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eyemyeye
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:33 pm    Post subject: My 66 Ghia vert project Reply with quote

Hi have been a member on the samba for about 4 years now. Have been more of a reader and a watcher than a poster but have decided to change that. Back in sept. I purchased from one of the members here on the samba an absolutely wonderful 66 Karmann Ghia convertible. This car was almost completely disassembled except for the pan. My plans for this car is to strip the body complete and repair any dents or rust that I find. As you can see from the picture the car looks amazing and most people would have left it alone and just assembled and drove it . But being the professional that I am it was not perfect under close inspection. I have worked in the collision industry since 1982 and have repaired, painted and restored many a car but never one for myself or should I say for my wife. Yes I plan on finishing this car for her but of course I will enjoy it myself also. So if interested watch along as I transform this wonderful car into something spectacular. This is going to be a no expense is to great repair. I will be posting more pictures as I go. I already have a lot more done on the car than is pictured. Please ask questions on what is planed on the repairs of this car because like I said I am very knowledgeable on repairing vehicles and like helping and answering questions related to any kind of repair.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wondered where it would end up. It looks like its in good hands, enjoy the build.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well...it sure does shine nice and bright. You have a really clean shop in which to do your resto and it looks like you are a golfer. All good signs!
Please post more pics as its hard to get a feel for what we are dealing with. Is the interior in decent shape?
And, how about those plans? Keep it stock? Smash it down? Oh yes, the engine....so many questions and only
one pic!
How about the time line...six month? Year?
I did see that you have the windshield trim as it should be. No Cal-Look rubber! Way to go! (I'm presuming you are keeping it)
It looks as though you are going to be doing this the right way and have the experience and talent to pull it off.
Good luck and post those pictures. Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some specs for the car and a few more pics of what I have done so far.


YEAR: 1966, VIN #14684XXXX
MODEL: Karmann Ghia Convertible
PAINT/COLOR: Black Top on L-31F Iberian Red
ART THRAEN REBUILD
ENGINE: AS 41
DISPLACEMENT: 2017 cc
CRANK: Scat forged counterbalanced (78.4)
PISTONS: AA 90.5
CAM: Berg 297
HEADS:39 x 32mm, 041 w/ 1:1.25 ratio rockers. 50.5cc's, 120cfm
SPARK PLUGS: NGK B5HS/ Plug gap .022
CARBS.: Dual Weber 42 DCNFs (aka Gene Berg 42 specials). rebuilt by ACE
IGNITION: 009 Distributor w/ Perlux Ignitor & Bosch blue coil,
EXHAUST: Soon
OILING: remote oil filter, high capacity sump (Berg)
TRANS: Prostreet swing, super diff. .89 4th, 4.12:1 , welded gears, 10t main shaft, Fine tooth late model super beetle, late clutch(71+) w/Berg trans. brace, ACE COPPERHEAD clutch
Pedal assy. rebuilt by Pedal Werks
WHEELS: 2.0 Porsche
Front: 135/15
Rear: 165/15
SUSPENSION: 2 1/2" Lowered Spindles
BRAKES: Front Discs,
Rear, T3 Drums
Engine 2017
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Engine lid stripped and found a little body work to be done on outside
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As you can see I etch and seal every part first before the body work.
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Plans for the car are this. Leaving the pan pretty much as-is have not decided if I want to upgrade the brakes. The P.O. did a really nice job on refinishing the pan already. The rest of the car is going to be a mild custom. Car was originally white under all that red. I like it red so I will be repainting it red again. The interior was stock dark carpet with custom highback grey seats and door panels. I plan on replacing the seats with stock low-back seats with saddle color covers and saddle color door panels and new dark grey carpet. On the body who ever painted it red the first time filled and eliminated half of the stock double moldings that run down the sides. I will be leaving the single molding the way it is I like it. The top was black vinyl . I will be installing a new saddle cloth top. Hope to be finished by summer. But that all depends on haw much time I have to work on her. I have a lot of other work in the shop and I only work on the Ghia after everything else is finished. Customer cars come first and this one is for me!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watching with great expectations.
Curious how my gas tank prep worked, maybe you could put some gas inside and see how well it holds up. Tried to do it "by the book" but that remains to be seen.

Just remembered that the spark plugs are loose, so that I could rotate the motor on occasion.

I'm missing it so post up some more pictures, would love to see where you are at.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will keep you up on everything Butch. Like I said to you before I will have some guestions to ask while assembling. This is one very nice car. Clean is an understatement. You and the owners before you took extremely good care of this car, And so will I. Thanks again Henry
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some more pictures of the progress I have made on the car and a walk around video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty66uS8cuS0
Nose of car no damage
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This is a brazed in previous patch. Will remove and weld properly.
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Hood a little repair on outside and inside
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Only rust hole found very minor repair
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what was the condition of the wood in the top?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know yet. Haven't Taken it apart. One thing at a time. Top wont be till the end.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seriously one of the cleanest ghias Ive seen to start a project with. Excellent choice!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I"m not sure that you're aware of this, but the deck lid on your car is a later 1970-1974 which has the drain tubes and drain tray. It obviously will work, I just thought I would point it out.

The car looks really straight and solid...this alone will probably save you a years worth of rust repair.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wished I had seen this when I was doing the front wheel wells.
Much quicker then paint stripper/sand blasting.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool! I want one!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There a very effective tool but you have to be careful you can really damage
things.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad this Ghia went to a professional Cool

I did have a quick question about decklids: Mine has rust bubbles along the bottom edge, on the inside. Is this repairable, or should I look for a clean lid?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Altema, search for a thread from a european, maybe french guy his name was Guepe or something close to that, ...he showed how to seperate the 2 piece trunklid to remove all rust (think it was a 66 too). Basically uncrimp all the way around to seperate the two pieces treat and reverse.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

c21darrel wrote:
Altema, search for a thread from a european, maybe french guy his name was Guepe or something close to that, ...he showed how to seperate the 2 piece trunklid to remove all rust (think it was a 66 too). Basically uncrimp all the way around to seperate the two pieces treat and reverse.


Here is the thread, unfortunately a lot of the pictures are missing.....he did an extraordinary job on the car

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=373867&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From his site on what pictures he has on the 66 resto.

Used google to translate.

http://www.selleriegomez.com/sellerie_auto_moto/me...ges-avant/

http://www.selleriegomez.com/sellerie_auto_moto/me...ges-avant/

http://www.selleriegomez.com/sellerie_auto_moto/me...-du-kg-66/

http://www.selleriegomez.com/sellerie_auto_moto/me...let-kg-66/

Here is the picture on separating the trunk
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http://www.selleriegomez.com/sellerie_auto_moto/me...-du-kg-66/

Some good stuff Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know taking apart skins from the inner structure like that is big undertaking and I wouldn't really recommend ever doing it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, found the birth certificate I said I couldn't find. pm me an address and I

will drop it in the mail, only under one condition, you have to post up some

pictures. Wink
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