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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:42 PM Edited by Outcast, 17 July 2014 - 05:35 AM.

As some of you may know, I made an impulse purchase and got myself a 1970 something VW Karman Ghia Cabriolet. It was listed as a '71 but the rear lights look like a '72-'74. I'll be confirming once I strip the car and check the VIN.
 
I'm just going to list the things I plan to do to it and I would love to hear any ideas or suggestions you guys have. 
 
Priority:
- Repair rust
- Bodywork
- Electric + Mechanical
- Possibly new transmission and engine
- Convert to a 959 replica  Az, stop trying to make it happen. It's not gonna happen. :p
 
Cosmetic:
- Replace soft top with white/cream vinyl soft top
- Complete respray in black
- Clean/polish or replace chrome trim
- Replace seats, classic
- Reupholster interior, red leather
- Replace US spec bumpers
- Replace steering wheel, classic
- White walls
- Replace rear lights with red and white (if possible)
- Original exhaust tips and placement
 
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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:08 PM Edited by Marwin Moody, 16 July 2014 - 09:11 PM.

What a handsome car! You said before it was your first manual; do you know how to drive manual, or will this be your first experience with a manual trans?

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 05:33 AM Edited by Outcast, 17 July 2014 - 06:22 AM.

I know how to drive manual but I haven't driven one with any sort of regularity since before I passed my driving test in the UK. I have no doubt I'm going to stall the car a couple times before I get back in the groove.

 

Anyway, I need some advice on engine and tranny swap. I don't want to go crazy with the power but something like 120hp-140hp should be a good step up. 


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:13 AM

Subaru boxer four would probably be my choice. Something like an EJ222 or EJ254 would be nice- DOHC 2.2 or 2.5 so rather like a modernised version of the Volkswagen boxer. 136 bhp and 175 bhp respectively.
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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:28 AM

Aren't the Subaru boxer 4 watercooled? 


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:14 AM

Yes, but swaps are...well I wouldn't say common but not exactly rare. I know of two water cooled boxer swaps in Beetles.

If you wanted to keep it air cooled you could run a Porsche Classic 2.4 six.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 06:21 PM

Stick a 3.6 L flat six from a Porsche, like what this guy did.

 

 

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:04 PM Edited by Lurch, 17 July 2014 - 07:05 PM.

Late Type 4 2.0 engine out of a 914, bus, early Vanagon, etc. Might be the best option. With webbers, a mild build of them could probably make 130-140 on pump gas fairly easily. 


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:03 AM

So..because of the complete and utter bullsh*t laws they have in this country, I now have to buy a comparable year and displacement VW Bug with a valid license plate to be able to register the Karmann Ghia.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:40 AM

This is why you relocate yourself and assets to the land of the free!
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Posted 19 July 2014 - 10:38 PM

So..because of the complete and utter bullsh*t laws they have in this country, I now have to buy a comparable year and displacement VW Bug with a valid license plate to be able to register the Karmann Ghia.

 

Would you have to buy a comparable Porsche 959, if you decided to build a replica? :p

 

But seriously, that sucks. At least you don't have the insane registration taxes and fees we do here. :)


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 10:48 PM

Thats sweet, this car is properly awesome. I love the color combo too. 911s are nice, but this is really special :p


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 10:50 PM

Why do you have to buy a Bug to register it?  That is straight-up BS right there.


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 11:53 PM

Because due to the dumbass backasswards registration and emissions laws here, most imported cars over a certain age aren't allowed to be registered, but cars which were legally registered back then are allowed to keep and renew their registration. So what you do is buy a bug of a comparable year and engine displacement and you stick that legally registered bugs plate onto the other car, essentially plate sharing with similar enough characteristics that cops won't bother to impound your car.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 12:54 PM

Interesting. It's like a more expensive way of vin switching over here. Are you going to go cheap or take the plunge scour for a decent drivable bug and register new plates for it?

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:02 AM

So..because of the complete and utter bullsh*t laws they have in this country, I now have to buy a comparable year and displacement VW Bug with a valid license plate to be able to register the Karmann Ghia.

 

I'm so sorry to hear that.

What a f*cking calamity.







So did you buy a Beetle yet?
 

Are you just going to toss it in the waste bin after tearing the plates off?


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Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:19 AM

It'll have to be one that can move under it's own power and I won't be throwing it away as I'll need to take the Bug out once a year when it comes time for inspections and whatnot. 


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Posted 22 July 2014 - 07:55 AM

Well that's good.

You should buy a few, y'know... just in case.


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Posted 26 July 2014 - 04:02 PM Edited by Pavlov, 26 July 2014 - 04:03 PM.

So..because of the complete and utter bullsh*t laws they have in this country, I now have to buy a comparable year and displacement VW Bug with a valid license plate to be able to register the Karmann Ghia.

Wait, what? You just bought a fresh import? I thought it is a genuine TW car...


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 12:05 PM

It's hard to buy a legit one as many of the owners don't want to sell or ask exorbitant prices.


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 10:35 PM Edited by trip, 06 August 2014 - 12:49 AM.

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED HERE?  I'll just leave it for fun.

 

 

I haven't been stopping by vehicle chat much these day so I missed this topic.



Ahhhh man, you lucky dog you. Im a long time VW person and I wiuld kill for a Ghia.

Oh hey - if it is too. Uch of a hassle to register it...I'll take it. :)


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Ahhhh man, you lucky dog you. I'm a long time VW person and I would kill for a Ghia.

Oh hey - if it is too. Uch of a hassle to register it...I'll take it. :)

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 09:36 AM

This looks like a cool project. I remember you saying something about it in a previous topic but I wasn't aware that you had made an actual topic on it. 

 

I enjoyed your updates on the progress of your 997 so I will be keeping a keen eye on this  :monocle:  :^:


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 11:31 AM

Lol thanks. I've been super busy lately though and I still haven't taken delivery of the car. Its still at the sellers place but I just got back from the US so I will definitely have it trailered back soon.
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Posted 21 August 2014 - 11:12 PM

Pretty cool stuff..

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 05:00 PM

So I took some time a couple days ago to start the process of restoring the car..looks like I'll be dumping f*ckloads of cash down on this project because I basically have to replace everything. Literally the only thing which is in good condition on this POS is the engine. I guess this is all part of the fun, eh?


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 05:39 PM

But there's no rust...right?

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 06:18 PM

There is a bit but it shouldn't be too much of a problem. It's most likely the interior that's going to be the money pit, also the roof and bits of random trim. Just thinking about the sheer amount of bits and bobs I'm going to have to order gives me a headache. 


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Posted 18 September 2014 - 08:16 PM

Are you going to restore it to factory condition?

If you're not using all-original parts you could see if getting a custom reupholstered interior made is cheaper and/or easier.

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Posted 21 September 2014 - 04:38 PM

Thats the plan. We'll see how it goes as i'm pretty sure a lot more problems will be revealed once we start stripping the interior out. 


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 01:13 AM

I don't exactly have a love for classic cars like most people, but that is nice. Never seen that before.





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