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 VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze

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VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze Empty
MessageSujet: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyVen 12 Oct - 12:32

Hi all !

Right now I've just finished a build of a Renault 5 in "lowrider-style" so I had to dig into my stash and find something to build after the R5's been completed. I Realized that I still haven't built a Ghia, so that's it then....A Ghia it'll be !

I had a few to choose from but decided to build one of my Gunze Ghias. I will also incorporate some parts from an old PMC Promo to update it and make "lowlight Ghia" (meaning a pre 1960
Ghia).

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The car itself will be built in a pretty modern way with 22" wheels and comfortable sports seats.

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That's it for now. Gotta finish my Renault before proceeding on this one, stay tuned....


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VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze Empty
MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyVen 12 Oct - 21:24

I had never seen this PMC promo What a Face
Are you sure that you want to cut it up ? :peur1:

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VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze Empty
MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyVen 12 Oct - 21:26

Ford fan a écrit:
I had never seen this PMC promo What a Face
Are you sure that you want to cut it up ? :peur1:

Yes, I'm sure..... Very Happy I have another one which is better and not so damaged. This one has a big crack all over it's roof bleme
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VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze Empty
MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyVen 12 Oct - 21:29

I've done som more work to the Promo before cutting it apart:

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyLun 15 Oct - 12:24

This morning I started doing the chassie and suspension. Also adding Pegasus 19" disc breaks to the modern wheels I'm using.

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The front axle/suspension has been modified and lowered.

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyLun 15 Oct - 13:05

Good start !

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyMar 16 Oct - 20:15

Here's a few pics of the work I've done during the last 24h:

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VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze Empty
MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyJeu 18 Oct - 20:09

Modified the stock rear wheel hubs as well this evening so they can be incorporated with the new disc breaks.

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyLun 22 Oct - 11:29

The new front has been glues to the body and I have also made new shocks both front and rear:

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyMar 23 Oct - 22:58

Modifying the engine dummy and chassies plate to look better and accept the lowered rear suspension:

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VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze Empty
MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyMer 24 Oct - 9:11

Great job! thumbsup
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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyMer 24 Oct - 20:59

Oliv' a écrit:
Great job! thumbsup

Thanks! It'll take a lot of work to get the seams smooth and I also will have to scratchbuild the taillights as the ones on the Promo don't look good enough. siffle
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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyJeu 25 Oct - 21:45

Worked almost 2 hours on my Ghia this morning before going to work:

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyJeu 25 Oct - 22:20

Nice scratch!

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyJeu 25 Oct - 22:44

Rainbow warrior a écrit:
Nice scratch!

Thanks !!! santé!
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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyJeu 25 Oct - 22:53

As usual with your projects, a lot of work worthy

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyMer 31 Oct - 17:35

Roof glued to body and both A-pillars repaired:

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyMer 31 Oct - 20:19

Quite a lot of work to smoothen the joints where the roof meets the A-pillars:

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyJeu 1 Nov - 20:20

Time to fill the recessed areas for the taillights as I will scratchbuild the new ones which will be correct for a "lowlight" Ghia.

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyJeu 1 Nov - 20:38

Fine !
I have always found strange that Gunze made the roof in clear plastic epaule

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyJeu 1 Nov - 22:18

Ford fan a écrit:
....I have always found strange that Gunze made the roof in clear plastic  epaule

Indeed, very strange. The Tamiya would be easier to build, but I kind of liked the idea to see if the Gunze Ghia really is buildable ? surpris
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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptyVen 2 Nov - 10:20

Chromecop a écrit:
Ford fan a écrit:
....I have always found strange that Gunze made the roof in clear plastic  epaule

Indeed, very strange. The Tamiya would be easier to build, but I kind of liked the idea to see if the Gunze Ghia really is buildable ? surpris

Yes oui
I have one too, so I will follow your work with interest...

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptySam 3 Nov - 15:53

The recessed areas for the stock taillights have been filled and sanded to the right shape:

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I also had to add some material to the front valance as it wasn't "high" enough after the modifications:

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptySam 3 Nov - 22:39

Scratchbuilding new taillights now:

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MessageSujet: Re: VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze   VW Karmann Ghia by Gunze EmptySam 3 Nov - 23:54

First taillight done and testmounted:

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