Early Beetle Bumper Quality

I wanted to write about the difference in quality with the 3 major types of bumper available on the market for your VW Beetle. Luckily, John Henry has already done this! His wealth of knowledge on the subject deserves a shining light. I could not agree more with his very last comment:

“If you ever find an old warehouse with a stack or two of German bumpers, guarded by an old 80-year old former VW mechanic who is willing to talk for cash… drop me an e-mail…”

I did want to point out what Wolfsburg West had to say about the bumpers they produce. You can read the full interview I did with them here. Great guys!

Airhead Parts

Tell us a about the history of Airhead Parts. How did it begin?
I started Karmann Ghia Parts and Restoration in January of 1989. I began making parts for Ghias in 1992. I found that “cross over” parts, those fitting other VWs in addition to Ghias (like wiper grommets or horn buttons), had much higher sales volume than those fitting Ghias only. At that point I knew sales totals for Karmann Ghias were always going to be low, so we made our first part for the Beetle, a 1960-61 turn signal switch. At that time we also started a little wholesale company Ventura Warehouse Group (most people just call it VWG) to wholesale out these non-Ghia parts. That was in 1998.

In 2004 Walt Disney Pictures called up VWG to place an order for a mountain of parts for 20 early 60s Bug rag tops. I knew they were making a new Herbie Love Bug movie. At the time we were in the planning stages for the 50th Karmann Ghia Anniversary Cruise. L.A to Osnabrück Germany. I was already talking to VW of America about being a sponsor. So now Disney was in the mix. When they both said “OK”, it became the “Herbie and Friends Cruise Across America”. I decided then that Airhead Parts would go full retail with a new website and a new print catalog. That was in 2005.

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Engine Sound Absorber

I’ve received a handful of emails in the past 2 weeks about sound absorbing behind the ’67 Beetle firewall. I highly recommend the 3 piece kit that Wolfsburg West offers. Part number: 111813805. It’s German-made tarboard and fits like what left the factory when your pride any joy was brand new. The cheaper (Brazilian) kits are much thinner and use a very lightweight tarboard. Do yourself a favor, keep it German.

You can also install sound deadening on the inside of your firewall. (Assuming your rear interior is out) This quiets things down a great bit!

My friend Chris Vallone of Classic VW Bugs also offers this same suggestion in these very helpful video tips.