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Re: OT: So my wife wants a Karmann Ghia...
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 25, 2017 11:01AM

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Re: OT: So my wife wants a Karmann Ghia...
Posted by: Frank DuVal ()
Date: November 26, 2017 04:47PM

Buy a KG type 3 (type 34) and people will think you modified an early Corvair!

The owner of the "Old Volks Home" in Richmond, VA used to drive on e to the post office to pick up his mail. The P.O. was next door to my shop, so I saw it a lot. A very rare car.

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Re: OT: So my wife wants a Karmann Ghia...
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: November 27, 2017 04:29AM

j3m Wrote:
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> 1971 year model offers the BEST of all the Karmann
> Ghias, either coupe or convertible.
>
> Why?
>
> 1971 has IRS (independent rear suspension)
> 1971 has the 1600cc (AE engine case) dual port,
> dog-house fan shroud oil cooler
> 1971 has the chromed bumpers, and it has the
> traditional steering wheel with horn ring and
> wolfsburg center crest in center, the dash is also
> traditional in the sense that little had changed
> since the mid sixties in the layout.
> 1971 is the last year that the traditional chrome
> bumpers were used. the 1972-1974 Karmann Ghias
> had UGLY bumpers that look like roadside guard
> rails.
>
>
>
> 1971 is the most desireable year for the Karmann
> Ghia coupe or convertible.
>
>
> 1972-1973,and 1974 are only superior in that they
> feature Inertia REEL RETRACTABLE 3 point modern
> seat belts. Volkswagen was the first to market
> them and it began with the 1972 year model
> Volkswagens. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PURCHASE AND
> INSTALL Brand New Retractable 3 Point modern seat
> belts from VOLKSWAGEN parts suppliers or any other
> aftermarket or street rod parts suppliers.
> The 1968-1971 Volkswagens have old tymie 3 point
> NON RETRACTABLE seat belts.
> The mount holes and threaded seat belt
> threads-bolts are the same as all later years , so
> 1968-1971 models need nothing other than brand-new
> modern retractable 3 point seat belts.......the
> mounts and holes are in the exact same location as
> 1972 and later. SIMPLE and very Low cost to
> install New Front Seat Belts.
>
>
> The 1969 and 1970 Karmann Ghias (Convert & Coupe)
> are just as good as the 1971 with the following
> exceptions:
> ******* THEY LACK THE DOG-HOUSE FAN SHROUD OIL
> COOLER LOCATION, this was revolutionary in that
> it provided improved cooling to all cylinders,
> previously one or two of the cylinders would
> receive less cooling and run significantly
> hotter...
> **********1969 had the H case 1500 cc Single
> Port engine
> **********1970 had the B case 1600 cc Single
> Port engine
>
> Both the 1500cc H case and the 1600cc B
> case Single Port engines are great engines,
> however beginning with. the AE case, dual relief,
> DUAL PORT 1600 cc engine that arrived for all 1971
> Volkswagens is THE BEST EVER.
>
> 1967, 1968, and 1969 models all featured the H
> case 1500cc Single Port Engine
>
> 1966 featured a 1300cc engine (essentially same as
> the 1500cc with smaller diameter cylinders &
> Pistons)
>
> ------YOU DON'T WANT ANY 1200 cc BEETLE ENGINE
> from 1965 year model or earlier!!!
> Europe market and a few other locations offered
> the very late dual port (AE case and later) with
> smaller cylinders & pistons thus offering 1200cc,
> 1300cc, and 1600cc displacements during the
> seventies and beyond..... It is easy to do or was
> easy to do when Jugs and Piston sets were
> available from worldwide parts suppliers to make a
> decent 1200cc, 1300cc, 1500cc or 1600cc from a
> later dual port engine, as they did for Europe
> market and elsewhere.
> HOWEVER EVERY 1965 1200cc BEETLE ENGINE and EVERY
> OTHER 1200cc BEETLE ENGINE, or 1100cc Engine or
> every VW ENGINE 1200cc or smaller before the 1966
> MODEL YEAR IS A PIECE OF TRASH when compared to
> ANY 1966 or later VW ENGINE in the 1.3
> liter(1300cc) or larger. Any and every 1965
> and earlier 1200cc VW ENGINE is an absolute piece
> of She At when compared to the 1971 and later
> dual relief DUAL PORT 1600cc engine (AE case or
> later).
