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Post by Bleyseng » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:05 am

yes, I do actually drive one when I am Seattle. This was just before I left to go back to work in Suriname in April and it was sunny for one day.
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Re: Ghia's

Post by ruckman101 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:56 am

Labor of love.

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Kinda almost back on the road. Pulling engine next Wednesday to check the torque on the heads after the new engine's break-in, and to inspect flywheel/gland nut/pressure plate for a possible source of some vibration issues.

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Sure is fun to drive.

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Re: Ghia's

Post by Hippie » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:51 pm

They are fun. My older brother had a few back in the early '80s. I remenber the white '64 and the blue '72, but there was another I can't remember the year or color of. All stock.
We went to visit our mother in January about 1981 or '82; 200 miles each way scraping ice off the inside of the windshield with a cassette case. That was in the '64. Good times.
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Re: Ghia's

Post by Bleyseng » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:02 pm

The vert is soo fun in the cold as the heat cooks your feet while the windshield is foggy. The blasts of cold air from the top down your neck are great too so its not a cold weather car. Fun to drive but its definitely low tech and not smooth compared to the 914 which loves speed, hell even the Westy is a better car to drive.
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70 Ghia vert, black, stock 1600SP,- 139,000 miles,
76 914 2.1L-Nepal Orange- 160,000+ miles
http://bleysengaway.blogspot.com/

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Re: Ghia's

Post by Hippie » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:45 pm

Yeah they were unsophisicated, but for the minimalist in me, it's the perfect sports car.
Thank's for posting the picture. Good memories.

Neal, I didn't know you had a Ghia until now.
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Post by ruckman101 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:30 pm

For a spell now, yep. Four, five years now? Gretchen Ghia, 1970. And my first, Gretta Ghia, 1962, when I was a young buck. I turned 21 with her and saw her turn 21.

I can relate to scraping frost from inside of the window with a cassette case in Gretta. Straight pipes, no heater boxes. Feet going numb with cold. Good times indeed. No photos though. Just Gretchen.

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Transaxle went out. Fresh engine. That one isn't it. The red one is the new one.

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Getting closer. Long story.

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Re: Ghia's

Post by pj » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:59 am

Where are the antique vehicle tags, Neal?

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Re: Ghia's

Post by Hippie » Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:19 pm

Oh man. I wish I had your garage.
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Re: Ghia's

Post by ruckman101 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:52 pm

So do I Hippie. It's actually my Father-in-law's. He's got a '46 or '47 tractor restoration project in the space at the moment. He was kind enough to loan me the space for a couple weeks that turned into 8 months.


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Re: Ghia's

Post by Hippie » Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:45 pm

What a dude. Is your FIL still married? 'Cause I'm not gay or anything but I could marry him for that shop... :tongue:
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Re: Ghia's

Post by Sylvester » Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:38 am

Hippie wrote:What a dude. Is your FIL still married? 'Cause I'm not gay or anything but I could marry him for that shop... :tongue:

Is he a Mormon too?
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Re: Ghia's

Post by ruckman101 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:01 am

Now stop that. Yes, both parental in-laws are breathing. In close proximity. Classic forever first marriages. Don't get me started. Catholic in flavor I believe.

I just do my best not to take advantage. ahem, well, yeah, so, I mean well, since then.


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Re: Ghia's

Post by ruckman101 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:15 am

FIL is actually very generous with facilities. Hey, you need a backhoe? He's on it. He has it. It's a tree farm. Logging happens.


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Re: Ghia's

Post by sped372 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:50 am

A couple more Ghia photos to keep the momentum going, bonus Colin shot included:

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1971 Karmann Ghia - 1600 DP
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Re: Ghia's

Post by Bleyseng » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:32 am

beautiful! =D>
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77 Sage Green Westy- CS 2.0L-160,000 miles
70 Ghia vert, black, stock 1600SP,- 139,000 miles,
76 914 2.1L-Nepal Orange- 160,000+ miles
http://bleysengaway.blogspot.com/

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