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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:21 pm    Post subject: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

I think we all enjoy browsing pictures to compare or just see how someone else is doing things, so I thought I would post pics of my Ghia journey.
It is not intended to be slavishly original nor veering away to a resto mod.
It has quite a bit of its original paint, and has not suffered too badly from rust, so the plan for me was to try to keep as much of the old as I could whilst replacing rusted sections, replacing all the required mechanical components, replacing all the rubbers as they were all toasted, and also fitting an nice new interior that I had made by Lenny Copp in the USA.
I am in Australia and bought the car out of California last year although I didn't get it here until June.

So far I have done the brakes, front suspension with new king pins and link pins.
Got the motor running, replaced the rear floors, bought new Bumpers
Although so far most of the work has been repairing the RH front which was subject to a poor repair, anyhow I hate typing so hopefully the pictures will be of interest.
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The car as It was in LA
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Finally in Adelaide South Australia
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In the shed with work started
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Front fender line was a shocker so I taped and cut a new line and dollied the fender into shape before welding a new join.
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Using the Danny Gabbard tool I straightened the nose ridge
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Then replace the spare wheel well base and back wall
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I have since sourced a jack clamp and added it.

A bit of bodywork and paint
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Tidied up the trunk
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I stripped down the seat frames and had to respring some pqrts of tge driver seat and back, but painted the frames and refurbed the steering wheel
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I have painted the wheels body colour for now although I understand that is not correct
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Trim arrived
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Next job is the roof
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Great to see another 59 coming back from the dead!

Did you post your name on this list?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:33 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Trylon wrote:
Great to see another 59 coming back from the dead!

Did you post your name on this list?
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Done.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:00 am    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Very nice work so far.. looking forward to seeing those seats done.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:14 am    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Bamboo and Dark Green is an underrated colour combination..I like it a lot.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Sweet. Very nice work. I like your approach.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Nice take on the tidy up. I like the trunk. Fresh paint only where needed.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:47 am    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

chris fryer wrote:
Trylon wrote:
Great to see another 59 coming back from the dead!

Did you post your name on this list?
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...highlight=



Done.


Really looking forward to watching this process!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

John Moxon wrote:
Bamboo and Dark Green is an underrated colour combination..I like it a lot.


I agree!! The two toned Low Lights are really cool, I probably love them because mine isn’t... Aerosilver, Antelope Brown and Cognac are a few of my favorites.

Really nice car you have there, all the best, they are super fun to drive.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2019 5:33 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

calexican wrote:
John Moxon wrote:
Bamboo and Dark Green is an underrated colour combination..I like it a lot.


I agree!! The two toned Low Lights are really cool, I probably love them because mine isn’t... Aerosilver, Antelope Brown and Cognac are a few of my favorites.

Really nice car you have there, all the best, they are super fun to drive.

IMO, L 243 Diamond Grey and Patina does, in fact, count as a two tone Karmann Ghia! Wink

Anyone can repaint their Ghia in an "original" color scheme, but it would be extremely difficult for anyone to try and duplicate the lovely, Amazing "original" finish that is on your Karmann Ghia.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Really top work done here and cool approach, looking forward for the next updates!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Some progress

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Test fitting some of the dash details.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Nice!

I see that what looked like a pad on the dash is now gone. Was that original?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:02 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

I think you might be referencing the speaker grille? Which will go back in after the '59 dash pad goes in.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:14 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

chris fryer wrote:
I think you might be referencing the speaker grille? Which will go back in after the '59 dash pad goes in.

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Thanks for the nice pic! I have heard the ‘59 came with a dash pad but had seen some without. That looks pretty sweet— especially for 60 years! Is someone still providing these?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:21 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Yes, they are available, got mine from Karmann Ghia Company Australia
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

chris fryer wrote:
Yes, they are available, got mine from Karmann Ghia Company Australia


Thanks, will check them out!

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Ah, found them here:
https://airheadparts.com/vw-parts/vw-interior-part...year_=1959

But they do not seem to have the ribbing that yours does...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:22 am    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Trylon wrote:
chris fryer wrote:
Yes, they are available, got mine from Karmann Ghia Company Australia


Thanks, will check them out!

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Ah, found them here:
https://airheadparts.com/vw-parts/vw-interior-part...year_=1959

But they do not seem to have the ribbing that yours does...


BTW Michael...your Ghia pre-dates the padded dash pad. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:23 am    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Love the Updates here Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 1959 LowLight Chris F Reply with quote

Looking great. Look forward to seeing the green go on!

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