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jeffrey8164 Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:08 pm

That’s Feather Pluckin Insane!
Now the real fun can begin.

Evil_Fiz Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:04 am

...Are you going to send a bill to Coolrydes for the improvements and additional engineering? :shock: :)

Nice work, you have clearly dialed this one up to "11."

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Emil

KGCoupe Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:04 am

With that kind of obvious skill level and effort, I expect to see you adapt a Subaru EyeSight System so that it will detect any upoming speed bumps/potholes in your path and automatically adjust your suspension height accordingly. :)

Keep up the great work, and thanks for taking the time to share your progress with us here.


I refreshed my memory of your project by going back and reading this thread from the beginning.
Now I'm no longer surprised by the amount of effort you seem to be willing to put into this project, nor by your skill level!

Your 2nd post held these clues of what was to come ...

halbug wrote: ...
I really like to hide the performance potential. Good examples of what I mean are the shifter knob or the two main gauges: The speedo is an original 140 km/h unit that is recalibrated to show miles/hour with the km/h reading somewhat hidden in an inner ring. So it will show me speeds up to 140 m/h.



The tach face used to be an original time clock, the housing an old speedo, now fitted with an AutoMeter tach. 12 o’clock is neutral, 1 is 1000 rpm, 2 is 2000 … The minute hand is fitted with a counter weight and then repainted in matching color. The hour hand is adjustable from the outside.



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Incredible level of attention to detail - Simply gorgeous work!
(I had to look very close to find the kph markings that you so cleverly hid in plain sight. :D )

halbug Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:26 pm

:oops: ... I don't know what to say. Thank you guy's!!! I have a lot of idea's but I am not sure the execution is worth your praise :wink:

Without Kevin's base design I would not have been able to do it.

Cheers
halbug

halbug Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:14 am

I don't want water and dirt in my torsion spring tubes 8)





Sealer and wax will keep them dry.
Cheers halbug

halbug Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:41 am

The steering rack in place - with wooden brackets for try out:



The final brackets are being machined from aluminum right now. The idea of using the original steering column hole seems to be working - at least with my cardboard mock-up :lol:

I will have to place a bearing into the assembly, because I am using three joints. I will get back to this once the body is on the pan, because the mock-up is not exact enough to fabricate the bearing holder at this time.

But I am glad that everything looks like it is working all right :wink:

Cheers
Lars

jeffrey8164 Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:15 pm

Yeah Man. That's tedium right there.
Quite the feat. Kudos on the mock up.

halbug Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:16 am

Thanks Jeffrey!

All - guess what's next? :lol:



Before starting on the new seats and modern style seat tracks, I had to remove the original Thing seat tracks - no fun!!! :roll:



The pan showed quiet some signs from the long storage, from before I bought it. It took me some hours to smoothen all the dings and dents. But it's a clean straight pan now.



Cheers
Lars

KGCoupe Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:38 am

halbug wrote: Thanks Jeffrey!

All - guess what's next? :lol:


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Cheers
Lars
Those seats have a very cool retro 50s Sports Car look to them, ... and they look as though they'd be pretty comfortable and supportive as well.

IMO, they are an absolutely perfect choice for the direction you've taken with your Karmann Ghia. and I can't wait to see the completed project.

Are they genuinely vintage, or new reproduction seats?
What can you tell us about them?

halbug Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:42 pm

Thank you!
And this is exactly why I bought them: "very cool retro 50s Sports Car look to them, ... and they look as though they'd be pretty comfortable and supportive as well." All of this :D

These are Cobra Seats - Roadster XL to be precise: https://www.cobraseats.com/historic.html

They are made in Great Britain, but you may want to check for a local dealer.

Cheers
halbug

KGCoupe Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:37 am

Thank you for the info and link, halbug - much appreciated.

One quesion for you, though - do you plan to compensate in some way for the fact that those seat backs are fixed and can not fold forward to make for easier entry to/exit from the back seat area?

I suppose if the seat tracks will allow the seat to travel far enough forward, then the seat back would not really need to fold.

Seeing how you've proceeded with both your Beetle in the past and the Karmann Ghia project thus far, though, I'd imagine you probably have some sort of custom fabricated mounting already planned out which will solve the problem in an elegant and creative manner. :)

For example, perhaps a way to allow pivoting at the front edge so that the entire seat can be raised up and tilted forward? :lol:

halbug Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:17 am

KGCoupe wrote: ...

I suppose if the seat tracks will allow the seat to travel far enough forward, then the seat back would not really need to fold.

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Right on target! I have new seat tracks from the second row seats of a mini van. They have plenty of travel built-in for access to the third row - well, or second in my Ghia :D

Cheers
halbug

Gwarballs Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:20 am

halbug wrote: Thanks Jeffrey!

