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15

Mar

Gauge mockup

Dropped off the new gauges over at Revenant. Took the tach, speedo and fuel gauge out for a quick mockup and fit test.

13

Mar

Gauges arrived.

Our custom Speedhut gauges arrived and they look pretty sweet.  I must say that this is one of the highlights of this build. Feels like Christmas with all the red!


06

Mar

Speedhut Gauges proof

The first round of proofs for the gauges came back.   Needed to make some adjustments to the sizing of the logo.  The changes where made and here is the final proof as provided by the Speedhut artwork team:

Off to print and delivery.  Stay tuned.

24

Feb

New gauge set ordered

We ordered Speedhut gauges in red:

 

Speedhut gauge example (10k shows, but 8k will be delivered)


02

Feb

Interior inspiration

Going for a Porsche RS inspired interior.  If you recall, we are going with black paint for the top of the car.  Our roll cage is already red and the dash will be the same color as the top of the car (frozen black).   

We’ll see if we can get the pull tab style door handle. :)

Roll cage box already checked for us:

Early pic of the Basilari roll cage


Better view of the Porsche RS cage:

Porsche RS cage

18

Jan

Steering wheel from the parts car..

The good folks over on TheSamba confirmed that this is a 1958 steering wheel.

13

Dec

More roll cage photos..

Roll Cage (driver's side)

Roll Cage (driver’s side)

Karmann Ghia Roll Cage (bar view)

Karmann Ghia Roll Cage (bar view)

Karmann Ghia Roll Cage (bar view)

Karmann Ghia Roll Cage (bar view)

Karmann Ghia Roll Cage (bar view 1) Karmann Ghia Roll Cage (interior view - 1)

Karmann Ghia Roll Cage (driver's side)

Karmann Ghia Roll Cage (driver’s side)

Photo updates for the roll cage build.

30

Nov

Build update: roll cage and other items

Good progress on the roll cage was made this week.  In the photos you’ll see some welded bracing placed at strategic points on the body.   The interior shots are of the custom bends and cross barred section in the rear.   Kevin said there’s going to be about 50 feet of steel tubing used when it’s all said and done.  And we’re going to power coat the whole monstrosity in the same red as will be found in the suspension components.

Other photos are more cosmetic – the black mamba shifter is shown (we’ve had it a while) and the rear Wilwood calipers with e-brake setup are in as well.    We’re getting there!

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20

Nov

Seat work, coming together

Kevin welded supports unto the pans for the Audi TT seats. Later, the driver’s seat was put into place. The TT seats fit better and seem to have a curvier look that accentuates the Ghia’s natural lines. We’re digging it very much!

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02

Nov

Seats: round 2

The new seats arrived. Old set will be sold.

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30

Oct

It takes two to make a thing go right..

Picked up another ’58. Did the math on parts and this was an excellent buy. This thing is a total rust bucket basket case, but it’s got:

  1. all the glass except drivers door
  2. windshield trim
  3. bumpers
  4. lights and chrome ring
  5. front turn signal housings
  6. interior dash parts (+grab handle!)
  7. interior panel trim
  8. ’58 mirror and visor combo
  9. steering wheel
  10. interior and exterior door hardware
  11. internal door hardware
  12. possible donor panels for the rear
  13. front VW button

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03

Aug

The correct driving position

So, Ghia’s are small.  I’m big.  I need seating that fits the car and is “big man friendly” as my ex-special forces brother-in-law says.  Kevin got the Audi S4 Recaro seats in this week and did a mock fitting in the Ghia.

Audi S4 Recaro – fresh off the truck

At this point, Kevin is saying that the seats are too big for the car.   Before the build I told Kevin that I wanted my armpits to be about the same height as the door sill but I didn’t realize just how tall the Audi Recaro’s would be.  We both had planned to run the seats without headrests to match the seats from the ’59 era, but they are still a bit tall because of all the power motors and frame under the seat.    Kevin is 6′ and he only had about an inch of headroom when seating and the steering wheel was very low and between his legs.  Not good.

So, I researched the proper driving positions and thought about solutions to the seat problem (really trying to protect my investment in leather Audi S4 Recaro seats!).  Here’s the run down:

  1. I thought about swapping the steering column for one that was both telescopic and adjustable.   I’ll need to talk to Kevin about this option.   Considering something custom from Borgenson.
  2. A smaller steering wheel?  Not sure if I want to look like a kid driving a go cart – even if it does have 300HP+ and does 0-60 in 4.2secs..  Still would have the height problem.
  3. Getting different seats and measure this time!   Back on eBay the Audi Recaro’s would go. ;(
  4. Make the current seats work.  This would require custom fab work.  Kevin suggested maybe dropping the pan were the seat go about 4 inches. We could also remove the motors and such from under the seat, but we don’t have manual adjusters so that’s sort of pointless to try.   I was also thinking that we could lob off half of the first bottom cushion section to free up some space, but that doesn’t solve the height issue.

Mockup of the Recaro in the Ghia

 

Notes on the proper driving position as summarized from Porsche Club of America (Yellowstone Region) page:

  • You get better cornering and performance by having a low center of gravity. So the first order of business is to place the driver in the seat as low as possible. There are other benefits like chassis feedback so go read the page for complete details.
  • The distance between the pedals and the seat should allow your knee to maintain some bend.  A fully extended leg will not provide the leverage you need for braking and/or clutch work.  And, you don’t want the steering column interfering with your leg movement.
  • With your back squarely against the seat, the wrists of your arms should rest on the top of the steering wheel.  Your hands should be able to drop over the steering wheel naturally.  You can move/adjust the rear angle of the seat until you get this right.
  • Hand position should be a 9 and 3 o’clock with thumbs on the inside steering wheel spokes.  Also, make sure that all gauges are visible.

So, I think we will need to continue with other parts of the build until I can get out to the shop for a more precise fitment.

03

Aug

Seats