Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts New!  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
TheSamba.com
 
'65 Ghia - First Car!
Forum Index -> Ghia Share: Facebook Twitter
Reply to topic
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Appw
Samba Member


Joined: May 04, 2020
Posts: 6
Location: SoCal
Appw is offline 

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:50 pm    Post subject: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Hi!

I'm Austin! I'm 16, and this is my first car!

Me and my Dad started this father/son project when we got it in 2018. I've discovered this website not too long ago, and now I've finally got around to posting about it. Its been awesome and I've learned so much from my Dad as we've gone through the car and gotten it driving.

So I'll start with when I brought it home.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

After at least 15 years of being in the PO's garage it went up on craigslist. My Dad asked me to find a car to work on with him, and this is the one I chose! I didn't know the first thing about volkswagens, but when I told him I wanted to start on a volkswagen, he told me that he had repaired and tore into tons of bugs when he was my age.

We plucked out the motor, and started there. We took it down to the block, and built it back up with a slightly bigger bore, dual port intake, a double barrel carb, and chrome everything.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

With the motor running, we focused on the car and tied up as many loose ends as we could, until it was sent off to a body shop to do everything my Dad couldn't teach me, body work, paint, and upholstery.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

After it finally came back, we installed the motor! Then I wired it all back up, installed new wheels, installed disc brakes, restored the speedometer, and installed the radio, among many, many many other things.

So...It looks like this now!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Excuse the unconnected wires, these two \/ & /\ are before I wired it.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


I drive it to school! It's incredible! I love how it sounds, how it looks, and how it drives! My Dad taught me stick in it, and I love how much horse power it doesn't have! Even so, with a dual barrel carb, it pulls itself uphill no problem!

Hope you all enjoyed!
I'll probably post updates with more pictures or about the things I'm still working on!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
69 GVert
Samba Member


Joined: October 20, 2014
Posts: 61
Location: San Jose, CA
69 GVert is offline 

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:07 pm    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Nice color!

Do you have the color code for that?

My first car was a '65 too.

Well both first cars.

The first one I got to drive to school was a '65 Mustang that my dad taught me body work on. (It had a big crease down one side before we straightened it out.)

The first one I bought myself was a '65 bug that someone had added fiberglass front and rear fake hood scoops on. Got it cheap 'cause it ran very poorly. (Turned out it was the center pin on the distributor cap broken in half.)
_________________
Aircooled? Drive one a day, that's all I ask!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
sputnick60
Samba Moderator


Joined: July 22, 2007
Posts: 3285
Location: Helio Synchronous Orbit
sputnick60 is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:32 am    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

You drive it to school! Do the girls like it? Very Happy

Nicholas
_________________
'66 Karmann Ghia Cabriolet...
'65 Porsche 356C Coupe...
2014 Passat B7 130TDI wagon (cheats in tests)
"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."(Salvador Dali)
Stop dead photo links! Post your photos to The Samba Gallery!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Marcdeb
Samba Member


Joined: May 22, 2019
Posts: 1152
Location: Vermont
Marcdeb is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:39 am    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Beautiful car! Paint looks awesome and that color really works well on a Ghia. Nice work. What a wonderful experience to have done this car with your father. Precious memories that will last your lifetime. Your father must be very proud of you. Enjoy the beautiful Karmann Ghia. Applause
_________________
Marc

1971 Karmann Ghia Cabriolet

Restoration thread: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=726710&postorder=asc
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Braukuche
Samba Member


Joined: September 03, 2004
Posts: 8540

Braukuche is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Super nice car Austin.
_________________
Go Reds! Smash state!

Retirement is here!
1956 Ghia
1959 SO-23 Westfalia
1960 double cab
1961 Beetle convertible
1962 Golde sunroof Ghia
1963 356 B coupe
1963 Ghia coupe
1967 21 window rust bucket
1969 Ghia convertible
1970 Ghia convertible
1973 Ghia convertible X 2
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
xzener
Samba Member


Joined: June 03, 2006
Posts: 1775

xzener is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:29 am    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Whoa! Nice work... DONT EVER SELL IT!!
_________________
My 70 beetle was totaled Now to build the Ghia I always wanted. Rest in peace Ruby, I will miss you. Hello <insert Ghia name here>!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
John Moxon Premium Member
Samba Moderator


Joined: March 07, 2004
Posts: 13082
Location: Southampton U.K.
John Moxon is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:20 am    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Hey my first car was an Austin. Wink

