Today Roger and I worked on some more of the body. Previously we took town the paint with a soda-blaster to see what it looked like, it wasn’t good. So this time, I had body panel replacements handy.
Using an air grinder, an air hack saw, and some 30 grit sand paper, I was able to remove one of the panels needing replacement. It took about 4 hours to do so.
Unfortunately I ran out of sunlight in order to replace the panels, so right now its just an open hole.
Well, apparently the stock carb had a cover on a hole, and after some time the plug will just blow, so it did. I towed the car up to Pompano where I could get some information on the issue. This is where Bruce from McNab Foreign Auto came into play, he’s been working on air-cooled VW’s for 35-40 years, much longer then I. I eventually replaced the stock carb with a Weber Progressive a friend had lying around.
While I was up there I also got some fun things to play with:
Laser Engraved Aluminium Crank Pulley: $27
Oil Filler Neck: $5
Oil Filler Breather: $11
“T” Bars: $10
Fuel Filter: $2
Today was a fun day playing with Yellow, I changed the stock heat-exchanger setup to a higher performance header with a quiet pack exhaust. Sounds MUCH better and definitely has more power in the butt dyno.
So, I noticed the brake lights no longer come on. It’s not one of them, it’s all of them (including the 3rd light, PO installed). I checked the fuse, it’s good. Now time to check the switch(es).
2x $4.95 each.
Driving to work, a tire blew. I’m not shocked at all because the tires look to be about 20 years old.
1972 VW Karmann Ghia
103,000 Miles (indicated)
1600cc Dual-Port Air-Cooled Flat 4
Cassette Deck from 1983
This is how I purchased my first VW. I have major plans for it, lets see how it goes.