All - guess what's next? :lol:





Cheers
Lars

what seats are these? cobra? I've been looking into seats, but I'm a bit of a stocky guy. im 172cm and 110 kilos. so im a bit worried on pulling the trigger on seats with the fear that they will be too narrow. and chance i can get measurements of those seats and where you got them

TRS63 Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:37 am

I really like the seats, will be following with interest how you arrange the tracks!
The tachometer in the clock is really brilliant, do you have any more details on what you used, how you did, etc..? I would love it in mine!
Thanks
Antoine

KGCoupe Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:15 am

Gwarballs wrote: halbug wrote: Thanks Jeffrey!

All - guess what's next? :lol:





Cheers
Lars

what seats are these? cobra? I've been looking into seats, but I'm a bit of a stocky guy. im 172cm and 110 kilos. so im a bit worried on pulling the trigger on seats with the fear that they will be too narrow. and chance i can get measurements of those seats and where you got them
Looking at the Cobra Seats website, it appears that the Roadster style seat is available in three different variations - Roadster SS, Roadster SR, and Roadster XL/XL+.

This is the info for the Roadster XL/XL+ ...

CobraSeats.com wrote: Roadster XL/XL+

The Roadster XL contains all of the design features of the Roadster SR, but offers more generous seating, while the Roadster XL+ can accommodate a larger driver still.

FEATURES
Classic/period fixed back sports seat
Traditional styling with modern construction
Tubular steel frame with base suspension diaphragm
Wider hip area for increased comfort
Heavy duty standard vinyl upholstery in black or grey
Extensive vinyl and leather Signature options


halbug Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:50 pm

TRS63 wrote: I really like the seats, will be following with interest how you arrange the tracks!
The tachometer in the clock is really brilliant, do you have any more details on what you used, how you did, etc..? I would love it in mine!
Thanks
Antoine

Antoine - First I bought an Autometer tach with 30 deg increments. I used the hands and the clock face from a broken Ghia time clock. An old speedometer had to doner its housing. I opened up the speedometer housing for the tach hausing to fit into it from the rear. I adjusted the depth of the tach, so that the Ghia face, now mounted to the tach, would reside at its original depth. Cut the tach housing to match the speedo housing and welded the two together. I used an insolating material to create the electric connectors and used it to cover the remaining opening from the original fuel clock. I made two adapters on a lathe, to match a) the long hands to the tach and b) the short one to the adjuster from the time clock's glass. The large hand's short end was filled with solder to weight balance both ends :lol: Correct hand color was mixed and the two hands re-painted - DONE :twisted:

halbug Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:55 pm

Gwarballs wrote: halbug wrote: Thanks Jeffrey!

All - guess what's next? :lol:

Cheers
Lars

what seats are these? cobra? I've been looking into seats, but I'm a bit of a stocky guy. im 172cm and 110 kilos. so im a bit worried on pulling the trigger on seats with the fear that they will be too narrow. and chance i can get measurements of those seats and where you got them

I use Roadster XL. If you have a chance try them at a dealer, to sit in one because they really make them from narrow to wide for your own taste and fit. I bought mine from Bodo Schlaeper @ https://www.cobrasitz24.de/impressum/ he is a really nice guy.

Cheers
halbug

TRS63 Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:35 am

halbug wrote: TRS63 wrote: I really like the seats, will be following with interest how you arrange the tracks!
The tachometer in the clock is really brilliant, do you have any more details on what you used, how you did, etc..? I would love it in mine!
Thanks
Antoine

Antoine - First I bought an Autometer tach with 30 deg increments. I used the hands and the clock face from a broken Ghia time clock. An old speedometer had to doner its housing. I opened up the speedometer housing for the tach hausing to fit into it from the rear. I adjusted the depth of the tach, so that the Ghia face, now mounted to the tach, would reside at its original depth. Cut the tach housing to match the speedo housing and welded the two together. I used an insolating material to create the electric connectors and used it to cover the remaining opening from the original fuel clock. I made two adapters on a lathe, to match a) the long hands to the tach and b) the short one to the adjuster from the time clock's glass. The large hand's short end was filled with solder to weight balance both ends :lol: Correct hand color was mixed and the two hands re-painted - DONE :twisted:

Thanks a lot, I will start to look after it, really love this idea!
Antoine

Gwarballs Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:39 am

halbug wrote: Gwarballs wrote: halbug wrote: Thanks Jeffrey!

All - guess what's next? :lol:

Cheers
Lars

what seats are these? cobra? I've been looking into seats, but I'm a bit of a stocky guy. im 172cm and 110 kilos. so im a bit worried on pulling the trigger on seats with the fear that they will be too narrow. and chance i can get measurements of those seats and where you got them

I use Roadster XL. If you have a chance try them at a dealer, to sit in one because they really make them from narrow to wide for your own taste and fit. I bought mine from Bodo Schlaeper @ https://www.cobrasitz24.de/impressum/ he is a really nice guy.

Cheers
halbug


No dealersmin Croatia for Any kinda seat. So I’m kinda flying blind

Olli from NJ Thu May 16, 2019 12:10 pm

Here is a link to the seats Stateside.
http://www.factoryfiveparts.com/16325-black-vinyl-roadster-seats/

Olli



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