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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

for a really good chrome finish I would suggest sanding the 'pits' out of the bronze as flux often is at the bottom of the pits and the first copper coat of the plating process won't cover the pits.
Sometimes the polishing people at the plating shop are not as thorough as I would like in the preparation Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:24 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Thanks Ian, I will check for pits and will sand them out, or have the plater do it. I will for sure talk to him about it.

But now back to the pan. This is what I discovered last night: Totally misaligned d'oh!
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Frustrating when someone does such a shitty job. Luckily I found this in my storage, but still more unexpected work.
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I wonder why the first owner had to install a hand brake bracket in the first place. Doesn't the Thing have one like the bug???
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:48 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

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I wonder why the first owner had to install a hand brake bracket in the first place. Doesn't the Thing have one like the bug???

I just did a Samba Gallery search for "hand brake" in the Thing/Type181 category, and there are half a dozen photos there - maybe one of them will help you.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

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I wonder why the first owner had to install a hand brake bracket in the first place. Doesn't the Thing have one like the bug???

I just did a Samba Gallery search for "hand brake" in the Thing/Type181 category, and there are half a dozen photos there - maybe one of them will help you.


I checked them, but unfortunately they do not give me an answer. But Thanks for letting me know!

It seems as the replacement pan I am using had an awkward heater cable set up. The cable tube that sticks out of the tunnel in the front is (was) the original heater cable tube Shocked

The previous owner cut it at the hand brake position and modified all heater stuff in the tunnel to be like in a bug. Therefore he needed a handbrake bracket with provisions for the heater levers I suppose...

But question remains, how the heater boxes where operated in this Mexican Thing the pan was a replacement for Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:31 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Handbrake done:
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Still not sure what ratchet plate to use or how to change the ones I have to make the handle sit like on the photo. I will start looking for ratchet plates on swap meets for the first time in my live Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Not sure about the Mexican Thing but apparently not all VWs were given heaters..
I understand From my reading that the Brazilian Ghia did not have a heater.?

But, Ive read things that turn out not to be true ........

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Hi Dave, very nice selection of Vdubs you have there!

My Ghia is from Germany, exported to Michigan and than brought back to Germany. BUT the pan I am using is a (altmost Wink ) NOS replacement Thing pan built in Mexico... Laughing

The heater cable tube ran from the back of the pan to this one point on top of the tunnel shown on above picture. Similar to old bugs, but does not end in a turning knob for adjustment...

I had not seen this before. I know that VW Mexico has been building some unique stuff. I just assume the heater cable exits the pan at this point and somehow ends in an extra mechanism, maybe attached to the body?

Either way I welded it up, as I am now using the mechanism on the hand brake bracket now Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:01 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Making SEAT pods Cool

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Making progress - slowly Rolling Eyes

Seat attachments are done. The outer rear pod is lower. The alumuminum spacer will be machined to fit under the track. This will give me an even plane, once the pan is mounted to the body.
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Complete assembly
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Small stuff, but it all takes time Smile
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In parallel I am working on a custom fuel catch tank, because the space under the tank is very limited with the Mendeola, transmission oil cooling plus ton's of other things...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Please fit the seats first, I found that you don't want an "even plane". When I mounted the seats (Miata) in my car, I found that the front of the seat needed to be at least 1.5" higher than the rear or I was only sitting on my tail bone which became uncomfortable quickly.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Yup! That is the idea. First pan to body to make sure nothing moves anymore. Than seats to tracks, tracks to pan. The alu-spacer allows last adjustment...
So the idea Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:52 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

As usual, every thing well thought and carefully made, can't wait to see the next update!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

I got so many things going on Laughing

First of all a happy New Year to all of you reading!

During the holydays I spent some more time on the aluminum cylinders...
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I opened my Berg-5 transmission to modify some parts for improved oiling, as recommended by the Berg's.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Happy to see some progress here Very Happy

Happy new year too!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Thank you!

I started a separate thread for the details of my transmission oiling and cooling...

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=9251628#9251628

Just in case you are interested Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Wow.

Epic build.

Love the details. Thanks for taking the time to document it here.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Cool! Im envisioning a modern version of Rodbuster with this build
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing you will have to lower your expectations - a lot!

Mine will be fast, practical driver Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia coming home Reply with quote

Trail assembled the rear end. It's very busy back there, between the trailing arms...

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I was searching spots to install all the parts for the transmission oiling/cooling as well for exhaust, rear brake calipers, heater tubes, the gas lines and the Kfer-Cup-Bar. I will have to address a lot of it again, when the body is fitted. Things are just too tight to guess. Either way, some brackets are already in the making.

The chassis went out to be professionally welded today Cool

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as always... very slow progress Rolling Eyes
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