Restored Oil Bath Air Cleaners


Gary Beck, a customer and reader of recently sent along these photos of his restored oil bath air cleaner installation. Nothing makes us smile more than seeing an air cleaner breathing new life (literally) into a vintage Volkswagen.

Speaking of air cleaners, we’re now able to offer them powder coated. This took a bit of research and refining in process, as the biggest concern with powder coating is burning up the top filter element. We’re very happy to offer this level of quality to not only the ’67 Beetle community, but all vintage VW owners.

Thanks, everyone for supporting Lane Russell and
Ok, let’s get back to the photos.

L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

Gary Beck's Oil bath Air Cleaner Install

Gary Beck's Oil bath Air Cleaner Install

Gary Beck's Oil bath Air Cleaner Install

Gary Beck's Oil bath Air Cleaner Install

Also, if you’re in the market for an amazing L639 Zenith Blue ’67, this gem is still available. This is one of the best ’67 Beetles that I have seen in a long time.

FOR SALE — L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetle

Our new power coated units. The quality is just fantastic.

Powder coated '67 beetle oil bath air cleaners

Powder coated '67 beetle oil bath air cleaners

Posted by Eric Shoemaker

Hello, I'm Eric. I started Air-Cooled Artifacts (previously, and Lane Russell). I drive a '67 Beetle daily and love to share vintage Volkswagen stories with the world.

  1. Are you offering powder coating on Vintage Volkswagen tins, etc? I have a few parts that I would like to have powder coated. Your attention to detail is fantastic.

    1. Ben,
      Just sent you an email. Let’s connect.

  2. I am interested in obtaining a ‘67 oil bath air filter, restored or not. My Type 1 came off the assembly line in August of 1966, and has the “chrome” Sapphire V radio knobs vs. the black rubber ones, so is it possible that early ‘67s came with the ‘66 variety of filter?

    1. Hello, Joe–I am happy to hear that you are planning to keep your 1967 Beetle original, including the Oil Bath Air Filter. Joe, the Air Filter for 1966 appears to be a one-year only Filter. Then, for Year 1967, an entirely distinctive Air Filter was designed. Not only was
      the Filter redesigned, but the accompanying descending twin paper hoses with their under-the-engine tin pre-heated air tins were redesigned. Note, too, that the breast plate has the two holes for these paper hoses. So, it’s more complicated than having just a different Air Filter. Then, although the ’68 and ’69 Beetle Air Filters have a similar appearance to that of the ’67 Air Filter–both of these years also are distinct from the ’67 Air Filter. All of this had to do with increasingly more strict emissions laws which were hovering on the horizon here in the USA. Couple this with the fact that, to date, we’ve not uncovered any evidence for a carry-over into Year 1967 of the 1966 Air Filter. Good ’67 Air Filters are available OnLine–check under the Search Engine. Try to purchase one which is complete–parts can be difficult to locate. Stay away from rusted Filters and dented top, etc. Keep up the good work, Joe!

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