KARMANN GHIA

KARMANN GHIA

Postby |BUDA| » 16 May 2009, 18:06

After reading several VW-related magazines and browsing through forums, I came to realize that there are several ways to build up your car. You have custom, OEM and OEM+. This Karmann Ghia would be OEM because it is restored to its original glory, right? ...but it could also be OEM+ because it has been made even better than original. You see I'm still not very well versed in all these different terms used by the VAG community.

Are you guys familiar with the history of Karmann? For those who are not, here's a small history lesson. Karmann, located in Osnabruck, has always been a coachbuilder and has worked for Ford, Mercedes, Chrysler and, of course, Volkswagen. In the early 1950's Volkswagen contacted Karmann and asked them if they could build an affordable sports car. Karmann then contacted Ghia in Turin to design the car and the rest is history. The Karmann Ghia became one of the most iconic cars ever produced -- at least in my opinion, that is!

This car belongs to Christophe Meuret who lives in Belgium and is the president of the VW-airheads club that is part of VW-Charly's. Christophe bought the car in the US after it was confiscated by the police. I will let Christophe explain what he had to do to get his dream car:

"I found this Karmann Ghia for sale at www.oldbug.com. I asked Randy from Oldbug for further information and he told me the car was confiscated by the US Marshals after the previous owner went bankrupt.

It took some 6 months to obtain the necessary papers to sell this car by auction. Finally, I received the confirmation and I had already the next problem. It seems that it was not possible as a non-US citizen to participate with the auction. Luckily, the chief of the auction-house was a nice person who helped me to find a car-seller who would buy the car in my place.
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Next problem...a confiscated car must be transported in a closed trailer-truck to the shipping docks. There I had some help from Filip from PTI (a company specialising in importing dreamcars from the US to Belgium). After two weeks, the car was transported to the harbour and its journey to Belgium could start.
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After 4 weeks, the car finally arrived in Belgium and I could drive my dreamcar!"
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The car itself was build in 1961 and is painted in a ‘Machiatto' colour. The convertible top has also been renewed in a brown colour to match the exterior of the car. In America they use larger front bumpers with a lot of rubber so Christophe decided to change them to original European bumpers that look much better.
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There is no mistaking that this is an original Karmann Ghia.
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The wheels are 4 spoke Porsche Fuchs wheels that have been chromed. The suspension has been lowered for a cooler overall appearance.
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Have you ever seen a wheel well this clean? This is a true show car that hasn't seen a lot of miles, unfortunately. The original brake assembly consisted of drum brakes, but for better braking they were exchanged for disc brakes
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Inside the interior it almost smells like it's a brand new car. The door panels and seats have been covered in leather. As it looks now, it could almost be a museum car. The Empi Flat 4 wooden steering wheel is something special at least that is what I'm told.
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Cool retro dials that that show your speed in mph.
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The car is powered by this air cooled flat-4 2180cc engine. It puts out 251bhp giving it more than enough grunt. Everything has been painted to match the exterior.
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These 48mm IDA carburettors are specially designed for race applications
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The exhaust was made by Megaflow for better exhaust flow and a better sound -- not that you need that with an air cooled VW engine.

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Re: KARMANN GHIA

Postby Blitz » 17 May 2009, 00:33

Mas que fdp de abuso!! :o
Acho que esse carro é o benchmark de todos os amantes de restauros. 8-)
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Re: KARMANN GHIA

Postby Nsx » 03 Apr 2010, 21:35

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Preparação completa AQUI!
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Re: KARMANN GHIA

Postby vargas » 06 Apr 2010, 16:26

:shock: deus do céu.... :deus:
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Re: KARMANN GHIA

Postby DiogoNV » 21 May 2010, 17:53

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Re: KARMANN GHIA

Postby vargas » 14 Jun 2010, 18:11

faiz wrote:I figured I should start a build thread as it might encourage me to keep a better record of what I changed and when!lol. I've had this car since March 2008 and during my industrial placement at Triumph I drove it every day to work. even when it was snowing, it might not sound like a big deal but my car has no heater at all as it was removed to fit a bigger exhaust!! Fair enough I broke down a fair few times but honestly it was definitely worth it!!
Anyway here are some pics of the car;

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Currently its got 15x5.5 Porsche Pedrini rims from a 914.
When i got it the engine was a 1776cc twin 40 IDF Weber engine. Its fairly rapid so I kept the same engine but it was a mess so i tidied it up. its aircooled so there has to be a seal around the engine to prevent the hot air from rising but when i got it there was just a big hole around the engine. someone had tried to close it off with riveted aluminium but it was overheating big time so i got that all repaired and changed a few bits and bobs to make it look better.

