Karmann Ghia Project Update
8th May 2016

Work is progressing on the 1966 Karmann Ghia project which you might have seen in our recent adverts in VolksWorld and UltraVW magazines.

We stripped the exterior paint from the Ghia mechanically with a DA sander and then sent the bodyshell to be media blasted to remove all remaining paint and rust. Lots of work has gone into repairing and replacing the heavily corroded areas on the Ghia. We handmade bespoke repair sections where possible, as well as replacing some sections with new replacement panels which also needed to be modified to fit correctly.

Once the welding was completed we started on the body straightening and high-build primer work to get those classic Karmann Ghia lines looking as good as new.  Work on the mechanical side has also been underway with parts being cleaned, modified and trial assembled before painted. The floorpan is coming together well; after being fit with sound deadening material the rear suspension, axles and gearbox, brake assemblies and front beam have also been fitted.

Last week the Ghia body shell was coated in finish primer, along with the bonnet and engine lid outer surfaces. The next jobs will be coating the inner surfaces of the doors, bonnet and engine lid in finish primer before the whole car is wet sanded ready for finish paint.