I’m still alive!

Well then.  Winter is over and I’d really love to get this Ghia down here and start work.  Problem is…  well, I’m broke and really can’t afford a new project.  I’m still trapped in my apartment and I have no place to store the VW.

To be continued, I guess.

Winter is almost over!

That’s right.  Winter is almost over.  I’m wondering how the Ghia held up.  I’ll have to get a report from my mother.

Will 2010 be the year I start this project.  I’m not really sure at this point.  There’s so much going on, I’m afraid I simply don’t have time for another project.  The Camaro, pictured below, has been very time consuming lately.

Wheel / Tire Size

As any Ghia owner knows, there’s not a lot of room under these boogers for wide tires.  This sucks, as tiny tires and I don’t get along.  I had a chat with some friends from STF.  Here’s how that went down.

Cohibra45: I’m running Porsche 2.0 Fuchs (15×5.5 w/40mm offset) with 195/60/15 Goodyears. I might have been able to move up to 205’s.

Rob: I have seen as big as 16X8 on the rear with 225 tires, but I believe that took an incredible amount of measurements, offset calculations, and still a couple of test fittings.

flat_iv: I have 205/45/16 in the front and 205/50/16 in the rear on my ghia with 6 1/2″ wide wheels. Rears no problem. The fronts are a different story. Dropped spindles were added first but that was to low for me. The tires rubbed on the side of the fenders and the inside of the tire rubbed also. For the inside I just adjusted the steering box stops. Then I added heavy duty front torsion bars from Sway-away. That raised the front end approx. 3/4″. Now I don’t have any rubbing at all.

Also, a gentleman named Daniel is running a set of Porsche Cup wheels with 205’s on his Ghia. Check out the mods he had to do to his Ghia.

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Holy Guano, Batman!!!!

Euro bumper start at $1,200.00+.  What are they made of…  platinum?

But while we are talking exterior, I’ve thought of a few things I’d like to do.

  • Euro or early model bumpers
  • Early model small front marker lights (clear?)
  • Early model tail lights
  • Shaved Volkswagen and VW badges
  • Shaved side molding
  • Shaved mirrors
  • Shaved antenna

More pictures of the Karmann Ghia

Here are a few more pictures taken back in the Summer of 2006.  I really appears to be in great condition for a restoration project.  We’ll see what media blasting reveals though.  The fact that the driver’s front quarter is missing the Karmann badge concerns me.

2006 Ghia 1

2006 Ghia 2

2006 Ghia 3

2006 Ghia 4

2006 Ghia 5

2006 Ghia 6

Cool Wheels

I was looking in one of my parts stores websites and saw these wheels.  The wheel selections for this car is very limited, but I actually really like these ol’ chrome 8 spokes.

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Engine: To Build or Rebuild

At first, I though my best option was to rebuild the factory 1600cc engine and install a turbo on it.  Turbos are great and they can definitely make good power, but the plumbing and maintenance can be a definite downside.

After reconsidering, I believe I want to remove the factory engine completely, store it and build a new engine from scratch.

The Case:

Aluminum CaseHere’s my starting point:  an aluminum racing case.  It’s about 20 pounds heavier than the factory magnisium alloy case, but will offer more strength to handle the increased power output.

This case is machined for use with 94mm pistons.  Coupled with a mild stroke of 78mm, this should give me a displacement of 2165cc.  Add a cam with good street torque (Engle 110/120), dual 44mm Webers, custom ported big-valve heads, heavy duty single springs and a counter-weighted crank and we are off to the races.

Additionally, go with a full-flow oil system, small external oil filter and cooler and run 9:1 compression, so I can use pump gas.

We are talking dependable, near 911S performance (160HP range) and I’ll only have to change oil and adjust valves from time to time.