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Fastback, Squareback, Notchback, T-3 Karmann Ghia.

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Post by Bleyseng » Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:54 am

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IFBwax wrote:sorry Meyer.. you're absolutely right.. Colin.. can you move thread to type one? Interesting from all. My wife and I saw one while driving down to the campground this week and though it was a bit ratty and had lots of splotches on it.. she thought it looked pretty cool.

Bug or ghia would be fine by me.. but I'd hate to give up Charlie. Maybe we need a warehouse to park cars in.
You could go for the brass ring and try for a T34... Go for it!!!!!
Oooo, stop it. I'm already out of control. The more I see photos, the more the T34 body lines grow on me. Just stop it! Although, Corvairs keep popping into my head, too.

I've been driving our Ghia here a bit more lately, and, well, yeah! You have to get use to the axle-eye view of trucks, pickups, etc., especially after a bus. Once you get a feel for how they drive, they slip through corners reeaaaalll nice. Whipping her up the windy climb to Dunnigan Mountain rocks. And on the freeway she's a cruiser.

Alas, solid ones are a tough find, but can be found, usually not bargain priced, however. Add another $3k for a convertible.

Then there are the T34s. I'm still surprised at how many folks ask me what kind of car our T1 Ghia is, I didn't have a clue T34s existed until about 6 years ago myself.


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I picked up our 70 Ghia Convt for 3800. Pretty solid car but needs alot of bits and pieces to bring it up to snuff besides paint. The black paint job is sloppy but I have been wet sanding it and cleaning it up so its atleast a 10 footer now.
It drives nice but it doesn't come close to the driving feel of a stock 914 or is laughable compared to my setup 914 which is like driving a slot car on the street.
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76 914 2.1L-Nepal Orange- 160,000+ miles
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Post by IFBwax » Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:58 am

YOu ever bring that 914 to Portland? I'd love a ride.
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Post by chitwnvw » Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:30 am

Yah, I am thinking 914 also. I found one pretty close for a good price.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/ ... ?id=812695

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Post by Bleyseng » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:17 pm

yes, I do drive it down to Portland sometimes maybe in Sept...you can get a ride then unless you come here.

That one in the ad is cheap but you are thinking in terms of VW part prices as that will cost a lot to finish...and its only the cheapie 1.8L model so its not that desirable. The magic 2.0l models are a must if you are going to pour money into a 914..
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Post by werksberg » Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:15 am

Yes, but better yet 914 - 6!

When I was just out of high school, I went to work for Don Burns Porsche and the first Stick that I drove was a 914 with the funky gate between the 3rd to 5th gears. :pale:
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Post by Bleyseng » Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:07 pm

914/6 start at $25K...I like the shifting pattern of a 901...its race bred. :cheers:
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Post by Amskeptic » Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:05 pm

Bleyseng wrote:914/6 start at $25K...I like the shifting pattern of a 901...its race bred. :cheers:
Me too. When enjoying the twisty Los Angeles Crest highway in my old '71 911, I found that having 5th in the H made much more sense. I miss that little car, back when 911s were simple and strong.
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Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 93,996 miles
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Post by flatlander » Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:58 pm

IFBwax wrote: Bug or ghia would be fine by me.. but I'd hate to give up Charlie. Maybe we need a warehouse to park cars in.
Wayne,
I'm not gonna lie, I was more than a little surprised when you mentioned selling Charlie. I guess I get a little too attached to other people's VWs, and Charlie ranks somewhere in my top-10 favorite VWs. I think it's his color(s) and the roof rack that do it for me.

Are you at all considering family drives in the next VW? I don't know how much longer your girls need to be in carseats/boosters, but it ain't easy getting them to fit safely in a Squareback which is downright roomy compared to a Beetle. And a Ghia is pretty dinky from what I understand (not that there's anywhere to put carseats in a Ghia).

My vote for your next purchase is (my-hands-down-all-time-favorite-ACVW-for-now-and-for-all-time) a Type 3 Notchback.

Then, build a ramp and a little loft in your garage, and park that Type 3 Notchback right above ol' Charlie. :cheers:

-Melissa

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Post by Bleyseng » Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:51 pm

There is no room for rear car seats in a Ghia vert...barely enough leg room for kids. That said, a Ghia makes for a great commuter car...

Wayne has the Westy Camper to bring the family in IMHO..

Melissa, you still need a type 3 MPS??? Let me know soon as I am leaving for Holland for a month.
Geoff
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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Post by chitwnvw » Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:28 pm

Melissa, you warm my heart.

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