>
>
> Okay, THE IRS cars are most desirable for their
> roadmanners!!
> So that would be the 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972,
> 1973, 1974 models
> THE 1968 AUTOSTIK (semi-automatic....High, LOW,
> Reverse...NO CLUTCH PEDAL) is also an IRS rear
> end. The 1968 4 speed manual Volkswagens are
> all SWING-AXLE.
> To recap: the 1969-1979 German production
> Volkswagens were IRS, along with '68 AutoStik
> cars.
> Brazillian and Mexican BEETLES were always SWING
> AXLE rear just like '67 and earlier GERMAN, and
> '68 4 speed German production. Thus Brazil &
> Mexico production was like pre 1969 being SWING
> AXLE, although they emerged with the same similar
> modern appearance, yet retained SWING AXLE rear.
>
>
> 1967 and later Karmann Ghias have FRONT DISC
> BRAKES.
> Interestingly enough, all European market bugs of
> 1967 and later have FRONT DISC brakes also.
> Volkswagen chose to not to equip the Bugs
> destined for the North American market with them.
> Ghias from 1967 are equipped with DISCS here in
> USA.
> 1967 year model also marks the first year where
> 12volt was the standard.
> 1966 year model marks the first year of the new
> BALL JOINT front end for Ghias and BEETLES.
>
> Basically any Karmann Ghia of the SIXTIES will
> make a fine motorcar, IF YOU UPGRADE TO THE DOG
> HOUSE, OIL COOLER LOCATION in the FAN SHROUD.
> Cars before 1966 that have their original 1200cc
> engines WILL WANT TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER UPGRADING
> TO A REBUILT AE case (dual relief, DUAL PORT..)
> engine, even if you decide to install 1.3 liter
> jugs/pistons or 1.5 liter jugs/pistons, instead of
> the 1.6 liter jugs/pistons. You certainly can
> easily go to 88mm jugs and pistons for a slight
> displacement increase above 1.6 liters with no
> longevity problems whatsoever, and no need to
> change from the single Solex 34 PICT 3 carb and
> factory VW dual port intake manifold.
> THAT IS YOUR BEST BET, Other than going to an
> aftermkt or MacGyver EFI system.
> YOU DON'T WANNA GO THE ROUTE OF DUAL WEBBER IDF's,
> KADRONS, DELLORTOS, Baby Webers, Baby Dells, or
> Weber 32/36 DFEV............just don't do it!!!
> With simply a four into one header exhaust and a
> Corvair Muffler attached to it (all tucked up
> behind the apron...) WILL GIVE YOU SIGNIFICANT
> POWER FROM JUST AN OTHERWISE STOCK 1600cc DUAL
> PORT ENGINE with THE STOCK CARB (34PICT3) and
> AIRCLEANER ASSEMBLY. A simple four into one
> header exhaust provides the most useable power
> increase of any simple modification to the 1600cc
> dual port engine. Very inexpensive, just be
> cetain to buy the type that keeps everything
> tucked neatly up, and then use a Corvair Muffler
> at that end and then an approximately 5 inch tail
> pipe that turns out...... YOU WANT TO TRY TO GET
> THE TAIL PIPE TO EXIT NEAR WHERE THE TAIL PIPE
> EXITS ON 1975-1979 GERMAN Fuel Injected
> BEETLES/SUPER BEETLES.
> Be certain that you get the type of four into one
> header system that offers the greatest ground
> clearance and keeps things neatly tucked up and
> away and USE CORVAIR muffler instead of whatever
> is supplied with that system.
>
> The STOCK VW PEA-SHOOTER EXHAUST is certainly
> Okay, but you will be leaving a ton of useable
> power (3 to 4hp) on the table versus the 4 into 1
> header.
>
>
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----------------------------
> Basically, anything 1966 or later will be Okay.
> 1966 will be ORIGINALLY 6 volt, 1300cc, DRUM
> BRAKES in front, SWINGAXLE rear
> 1967 will be 12volt, 1500cc DISCS in front,
> SWINGAXLE
> 1968 will have 1500cc DISCS and SWINGAXLE except
> that AUTOSTIK models are IRS
> 1969 are all IRS, 1500cc single port, disc
> brakes in front
> 1970 IRS, 1600 single port ( B case engine)
> the B preceeds engine number
> 1971 IRS 1600 dual relief DUAL PORT engine (
> AE case) DOG-HOUSE oil cooler location in
> cooling fan shroud......a massive improvement over
> previous design
> 1972 funky new speedometer-dash look, black
> plastic modern steering wheel and horn, the back
> seat was eliminated in either 1972 or 1973.