Before;

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After;

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I love engines so that was my first port of call. I plan on keeping it that size but once I've finished uni I'm putting a turbo on it and then it should be severely rapid!! like sub 4.5 seconds 0-60. I've got half the bits needed under my bed in halls but I want to assemble it when I can do it somewhere other than my room!!

Anyway so eventually I found a weekly meet here in Coventry every wednesday the Dubclub meets and I am usually the only aircooled car that turns up. so I guess its fair to say I have been influenced quite a lot by these guys!!lol

So my next port of call was to get some rims. I searched for quite a while to find something that was a bit different to all the usual aircooled rims available. in all honesty I was tired of them all looking the same. Fuchs, BRMs, Radars, and Steels are great but if you've ever been to an aircooled show you can take a list of 5 rims and every car is almost guaranteed to have them!! My current rims are different but I wanted to have a more aggressive look. anyway so eventually I found some 15 inch Compomotive CXNs that have the correct PCD for my car, 4x130!! how rare is that!! bought 6 of them for a good price and thats where I am now. I've got 2 15x6, 2 15x7 and 2 15x9 deep dishes! there isn't much room on my car to fit them but I need t figure something out to make them fit! If you guys could help I would be immensly grateful!!
anyway heres some pics;
Picking up the rims(got all 6 in the boot!was well pleased!!);
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The rims in my corridor in halls;
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was fairly confident the deep dish 9s wouldnt fit on my car so i split them and put the centres into the 6s.
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This shows how the current rims sit on the car;
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Fitted the 6s in the front and the 7s in the back to see if they would fit;
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Look at how much that 7 sticks out in the back!! surely thats too much?! the 6 is perfect both in the front and back;
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I really want to make that 7 work in the back. I heard that you can bolt the centre to the dish instead of bolting it behind the barrel. this would decrease the offset by a further 1 inch. has anyone had any experience with this. I'm not sure how safe it is. anyway i split one of the 7s and flipped the centre so that its bolted to the front of the dish so that I can try it out tomorrow. otherwise I might have to find some narrower dishes..

Anyways I wrote alot but hope you like what you see!! Didnt really wanna post in an aircooled forum..I don't know any other Karmanns trying to use splits. any help you guys could give me would be much appreciated!! also anyone know if you can use dishes as barrels since my deep dishes are wider i could bolt them to the 7 dishes since i have loads of back space just not enough offset.


faiz wrote:Sorry guys haven't posted in a while but anyway I finished Uni last Friday and been solidly
working on the car since then.
I polished all the rims and also decked the car.
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Rims painted in my uni halls bathroom ftw!!

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Exhaust scrape ftmfw!!
Still a fair bit of work to do but the stance is perfect and the rims are sweet!!
Hope you like! :P



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Re: KARMANN GHIA

Postby Zender » 15 Jun 2010, 00:39

ficou lindo!

e eu a pensar que a furação era 4x108.. :assobio:

se não me engano ha um Porsche com essa furação. 924 ??
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Re: KARMANN GHIA

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Re: KARMANN GHIA

Postby vargas » 15 Jun 2010, 11:37

esse tuga com umas jantes do putedo, mas creio q a ideia é mantê-lo 100% original. :assobio:
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Re: KARMANN GHIA

Postby _Carlos_ » 15 Jun 2010, 16:03

vargas wrote:esse tuga com umas jantes do putedo, mas creio q a ideia é mantê-lo 100% original. :assobio:

O pessoal dos clássicos, quando vêem estes carros rebaixados e com jantes largas chamam de assassinos aos donos, pois como deves compreender o gosto deles é em meter o carro clássico uma vez que alterar todos o fazem uns melhores que outros agora meter um carro 100% de origem mediante o ano do carro nem todos o fazem ;)

Um dia assisti a uma conversas no portal dos clássicos de um tipo que la foi perguntar se alguém gostava de volksrod´s e todos caíram em cima do homem, claro que há uns que gostam, eu limitei-me a mandar o link do lowered por pm não sei se chegou a ca vir ou não.

Logo cada macaco no seu galho, não é por se ver um carocha ou um karmen que só é bonito com jantes do putedo e aconchegado ao chão, original tem sempre mais valor e "parte" igualmente pescoços.
isto não só para VW mas também opel mini etc.

Eu por exemplo gosto das duas vertentes tanto 100%clássico como clássico alterado, mas acima de tudo gosto de clássicos. :nice:
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