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Paulymx
Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:53 pm Reply with quote
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Hi all. This is our recent purchase - a 1962 VW Karmann Ghia coupe. It was bought in Victoria as an incomplete project. It had been off the road for about 7 years. The owner planned to restore it and had been tinkering away for several years, but hadn't really made much progress. When we got the car we sent it straight to Kurt at V-Dub Repairs and Spares to get it roadworthy. It turned out to be in reasonably good condition, given it had been off the road for so long. Steering, brakes, suspension all needed work. The engine was pretty good, carb was a bit rough to start with but seems to cleared up a bit now its being run.

The car looks pretty reasonable condition in these photos but the paintwork is in fact in pretty bad condition. There is some obvious damage / repair on the left hand side. The car has just gone in for a complete strip and respray with K-Paz Spray Painting in Welshpool.

It will be painted in classic red with a white roof like this -

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Paulymx
Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:58 pm Reply with quote
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So, the KG has been stripped to the metal. There was quite a bit of bog to be sanded back. We'll see what that means shortly....

Trim gone

And back from the blaster
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Humpty
Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:00 pm Reply with quote
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Didn't pull the rubber?

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Paulymx
Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:17 pm Reply with quote
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Apparently soda blasting doesn't affect the rubber? At least I'm told!
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Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:22 pm Reply with quote
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It shouldn't but I'd pull the rubbers before anything is sprayed...

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Humpty
Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:33 am Reply with quote
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4IRC00L3D wrote:
It shouldn't but I'd pull the rubbers before anything is sprayed...


Rubber is cheap.... Crappy paint prep isn't.
Do it right Paul... It would suck majorly if there was corrosion under those seals that was missed.

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BUK
Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:45 pm Reply with quote
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Soda blasting also does not take off corosion anyway.
I would have to agree though glass out for paint.
Once everything is painted and looking nice you will want to protect your investment as best as possible as well.
Good luck with it and looking forward to the pics of the progress.
Cheers
Steffen

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BUK
Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:48 pm Reply with quote
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Paprika red
That was the og colour of the one i am doing up right now.
Funny that

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Paulymx
Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:09 pm Reply with quote
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Karson is good. He's done work on my DKW and several restos for other SIVA club members.
Now that the metal is exposed there are patches of fill, especially on the rear quarter. No damage or bad rust though, except in the engine lid. Looking for a complete replacement now as it's pretty shot.
The car has had at least three paint jobs before and the earlier prep work doesn't seem to have been bad. Car looks like it was originally turquoise, then painted blue, then black. Next it will be red.
The windows and rubber et all will come out for prep and painting.
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Humpty
Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:31 am Reply with quote
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Original colours Paul?... I don't know if two tone was ever actually offered on KG's, but the red's are nice.... L 452 paprika and L 456 ruby red my favs.... What's the plan for the white?

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Paulymx
Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:18 pm Reply with quote
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Two tones were definitely an official colour scheme. Paprika red (good call!) and an off white / beige. This pic (and the one earlier) comes from an official colour brochure.

We're still debating whether we go the official colour or a slight variation, maybe slightly darker. It's hard to be absolutely certain working from an old picture or a tiny swatch.

Looks like I've secured a boot lid too.
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Paulymx
Posted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:24 pm Reply with quote
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We're now getting down to the guts of it. With the filler removed the 'damage' is exposed. The car is generally sound, no accident damage or truly bad rust.

The sills have been poorly installed and will be replaced. The owner even plastered over the torsion inspection holes! The front and rear lower quarter panels will also be replaced. There are some spots of rust, but nothing serious.



Except for the engine bootlid - which is pretty well rotten right through, but I now have a donor lid as a replacement.

Interestingly, the layers of paint reveal the car has had 7 paint jobs in the past. The car was originally turquoise, then blue, then a cherry red, then silver, then paprika red, then back to blue and finally black. This will be the first time it's been taken back to bare metal though.



The windows, rubber and interior will all come out for painting.
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BUK
Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:50 pm Reply with quote
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Humpty wrote:
Original colours Paul?... I don't know if two tone was ever actually offered on KG's, but the red's are nice.... L 452 paprika and L 456 ruby red my favs.... What's the plan for the white?


According to jerry All kgs were only two tone.maybe with the exception of black
At least the early ones 59/60/61

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Paulymx
Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:27 pm Reply with quote
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I've had a couple of chats with Jerry.
There is a really good site with scans of the original paint and upholstery swatches.
http://karmannghia.org/sales_lit/color_combinations.html
Very handy
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Dr Evil
Posted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:18 am Reply with quote
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Paulymx wrote:
We're still debating whether we go the official colour or a slight variation, maybe slightly darker.


I think official colour is best, I'm sure you will regret it down the line if you do a great resto that's not quite right.

Only my opinion though

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