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Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« on: January 28, 2012, 08:29:00 pm »
Well, seeing as so many want me to post this up here goes.
Started pulling this car apart last week being carefull not to ruin any of the near impossible to get trim and moldings but this morning was time to brace the body before separating it from the chassis.

The bracing is more of a precaution as I'll be putting it in a rotisserie for all the rust repairs so I don't want anything weird to happen to the door gaps when big sections of the sills and pillars are cut away.
With the body hanging in a rotisserie from its bumper mounts all the stress would go into the roof and pillars, seeing as the rear pillars are pretty shot the bracing will stop any movement there.
Anyway rather than groveling on the ground I just lifted the front in the air to be able to work underneath unbolting the body from the floor, quite handy that overhead crane  ;D

Body unbolted and all other stuff disconnected it still wouldn't budge so another good look found 4 remaining bolts still attached  ::)
With those out it was a simple case of up up and away!  >:D


With the chassis rolled out from underneath I could start pulling that apart, pretty much removed everything off the chassis and pulled the motor out and front end off also.
Its nearly at its bare bones with only the rear subframe and gearbox left to come out.

These give an idea of where I'm heading, preffered option right now is the cream with black roof and red interior, the green I also like which is a 50's Beetle colour..........................

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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012, 09:00:39 pm »
Looking forward to seeing the progress on this one John

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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2012, 09:29:59 pm »
Gona have the cement bag in the front? :)
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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2012, 09:40:46 pm »
Aircooled 1.8T??

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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2012, 09:51:09 pm »
Nah, probably a nice fuel injected stroker 2L
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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2012, 09:53:37 pm »
Nah, probably a nice fuel injected stroker 2L

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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2012, 11:24:14 pm »
Cream pic looks awesome... can't wait to see this progress - Type 34s are awesome! 8)
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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2012, 06:37:30 pm »
Looking forward to this, can't wait! :)
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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2012, 08:34:28 pm »
This is sure to be another standout car when it's finished. Can't wait to see what it'll look like in the end.

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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2012, 10:25:50 pm »
Nice..... will follow.

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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2012, 03:26:31 pm »
Thought I'd better start on making that rotisserie today as the body of the car has been in the way most of the week  ::)..............old rusty cars.............. ::)

Felt that the best and quickest way would be to use a couple of engine stands and seeing as I already had one I just bought a 2nd used one locally.
Started out making the mounts that bolt on the bumper mounts in the body, mainly tried to use scrap steel that we already had at work so it was a case of whatever works.
Figuring out where the center of gravity was on the body became a bit of a guessing game so after deciding how high to make the stands I cut up one of the engine stands and lengthened it by about 200mm and also widened it between the wheels to make it more stable.
That worked out pretty well and with the body hanging level in the gantry crane I could then measure up the back of the car and make the stand for that end.

With the 2nd stand done I dropped it down on the ground but it became evident pretty quickly I'd need to tie the stands together to stop them splaying out.
Some simple furniture tube bolted between the stands sorted that problem out pretty quick.
The great thing is that when this is done I can then use this stand for the Convertible and all I need to change is where it bolts to the body

Its certainly not going to win any awards but I didn't feel like spending all day making this thing so rough and ready it is!!
Balance is perfect, spins over very nice and at no time does it want to suddenly drop away from you so that's pretty cool.
Will be miles easier to work on the lower half of the body this way.

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1963 Type 34 Karmann Ghia, turbo 2.0
1990 Porsche 964 Carrera 4
1980 1303 Beetle vert, in pieces

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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2012, 04:22:56 pm »
GSB ;)
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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2012, 04:43:27 pm »
with the glass out there's something very Lancia Fulvia about that roof!

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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2012, 07:28:42 pm »
Was thinking the same.
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Re: Project car T34 Karmann Ghia a.k.a Rustbucket
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2012, 08:00:09 pm »
I like the look of those Fulvias.
There is a brown one which trundles up and down my street from time to time
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