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, March 30, 2009

Final March updates

In the lead up to finishing the car for the show I received the part carpet set from Newton Commercial. fantastic fit and great quality. I prepared templates for them as in a previous post and they than scanned them and laser cut the material. the only small problem was they can't reproduce the correct sill heater outlet grommet but are looking at reattaching my old ones.

meantime I received the templates for the tunnel and cros bulkhead pieces from Joel in the Us and handed them to newton at the Volksworld show, so should have the carpets back soon.

other work was mainly around fit up of the interior panels, I have a problem to resolve on one of the door cards as it is too large but other wise everything fits really well.

As mentioned the electrics were a challenge, we still have to get the foglights to work at the correct time and the indicator lights on the dash to work correctly, this is because I don't have a functioning early flasher unit and later ones are slightly different. My local auto electrician has a cunning plan to get around this though.

Things left to do are mostly to rectify the above and then get the car roadworthy tested and registered.

Volksworld show 2009

Here is the short video clip of my 62 at the show - enjoy!

March, and what an update

Well, March has been all go, trying to get the car finished for the Volksworld show - did i manage it, well of course! It was a close run thing and the car ended up going down on a trailer, late night oil was burned with a local auto electrician resolving various electrical gremlins but unfortunately the new battery I had ordered for the 62 didn't arrive and the one on the 65 chose this moment to die. In any case the car wasn't registered for road use in the UK so couldn't be driven.

So it entered the show under human power but left with its new battery connected under its own power, was driven around the outside of the show ground and back home on its trailer - a great feeling after 6 years of hard work.

Here are some shots of it inside the show, I have a short video to post as well shortly and an update on some of the final work undertaken, plus some small remedial actions still needed.