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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:43 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 5:11 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

Found this pic of my Ghia circa 2001 before I drove it cross country from So Cal to Virginia. Can't wait until I get it back to driving condition!

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 8:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

here's my 69 as I found it. A true barn find. Sat here for 34 years when I first took the photos. I just started on its restoration about 2 weeks ago.

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and the day I hauled it home

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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:02 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

locopny wrote:
...I just started on its restoration about 2 weeks ago.

and the day I hauled it home

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Welcome. It doesn't look like a lot of restoration is needed. It appears to be a nice survivor. Congratulations, start a build thread so we can follow along in you progress.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 9:10 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

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Welcome. It doesn't look like a lot of restoration is needed. It appears to be a nice survivor. Congratulations, start a build thread so we can follow along in you progress.

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Thank you for the welcome.

Forgive the blindness of this poster...but where does one start a build thread here?
I have a few photos of progress thus far. Its pretty decent...time in the unconditioned garage has taken its toll on the fuel/brakes/interior however. Nothing I can't handle.


Edit: I started a build thread. https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=9082917#9082917


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

locopny wrote:

......where does one start a build thread here?


Welcome from me too.. Starting a build thread is the equivalent of opening a new topic. There’s a button for that on the top right corner of the forum list, right next to the search box.

Adding photos is slightly different whereby you add them to the Gallery under the corresponding album (in this case “Ghia Coupe’”). Look on the menu bar for “Gallery” Click that and a dialogue opens, choose “New Photo”
There’s a bunch of details about that in the stickies topic “How to post pictures in the Forum”. If you are unsure about anything, just ask and we’ll happily help you.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:26 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

Well, it certainly looks like you've been dublin down on your efforts! Smile

... but wait - I see by the dates on the photos in your gallery that you've actually been working on this for at least 5 years now.
That sounds about right. Very Happy

The color looks intriguing - the way it appears different in each photo, I can't tell if it's charcoal gray, or more of a steel blue.

It doesn't appear to be the original color for your Ghia, but is it an "original" VW color from some other year/model?

I definitely like it very much - Looking Good!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

Getting out finally..
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:53 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

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Getting out finally..
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Love it! Looks great!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

My latest buy. About a month and half ago I purchased my first Karmann Ghia. 74 auto stick coupe. I'm the 3rd owner. It's numbers matching with only 36,000 original miles. It hasn't been run or driven since 2007-08, so I've been slowly going through it to get it back on the road. I got it running, but I can't get it to go into gear, so I think there's a vacuum leak in the tank under the car. It's had one repaint in the original Phoenix Red and the interior is practically mint outside of a crack on the dash top.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:17 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

Hi Albert, good to see you've finally joined the Ghia brigade. The autostick experts will be along shortly to get your Ghia moving. The car looks in pretty good shape...how's the nose under the Alfa grille. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:10 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

John Moxon wrote:
.how's the nose under the Alfa grille. Wink


Perfect. The car doesn't appear to have ever had any accident damage other than dome door dings and an il-fitting bumper from a tow. A portion of the spare tire well was patched prior to the paint job which led to that mess of overspray in the trunk which I have since fixed with steelwool and paint thinner.

Under the grille though, there's no damage. There's undercoating or something that was used to seal the black rubber mat to the nose, so I'm waiting for a hot day to scrape all that off. It's still the original paint under that as well.

There's a a few rust bubbles in the rear quarter panels, but everything else is solid and there's no bondo in the car at all, so I'm just going to leave it all as is for now and drive it and enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:22 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

Herbie3Rivers wrote:
John Moxon wrote:
.how's the nose under the Alfa grille. Wink


Perfect. The car doesn't appear to have ever had any accident damage other than dome door dings and an il-fitting bumper from a tow. A portion of the spare tire well was patched prior to the paint job which led to that mess of overspray in the trunk which I have since fixed with steelwool and paint thinner.

Under the grille though, there's no damage. There's undercoating or something that was used to seal the black rubber mat to the nose, so I'm waiting for a hot day to scrape all that off. It's still the original paint under that as well.

There's a a few rust bubbles in the rear quarter panels, but everything else is solid and there's no bondo in the car at all, so I'm just going to leave it all as is for now and drive it and enjoy it.


The "Alfa Grille" comment is the usual joke about that particular Ghia accessory as they were usually fitted to conceal the all too common nose dent. Not a lot of love for the grille among Ghia owners...they fall into two camps, the "I don't really like its" and the "I really hate its" Wink

Agree with the leave it as it is and enjoy it. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:41 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

I think the grille was installed by the dealer. I have a friend who has a
68 or 69 coupe that came from the same selling dealer and his also has the Alfa grille.

I lucked out and happened to have a metal plate frame from that dealer in my collection for the car. So that’s a win.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

Welcome to the club!
Maybe I'll see it the PVGP one day Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

Herbie3Rivers wrote:
I think the grille was installed by the dealer. I have a friend who has a
68 or 69 coupe that came from the same selling dealer and his also has the Alfa grille.

I lucked out and happened to have a metal plate frame from that dealer in my collection for the car. So that’s a win.
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Very Nice!
I have '73 Autostick, once you figure them out they are a lot of fun to drive!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia Owners...Post Your Ghias Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:40 am    Post subject: 67 Ghia get it back on the road and repair and service Reply with quote

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It will need a lot of help, people reaily run them into the ground sometimes.
Has not been on the road for about 30 years
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