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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:07 pm    Post subject: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

Iíve had the car since April but finally have it up and running well. Snapped a couple of quick pictures today and figured Iíd share. Yes I know itís not even close to being original.


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1835 with TW 92ís
CB 044 heads
Engle 120
CW crank
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Unknown sidewinder exhaust.

2Ē narrowed beam with dropped spindles.
175/55/15 front, 205/60/15 rear on genuine 5.5Ē Fuchs.

Iíve spent the last several months chasing down some overheating and oil spray issues. Finally seem to have it buttoned up. Went through the electrical and everything currently works! Still have some work to do on the passenger quarter seals and the door upper seals, but getting there.

Super fun car.
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Vinyl/tweed interior.
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Any questions or comments lmk. I know itís not some peopleís taste but itís exactly mine!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

Not original? I thought those flames were dealer options?

Seriously, good looking 67! I think it's great and lucky that you found one that was pretty much ready to go for you, and you don't have to spend a lot of time and money to make it the way you want it, congrats!

My 67 is still split in half in my garage as it's been for a while now...someday!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:57 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

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Not original? I thought those flames were dealer options?

Seriously, good looking 67! I think it's great and lucky that you found one that was pretty much ready to go for you, and you don't have to spend a lot of time and money to make it the way you want it, congrats!

My 67 is still split in half in my garage as it's been for a while now...someday!


I wish time part was true and Iím sure my wife wishes the $$ was true. Iím sure it pales in comparison to people doing ground up restoration but I actually have a fair amount into it. Hopefully the money hemorrhaging to fix the crap the PO neglected to will now end for the most part. Still have some things to do but none is imperative to functionality at this point which is a bonus.

I know the custom touches and flames arenít for everyone but I grew up reading Hotrod Magazine, Hot VWs, Rod & Custom and going to streetrod shows with my friends. I always found myself drooling over the wicked flamed streetrods, so thatís where my interest was sparked. I tend to like cars that have a streetrod flare to them and this car fit into that theme. Custom tweed and vinyl interior. Hopped up motor. Nice wheels and tires and then the flames!! God I love the flames!! One of my earliest memories of seeing a Cal look Bug in person was in the early 80ís. A kid and his friend that lived down the road from my uncle drive two very sweet flamed bugs. One was yellow with orange and white flames and the other was black with green as silver flames. I thought those were THE coolest bugs I had ever seen. To this day Iíve kept an eye out to see if either of these cars shows up anywhere for sale. But oddly enough I never saw them again. Even when I was a part of the local VW scene a few years later. Itís like they both just vanished. They were a huge influence on me though.

Thank you for the comment.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure that I remember seeing this one for sale. Good looking car, congratulations.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

Congrats, nice ride. These little gems are perfect canvases for customization. Why have a classic car you spend time working on only to have it look like it's been untouched since it left the factory. Stock is cool, 100 point restoration is cool, custom is personal. Enjoy it to the fullest.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:59 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

really nice Ghia. It is a one of a kind. love the color and flames. Its all tastefully done. Inside and out
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:03 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

No reason to make excuses for the Ghia.
It's what you want and you smile when you drive it?

If so....... Life is GOOD!!!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:16 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

djkeev wrote:
No reason to make excuses for the Ghia.
It's what you want and you smile when you drive it?

If so....... Life is GOOD!!!!!

Dave


Wasnít really giving excuses just trying to give insight into my ďstyleĒ. Personally I donít give a flying ďfĒ if someone doesnít like it. My names on the title and my money bought it. It suits me to T. I like having a car that I feel can fit in almost anywhere. VW events, streetrod events. Works for me.

Absolutely smiling. Ear to ear. Especially with the stereo cranked!! Damn I need to grow my mullet back!!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

TDCTDI wrote:
I'm pretty sure that I remember seeing this one for sale. Good looking car, congratulations.


Yep. Guy out of Washington State. Said it was a Cali car but I tracked the body shop down that did the paint and they are based in Oregon. Iím considering contacting them to see if maybe they have any info on the car or build. Paint needs some touch ups and hoping they might have some info on the paint mix. I can get the base coat pretty easy but there are a couple of chips in the flames and think thatís going to be a bear to get touched up correctly. Iíll probably just end up not worrying about it and drive the snot out of it.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:23 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

Sharp64 wrote:
Iíll probably just end up not worrying about it and drive the snot out of it.



THAT'S the attitude! Enjoy it! Now you can instill that same deep seated lust for a Ghia in future generations. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:33 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

Sharp64 wrote:
Iíll probably just end up not worrying about it and drive the snot out of it.
Snot should always be driven out Smile
Look on the bright side, the car looks great WITH the imperfections. That eliminates the stress of waiting for the first ding after you spend $ to get it perfect.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:44 am    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

Oh I hate to be the lone dissenting voice but there's one thing I can't stand on a Ghia...flat headlight glass. Wink

Apart from that...looks good. Smile





...oh yeah...not a fan of the roof-rack either.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:49 am    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

John Moxon wrote:
Oh I hate to be the lone dissenting voice but there's one thing I can't stand on a Ghia...flat headlight glass. Wink

Apart from that...looks good. Smile





...oh yeah...not a fan of the roof-rack either.


I love the tribar/blue dot headlights. One Of the first things I added. Another tip of the hat to the streetrod crowd.

I actually somewhat agree on the roofrack though. Personally Iím not a huge fan of them and have waffled on that one. The wife loves it. Iím on the fence. I tried to make it more unique by repainting the slats a dark blue over black that came out with a purple hue. I kinda dig it but may still lose the rack in the long haul. It also came with the rear window lovers that I took out almost immediately. Couldnít see crap out of the back window.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:33 am    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

Sharp64 wrote:
John Moxon wrote:
Oh I hate to be the lone dissenting voice but there's one thing I can't stand on a Ghia...flat headlight glass. Wink

Apart from that...looks good. Smile





...oh yeah...not a fan of the roof-rack either.


