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, May 31, 2007

New arrival

Just received a silver beige sun visor from Paul Colbert over in the US. This solves the problem of the broken hinge on the existing one but creates a new problem of where do I get a matching one for the other side in such good condition!

Also just got from the US a couple of the larger format heater cable end clamps.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Count down - fingers crossed

Well, next weekend the body should be off to the paint shop. Not 100% sure just incase another project has gone over time or something urgent drops in before me but keeping my fingers crossed.
Only progress in the meantime has been final work on hoovering our grit from blasting and drilling a few remaining holes here and there.

In the meantime here are a couple of photos of an early right hand drive car that we owned, chassis number 355327 built in the first half of 1964. having had a couple of other type 34s that ended up going for scrap i swapped our 62 beetle with a friend for this one. He had rescued it from a ditch and put a total new front end on it. We ran it for a number of years before selling it on to another friend.
Spot the early T3 saloon bumper fitted to this car whilst i was looking for a T34 one. For those looking at the C registration on this car it is similar to a lot of 64 models that came into the UK and remained unsold for a considerable period of time, being registered after some 65 models had found first owners on an 'earlier' B registration plate.
The black paint scheme and early features on this 64, such as the push button dash and built in rust, were partially inspirational in the desire to have another early car.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Internationales Karmann Ghia Treffen Georgsmarienhuette

We have just registered for the above event between 24 and 26 August at the same site as the 5o years of the KG coupe celebrations held in 2005.

It is a far smaller club affair without any trips to Karmann and a maximum of about 100 cars but celebrating 50 years of the KG cabriolet. here is a link to the website for the event.

Long gone and living in Ireland but here is a photo of our 1967 model.

Small stuff

No exciting photos of progress on the 62 so here is a photo of the 65 taken at the Stanford Hall event earlier this month.
This weekend I have been doing little tasks to the body including drilling the missing drain holes in the bottom of the front valance, marking out where the sill trim holes should be and removing the rear boot lock barrel, well I almost removed it. I have managed to remove the jammed in internals but the securing ring won't budge despite loads of releasing fluid. I will resort to the method I have used before which is a 3/4" drill down the centre of it to weaken the sides and then strong pliers to crush it.