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.

I have seen several versions of tool kits available. Notable ones were the Hazet and the VW Kits. In “the old days” EMPI put out a kit that was a copy of the two “official” kits.

Nowadays, EMPI sells an inexpensive knock-off version which contains tools similar to the original ones.

Hazet Tool Kit

Regularly, vintage kits go at auction for extreme sums, some a thousand or more dollars. Even empty cases may sell for hundreds. Tools always are selling on eBay and thesamba.com, where buyers hope to find one more tool towards completing a kit.

Thank you, Guillermo, for allowing us to enjoy your Hazet Tool Kit!

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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. What are the differences between the 66/67 and the earlier version?

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    1. Hello, Jeffrey…Thanks for asking–let’s hope that someone with knowledge will come to our mutual aid. I will have to take the 5th on this question. Stay tuned. jay

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    2. Im just shooting from.the hip here, but from the picture and the knowledge of our 67 being a wide 5×205 lug pattern and not having hub cap clips on our oem steel wheels. I assume that the tool kit would press into the wheel opening and seat the same way our hubcaps do. Just a thought.

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      1. Thanks for your input, Duke. I never have focused upon these Kits. I have placed my bid for them on eBay but the prices keep going up and up! Let’s see if other Readers can give us further direction here. jay

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  2. Todd Sloan, Portland March 19, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I have the VW (Hazet) tool kit, missing a few tools. Tools are extremely expensive if you want originals in good shape. I dont use the tools so much except for the speed wrench which nicely takes the lug nuts off. I do not know the differences of the kits from year to year.

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    1. There’s a version called the “Traveller” that was in a ’67 we helped sell here.. The seller was going to offer it to me, but Googled what it was worth. Oh well…

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      1. Todd Sloan, Portland March 19, 2015 at 1:43 pm

        What is a “Traveller”? Is this also a kit that fits in the spare wheel? What are they worth?

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        1. Yep. That’s the one!

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          1. Todd Sloan, Portland March 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

            OK. Good to know. I never heard that before. Thx

    2. Hi, Todd…You are one of the fortunate ones to have the Tool Kit, even if it is missing some of the contents. Separated tools come up for sale frequently–you can find them on thesamba.com and eBay. The tools in these Kits are superior quality to those in the Tool Pouches which came with each new car. Although, I used to utilize those tools constantly. Keep up the search! jay

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  3. From a vintage accessories catalog, under Volkswagen Part Number 111 016 025 shows “spare wheel hub cap with tools” appears identical to discussed one, with exception of the large 36 MM? wrench. The one in this part number has opening on both ends, one smaller than other end. From accessories section in a Volkswagen Parts Manual from about 1962 lists same part number 111 016 025 and a photograph of it.. Also lists vw part numbers for a quantity of tools, not sure if the tools are related to this item however.

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    1. Aha! More information. This is an education for me–I never have focused on the Tool Kits. Thanks for the research, Quinn! jay

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      1. J. T. Garwood’s book states: The 1966-1967 spare tire center “hub cap” tool kit was not seen too often. Inventory; Open end wrenches 6mmx7mm, 8mmx9mm, 10mmx12mm, 13mmx15mm. Box/Socket wrench 17mm and 21mm. A valve adjusting tool, hub cap removal tool, feeler gauge, 9 & 1/2 inch universal pliers, test lamp. 150mm long screwdriver, 8mm blade, regular type, and 46mm long, 6mm wide Phillips.

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        1. Splendid! Perfect! I suppose that you have Garwood’s Volumes? I have a friend who recently just happened to be at a garage sale and there just happened to be both original volumes for sale. For a very low price! Sigh–the rest of us can dream, can’t we! jay

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  4. The inventory does not mention the lug nut speed wrench.
    I searched the body of my tool kit and did not find a part number anywhere, but did see on the back, the letters:

    DBP
    U
    Auslandspatente
    Made in Germany

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    1. Very good info!

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      1. Todd Sloan, Portland March 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

        Also Eric, the great photo of the kit above is very helpful to see what tools are included in the kit. However, do not see in the picture the valve adjusting tool, and the timing light mentioned in this thread.

