Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The outer top door chrome trim screws are not correct according to Loren. So another thing to add to shopping list. But that is why I am snapping pictures and posting so I can get things right.
Showed the documents to a German friend. The handwriting is difficult to read but the 12 December 1957 was the estimated delivery date. The other date might be 10 December 1957 but its hard to read. The one that shows the VIN and engine serial number is a receipt. More to learn so stay tuned.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Top picture is the is the chassis number. It is located on the shelf bulkhead behind the spare tire. My chassis number is 27001. Bottom picture shows the metal data tags that are located on the passenger side of the spare tire wheel well. What is also noticeable is the two screw holes above the data tag with the car's VIN stamped on it. This is where the Karmann Karosserie badge is supposed to be. The assumption would be there was a badge since there are two holes. And as a guess when the second owner let Maaco paint the poor car that badge vanished.
What is really interesting about my Ghia is it's a US spec car. But the VIN places it just five hundred or so before a radical visual change for US bound Karmann Ghias. Beginning with VIN 1764743, ram protection, or towel over-riders, on the bumpers became standard for US cars. My VIN is 1764204 so mine has the European short bumper guards.
I wonder if anyone can make a reproduction Karmann Karosserie badge for my car?
Saturday, March 17, 2012
All these documents need to be conserved. The top one has been folded for so long only slivers are holding the three pieces together. But one can see in that document dates like 12 December, 1957 and 30 December 1957. And through the white-out can be spied a price of 7.525DM. Penciled in just under the 7.500DM price is 1785.71 where I guess Rush converted the price to US dollars. Also its a Type 143US and color Brilliant Red or L343.
Bottom document lists the VIN, original engine number, again Type 143US and color of brilliantrot. And a stamped date of 3 January, 1958. And a final price of 7.530DM.
So my Karmann Ghia was one of those made to US specifications but delivered to a US service member stationed in Germany. He bought the car from a VW dealership in the town of Trier which is more famous for its Roman ruins and connection with Constantine.
Friday, March 16, 2012
As I take the car apart, the list of parts I need grows. My coupe was produced in mid-November 1957. Which has impact on some of the parts I need.
- Engine lid and license light housing.
- Headlight buckets .
- Under nose patch panel.
- Rust patch panels for both lower rear quarters under bumper ends.
- 28PCI carb, metal fuel line, and correct fuel pump.
- Door panel chrome trim.
- Window winders with white Ghia knobs.
- White Ghia knobs for dash.
- Driver door pull strap.
- Correct two tone interior and headliner.
- Floor mats.
- Interior light.
- Sapphire 6V AM radio.
- Rubber kit for whole car.
- Lock pillar ornamental plate screws .
- Door handle and winder springs .