I have returned from my trip to Ohio. Whilst there, I paid a visit to the Ghia. She’s still there… rotting away. Every time I see it though, I get fired up to begin stripping it down.
I did some checks on the body and the right rear quarter is concerning me. It sounds like there’s a lot of Bondo back there and the deck lid does not line up well at all. Guess I’ll see what I’m dealing with after media blasting.
I am jonesin’ to get working on this car. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen any time soon. I’m actually seriously considering selling my truck to clear out the garage to make room for the Ghia.
I would miss it though. I needs so much work though and I’d rather devote my energies to the VW.
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.
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.
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.
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
Hmm… these caught my interest. Grey or black?
…or maybe something a little more comfy, just in cloth.
I’m liking the ’69 front bumper… not a big fan of the black rubber parts on the ’73. We also have the mirrors shaved. I’m considering 86ing the antenna as well.
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.
I thought this was a cute little crappy cell phone video…