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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Karmann Ghia Update.

Well i have been working hard on the Ghia, as per my previous entry on the ghia, if you have stumbled across this then you will find it in the entry list on this blog, Stating the obvious there really but HA HO, i have since the last time repaired the inner wing, I have put on the complete front section on the inner wing and put some new plate in the top of the inner wing removing the rotten stuff, I have on several occasions done a trial fit of the nose cone and wing, the wing and the nose come from two separate cars as the cuts do not meet up, you can see this in the Photo's that will follow. The panel named as the upright panel in the spare wheel well was also rotten, unfortunately these seem to be like rocking horse poo, and several weeks wait if you want one, So after discussion with the owner it was agreed i would just make one. The nose is now welded back in place with the new nose rubbers inserted, The wing is now in a position to be welded in place there after leaving me with the passengers wing to repair, Then it should be back of too its owner.

I have taken around another Thirty Nine Photo's of the work on this car, it has i have to admit tried my patience, I may take the opportunity to advise anyone that these are not the easiest VW'S to work on to this level, The works may not look that great but so far there is a number of hours work in this project getting into multiples of ten.

If you take the time to have a look, leave a small comment if ya can nice to know who's looked.

Upper inner wing Section with rotten area still in place.

Inner wing front section removed.

As you can see in this one the rotten area at the bottom, in the centre area & round the fresh air vent cut out, and the spare wheel rest and bumper Bracket removed.

New inner wing repair panel ready to mock up.

Nose cone clamped in place to ensure correct positioning of the inner wing.

Wing tried for fit after the inner wing was welded in place.

As i said in the write up at the beginning the wing and nose are from different Ghia's the original cuts show that quite clearly.

At least the cuts i have done are OK and fit well.

Inner wing top section welded in place.

Just for the record the spots on the inside are what held it in place, this side is welded all the way round.

Rotten Upright Panel.

New One measured and ready to cut out.

Nearly ready to trial fit.

All folded and the flangged edges Beet into shape.

Just the hole for the access panel to go in.


Trial Fit, perfect.

These fit in the corners of the upright Panel.

First new one made up.

Second one made up and trial fitted.

And the other one, Both Fit Fine.

Now welded in place.

And the other side.

Nose cone Mocked up again.

New rubbers in place.

Just got to weld it in place.

The home made panel fits very well.

Nose cone welded up.

Had to make a few minor repairs to some tin and brackets while it was here.

Bit of cleaning up prior to another wing fitting session.

Between this photo and the one above was a period of hours, and a number of on off sessions with the wing ensuring as Good fit as possible was made, Compared to earlier it now seems quite good.

Hope you find it worth looking at, Thanks for taking the time to look.

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