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 26, 2010

A fresh pair of eyes

I have a small list of ongoing issues that continue to bug the 62, Clive Richardson dropped by last weekend to pick up some roof trims for Janet's 346 and he managed to give me some ideas on a couple of the issues.
The battery continued to drain until flat and Clive suggested to check that the rear boot light wasn't staying on. This turned out to be the cause and a bit lax of me as I had already had to sort this out once before. It needed a new and larger rubber buffer on the underside of the rear boot lid to ensure that the light switch is fully depressed when the boot is closed - problem now solved.
The rear opening quarter lights did not seal well to the rubber\body and Clive suggested that maybe the 3 small plastic blocks that act as the hinge mechanism and which are sourced from t14s may be too deep, pushing the window too far to the rear of the car and preventing correct closure. I removed the window, sliced a chunk off each of the 3 blocks and it now closes really well, will repeat with the other window next weekend.
Finally I mentioned vague steering, Clive checked the wheels and thought that there seemed to be play in the bearings; on inspecting the car there was no play in the bearings but the NOS angled inner tie rod end had loads of play in it for some reason. Luckily I had another NOS one in the garage and within an hour had split the tie rod off the drum\steering box arm, replaced the offending tie rod end and re-assembled - it now handles well.
Next to tackle once again are the ill fitting door windows and front quarter light frames, I have been playing with these on and off for 6 months and still can't get them to fit how I want. I will update as soon as I have progress.