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.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Type 34 sill sets

BerT3 is currently selling sill sets for the T34. Anyone who has attempted to restore one of these cars will know that this is one of the biggest challenges in the restoration. I had to have new inner and middle sills made by hand and my existing heater channels repaired. I used outer sills from another supplier and had major problems with the fit of one of them,

BerT3 is selling the whole package of outer sills, heater channel, inner sill and front and rear wing repair panels for both sides at a price of euro 1,000 plus euro 150 P&P (check the later depending where you are). The outer sill profile (not length) is made of one piece and this avoids the problem I experienced with the panel I used.

Would recommend anyone who has serious sill problems to look into this package - just needs the heater outletfor the inner sills to be let in. Mail BerT3 here for more details.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Bad Camberg 7 - General

Here are some photos that show the general beetles and show ground.

Bad Camberg 6 - Type 1 Karmann Ghias

The selection of Type 1 Karmann Ghias was a bit varied and patchy in the years represented, here are the best ones. (see part 1 for type 3 Karmann Ghias)

bad camberg 5 - Cabriolet

There was an excellent selection of cabriolets, my favourities were the UK one of Roger Beasley and the bamboo with green hood one (same colour scheme as John Figg's low light sun roof T14).

Bad Camberg 4 - Coach built

Here are a few coach built ones from Hebmueller, Rometsch, Dannerhauer & Strauss, Enzmann.

Bad Camberg 3 early cars

There was a good range of cars at the event, if a little light on Karmann Ghias and early type 3s. The main body of cars was made up of early beetles and coachbuilt variants. Here are a few photos of what was present.

Bad Camberg 2 - parts bought

Managed to pick up a few small parts for the car at the meeting including proper VW exhaust and tail pipe fiting kits. I also bought an NOS oil filler neck tube and gear shift boot. Other purchases included a pair of rear brake drum balance bars and a pair of hella Red/White side repeaters as I am undecided on if to use the original M equipment orange side flasher repeaters.

Bad Camberg 1 - Type 3 Ghia Cabriolet

Just back from the Bad Camberg event in Germany, well worth the trip to see all the vintage VWs. A good number of coach built VWs but very few Type 3 Ghias. Plus side is there was a convertible Type 3 ghia present . It was for sale a short while ago on e-bay and sold offsite afterwards and now appears to be living in the Darmstadt area.

The bodywork is excellent, especially for an older restoration and whilst it has a few later parts fitted they do not detract from the car and could be easily replaced for those who wanted it as it left the factory.
Great car - I'll put it my garage any day!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Final major mechanical rebuild

The front ride height on the car has been troubling me for a while and I suspect the trailing arms/torsion bars have been removed and incorrectly replaced at some time.
So at the weekend the front end was raised, drums\steering knuckles removed and the height of each trailing arm from the floor was measured to reveal a considerable difference between them.
At the same time both trailing arms and torsion bars were removed and inspected along with the bearings, no sign of any major wear or tear. Everything was then heavily greased and replaced but at a setting that will result in an even and lower front end ride height.
Next action is to refit and start the engine - will have to wait a few weekends as next weekend is the Bad camberg event in Germany followed by the KGOC international in the UK.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Off to the Paintshop

Well the body has started on its final stage as it was collected and taken off to the paint shop today.

I will be calling in tomorrow to chat through the various things that need doing and find out what the timescales are now for completion.