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.

370Z Wheel Change

Ops department. I was wrong about the spacer size on my rear wheel. As a result, my measurements were off and a 9.5″ wheel is not going to be wide enough.

Looks like I’m going to have to go with the Forgestar CF5 in brilliant silver; still 19 x 8.5 up front with a 245/40, but a 19 x 10 in the rear with 285/35 tires.

These wheels are rotary forged instead of cast, so they should be much nicer in the long run.

Forgestar CF5 in Gunmetal

New Wheels Coming

It would seem this place should be the 370Z Project, as lately I’ve done more to the Z than the Ghia. The streak continues. I got a set of wheels and tires on the way.

I’m getting the 19’s, 8.5″ +21 up front and 9.5″ +10 in the rear. They are being delivered wrapped in Continental Extreme Contact DWS06 rubber, 245/40 and 275/35. Installed, they should look something like this.

Drop Loft Started

I had a little time to start building my drop loft yesterday, so I welded up the ceiling mounts. I had an issue with the welder which at first seemed like a bad ground, but I’m fearing it’s a power supply issue (as you can see from the crappy welds). Yet another excuse to get a nicer unit.