> You have ugly roadside guardrail like bumpers.
> Great RETRACTABLE, Inertia reel front seat belts.
> 1973 and 1974 basically unchanged from 1972 except
> that for 1973 & 1974 the back seat is no longer
> there.
>
>
> 1973 and 1974 will have 3:88 to 1 ring & pinion
> (final drive) ratio where the 1969 thru 1971 will
> have approx 4:12 to 1.......1972 is either the
> same as 1971 or 1973, I cannot recall exactly
> without referring to published data etc...
>
>
> Karmann Ghias are great cars.
> VW transaxles are great for most everything made
> after the early sixties.
> VW engines are much better from 1966 and later.
> VW engine from 1971 (dual relief DUAL PORT 1.6
> liter) is absolutely fantastic!! SHOULD YOU WISH
> TO REBUILD AN ENGINE FOR USE IN ANY VOLKSWAGEN, DO
> NOT CHOOSE the ancient 40hp, 1965 and earlier
> Beetle engine. THE AE and later dual relief,
> DUAL PORT engine cases are the BEST CHOICE. The
> H cases (1500) and the B case (1600 single
> port-1970models) and the 1966 year model (1300)
> cases are ACCEPTABLE, and WILL PROVE EXTREMELY
> DURABLE, but still don't offer the advantages of
> choosing a 1971 year model or later case
> (beginning with AE cases).
>
> A BROWN EFI, CORVAIR ENGINED VW KARMANN GHIA WOULD
> BE A SUPERB AUTOMOBILE TOO!
> A carburetted Corvair engined VW Karmann Ghia WILL
> BE FAR LESS RELIABLE THAN A STOCK VOLKSWAGEN
> POWERED KARMANN GHIA! A BROWN EFI, Corvair
> powered VW KARMANN GHIA will be more reliable than
> the stock carburetor/stock distributor/stock fuel
> pump equipped VW engine. Yes, the Brown EFI VAIR
> engine will DRIP SLIGHTLY MORE OIL on your
> driveway than the VW engine would, but assuming
> you rebuilt the Corvair engine properly, the
> amount dripping would not ever be twice as much as
> what the VW engine would drip. ALSO: with the
> Brown EFI Corvair, the MPG-fuel economy would
> nearly approach that of the VW......expect 24 to
> maybe 25 mpg with the efi Corvair. You cannot
> get more than the teens with a carburetor equipped
> Corvair engine or any Dual Webber IDF 1776cc or
> 1835cc Dual Port vw engine. Yeah, the hopped up
> carbie VW dual port will be more reliable than the
> carburetted Corvair engine, but although its power
> output can significantly be much greater than the
> Corvair's power output, that power output will
> result in the same crummy MPG that one would get
> from a carburetted Corvair engine.
> There are numerous ways that one can adapt modern
> efi to the VW engine, however there is not one
> commercially available option that I would
> recommend as being both outstanding and cost
> effective at this time. There are at least a
> dozen quality examples of how to MacGyver your own
> way to efi the VW out on the VW websites. They
> are great and inexpensive as far as individual
> parts but requires someone that has at a minimum a
> moderate skill level and prior knowledge in efi.
> It isn't bolt-on out of the box and completely
> sorted out, as is the Brown-Corvair system.
>
>
> --------------------------------------------------
> ----------------------------
> In the world of VW's and Karmann Ghias, RUST IS
> THE BIGGEST ENEMY!!
> Every mechanical bit is extremely inexpensive
> compared to other collector cars.
>
> Have fun and get one that you really like.
> Get the color that you and your wife like the
> best.
> Interior upholstery and carpet can easily be
> changed. Black, New Baseball Glove Color,TAN,
> GRAY and WHITE are the most often
> upholstery colors in the later
> Ghias.............going further back to the mid
> sixties and earlier, you have DEEP RED, LIGHT
> BLUE-GREY, AND BAMBOO-GREEN as among possible
> SEAT COLORS that I remember seeing. ALL OF
> THAT CAN BE CHANGED BY YOU AND YOUR AUTO
> UPHOLSTERY SHOP. VW seating of the sixties is
> lesser quality than that of the seating in
> CORVAIRS. Both are mostly uncomfortable
> compared to modern seats. Both will likely
> collapse in a serious collision. The higher back
> buckets of later VW's are likely better,but not by
> much.