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        1. The part number 111 016 025. The 0 in 016 appears to signify an accessories in the way back times as it is part of the 9 numbered Volkswagen Part Number. All accessories part numbers in several vintage VW parts manuals are identified this way. In a later Volkswagen Accessories catalog with part numbers from Volkswagen of America, Englewood Cliffs New Jersey, there is a combination of ZVW and the VW 9 numbered system to identify various accessories. Additionally some mechanical parts were identified using ZVP. With ZVW/ZVP there were still 6 numbers as in ZVP 121 145 which identified Bosch W 145 T 1 sparking plugs. Most likely/Perhaps the part number on these Hazet hub cab tool kits were on the original packing box, or attached via sticker. Garwood states that this part number was used from 1962 (perhaps earlier) through at least 1967 (but hints that the 1965 and below was perhaps different-maybe in the inventory) Whether changes were made in the inventory down through the years–? SAMBA has a long running discussion of Hazet tools of all sorts and varieties. Jay, I purchased my book from Mr. Garwood in distant past. I saw one somewhere in recent past, NOS for around $700.

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          1. Yes…when my friend revealed that he had purchased Garwood’s 2 Volumes, I started laughing and laughing. Then, I told him what a single Volume was selling for–I’m not sure that he believed me! I couldn’t stop laughing–to have found these at a garage sale for a few bucks! You never know. You were fortunate to have purchased yours in new condition. And, to have had the interchange with Mr. Garwood.

            I agree–who really knows the “correct” inventory in these Tool Kits. There may never be a definitive answer. But, the discussion is good! jay

    2. Todd…The illustrated Tool Kit is how the public was shown the Kit. I’m not certain that we can assume that when the Kit came onto the market that it was identical to that advertisement. On the other hand–let’s say that it was identical. People added tools, changed tools, etc. to these Kits. Nowadays, people buy the box empty and attempt to fill it with the proper tools, as we discussed above. That’s another variation to throw into the equation. Some of the boxes retain the paper illustration of what should be in the kit. Maybe some have lost the paper illustration. But–I’m just guessing here! The trick would be to find one which is pristine–unchanged. So..it’s just like the ’67 Beetle…we can find illustrations in the Owner’s Manual and elsewhere–but we know that these illustrations often were generic and/or “air-brushed”. Keep the faith, my VW Brother! We’ll do the best that we can and maybe someone will come along with more definitive answers to all of our questions. Thanks for helping to stir the pot! jay

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  5. Thank you Jay for the Article of The 1967 Hazet tool kit.
    The tools included in these tool kits are:

    · 760-3 Universal pliers
    · 2567 21mm box-end X17mm hex wrench oil service tool
    · 811-9R Large screwdriver
    · 814-02A Stubby Phillips screwdriver
    · 2153 Test light in plastic pouch
    · N/A 5-blade feeler gauge on ring
    · 2580 Hubcap removal tool with yellow plastic handle
    · 2568 Valve adjustment tool with yellow plastic knob
    · 450 open end wrench 6 X 7 mm
    · 450 open end wrench 8 X 9 mm
    · 450 Open end wrench 10 X 12 mm
    · 450 Open end wrench 13 X 15 mm

    The tool kit for the 66 and 67 are unique for these years. Tools and placement of these are different from previous years.
    The 68 completely change and are other tools.

    The price varies by the condition of the tool kit. You can get over a thousand dollars.

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  6. Hello,
    I have a couple of questions if you have time??? I just purchased a 67 beetle European model from the original owner. It has the 1300 engine in it. My questions are if I give you my VIN can you tell me what the original color and name of the interior is? VIN 117206630. Also because mine is a 67 European model would it have come with the hub cap tool kit or the tool bag tool kit? Thank you for your time.

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    1. Hello, Vic…

      You ask some important questions which are difficult to answer without consulting Germany. Please read from the following Link: http://1967beetle.com/birth-certificate/ While it would be impossible to know the paint color and interior color without documentation from Germany, I think that it is safe to say that each VW which left the German Factories, left with the Tool Kit. What I cannot tell you is which tools came in your particular car. When you call your Beetle a “European” model, we must realize that it could be a model which was exported to the Canadian Market or other markets. Each country had different vehicular requirements. Thus a myriad of variations could be experienced from Germany, England, Canada, South Africa, and so on. Therefore, I hesitate to call these cars “European Models”. Hopefully you can apply for and be granted the Birth Certificate for you vehicle, Vic. jay salser

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    2. Vic…Why don’t you press the former owner for details about where he purchased the Beetle. He should recall details such as original color and interior and the tool kits, etc. Did you acquire the original Owner’s Manual with the vehicle? Also, check beneath the trunk liner to see if there are any crayon markings there–these could lead you to some conclusions. See:
      http://1967beetle.com/crayon-markings/ jay

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      1. Jose Nieces Fuentes June 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm

        Hi.. I own a 1955 VW Beetle which I brought it from Germany in 1991. I’m also from Pueto Rico and I’m interested in contacting Guillermo Gonzalez.

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