rebuildmyghia34

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.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

A little filler here, a little filler there..





Dropped in at the weekend to see what progress there has been with the body, more filler has been applied here and there, mainly on the passenger side, and some progress has been made on the drivers side.
The hope is that after next week there can be a big push to make more progress and get it into primer.
I took a range of small parts for blasting at the weekend and will post a few pics of them during the week.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

magazine insert


I acquired the ad below at Bad Camberg in June. The dealer told me it was an insert for magazines in the 60's. I am a bit doubtful as to wether it is an original item due to the thick nature of the paper it is printed on but it is a nice stylised view of the VW range.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Signs of progress


Mike Dempster called in for me at the body shop to check on progress and found activity taking place. One of the front wings was in the middle of being preped for a light skim of filler and hopefully this means that the pace will pick up.

The body has gone in on a 'fill in' basis so it has to wait its turn between other jobs which is why progress might seem slow. I'm quite happy with this as long as the end result is good. In the meantime work has been completed also on the front panel which proved to be slightly out of shape following the rebuild.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Georgsmarienhuette - Type 34s - Part 3








Here are the last of the type 34 photos from GMH. they include the tacho that Johannes managed to pick up from a guy who had owned it from new - he approached him (I think) at another meeting and said he had one at home left over from when he had owned a car - it just needed some cosmetic paint work to the bezel and pointer.


Also a couple of fantastic shots of Joerg's 341 as we drove behind it in convoy for 2 hours - Joerg kindly offered me a drive in it at the end of the meeting but I was disappointed to have to say no as we needed to set off on our 8 hour trip back to the channel tunnel - next time and thanks for the offer Joerg!

Georgsmarienhuette - Type 34s - Part 2











There were quite a lot of later cars there including one of the latest automatic 69 models known (owned by Joachim Linder) and a green sunroof model owned by a local VW dealership and displayed with an early paint and material swatch book in the back window.

Georgsmarienhuette - Type 34s - Part 1















Here are photos of some of the Type34s at the meeting - the overall standard of the cars was very good. The pale yellow prototype 341 is chassis number 15,000 and the white 341 belongs to Joerg Fischer and is outstanding. The white 62 at the start of the small line up is Johannes Krassenbrink's fantastically original car. Our roulette green 65 model car covered the 1,200 odd miles with no problem other than a bit of lazy starting, due to my adjusting the slow running jets and a noisy bearing from the reconditioned generator that I fitted recently.