My New Project Bug 1967 Convertible Beetle

I started putting this website about 4 years ago but I haven’t owned an air cooled Volkswagen in more than 15 years. That is until this year. I just bought a 1967 VW Bug. It is a a “fixer-upper” that needs a lot of love and attention (and some cash money of course).

Right off the bat I can see that I will need 4 new tires, a muffler, a battery, a rear window, and some seats. But it does have a brand new top and maybe even the original bumpers. Most likely have to replace the entire brake system and a lot of wiring too.

I have already bought myself a copy of the “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive” by John Muir.  Next I am looking to get the Bentley manual. To me those are the required materials from the start. The How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive is a great read even if you dont have one! I love the illustrations and the way John describes the procedures.

As I work on this sweet air cooled machine I will post pictures. In the mean time here are some “Before” photos:

1967 VW Bug Convertible

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I really dig that dashboard! There is a problem with the ignition switch though. I suppose the original key was lost and another switch was wired in. I hope to fix that issue.

1967 VW Bug Dashboard - (Originally this car was red)

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1967 VW Bug Interior

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The ragtop is new but it doesn’t have a window. Also, I’m not certain that it was installed correctly.

1967 VW Bug

So here it is. The bug I have been wanting for years. I created this website because I love the air cooled VWs and had planned on getting one much sooner than this. But it is now sitting in my driveway and awaiting some tender love and care. I look forward to some good times with this!

Written by David Slone, Copyright 2012


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7 Comments

  1. VWLover says:

    Cool. Have you any ideal how a 1968 / 1969 beetle should look like. Im getting like different comments that mine is a super bug but then some commented that the spare tyres is upright instead of lying down so should be in between 68/69. I wanna do a restoration and Im really not sure what look I should be giving it. Like can i install a pre 1965 window crank onto it etc? Any ideals pictures to help me. Thanks

  2. VWNut says:

    Hello fellow VWLover

    Do you have pictures of your bug online anywhere? Or you can upload some to our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AirCooledVW

  3. VWNut says:

    Now, I am being told that this car has to have seats from a 1967 Convertible and not the ’67 standard.

    Not only was the 1967 models unique but there were differences between the vert and standard bugs.

  4. VWNut says:

    I just got a package from Keith’s Auto Parts -- Volkswagen Specialists. I will be ready to see if I can get this engine running very soon! Keiths is at 304-548-7627 or 1-800-722-3289 (1-800-RACEAVW) great prices and knowledgeable people. They also have an extensive machine shop. I have ordered stuff from these guys many times over the years. If you have a VW you need to add this to your resources.

    They do NOT know that I am posting this here and as far as I know they dont know this site exists. I am not associated with them in any way other than being a satisfied customer.

    http://www.keithsautoparts.com

  5. Dave says:

    Good luck finding the seats, The 67 convertible is one of the rarest of all bugs. 7,597 were made worldwide, less than 1% of total production. Even if half those where sold in the US, probably only half survived. There can’t be more than 1500 left. To compound the issue the 67 has a lot of 1 year only stuff. Check the Samba if someone can tell you the difference in seats and how you might be able to adapt other years. I have a ’67 sunroof “work in progress” and love it. Good luck

  6. VWNut says:

    Thanks Dave, Until I got this car I had no idea how unique the 67 was. But I have been learning a lot over the past few weeks.

    I am a member of the Samba forum, great forum and a lot of helpful folks there!

  7. Jerry says:

    The 1967 Beetle convertible came in two versions: 1967 and 1967 1/2. The distinction lays in the upper rear body panel below the rear window and how the top is installed. The 1967 convertible used an oak wood strip, nails and staples to secure the rear top lower material. The 1967 1/2 utilized a tensioning cable that fits into a rolled sheet metal channel to secure the top fabric material. The 1967 1/2 is the easier top to install because of this.

    Seats: Regular 1967 Beetle sedan lowback seats are correct for the 1967 Beetle convertible. What is different and very difficult to find are the one-year-only, short-stalk retractable seatbelts, of which I have a few pairs.

    Also, many 1967 Beetle owners are not aware that the hood handle is also a one-year-only item and becoming very hard to find. The 1967 Beetle hood handle is stamped (formed) stainless steel sheet. 1966 and earlier Beetle hood handles are common diecast, with the exception of some 1949 and early 1950s Beetles which are cast aluminum.

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