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c21darrel Fri Dec 22, 2017 11:39 am

While in a vintage ghia...every modern car or truck...at night...on the 4 lane can be a white knuckler ride. I love that you take your ghia on these adventures. Its the getting there and back that is the adventure, not always the destination.
There isn't a bad song on Harvest! Would love to hear a double down with El Paso and some neil young!! Classic.

advCo Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:17 pm

I love this car, and a very cool detail with the German fuel gauge! I hope to be able to make some fairly long haul drives once my basket case is up and running.

Calexican - Do you make it to the Texas Classic in Fredricksburg? I just moved to TX and plan to make my first trip out there this spring.

calexican Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:58 pm

Howdy folks, itís been a while....sorry I didnít get back to you about the Friedricksberg show, no, Iíve never been to a VW show!!! Iíve always wanted to go to one but the timing has never been right.

Iíve been doing some posting over in the engine forum... I think maybe they have given up on me because Iím asking too many stupid questions. Lol! But it has been very interesting tearing down the stock 36... buying another complete one and tearing it down, but not the block... I shouldíve but I thought I could get by and see what I got...well what I got was an an engine with a worn out rod bearing... so tear down 2.0

Really amazing design... I know we all love our cars designs, but when you get into the engine... those light shells, the case, with that heavy crank in the middle spinning around, itís a wonder.... and most of it 60 years old!!!

Iím getting ready to go on tour soon, Iím hoping Iíll get this done before I leave...here are a few shots.
The original motor had a lot of endplay, and it was clattering something fierce on that last trip from Tucson... so I think that case may be ruined, unless it can be line bored... there was all this space at the main bearing. The third picture has the space, the fourth picture looks to be normal, thatís the case Iím using for the rebuild.






sputnick60 Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:35 pm

calexican wrote: ...Iím getting ready to go on tour soon,... ..And quite an extensive tour by the info carried by the Calexico website.... Alas no Sydney dates :(
Nicholas

kiwighia68 Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:23 pm

sputnick60 wrote: calexican wrote: ...Iím getting ready to go on tour soon,... ..And quite an extensive tour by the info carried by the Calexico website.... Alas no Sydney dates :(
Nicholas

Alas, Sydney being but a short flight from Auckland.

calexican Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:13 pm

Got back from tour and just jumped right in where I left off.
Left the heater boxes off and went for these j pipes. Fitting the bottom engine tin after the fact was a trick.


calexican Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:15 pm

No smoke or rattles!! Sounds great, Iím happy. Much respect for all the engine builders out there. Itís a lot of work. Loved it though!



c21darrel Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:19 pm

Engine looks nice in there !
You may want to consider some "industrial tins" over the j-tube under the head.
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...mp;start=0

calexican Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:43 am

Thanks for the reply and link. Thatís interesting, but I think Iím ok with the original tin here on the bottom. It was tough getting in but it all fits nice, protects the push rod tubes, and I think they shield the heat from the road off. Anyway, she is running better than ever, and quieter than ever, learned a lot doing this.


Texasdubs Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:33 pm

The Ghia looks great John. Was an absolute pleasure meeting you this weekend.

calexican Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:54 am

You too DJ! I went to my first VW car show. El BugO in El PasO. It was a lot of fun, I didnít get to stay very long, but I got to meet up with some really nice people and see some really cool cars and busses. Here are a few examples. This first one is DJís Beetle, I love the bare metal, thought of doing it to my Ghia.

A couple of very nice patina Ghiaís.



My neighbors bus with new owners parked right next to me, nice to see that beauty again.


Loved this 1950 Beetle.


Mexico represents!


This beauty came from Arizona.


Got to meet up with Mr. G, who does these amazing mods on busses and motors to keep things cool out here in the Southwest Heat. All in all a lot of fun next year I will try to plan ahead and stay for the whole show, lots of good Mexican food and really cool cars, loved it!!!

John Moxon Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:31 am

Desert patina seems to be an inevitable result of the climate. :)

...just rust here. :(

c21darrel Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:07 am

Concur, they all have that Tex/Mex flavor going on. The black/red one is faking it. :wink:

Texasdubs Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:38 pm



Starting in my Ghia today for next years show. 🙂

calexican Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:14 pm

c21darrel wrote: Concur, they all have that Tex/Mex flavor going on. The black/red one is faking it. :wink:

True he was faking a little, but his car is on air!!! Very cool. ✊🏽

calexican Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:47 pm



104 degrees today in El Paso...this pic says it all.

John Moxon Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:47 pm

calexican wrote:

104 degrees today in El Paso...this pic says it all.

Love it...drove mine to a country pub yesterday a cool (for you) 73 degrees...sweltering for me. ;)

calexican Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:05 am

Since I had everything I decided to build a second 36hp engine for a spare... why the hell not?? Back from the machine shop.


John Moxon Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:27 am

calexican wrote: Since I had everything I decided to build a second 36hp engine for a spare... why the hell not?? Back from the machine shop.



Stock or "breathed upon" ;)

calexican Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:01 pm

all stock John...going with what i know...much respect though for all the vintage speed enthusiasts out there. awesome.



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