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Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 9:59 am
by John Kelly
Paul Illick wrote:
John Kelly wrote:Thanks for your kind words! My tastes have changed since I built some of those cars, but what the hell.
Changed? Why? Those cars ALL look GREAT, John. What on earth have your tastes changed to?
Hi Paul,

Thanks, I like the early front clip, sixties taillights, no spoilers etc. Basically I'm building a car that might have fit in at Lemans in the late '50s-early '60s if VW had gone racing. Gullwing doors, mid-engine, wide body. A little more subtle than my early work. The more I work on Ghias the more I appreciate the basic body design. I think wider fenders are the only somewhat drastic modification to the appearance that really accentuates the original lines...

Thanks, John

Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2003 10:47 pm
by Ephry73
Just got one of the pieces I needed to convert my tranny. One step closer to complete GL bliss. a full 901 5spd tranny on the Ghia....


Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2003 12:42 pm
by rodeoflip

long time no talk, especially since I started this thread! Are there any mods to the chassis in order to fit the 901 'box? I'm still of the thinking that no modifications should be done to create my GL/New School Cal Looker, unless they are bolt-ons... I am therfore torn between trying to source a 5spd Porsche 'box or slip a Rancho in.

I've gone full circle on the the big wheel question and have decided to design and build my own split rims. 17"s will fit without any body mod's or shortened tracks, but 16"s are more cost effective for tyres. My design is a 'cast' outer and centre with a 'spun' inner, thus allowing me any offset, width, style. I will be able to then sell my creations to any aspiring GL/New School Cal Looker. Think of a combination of BRM's, Der Steiner Rhad and Porsche 996! Any takers?


Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2003 9:04 pm
by Ephry73

if you're talented enough to make the rims, by all means do it. Should be cool as hell, and more to your liking for sure. As far as I know, only two mods need to be done to fit the tranny in. Everything else sort of bolts in.

The selector rod hangs lower, so a portion of the pan needs to be cut or massaged to make it fit.

and the frame horns may need some "shaping" to clear the CV's....

Aside from that, it depends on what type engine you're running, and that determines the flywheel and starter you'll keep. has a great little article on the conversion...



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Re: GL Karmann Ghia

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:43 pm
by Fiatdude
He hasn't logged on here since 2011