When Gary and Donna Fischer purchased Wally2, their 1967 Beetle Convertible, they began to put “him” into stock condition. Wally2 had undergone many handlings since he had been pulled from a barn—literally.
One of the things which they found was two threaded holes in the driver’s side defrost defector in the corner of the dash at the windshield. (photo of the holes)
Questions came to 1967beetle.com where Eric copied the message over to Jay. (We are a quite the team!) Heads together over the Internet, we could not come to any good conclusion. We did agree that some previous owner had a reason for those two holes so carefully drilled and taped.
I sent a message with the photos of the Convertible to Richard Marcoux, the owner of one of the finest 1967 Beetle Convertibles in America. Richard examined the photos but remarked that, in his experience, he had not seen any appliance or accessory meant to be installed at that point.
The Fischer’s posted a Forum on TheSamba and garnered several responses—nothing conclusive.
In desperation, Donna began to pick through photos which they had of the car in earlier years when it had been “rediscovered” in that barn.
“No matter what else the original owner did to poor ole’ Wally2, this has to be one of the most irreverent. Gary says, ‘Possibly it’s a rare one-year-only Convertible accessory’! Now that I’ve stopped laughing, I’ve just decided it’s wrong on so many levels–we won’t even talk about the cord draped across the seat to the battery.”
“We’ll leave the holes alone! Like dating, sometimes it’s best not to judge someone’s past, but clearly, Wally2 was in an abusive relationship and these are just the scars from that period of his life.”
Mystery solved, Wally2 can continue to deliver his proud new owners and their grandchildren to and from events and the ice-cream parlors.