An Austin A35...nowhere as stylish as your KG. Laughing

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Welcome to The Samba.
_________________
John.
Judson Supercharger Information on The Samba
My 1958 Shorrock Supercharged Karmann Ghia
Stop dead photo links! Post your photos to The Samba Gallery!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website Gallery Classifieds Feedback
rbsurfguy
Samba Member


Joined: August 10, 2008
Posts: 1239
Location: Fairfax, Northern Virginia Formerly Huntington Beach, SoCal
rbsurfguy is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:27 am    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Beautiful color and great work! Is it copper? Or what is the color name you chose? Really looks classic.

Jeff
_________________
1971 Ghia convertible (Body off rebuild)
2019 VW Atlas 4Motion
2012 Passat-Sold


See my build on The Samba at:
Jeff's 71 Vert Restoration/Reassembly http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6...highlight=
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
xzener
Samba Member


Joined: June 03, 2006
Posts: 1775

xzener is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:30 am    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Its hard to tell... Are those Goose Neck Mirrors on the doors?
_________________
My 70 beetle was totaled Now to build the Ghia I always wanted. Rest in peace Ruby, I will miss you. Hello <insert Ghia name here>!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
myghiarocks
Samba Member


Joined: June 02, 2009
Posts: 133
Location: DFW area Texas
myghiarocks is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Awesome car. as others say, don't ever sell it. Everyone wishes they still had their first car (usually)

Looks like a custom front wiring cover, painted too match. very nice
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Steelz21
Samba Member


Joined: January 09, 2017
Posts: 66
Location: Ontario canada
Steelz21 is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Very nice.

Great choice on your first car.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
74 Thing
Samba Member


Joined: September 02, 2004
Posts: 5911

74 Thing is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Go hug your dad and say thanks and keep the car since it will bring good memories of the time you spent with your father.

Keep it clean and make sure to wax, seal, or coat the paint!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
TRS63
Samba Member


Joined: December 17, 2017
Posts: 452
Location: Stuttgart - Germany
TRS63 is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:32 am    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Now that is awesome, what a cool project you did and the car looks great !

Antoine
_________________
Antoine
My 62 ragtop daily driver:
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=728873
Resurrecting a 60 ghia : https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=713906
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
kingkarmann
Samba Member


Joined: November 05, 2003
Posts: 2694

kingkarmann is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:49 am    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

I had a 67 Ghia in H.S. back in the mid 1970's
Mine Ghia was no where near as nice as yours! Cool

Congrats, enjoy. and keep your head on a swivel while your driving! You and that Ghia are gonna get ALOT of attention!
_________________
"Who died and made you king of anything?"
Sara Bareilles

"Ego is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of Stupidity.
"Rick Rigsby"
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Vladiiiii
Samba Member


Joined: February 24, 2019
Posts: 412
Location: Munich, Germany
Vladiiiii is offline 

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:56 pm    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Wow, such a nice car with 16, a dream Embarassed

And you had a really good starting base, too! I hope you are really proud about how it turned out Cool Congratulations on all the work!! The car looks like a gem, a nice color! Reminds me of the early LowLight "Cognac" color, you may want to google that out.

With the whitewalls and the color, it really looks like my dream Lowlight.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Now just enjoy and keep it Applause
Vlad
_________________
Vlad's 72 Ghia (Once in a Lifetime Restoration topic)
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=9237746#9237746
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Appw
Samba Member


Joined: May 04, 2020
Posts: 6
Location: SoCal
Appw is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:57 pm    Post subject: Re: '65 Ghia - First Car! Reply with quote

Thank you guys!

Chances are, I'll never sell it. Even If I something happens and I can't keep it anywhere, I've got family members I can count on.

For the color, I've never heard of that lowlight color! The story behind the color I have however, is that I just picked it out of the paint & body guy's color swatch box. I pretty much had put off the decision until the last day I could, and I needed to pick a color before I left. Embarassed I started with the oranges, because at least I knew I wanted that, and narrowed it down from there. (with the help of sunlight of course)
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

It's a modern color, believe it or not.

For the mirrors, yes they're totally in the wrong spot! One of the PO's moved the holes, and while I could've had them moved back, I think it doesn't look half bad. Although, I did have to stick on some little $5 dome mirrors, because otherwise they're completely useless!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Ghia All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2020, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB