Old & New — L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle

L633 VW Blue '67 Beetle
Submitted by a reader of 1967beetle.com, (photographer unknown) noting makes me happier than seeing a freshly restored L633 VW Blue ’67 Beetle. Errr, but wait.. Am I seeing this correctly? Only half the car has been brought back to its former glory.

This appears to be a CA VW show, so the car is most likely used as a capabilities showcase piece. (WCM?) Again, I do love the fresh paint. However, at the same time I have to look at the original patina and wonder about its past. Where did the car go? What things did it see. Patina has a way of capturing time. Which do you like better?

L633 VW Blue '67 Beetle

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I say, the patina. It’s only original once.

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Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started 1967beetle.com. I also own Lane Russell, a leading supplier of VW parts for your classic Volkswagen restoration. I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. Patina shows neglect. Have you ever washed or vacuumed your car? Do you have your original factory motor oil? The original tank of gas from when you bought the car? The original air in the tires? Original wiper blades and washer fluid? Original fan belt? Original plastic fuel filter? If you don’t it’s NOT original.

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  2. This 67 has been around for years at the shows. The single cab behind it has as well. Single cab used to pull a matching truck bed trailer in the late 70s maybe early 80s. Not sure if still does. I was around the shop when they were built. They are owned by WCM \ Loren Pearson. I know Chuck Adamson of Performance Service in Redondo Beach had a hand in both builds. I could get more info if you are interested. The 67 half and half was a real head scratcher on how to build it according to Chuck and Loren. It’s very cool!
    Timm

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    1. Timm, I knew you’d know about it. I’d love to feature the build. Let us know.

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  3. Yes, WCM did that as a self promotion years ago. What is really cool is the window rubber front and back is half and half. This is part of Loren’s collection of VW’s he keeps at WCM. If you are ever in the area, you got to stop by and ask about a tour. He’s got an awesome collection. I have a fellow club member in the parts business that makes a lot of the rubber for WCM. We go out every year for the Classic and stop by the show to go out top lunch with Loren. Great people there.

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    1. Jeffery,
      That is very cool indeed. We deal with WCM a lot for our own business. I don’t know Loren personally, but I speak with Todd Pearson a lot. Great folks for sure.

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  4. Quite A car. A lot of work for only 1/2 a job. He must be a fun guy to think that way. Now what.? Bob Ebert

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  5. I’m thinking about the engine–half a rebuild? How does one do half a main bearing? Half a crank and half a cam? Half dirty oil? Half a tranny? What about half of the back seat covers? Half a windshield? How about half a radio? Maybe someone had lots of time on his hands. There must have been a better way to illustrate the fact. A lot of sellers advertise their cars as “completely restored”–when in fact they are about half restored. But, they manage to hide the unrestored half! LOL jay

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    1. And let’s not forget, half NOS German air in the tires.

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  6. I’m in favor of the “original patina “. I know everything’s not original, but if it’s not broke, I don’t fix it. There’s a difference in “maintaining” and “neglect”. Either way, 67VWs are AWESOME

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