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67ctbug Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:45 pm

I recently acquired a 67 bug and I'm going to try and restore it back to stock. I would appreciate any tips on how to go about doing a restoration.

grandpa pete Sun Feb 07, 2016 4:50 pm

Get the books...Bently and Muir
Read all the rebuild threads ( learn from others mistakes )
Learn how to use the search function.

I like to make lists ; checking things off the list shows tangible progress

67ctbug Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:03 pm

Books. That's the one thing I don't have yet. I have to buy them soon. I have read most of the '67 rebuild threads and I am making list of all the parts needed and how much money it'll cost.

far rider Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:13 pm

Keep good notes or pics of how things looked before you take them apart. Sometimes things look easy and the reaction is "I'll remember that" but it doesn't always work that way. Have fun, good luck.

grandpa pete Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:17 pm

You will get a good start with the Muir book ( How to keep your Volkswagen alive ) and the samba search
Note ; Heard book available on amazon used .

looks like he bought an already disassembled VW

far rider Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:37 pm

Here's a good post on 67 only VWs
Was your car black originally? Black was the least produced color of 67s,

67ctbug Sun Feb 07, 2016 5:47 pm

I've skimmed through that thread before and I didn't realize how much was actually one year only on the 67s. Also, my bug is an original black with red but was painted in the late 70s or early 80s. If I could I'd try to strip the white paint and make it an original paint car, but don't know if it's possible. It's cool knowing it's the rarest color.

67ctbug Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:35 pm

Just a quick question. When did the mid year changes for things like the seat back releases happen?

67ctbug Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:41 pm

Anybody have an answer please.

grandpa pete Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:06 pm

You might have better luck on 67 only stuff on the " 67 Beetle " web site .

67ctbug Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:54 pm

Oh ok I'll check there. Thanks

veedubcrazy Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:40 am

Black paint with Red interior? Very nice!

panicman Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:26 am

Keep a diary of your restoration. In the diary, illustrate anything you have taken apart, and note the colors, hardware sizes, etc... If you can draw what you have done you'll be familiar with how it goes back.

Keep a calendar, and sketch out rough timelines for getting stages of the project completed. Edit that calendar as you fall behind, or if you make a sudden leap forward.

Double your estimate for parts. Sorry, but that is likely the reality.

Never stack household objects on the car. To me, that image (incomplete project car accumulating boxes, bags of trash, kids toys, etc...) was the textbook signal of a failed/stalled car project. When I got discouraged, or had to put the project on hold (for vacations, work, etc...) I thought about that image, and it kept me on track.

Take lots of pictures. You'll want them later, and you can use them to better describe your questions.

Create your vision for the car now, and don't waiver from it during the project; choose colors, decide on any upgrades or special items, and decide how strict you'll be about only using factory/NOS parts, and where you might need to compromise on that vision.

Figure out what you can and can't do: to complete the car, you may need to weld, grind, sand, paint, bump metal, fabricate sheet metal parts out of mild steel. You may need parts pressed or machined. You'll need a source for chemicals, finishes, special tools. You'll need to install glass, interior components, run wiring and troubleshoot electrical issues. If you can't do something, you'll want to know that ahead of time, because you'll spend more money on someone else's labor.

Always ask first if you are unsure. That is the beauty of thesamba, and it's well worth the membership dues :wink:

panicman Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:32 am

67ctbug wrote: Just a quick question. When did the mid year changes for things like the seat back releases happen?

The mid year changes are called "progressive refinements" there is a resource here for progressive refinements that goes by the same name; search and you'll find it.

Also, search query the keywords for what you are looking for. For instance, go to the 58-67 forum, and enter "67", "seat back", and/or "67 seat release".

Manipulate the search words and pretty quickly you'll get YEARS of in depth discussion about what you are looking for.

Same goes for questions about anything in any other forums. Chances are your questions have already been answered a dozen times on here.

67ctbug Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:39 am

I would of loved to have notes on how it came apart, but the previous owner already did that with no notes. I do have the plan of going back stock for everything including the l41 black( if anyone has an idea of how to take that white paint off and leave the black please tell me). Most of my restoration parts will be Wolfsburg west probably too except for fenders. And trust me they'll be tons of questions for the people of The Samba. Also panicman I'll be sure to go searching now.

grandpa pete Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:38 am

I purchased a stripped out bug too ! I only got the fenders and the glass ...
It's not that big a deal to get it all back together .
I found the Wolfsburg West catalog " exploded " diagrams were great help ...
I read ALL the build threads during the commercial breaks watching TV with a laptop next to me .
It IS going to cost more than you planned and it IS probably going to take longer too .
My one year build is now in it's 29th month :shock:
" one step at a time " :wink:

grandpa pete Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:46 am

To remove paint ;
graffiti remover and or razor blades in the hot sun ;
Look in the " body and paint " forum

67ctbug Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:15 am

Looks like you have a big project too. I might just have to try the paint remover sometime when it gets warmer here. Oh and I found an answer to my seat release question, they started moving them at chassis #117425908 so mine will have them on the side.

panicman Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:36 pm

Body and Paint has a sticky thread DEVOTED to tried and true (and tried and failed) methods of removing subsequent layers of paint to expose the original finish, and leave that original finish intact. Here is a link:

Notice: that thread has 44 pages, so grab a beer (or coke, or whatever) and buckle in. The first page has a logo bus that will grab you.

67ctbug Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:08 pm

Last month I bought new quarter panel patches for the back from Wolfsbürg West because they were for US 65 and up. Well when I got them the look different so will they work right?

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