1963 Karmann Ghia

1963 Karmann Ghia

When we got Karmann, she had some dents and scratches, her shocks were sagging, marred interior, engine was shot, headlights were going dim, clogged lines, and even some missing parts (I'm sure some of you can relate)...but it was a new day and Karmann got a new lease on life - eager to relive those days of old - but this time with more power, more agility, and more beauty.

So if you are wondering “what are we getting here...just another pretty face with a little nip and tuck"?

No, no, no....she was a complete makeover from the inside out:

Body:   Bodywork and paint were professionally done by me (23 years as a professional auto body painter) about one year ago.

  • Bodywork was done to where the car is arrow straight - the paint is flat and smooth with 5 coats of high quality CC950 Sherwin Williams high end clear (intensely wet sanded and buffed).
  • All new weatherstripping, gaskets, and seals
  • New windshield (other glass is original)
  • New floor pans were welded in and sealed
  • All new cables and lines
  • New Retrosound radio with MP3 (Ipod jack)
  • All instruments on the dash work, even the original clock
  • All VINs are matching

Wheels and Tires:

  • Wheels were sand blasted and painted
  • Tires are new Coker's - Bias Ply 560-15

Engine:  She has a completely overhauled 1915cc engine with the following new components (you can be assured there's "no junk in this trunk"):

  • Driven approximately 100 miles since completion
  • Balanced Mahle pistons and liners
  • Engle 110 cam with bugpack and scat gear
  • Double thrust cam bearings
  • Standard polished German cross drilled crankshaft
  • Stock rebuilt balanced rods
  • Kolbenschmidt main bearings
  • KS rod bearings
  • 040 heads rebuilt by European machine
  • Bugpack solid rocker shafts with swivel foot adjusters
  • Schadek HD oil pump
  • Bosch starter
  • Upgraded to 12-volt with alternator
  • Late model oil cooler
  • .009 distributor with Pertronix electronic ignition
  • Dual Weber IDF 40 (Spanish made from Redline)
  • All new wiring
  • New Quiet Pack exhaust system

Transaxle was completely overhauled by AZ Transaxle, and they installed a higher 4:17 ring and pinion for decreased RPMs at highway speeds.

  • All new wheel bearings and boots
  • All new clutch components
  • Stronger and more reliable than when it was new

Brake System is completely new:

  • New brake cylinders
  • New lines and hoses
  • New German made master cylinder
  • New shoes and springs

Suspension - all new:

  • New tie rods
  • New stabilizer shock
  • New link pins
  • New shocks
  • New steering box

Chrome was redone, bumpers are new!!

Interior - all new from TMI:

  • New seat covers and foam
  • New headliner
  • New carpet
  • New door panels 
  • New visors
  • 2 layers of carpet padding


To sum it up, everything on this beauty was new or had been restored!!!



29 August 2018