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rstrobel Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:34 am

Hello Guys! After looking on Craigslist for about 1 year, researching about VW restorations, and VW's in general, I finally got my first VW Beetle. It's a 1967. After looking on Craigslist for a while, I finally found one that is close to me for a reasonable price. I picked it up for $2000 last November from a guy who lives about 15 minutes away from me.






Fast forward to now, I took the engine out, re-honed the cylinders, installed new rings, and cleaned all of the grease off.






I also rebuilt the solex 34 pic-t 3 carb and had the heads rebuilt





I am now also in the process of repainting all of the engine tins







I'll post more pictures once I'm done assembling the repainted engine

Cusser Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:52 pm

If body and chassis have little or no rust, then great deal.

Good job so far.

67rustavenger Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:04 pm

X2 What Cusser said.
I love 67's. I'm on my 4th and last!

Your tin work looks nice and clean.

Get a distributor that matches your carb. The dual port 1600(assumed) will run sooooo much better.

I installed a Bosch 034 German distributor on a friends 66 with the same carb a year ago. He loves how the engine runs.
This was after he insisted his engine ran great with the Oh Oh 9.

I carry a Oh Oh 9 as a backup. For those just in case roadside moments.

Good Luck.

vwoldbug Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:29 am

Make sure the preheat pipe on the intake manifold is clear .

rstrobel Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:22 am

Thank you for the compliments! I've put in as much work as I can between school, flying, cross country/track, and practicing piano. I'm on spring break now, so I've been able to get a lot done. I plan on getting a different distributor that matches the carb. Before I painted the intake manifold, I checked if it was clear. It wasn't, so I took some strong "garage wire" and cleaned it out with a drill. I'll hopefully have it running by tonight, I just have to put the fan shroud on and finish putting everything together. :D

rstrobel Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:26 pm


I finished repainting the engine a while ago, but this is what it ended up looking like. Now itís time to remove the body and repair all of the rust.

thomas. Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:19 am

You got an awesome deal. If this were my bug and it was my only air-cooled vehicle , I'd pop the engine back in and run it for the summer. Then save the body off work for the winter months.

67 Florida Deluxe Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:53 am

Nice buy! Welcome to the '67 owner's club :wink:

rstrobel Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:49 pm

Iíd save the body work for the winter months, but Iím in school during that time and Iíll be studying a lot.

Over the past week it has been pretty rainy, so I wasnít able to get too much done. :(


I was able to build the dolly for the bug during the rainy days. This picture doesnít show the finished product, but itís the best I have.

Yesterday, I removed the body from the chassis with help from my brothers and hydraulics.







Iíll get a parts order going, so that I can get to the body work as soon as possible!

Acab77 Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:51 pm

Nice! Slow and steady :D

rstrobel Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:35 pm

Haha exactly! My family and I are going to Germany for 3 weeks, so thatís less time that I have to work on it this summer. But...while Iím over there, weíre going to a big aircooled VW show in Mannheim! Iíve ordered all the metal, so once we get back Iíll start doing the metal work. Hopefully I can finish it up this summer. Iíll have 5 weeks once I get back. Hopefully thatís enough time for my brothers and I to finish the metal work.

IRQVET Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:29 pm

First and foremost, nice find. Looks like a real honest car to start with. That will make your life alot easier moving forward. Secondly, that was an awesome price you paid for that gem.

Keeps us in the loop. Make sure to keep us up to date on what parts your getting, what you paid, and of course links are always welcome, lol.

rstrobel Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:48 am

This summer flew by, but I managed to work on my '67 a little bit.

Once the chassis was removed from the body, I power washed it and cleaned the really greasy parts with oven cleaner.





My family and I flew to Germany to visit family for 3 weeks. The landscape is really pretty over there. Plus, we saw a bunch of cool old German stuff that my relatives own.






We visited relatives in Berlin. Saw some pretty cool stuff at Checkpoint Charlie.





After visiting relatives, we went to climb a couple mountains. These are pictures of Herzogstand and Heimgarten.

...it's supposed to say Weissbier, but the guy we ordered it from messed the shirt up haha





The last week being there, we visited family friends who own a carpenter shop and he had these cool old motorcycles that he restored. I believe that the green one is a 1935 motorcycle.




When I got back to the US, my parts arrived and I could finally dig in. Sadly, I only had 3 weeks left of the summer.








These were terrible welds, so I cleaned them up. This picture was before I did that.



I got quite a bit more done, I just need to take pictures of it. The chassis is now fully painted, and I've removed one heater channel. Additionally, I removed the rear quarter panel of that side, and I sand blasted/painted that side. The next load of pictures will show that...when I get around to taking them.

67ctbug Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:20 pm

Glad to see some stuff getting done. Was the shirt made in Germany? He may have used a capitol b for the double s, which is this in German Ŗ. It's called an eszett. Trip sounds like fun, would love to visit there one day.

Wickedm3n Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:52 pm

Nice looking bug. I have a Euro 67. I think it is the same color. Do you have the color code?
Good Lucky rebuiling it. I alsof started it. Slowly but steady.

67 Florida Deluxe Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:03 pm

Wickedm3n wrote: Nice looking bug. I have a Euro 67. I think it is the same color. Do you have the color code?
Good Lucky rebuiling it. I alsof started it. Slowly but steady.

VW Blue (L 633), I'd say. rstrobel, does that correspond to the paint code sticker (if it's still there?) Have you ordered a BC yet? Those are great to have to answer certain questions, including the original paint color, interior color and confirmation of the original engine block number, as long as you provide the engine # of what's in the car.

rstrobel Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:06 pm

67ctbug wrote: Glad to see some stuff getting done. Was the shirt made in Germany? He may have used a capitol b for the double s, which is this in German Ŗ. It's called an eszett. Trip sounds like fun, would love to visit there one day.

The shirts were made here in the US for a rec soccer team at my college called "FC Beercelona" :D . It was a mistake on his end, and he sent us a corrected shirt.

Germany is really nice and definitely worth the visit!

rstrobel Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:07 pm

Wickedm3n wrote: Nice looking bug. I have a Euro 67. I think it is the same color. Do you have the color code?
Good Lucky rebuiling it. I alsof started it. Slowly but steady.

The outside was repainted, but the bug was originally VW Blue (L633)

rstrobel Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:12 pm

67 Florida Deluxe wrote: Wickedm3n wrote: Nice looking bug. I have a Euro 67. I think it is the same color. Do you have the color code?
Good Lucky rebuiling it. I alsof started it. Slowly but steady.

VW Blue (L 633), I'd say. rstrobel, does that correspond to the paint code sticker (if it's still there?) Have you ordered a BC yet? Those are great to have to answer certain questions, including the original paint color, interior color and confirmation of the original engine block number, as long as you provide the engine # of what's in the car.

The paint code sticker isn't on there anymore, but the original color was L633. What is a BC? Sadly, it doesn't have the original motor anymore, nor does it have a vin plate :cry:

Is there any way to get a reproduction vin plate even though it is "illegal?"

harrymarlin Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:30 am

rstrobel wrote: What is a BC?

Birth Certificate. Here is the thread in the General group:
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=398

Here is where you go to purchase it: https://www.volkswagen-classic-parts.de/en/zertifikat.html

I understand it takes a bit of information, but they will tell you some interesting facts, like when it was built, original color/upholstery, options, and verify your engine is original (well, that is what the old museum did, I'm not positive that is what this place does, now)



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