

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  2. Jay, what a surprise to see my Wife and I part of 67 .com. Jay you are the best, Thanks. Yes you are right there is alot more to follow about my relationship with Mary. She has been a challenge and fun. Bob / Nicole Ebert

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  3. Bob…It was our pleasure to have you and Nicole in our home. You just did not stay long enough! We had much, much more to talk about. In the months to come, I hope that you will be able to solve the problems with “Mary’s” heating system That’s an essential which you will need there in Ontario. Thanks for staying in touch! Our greetings to Nicole. jay and neva

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  4. Nice story! Cheers Jay, Neva and Bob.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Xitoi! It takes all of to complete the 1967 Beetle Story, doesn’t it. Even though we can’t all connect personally, Eric and Amanda have made it possible to have the next best thing here on this Site! What a blessing that is! jay

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  5. Hi Bob, nice to put a face to the name..i have owned 6…67 convertibles and one 67 sedan ,kept the black Convertible…39 years now! So i guess i have “the disease” too..Chuck / Chucks Convertible Parts

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    1. Hello, Chuck…Good to hear from you. I knew that you and Bob had connected, talking about “Mary’s” parts. I am glad that we have you to turn to–with personal experience with ’67 Beetle Convertibles. Keep up the good work! jay

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  6. Jay, This is my Story and I,m sticking to it. Jay you are a Gentlemen and Neva you are a fine lady. Never did i think that our visit would make 67 Beetle .com. I would like to thank those who commented and shared there thoughts about the article. Its nice to see two countries coming together to share a common interest. Thanks to all. Bob /Nicole Ebert. What would we do without Jay and Neva.?

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    1. Bob…I assure you that it was our pleasure to have you in our humble home. It was an exciting occasion to exchange ideas and to learn about each others family. Now, you know where we live so the road to visit won’t be difficult. Keep up the good work on Mary! jay

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  7. Frank Connolly,Jr November 5, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    What a wonderful story. These 1967 bugs are the greatest. A blend of the old and new. Thanks Jay,Erick and spouses for making this happen. There is SO much to learn!

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    1. Frank…Thank you for your generous comments! Like you, I feel the urgency to get these stories of Real People in Real Situations out to our Readers around the World. It gives all of us courage when we come up against extenuating circumstances–to know that
      we are NOT alone. That’s a heartening factor in owning a vintage Beetle! jay

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