I love the tribar/blue dot headlights. One Of the first things I added. Another tip of the hat to the streetrod crowd.

I actually somewhat agree on the roofrack though. Personally Iím not a huge fan of them and have waffled on that one. The wife loves it. Iím on the fence. I tried to make it more unique by repainting the slats a dark blue over black that came out with a purple hue. I kinda dig it but may still lose the rack in the long haul. It also came with the rear window lovers that I took out almost immediately. Couldnít see crap out of the back window.


Don't worry I bought a nice '59 Beetle in the '90s, it came with an external sun-visor which a lot of my friends told me to lose...so I kept it. Wink

I did take it off eventually but not for 8 years or so just to show it was MY decision, not theirs. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:38 am    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

John Moxon wrote:
Oh I hate to be the lone dissenting voice but there's one thing I can't stand on a Ghia...flat headlight glass. Wink

Apart from that...looks good. Smile





...oh yeah...not a fan of the roof-rack either.

Well hell, I have flat lenses & a roof rack too, I might as well put fins on the Ghiapet after all.
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TDCTDI wrote:
John Moxon wrote:
Oh I hate to be the lone dissenting voice but there's one thing I can't stand on a Ghia...flat headlight glass. Wink

Apart from that...looks good. Smile





...oh yeah...not a fan of the roof-rack either.

Well hell, I have flat lenses & a roof rack too, I might as well put fins on the Ghiapet after all.


Ahhh you off-roaders are an ornery bunch! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

TDCTDI wrote:
John Moxon wrote:
Oh I hate to be the lone dissenting voice but there's one thing I can't stand on a Ghia...flat headlight glass. Wink

Apart from that...looks good. Smile





...oh yeah...not a fan of the roof-rack either.

Well hell, I have flat lenses & a roof rack too, I might as well put fins on the Ghiapet after all.

Just paint some "flames" on it and it would be purr-fect.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:27 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

iowegian wrote:
TDCTDI wrote:
John Moxon wrote:
Oh I hate to be the lone dissenting voice but there's one thing I can't stand on a Ghia...flat headlight glass. Wink

Apart from that...looks good. Smile





...oh yeah...not a fan of the roof-rack either.

Well hell, I have flat lenses & a roof rack too, I might as well put fins on the Ghiapet after all.

Just paint some "flames" on it and it would be purr-fect.

Well, IMO, no Ghia would be "perfect" without an EMPI GT steering wheel, an EMPI camber compensator, a pair of Talbot Berlin side view mirrors, all topped off by a tie-dye corduroy headliner, ... but the fins and flames would bring it pretty damn close to "perfect". Smile

A roof rack makes some sense to me on an off-road car of any type, as it could be used to carry extra spare tires and 5 gal cans of gasoline and/or water.
On a street car, you'll likely only "need" a roof rack if Aunt Edna should happen to unexpectedly pass away during an epic road trip.

The Vintage Speed roof rack seems to fit the style and character of the Karmann Ghia better than some others do, IMO, but regardless of how they may actually look a roof rack does seem to impart a definite "custom" flair to any vintage Volkswagen.


Sharp64, that is indeed a very sharp looking custom Karmann Ghia you've got there!
I too have grown up equating flamed paint jobs with the best looking street rods - an influence no doubt imparted to me by watchng the old movie The California Kid" at a very young and impressionable age.

As previously stated, your Karmann Ghia is very tastefully executed both inside and out.
Enjoy!
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IMO, but regardless of how they may actually look a roof rack does seem to impart a definite "custom" flair to any vintage Volkswagen.


Where I come from a roof rack is redolent of Granny in the back seat with a tartan rug over legs to keep her warm. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: 1967 Ghia Reply with quote

KGCoupe wrote:
iowegian wrote:
TDCTDI wrote:
John Moxon wrote:
Oh I hate to be the lone dissenting voice but there's one thing I can't stand on a Ghia...flat headlight glass. Wink

Apart from that...looks good. Smile





...oh yeah...not a fan of the roof-rack either.

Well hell, I have flat lenses & a roof rack too, I might as well put fins on the Ghiapet after all.

Just paint some "flames" on it and it would be purr-fect.

Well, IMO, no Ghia would be "perfect" without an EMPI GT steering wheel, an EMPI camber compensator, a pair of Talbot Berlin side view mirrors, all topped off by a tie-dye corduroy headliner, ... but the fins and flames would bring it pretty damn close to "perfect". Smile

A roof rack makes some sense to me on an off-road car of any type, as it could be used to carry extra spare tires and 5 gal cans of gasoline and/or water.
On a street car, you'll likely only "need" a roof rack if Aunt Edna should happen to unexpectedly pass away during an epic road trip.

The Vintage Speed roof rack seems to fit the style and character of the Karmann Ghia better than some others do, IMO, but regardless of how they may actually look a roof rack does seem to impart a definite "custom" flair to any vintage Volkswagen.


Sharp64, that is indeed a very sharp looking custom Karmann Ghia you've got there!
I too have grown up equating flamed paint jobs with the best looking street rods - an influence no doubt imparted to me by watchng the old movie The California Kid" at a very young and impressionable age.

As previously stated, your Karmann Ghia is very tastefully executed both inside and out.
Enjoy!


It actually had Talbot repops on it when I got it. couldn't see a damn thing out of either of them. I may like form, but I have to have function as well. I ended up giving the mirrors away as they were useless to me.
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