> Just remember that the dumbass in the big SUV is
> texting and may smash into you without even
> noticing you..........you must drive alert because
> 5000 pounds slamming into 1900 pounds is gonna be
> like your 300 pound fat Uncle Bob stomping on an
> empty Coke can.
> --------------------------------------------------
> ---------------------------
> --------------------------------------------------
> ---------------------------
> One thing you will want to consider is making
> certain that your KARMANN GHIA coupe has
> AIRCONDITIONING. The Ghia's shape like that
> of the late model Corvair is an instantly
> recognizable classic. It looks so cool from
> all angles! The downside is that UNLIKE the
> BEETLE, you have NO USEABLE vent wings to get high
> volume airflow into the cockpit. It is
> extremely simple to install airconditioning, and
> it is proven to work flawlessly with any 1500cc or
> 1600cc engine that has the DOG-HOUSE OIL COOLER
> LOCATION on the FAN SHROUD.
> I have owned two A/C VW's and both were factory
> new and they both were outstanding. The first one
> was a 1971. YOU WILL NOT BE HAPPY WITH A
> KARMANN GHIA coupe IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE IT
> GETS HOT AND HUMID BETWEEN APRIL and NOVEMBER
> (like the DEEP SOUTH, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, SOUTH
> CAROLINA, ALABAMA, MISS, LOUISIANA, SOUTHERN
> TEXAS) unless the car has AC or you install AC
> in the car. Why? Because the Karmann Ghia
> coupe does not get enough airflow to the occupants
> with the windows down...............remember that
> the back windows are only open slightly when
> popped-out...............I cannot stress this
> enough. You will know exactly what I mean
> within a week of ownership if you live in a
> hot/humid climate. This is why BEETLES
> command higher selling prices than Ghia coupes in
> the DEEP SOUTH.
> Plan on installing AC into a coupe if not already
> equipped.
> Ghia coupes without AC are unbearable in June,
> July, and August in the DEEP SOUTH!
>
>
>
> Buy the nicest body-most rust free, undamaged body
> Ghia that you can find in the particular exterior
> color that you desire the most. Beyond that
> everything else is extremely simple. Even the
> SWING-AXLE cars are well mannered and balanced at
> most any freeway speed that you'll see below about
> 100 mph. Even with standard VW cruise control,
> you won't see speeds above 90 mph in a stock 1.6
> liter and twin pea shooter stock
> muffler/tailpipes.
> Standard VW Cruise Control = FOOT HOLDING GAS
> PEDAL TO THE FLOOR
>
>
> They are great little cars.(at least those 1966
> and up..)
> Most every 1960 through 1971 looks about the same
> from a distance.
> 1959 had droopy front headlights I think.
> Tail lights got sighnificantly larger about 1970
> or so. They got bigger again in 1972 I think
> along with the ugly bumpers.
> They are incredibly simple and extremely well
> built reliable little machines.
> --------------------------------------------------
> --------------------------------------------------
> --------------------------------------------------
> --------------------------------------------------
> ----------------------------------------------
> Be certain to obtain the BENTLY MANUAL, Robert
> Bently Publishers OFFICIAL VW FACTORY MANUAL
> 1970-___ VW Type I BEETLE, KGIA, SUPERBEETLE
> as this will cover the DUAL PORT 1600cc Engine
> -----------------------------
> The BENTLY Manual 1966-1969 VW TYPE I BEETLE
> KGIA
> will cover only the 1300cc and 1500cc single port
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> My opinion is that the 1970- Bently Manual is
> preferrable.
>
>
>
> ------
> You definitely might want to get a copy of the
> IDIOT MANUAL by John Muir......
> Be certain to ONLY buy an edition that was issued
> after 1971, that would include the 1600cc dual
> port engine.
>
>
> -------
> A Ghia would look nice next to your Corvair!
> Have fun.
> Get whatever color that your wife likes the best.
> Be choosy as you'll find that the best Ghias do
> not come to market very often because everybody
> loves them. Unless you want a project, don't buy
> a car needing floor pans or body work/rust
> removal!


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