Some time ago, 1967beetle.com featured Beth Leverman’s 1967 Beetle. The car had been neglected, spending some years for all practical purposes abandoned in a backyard.
Herr Schmidt (his temporary nomer) was about to be rescued and taken on an extraordinary journey. His new owner—an unlikely lady, in Dallas, Texas, who spends her daytime hours in a lab coat behind a microscope. On the weekends, she is transformed into “the gal with the cutting torch at the body shop”!
Today, after a morning at the shop doing the latest body work, Beth came by the house to fetch some missing parts. Neva and I eagerly went out to see Herr Schmidt, camera in hand. It was our first glimpse of the car in some time.
Wow! A new engine! Wow! The damaged passenger’s cowling excised and original German sheet metal grafted into place. What—two genuine German front fenders also have replaced the earlier fenders which someone had used to cover up the old accident damage.
The apron had come from Don’s Bug Barn in Athen’s Texas. The hood, from yet another source.
Beth had serviced the speedometer. A correct Sapphire V radio with the coveted rubber knobs adorns the dash. Decals and other parts from Lane Russell.
We discussed the progress and the possibilities. It IS slow, working only on weekends, but all things are positive. Herr Schmidt’s future is looking up these days.
My congratulations to Beth for her bold initiative with this car, seeing the potential which is there. As a person who has rescued ‘67s himself, I get really excited when I see people take the reins, give them a snap and fast-pace down the road to restoration.
Go, Beth! It’s very nice and see you and Jay together. I need to get down to meet the legend sooner or later. We’re all in the same state. :)
From the text of this article I believe that Beth did her own work! I am humbled by your courage Beth, and I am envious you live near Jay and Neva! Can’t wait to see another update and marvel at the progress! Great job!
I’m lovin’ this story for sure! Great job, Beth!
Wow. Congrats to Beth. Sticking to a restoration like that is tough enough to finish, let alone the parts hunting for a 67.
Thanks guys for all the comments. I really love working on my little Beetle and Jay’s help has been priceless! Eric, you really need to come visit. Maybe this summer for Dub Splash??
I’ll do my best! #TwinDadLife
nice job BETH,JAY IS A GREAT GUY
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