I was choosing a License Plate Bracket for a customer’s 1967 Beetle. Not having focused particularly upon this part, I first examined the Bracket on my own ’67 Beetle.
I did so upon the premise that my car’s equipment is original and correct. So, I performed my examination. Then, I went to my storage and selected the bracket box where I found several—some identical to my own Bracket and some a bit distinctive.
I choose one which was in the best condition. It is of aluminum and had the least bends in it due to years of usage.
I also discovered that it is stamped with a manufacturer’s name and a part number.
The name is in all capital letters: FULWELL with 86691 stamped directly beneath it.
I looked at my car’s Bracket—identical. I checked with Eric Shoemaker—his, too, was identical to mine.
The manufacturer’s name sparked something in my brain and caused me to call one of my chief consultants: David Brown of Pennsylvania. As you may recall from past articles, Dave was trained by VWoA in their parts business.
When he answered and I had explained the reason for my call, Dave laughed. He told me that he had not thought of Fullwell for many years and then told me that my brain-alert was correct.
The ’67 and other models (perhaps all models at least following ’67) came to dealerships sans License Plate Bracket. Dave told me that he recalled two notable dealers of parts which frequented dealerships, hawking their parts to accommodate the needs of the make-ready department, for one, to prepare the new cars for the customers.
Dave said that salesmen came to the dealerships carrying their valises which, when opened, revealed catalogs of parts they were offering. Dave recalled Fullwell and Curtis as being two of these providers of such necessaries as the Brackets.
This said, it is possible that there were different Brackets from different suppliers here in the USA. If your 1967 Beetle has a Bracket unlike the one which I describe, do not become alarmed. There may not be a right or wrong Bracket.
While we are at it, let’s discuss for a moment the 1967 License Plate Light Housing itself. There were two manufacturers of this Housing: Hella and Hassia. By far, Hella apparently manufactured most of these Housings. Although Hassia installs the attaching studs a bit differently, both Housings function identically and affix to the decklid identically. All hardware is identical. The basic design of this Housing began in 1967 with VW Part Number 111-941-023A. A difference occurred in the mid-to-late ‘70s with either a metal or plastic Housing with ridges on the center-top of the Housing. The Housing for 1967 should be smooth metal with no ridges.
- License Plate Bracket:
- Washer-headed 1/4th inch screws for flat-bladed screw driver with 5/8ths inches of thread.
Square nuts, Rubber buffer washers: approximately 15/16th” OD X 5/16th” ID
- License Plate Light Housing:
- Studs for the License Plate Light Housing Housing: 5mm X .8 threads
Stud Nuts for the License Plate Light Housing: 8mm X 5mm threads. Each Nut is stamped 8 and F