What is the Fiberglass Hiding?

The front of my Ghia has a whole lot of nasty looking fiberglass on it.

What is it hiding? I was pretty sure what I was going to find, so I checked the date of my last tetanus shot and peeled back a layer.

It’s as bad as I imagined. I am better off just lobbing off this entire front end and starting over.

This part is apparently the air duct backing plate at the front of the wheelhouse. It’s part #11 in the below sheet metal air duct parts picture below. I’ll most likely need all of these parts. As of the writing of this, the part is available at:

https://www.mtmfg.com/vw/3442/Karmann-Ghia-Sheet-Metal-Air-Duct-Parts

I’m guessing I’ll need parts 1, 5, 9 and 11.

Good news is, it appears there’s decent metal below the rust.

Below pictures for future reference.

It’s Official!

After 2,324 days and 1,246 spams blocked by Akismet, the restoration is officially underway!

After discussing with my beautifully lovely better two-thirds, we have come up with a plan and means have been made available to get this project underway. That’s right… fewer garage and other car posts and more about getting down to it. Trust me, I know it’s been a long time coming, but everything in my life happens at the right time when it needs to happen (my main squeeze taught me that).

So without further ado, I have made my first purchase for the project. Since my garage is small and the car isn’t mobile, I have to have a way to move it around. I ordered these wheel dollies this morning to help with just that.

I also hung up the “to do” dry eraser board.

Stay tuned my friends…

Last VW Karmann Ghia Type 14 Ever Built Goes on Public Display for the 1st Time by DANIEL PATRASCUDANIEL PATRASCU

The iconic Volkswagen Beetle is presently dead, perhaps this time for good. The Germans killed the line in the summer of 2019, and they don’t seem to be planning a comeback of the nameplate, not even as a car with an electric drivetrain.

Despite this, the Beetle will remain in history as one of the most successful models of all time, with over 20 million units built worldwide. And that number does not include the countless variations based on the Beetle platform.

One such variation was the Karmann Ghia Type 14, a sports car that used the underpinnings of the Type 1 Beetle, but the more voluptuous body designed in Italy.

The Type 14 was shown for the first time in the form of a 2+2 coupe in 1955 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and was followed two years later by the introduction of the cabriolet. That means in 2020 the nameplate celebrates its 65th anniversary, and Volkswagen has big plans for the occasion.

The Type 14 was in production for 19 years, with over 360,000 coupes and 80,000 convertibles made. When Volkswagen decided to replace the model with the Scirocco in 1974, it made sure it kept for itself the last ever Volkswagen Karmann Ghia to roll off the assembly lines.

Until now, the car has been kept under wraps as part of the carmaker’s collection at Volkswagen Osnabrück, and shown to a select few every now and then. But this weekend, during the Bremen Classic Motorshow, it will be displayed for the first time for all to admire.

In this particular case, we’re talking about a car powered by a 1,584 cc engine that develops 50 ps, and with a body painted in Phoenix Red. The car is apparently still kept under wraps until its presentation at the show, as none of the four photos of the Ghia released by Volkswagen seem to be showing this exact one.