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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:48 pm    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

Wow! Shocked

What a great position to be in right now..
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All you have to do to make this car appear an original survivor again is to drive it in the rain a couple of times!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:33 am    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

Great to see it driving again, the car looks stunning.
It is so much fun driving an old beetle, espaccially a convertible on a nice sunny day Cool
If the wether is fine I prefer it much above any modern car with all those extra luxuary.

Seeing your short movie I want to drive mine too, mayby I will if the wether stays dry Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

Wow Martin! Great car! Thank you for sharing.

I had a great Sunday, Corey brought back the car, and it is a 100% running, driving and registered car. I couldn't be happier, it is tight and solid, but still has that old beetle "soul"

Corey Smith of Smitty's Auto Body. The main man behind the preservation.
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CAN WE GO FOR A RIDE DAAAAAAAAD!?!?!?! Yes. Yes you can. Smile
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is named Penelope. I think she enjoyed the drive the least.


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DONE! Still a few things to fix here and there, but for the most part I am just going to enjoy the heck out of this thing.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:07 am    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

The pan came out REALLY nice! Did you have your fasteners re-plated in black oxide? They look perfect!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:37 am    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

Wow what a great story about this wonderfull car Cool
Never noticed this threat until today Embarassed but I'll follow it from now.

And I think we both share that feeling of being very lucky about finding a unrestored old VW convertible.

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This is my 1960 vert, also found somewhere (laffayette is written in a maintenence book which was with the car) in CaliforniŽ by the (belgium)
owner before me around 16 years ago and sold it to me in less than a year after.
He didn't tell me how he found it and didn't response on my mails with questions about it any further unfortunatly Confused

Like your beauty it was never (and still isn't) fully restored and complete but had a new roof, bumpers, hubcaps (poor quality though, replaced those a few years later) and white wall tires.

But enough about mine, love your story about your awesome vert and I'll follow your topic.
I guess you restore it to it's original form, also it's 6 volt electric?
Anyway, keep up the good work, looking forward for new updates Popcorn

Kind regards, Martin
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:48 pm    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

Thanks again guys for your feedback, I can't wait to show the car in person. To answer the previous question, yes the body was braced for the welding.

New Gerson pans. From my understanding, late 1955 cars such as this (AKA early 1956 model year) had a unique seat track with the "ski jump" in the middle. These original seat tracks were spot welded onto the new pans to retain the original correct look
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Replated all original hardware. I love the look
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Rust? What rust Very Happy
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That'll do pig. That'll do.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:50 pm    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

oldsplitvw wrote:
I want to really enjoy this car: Solvang drive, teach my kids how to drive stick, bundle up in December and look at Christmas lights with the top down, etc etc.


Dig it. Thats exactly what I do with my car. It creates awesome memories.
Btw, if i didnt say it already, killer car.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:13 pm    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

Great car Will. We share a similar perspective, I have kids around the same ages as yours and this is what it's all about:

oldsplitvw wrote:
I want to really enjoy this car: Solvang drive, teach my kids how to drive stick, bundle up in December and look at Christmas lights with the top down, etc etc.


Looking forward to updates as things progress.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:12 am    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

If that's all the rust you had to repair (+ the pan halved of course) then you have a very solid vert on your hands that was spared mostly by the rust devil.

You didn't have to brace the body?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:39 pm    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:15 pm    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words guys, I'm really lucky to be able to bring this car back.

Body off! Hopefully it won't be too bad...
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Dangit. This sucks, but was not unexpected
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Rear carpet held moisture against the package tray for a couple decades. Also sucks, and also not unexpected
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A donor 1956 oval gave up its package tray to repair the vert
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Heater channels and support rails got the treatment
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Ahhh, so fresh and so clean, clean.
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More to come!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:04 am    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

Will, Will, Will Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:49 pm    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

Wow. Just wow. Thanks for sharing your find.

An oval vert is my dream vehicle, but theyíre extremely rare down here in New Zealand.

That is a stunning example. Iím definitely going to follow this thread!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:37 am    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

I wish I could have seen the vert before you sold it, your 11G was SUPER nice really surprised you sold them both!

Time sure flies! Its been 9 years since I was in Davis and my daughter just turned 5, I will say family sure slows restoration progress


Cant wait to see your progress
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 11:21 am    Post subject: Re: September 1955 Karmann, 61,000 mile barn find Reply with quote

Wow, I can't believe it has been 4+ years since I last posted. Lots has changed since then. Well, not so much with the car but more with life. My daughters are 8 and 10, and the two cars I owned that I NEVER thought I would part with (1951 Karmann Convertible and 1952 11G) are sold. I almost got out of VWs completely, but as luck/fate/fortune would have it I'm still here.

The oval vert is the only VW I own now, and I am in the process of making it a solid patina driver. The car drove like a hulk that had been sitting for 40 years. Corey Smith and his team at Smitty's Auto Body are wrapping up the mechanical restoration of the pan, and the structural repair of the body. The idea was to keep the same look, but have it be 100% renewed from a mechanical standpoint. I want to really enjoy this car: Solvang drive, teach my kids how to drive stick, bundle up in December and look at Christmas lights with the top down, etc etc.

It looked pretty good to start, but it needed pans. The rust was more than just "a pinhole here and there" and for safety reasons it needed new halves on both sides (Gerson metal).

Body off!
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Certainly the best car I've ever started with
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Looks good here, but pans were toast
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I just like this pic. That wrinkle in the front apron is about the extent of the front end damage.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn! What a gem!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If I am correct, there are actually 3 of the 56-up style tank. The earliest and rarest is the smooth, then the 3 horizontal ribs, then the "regular" style.

Hopefully another enthusiast could share more information on this. Was the smooth tank a convertible only item? Or just for the very early 56 models?

Will


I have an early 1956 (October 1955) convertible with the smooth tank.


My 1956 convertible (Aug 9 1955 build date) Has a smooth tank also.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know someone who has a non ribbed humpback for sale. I'll see if i can find our last email exchange. Anybody need one?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooo, this is right up my street Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldsplitvw wrote:
If I am correct, there are actually 3 of the 56-up style tank. The earliest and rarest is the smooth, then the 3 horizontal ribs, then the "regular" style.

Hopefully another enthusiast could share more information on this. Was the smooth tank a convertible only item? Or just for the very early 56 models?

Will


I have an early 1956 (October 1955) convertible with the smooth tank.
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