Originally focused on the restoration of my November 1961 built (1962 model year) Type 3 Karmann Ghia (343) I have now extended the blog to cover the ongoing ownership of my 1964 built (1965 model year) RHD type 3 Karmann Ghia (344) purchased in 1982.

Monday, October 12, 2015

video of our 65 on the motorway

video of our 65 on the M40 taken by Paul  Donovan

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Drawing of our 1965 T344

Here is a link to a drawing of our 1965 model T344 done in 2003 and now shown in a slightly different format than the original, including deletion of the registration number\ substitution with the model year range instead.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Arrived in Germany

The final post on my ex 62 T343. It has now arrived safely with new owner Carsten Klein in Germany where it will be kept safe and enjoyed alongside his other Karmann Ghias and Volkswagens.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

On the way to Germany 2

Here is a video of the car setting off for Germany on the back of the trailer - the end of a long journey with the car for me and the start of a new and exciting one for the car. You soon in Hessisch Oldendorf in June in our 65! You will need to copy\paste the link at present as I can't get it to embed properly at present.

On the way to Germany 1

The 62 is at long last on the way to Carsten Klein in Germany for him and his family to have fun with. Great weather at this end when it was picked up and Carsten tells me the weather is good over in Germany too so hopefully it will soon be on the road over there.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

3 T34s on the drive

Here is a shot of our 65, our 62 before restoration and Lee hedges T346 before export to the USA.

Other cars that have now gone to new owners

Here are a few of our other cars that have been sold on to other owners.

Well its a Karmann but not of the Ghia kind

With our 190SL still not finished in the summer we decided we needed a bit of open top fun and bought ourselves a Mercedes-Benz 320CLK convertible in July. Its Karmann built but doesn't come with the rust (so far). Great value, practical and fun to drive; but of course not a T34.

Article in Ultra VW

Our 65 was photographed for an article in Ultra VW back in the middle of last year. The article has yet to be published and here is a preview shot from it.

Here are pictures of our 1965 model T344

We have owned this car since April 82; it had a very minor restoration in 1992 which included outer sills, localised repairs around the headlights and small repairs around the torsion bar holes, plus a six inch section of the outer chassis rail on either side.  All finished off with a lower half respray.  He is still looking good some 20 years later although some minor repairs are now nedeed around the torsion bar holes again and bot
tom of the drivers door.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

So long and farewell

At the end of last year I agreed to sell our November 1961 T343 to Carsten Klein in Germany, Carsten will be collecting the car from the UK shortly.  I will be sad to see the car go after spending so many years working on it and getting it as close as possible to how it left the factory. It is great however that the car is going back to Germany to someone who will cherish it and add it to his ever growing collection of T34s.
It has been a pleasure to own one of the earliest surviving T34s, oldest at the 50th celebrations in Germany. Have fun with the car Carsten!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

2012 Looking good

Here we are approaching the end of 2012 so a couple of shots of the car - She has come along way over the 9 years and is bracing herself for further change - more to follow in the next month or so.

2012 update

The engine has experienced a small degree of oil leakage from the push rod tubes.  As a reslt I decided to replace them all and to use collapsable ones; the challenge was at the time I wanted them no supplier in the UK had them.  I imported a set from PowerHaus in the US and after mastering how to fit them without damaging the seals the oil leak has been cured.  Here is a photo of the kit supplied (missing one push rod tube which they had to send on).

At the same time I stripped back the rear drivers side axle hub; there had been a slight weep from one of the seals due to some trapped Hylamar sealant which had damaged the O ring.  Also now replaced and resolved.
Carsten Klein kindly supplied a replacement window lifter for the rust weakened drivers side window and this has also been replaced.
Finally the points seem to have burnt to an extent after the first 3,000 Km so they and the condensor have also been replaced.