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Big Mike Cbad
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:25 am    Post subject: Ghia convertible sheet metal, rear kick plate area, need image Reply with quote

Need some help finding a clean photo of a proper unmolested rear seat, kick panel area sheet metal area where the heating vents come out for a early 60's Ghia vert. Mine was chopped out by the PO in an effort to do a floor pan repair without taking the body off. He chopped out the middle section you see in primer. I am restoring the car and will be welding in that piece, but you can see in the photos the bottom rim of the metal in both the RED and Primer area are chopped up so need a clean pic of what that sheet metal should look like to help when we fabricate it back in. Looked all over and could not find a pic of the sheet metal without carpet, etc. I'd appreciate an images folks have to provide to the metal shop doing the work so they can see what that should look like.

Thanks as always, the Samba expertise has been a life saver.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia convertible sheet metal, rear kick plate area, need image Reply with quote

Big Mike Cbad wrote:
Looked all over and could not find a pic of the sheet metal without carpet

OK, here you go. This is the rear seat area of my '67, which should be the same as your '63.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia convertible sheet metal, rear kick plate area, need image Reply with quote

perfect thank you. It will definitely help.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia convertible sheet metal, rear kick plate area, need image Reply with quote

You know you can get those here...
https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=&sl=...dukte.html

Look for part #SALV 200 euro, then #FBR2 and#FBL2
100 euro each.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Ghia convertible sheet metal, rear kick plate area, need image Reply with quote

Thanks for the vendor info. It is really helpful. As an example I was looking for that rear shelf where the top sits (see pic below) and couldn't find anyone selling the metal. Bought a donor part, but would have loved to buy new sheet metal had I known. You are a great resource for Ghia newbies like me. Thanks for the link.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:32 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia convertible sheet metal, rear kick plate area, need image Reply with quote

sputnick60 wrote:
You know you can get those here...
https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=&sl=...dukte.html

Look for part #SALV 200 euro, then #FBR2 and#FBL2
100 euro each.

Nicholas


I bought those rear kick panels from W.B., and every single dimension was so far off, that they were unusable. The height was too tall making it impossible to fit between the crossbeam and floorpan, the width was too wide making it impossible to fit between the center tunnel and heater channel, and the bends on the heater channel side weren't remotely close, and looked like they had been made by an amateur. And worst of all, the hole for the heater vent was off by well over an inch.
I know aftermarket sheet metal always needs modification, but this piece was so far off in every aspect that it was useless. I literally threw it in the trash. I ended up finding original kick panels from a donor car in the classifieds that was being parted out for about half the price, that fit perfectly.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:31 am    Post subject: Re: Ghia convertible sheet metal, rear kick plate area, need image Reply with quote

Thanks for the heads up. Always helpful to learn what's available and how the quality is. Luckily for me, someone on Samba spotted that donor shelf after I put out a post on it. Had they not found that, it would have cost a mint to fab that from scratch or buy the sheet metal and still have to do a bunch of work on it, but good to know sheet metal is available in a pinch. For the kick plates I'm going to have the metal shop fill in the missing bit near the heater channels since the rest is there and its covered with carpet anyway.

The Samba family has been an incredible help the last year or so since starting my project. This 63 vert project was a bit more than I was expecting!
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