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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Just joined and I have been asked to post a build thread on my Ghia project.
I started the rescue back in late sept 2019 and have lots of pictures of my progress to post, so I will be trying to get this thread up to date... If I can remember everything.

The Karmann ghia was spotted on Ebay by the misses ( I was looking for an Austin 7) but she liked it and if the wife likes it, you buy it. ;) Makes life easier.
To say it was in a bit of a state when it turned upon the trailer is an understatement, but it had to be saved from the crusher...Though there have been times when I could have happily sent it back.;)

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As you can see she was rough.

Anyway I will post more later, its past my bedtime.
NN all.

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Right lets add some more pics, you forget how rough things were after a few years.
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There was a little bit missing in the front.

Anyway the first job was to strip all the paint and rust back as best I could and slop some red oxide over what was left.
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Then the job got put on hold as I had to sell my T25 and buy an ex AA van to transport my wifes new toy about.

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So the rest of 2019 was spent turning the van into a camper come engine transporter.


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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
January 2020 started cold and dry, so the Ghia was uncovered and work started.
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The first job was to weld the front bulkhead to the new napoleon hat section, the front bulkhead was from a beetle i expect as the previous owner had started a rhd conversion...badly. ;)

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once that was done I moved in to the trunk area to finish of his work and do some repairs.

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There were lots of joints to weld up and some rust to deal with, but we got there.
Once the trunk area was tidy I decided to move onto the chopped out dash.

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Bit of a mess...Naaaaaaaa.;)

Thats for the next post.


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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
As i said, the dash had been hacked out by the previous owner and the parts dumped...ho hum.
I had to start again.
So as the car will never be concours it was decided that I would custom build a new one with extra dials.
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I grabbed some metal and some old dials and roughed out the layout, then i hacked a rough shape out and offered it up in the gaping hole nin the dash.

Happy with the fit I cut out the holes for the dials and tidied the new section up.

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This was then stitched in place and a curved top added.

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That left loads of holes elswhere in the dash to sort out.
Not having a radio, so that hole was filled as was the speaker hole in the top of the dash.

Then that left the glove box to sort.

As I was in the groove, I made one out of sheet and welded that in as well.

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That just left the dash trim to sort.
I managed to find the bits he had cut off and with a bit of reshaping they were made to fit.

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Needs a good filling and sanding session to get it ready for paint, but that can wait till all the other welding work is finished.

Fuel filler flap was next.


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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Fuel filler repairs ahoy.
The old flap was cut out and as you can see it was a tad rusty.:rolleyes:
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Once that was out it showed some more rust to be fixed before it could be replaced.

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So this had to be fixed next.

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I cut the rot out and filled with new metal and then splopped it over with underseal.

Then I could weld in the new filler section and smooth the edges back, before a shot of epoxy was sprayed to prevent more rust.

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That was another little job done.
I was finding little jobs to do so I could delay tackling the nose of the car.

So I did doors next. :p


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Discussion Starter · #10 · (Edited)
The doors looked good at first glance.
It was not until I took a good look that I realised that new skins would be in order.:(

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This was the repair done before.

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So it was new skins time, but I would have to modify the doors to take the different door handles...hmmmmmm.

I cut out the handle support and reshaped them to take the indentation in the new skins.
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And repaired all the frames with some new metal.

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Then came the fun job of fitting the skins, gawd that metal was hard to bend.
But the skins were fitted at last.

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Almost fit the car, we will get there...one day.


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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Here we go.
The bit I had been putting off for as long as possible...THE NOSE...eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.

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It was a little bit rusty.

First job was to line up the centre section ontop of what was left of the original and mark round it.

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Then I cut out the old front just inside the marked lines, leaving the trunk catch section in place to help keep everything square.

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I had to cut it out in sections so I could see now the grills were mounted.
Then these were cut off and the underside section just fell out.

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The front inner sections had to go as well, well what was left of them anyway.

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Then the new inner front wing sections could be tacked in place.

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Thext job was to remove and replace the dog leg air boxes aon each side... to be continued.


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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Hello again
Time for the dogleg air boxes.
They had to be massaged to get a reasonable fit with my favorite lump hammer and then welded in place.
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Then I had to cut out the openings for the front grills, so out with the angle grinder and with my heart in my mouth I hacked them out.
Was almost a perfect fit from the get go, pheeeeeeew.
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The rear boxes were then spot welded together and welded to the nose section.

I could then offer the nose back up in place and trim back the body until I got a got a good fit.
Before I could finaly fit it, I had to repair this section in front of the axle beam.

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Its double skinned, so I had to do it in two peices, inner first then outer over that.

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Then the nose could be tacked in place to check for fit .:p

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Tacked in place and ready for the headlamp repair sections.
Tune in for more fun and games tomorrow.:p


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Discussion Starter · #15 · (Edited)
Once the nose was inplace I could move onto the front wings.
The headlamp surrounds were rotten (suprise suprise) so new panels were dug out of the pile of body panels that I had allready bought and offered up.
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I drew round them and cut the old metal out and then tacked the new in.
There was still rust to be sorted and I had to hand make a section to fit.

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The same was done to the other side and we were on our way.
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Then it was a case of fitting the lower front sections, so more old rusty metal was cut off and new welded back in place.
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The front undertray could then be fitted and the wheel arches could be fixed.
A shot of primer to tidy it all up and I could move onto the next rust repair.
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Primer does cover a multitude of sins. :cool:

Well after the big job of the front, I thought I would do something simple and just clean up the rear parcel shelf...Ha ha ha ha ha .
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Ho hum more repairs.:rolleyes:

Lots of cutting and shaping and welding needed to make up window edges.
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Then I had to make replacement panels for the shelf.
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Bit of grinding and sanding and primer and the parcel shelf is sorted, only a weeks work....sheeeeesh.


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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Back again.
Rear parcel shelf fixed I could move onto the lower rear wings and wheel arches.
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neither one was very good.
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So once again I dived into my pile of repro panels and started cutting.

Ooooops no more pictures, I best go download some more.
Back tomorrow. :D

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