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pResto chango! a restoration challenge for the old school!

so, as many of you know, i for the last however many years have been in the close proximity to a 1967 karmann ghia.

this is my father's "toy car" he purchased on a whim, in what i'd say to be back in 1993 or 1994. regardless of whenever it was purchased, it was a single owner car, and the registration expired back in 1995.

that said, i was in for a lot of work when i decided to embark on this project.


now, lets also do a bit of side explaining as to what happened here...

now obviously, we purchased this vehicle back when i was either 6 or 7 years of age back in the 90's.
i remember rollin' around town near my old amreins pre-school, and decided to hold my old barenstien bears book out or near the window... and you can guess what happened.
it was traumatic :poke:
one new book later, i didn't care that i had lost it, as any kid would.

then came the knowledge of an interesting situation...

apparently this car was resprayed from the OE "neptune" color to a crappy off white, something you would see on the walls of a 30 year old hospital. interior was changed to a beige, and so forth.

basically, we've come to understand that the lady who owned it had just said the equivalent of "F*&$ it, get the car running so i can sell it!"

and so she did... she found her fool, my father.

keep in mind, back in the 90's this was purchased for a sum of $5000!
imagine the CPI inflation to what it would be equivalent to nowdays! (consumer price index inflation, the way currency grows in value or declines)

anywho, a few short drives, a book later, then came the troubles...

a sputter sputter here, and a smoke smoke there...
yea. bad seals.
as in, EVERYTHING was poorly sealed from the story my very picky mother told me.

well, so basically after the problems started occuring, my father let the registration slip, removed the insurance, and it sat in the garage at the old house as the "toy timeout" box for the years to come.

  1. IT'S ALIVE! (bwahahaha~)

    by , 10-29-2008 at 09:57 PM (pResto chango! a restoration challenge for the old school!)
    YES! the day of... AWESOMENESS.
    had some free time today after i had gottne home from school, so i hiked over to the local hardware store to pick up some bolts to start whipping the engine to it's final stages.

    we had purchased a $70 kit a while back that is supposed to let you run your engine. all it is was a wire, another wire, a plastic starter mount to be attached to the back of the engine, and a remote starter trigger.

    got every thing done after a couple ...
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  2. Almost!!!

    by , 09-20-2008 at 09:00 PM (pResto chango! a restoration challenge for the old school!)
    so the day is almost upon us gentlemen(women too)!

    the days of this crapped up pos sitting in the garge derilict are almost over!!! within the last week or two i've managed to get the engine near completion. all i need to do is place a couple pieces of tin and plop on the intake manifold (long curvy pipe) with the carb on it.

    after that, i'l start the motor up on the garage floor, let is scuttle around for a bit out of humor, and then i will have an OPERATIONAL ENGINE!!! ...
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  3. pResto chango! part 4/4 (of the first post)

    by , 08-02-2008 at 01:10 AM (pResto chango! a restoration challenge for the old school!)
    [IMG]http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-snc1/v273/22/103/500562140/n500562140_600891_555.jpg[/IMG]
    the engine bay. the butt of the car.
    ain't it bootyful?

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    my tight working clearances on the passenger side of the car. most ofthe crap has been moved. the shelf will be gone tomorrow.

    [IMG]http://photos-f.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-snc1/v273/22/103/500562140/n500562140_600893_1198.jpg[/IMG] ...
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  4. pResto chango! lpart 3/4 (of the first post)

    by , 08-02-2008 at 01:09 AM (pResto chango! a restoration challenge for the old school!)
    for those of you who are coming, it's on a pallet. it wont be so bad to remove. heh...

    all i have left right now for the immediate operation of the car is to reinstall the entire brake system (new components), get new tires (go watch the 20/02 special on old tires... ), and a few other this n' that.

    the only painful part of what i have left will be prolly just finding a place to let me use their press so i can install the lower ball joints into the lower front torsion ...
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  5. pResto chango! part 2/4

    by , 08-02-2008 at 01:05 AM (pResto chango! a restoration challenge for the old school!)
    then 6 or so years later, we moved. into my new house.

    it's prety nice, 3 car garage. can't complain. (too damn big though!)
    so it sat around again.
    for the next few years or until early 2007 i had regarded this thing as a poor piece of crap just rusting away.

    so i got bored one day, and you can guess.
    started with one thing, since the car was already mostly apart from my fathers attempt at a restoration.... (herniated disc, and extreme case of ...
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