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.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Rear vent window latches

I have just received some NOS rear vent window latches from Georg & Petra Magiera in Germany. Excellent & many thanks Georg & Petra.

I wanted to buy them from them at the 50th celebration of the KG last year but had run out of money. These are the early style with smooth knobs, my own were unusable so these are a great aid to the restoration.

Georg & Petra have a whole range of original parts NOS and some used. They sent me a range of photos of the parts in stock and amongst the items I spotted the following for Type 34

Rear inner wing end sections, NOS speedo(small gold 160KMH), NOS speaker grill (Gold),Interior light, side marker lenses (red/white), 1962 White gear knob, 1 front inner wing, 62/63 engine bay metal (body work, not engine tinware), number plate light units/lenses, inner sills and inner sill heater channels, used LHD quarter light frame (can't remember which side)

Contact them on Telephone 0 33 95 - 30 04 04

Sunday, November 19, 2006


Well here are the photos of the body finally resting on the floor pan. It is actually sitting about 1 inch too far forward and I will need to chock the wheels and then lift up the front end and push the body backwards to get it right.

The front end is also sitting too high. the only part of the mechanics i haven't replaced is the bearings for the torsion bars. I suspect, despite copious greasing, that something is seized and I will need to strip down the front torsion bars and replace bits in there. More to follow.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

It's the furthest it's moved in 2 years!

Well, I got a call from John at the body shop saying he might be able to take the car back in next weekend and could I put it back on the chassis by then. A quick call to a few friends and we put it back together this morning. No photo of it completely back together yet as technology failed - the batteries ran out! I'll post a pic tomorrow of the complete rolling shell.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

65 under restoration in Kingsport, Tennessee

Here is a pic of a 65 Type 3 ghia being sorted by Sam Manis in Kingsport, Tennessee. Sam is getting all the bits together for it first, no matter what condition and then looking to improve it as he goes along. He has another type 3 Ghia that he is parting out and using the rear clip from to repair some rear end damage.

Looks worse than it is but Sam and dad are in the Body work business so it shouldn't give them too much of a problem. Sam needs parts for his car and has parts from the breaker to sell or swap - drop him a line on to see how you can help him get this up and running.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Badges for the early 62 model

Most of the badges for the car were either missing or in a bad state. Whilst I had some of them from a scrapped car they were not a great deal better.

E-bay turned up the small Karmann script for the rear passenger side wing and also the large style oblong VW 1500 nose badge and a NOS seal. (This seal is now available from PoP in Thailand - see web site)

The small Ghia shield that goes below the Karmann script on the rear passenger wing was found in Georgsmarienhuette at the 50th year of KG celebrations along with the early style 1500 badge. The 1500 badge fixes on the left hand side of the rear panel underneath the KG script.

When the body was repaired I lost the positioning of the badges on the rear wing and front nose, Scott Taylor, Larry Edson and Lee Hedges across in the US have all provided excellent help and templates on where these should be fixed so that I can get them exactly right - thanks guys.