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Karmann Ghia - Convertible Top Install - Part 1 - Header Bow and Frame Adjustments

The first steps of installing the new convertible top. Installing a new wood header bow, adjusting the frame header junction, adjusting the rear glass and installing the webbing straps. Check out the vids on the rear glass frame and seal here: http://youtu.be/qj3o8qUEcgA (part 1) http://youtu.be/BiQnliKjQDw (part 2)


 


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Karmann Ghia - Convertible Top Installation - Part 2 - Headliner
A step by step of how I installed the custom tweed headliner from Mike at House of Ghia (made by TMI) in my 1974 VW Karmann Ghia. Thanks to Vince (Ghiaaddict) on thesamba for his step by step tutorial. I would not have even attempted this without his help and guidance. http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=389729&postdays=0&postorde r=asc&start=0 Check out the vids on the rear glass frame and seal here: http://youtu.be/qj3o8qUEcgA (part 1) http://youtu.be/BiQnliKjQDw (part 2) Check out the frame adjustments here: http://youtu.be/BzM5mvo9N0A





Karmann Ghia - Convertible Top Installation - Part 4 - Outer Canvas
It been a long time since the last video on the install (September 2012 to be exact). The top arrived from TMI by way of HOG and this video shows the installation of the canvas top onto the headlined and padded frame. I will have one more video in this series showing the finishing touches and adding all the necessary seals around the windows.





Karmann Ghia - Convertible Top Frame Assembly/Doors on
A quick letter from the stalker. The bushings get put into the convertible top frame. The doors go on. The lights go down!!!





Classic VW Convertible Top Installation, By Last Chance Auto Restore.com
This video shows a complete installation of a convertible top on a 1971 Volkswagen Super Beetle Vert.





Adding Power Windows to the Vintage Volkswagen
This is how I added power windows to my Volkwagen Karmann Ghia for around $40. The procedure should be almost identical for a bug/beetle, bus, thing or any other air cooled vintage vw.





Karmann Ghia - Convertible Top Installation - Part 3 - Padding Kit
Installing the padding kit for the VW Karmann Ghia Convertible. This involves a lot of detail work to get all the pieces to fit into place and make a smooth surface for the outer shell to stretch over.





VW Karmann Ghia - TMI Carpet Kit Install - Part 1
I made HUGE progress on the interior of the Karmann Ghia today. I got the heater channel "Y"s welded in, I got the kick panels made, I got the windlace (s) made, I got the windlace retainers striped and painted, I got the rear seat area covered in vinyl and I got a fair amount of the carpet kit from TMI installed.





Karmann Ghia - Fabricating Metal Hinge Covers - Part 1
Making a copy of the original ABS hinge covers in sheet metal for the 1974 convertible Karmann Ghia. I could have finished the fiberglass repairs, but the time involved would have been WAY more hours than making a set of metal copies





35A of 44 1970 VW Beetle Convertible Top Installation Part A 1-6-2012.wmv
Clip 35A of 44 Convertible Top Installation Part A on a 1970 VW Beetle Convertible. The 44 Clips includes removing interior, removing and replacing the floor pans, removing and cleaning gas tank, sanding and painting body & interior, removing and replacing convertible top, specification and cost analysis and awards. Link http://home.comcast.net/~clublava/1970VW%20Restore.htm





15 of 44 1970 VW Beetle Convertible Top Removal YT 9-29-2011.wmv
Clip 15 of 44 Removing Convertible Top on a 1970 VW Beetle Convertible. The 44 Clips includes removing interior, removing and replacing the floor pans, removing and cleaning gas tank, sanding and painting body & interior, removing and replacing convertible top, specification and cost analysis and awards. Link http://home.comcast.net/~clublava/1970VW%20Restore.htm





"VW" Karmann Ghia: How To Remove The Body-Part 2
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VW Karmann Ghia 1974
From Wikipedia The Type 14 debuted at the October 1953 Paris Auto Show as a styling concept created for Ghia by Luigi Segre. In the early 1950s, Volkswagen was producing its economy car, the Type 1 (Beetle). With an increase in post-war standards of living, executives at Volkswagen proposed adding a halo car to its model range, contracting with German coachbuilder Karmann for its manufacture. Karmann in turn contracted the Italian firm Ghia, who adapted styling themes previously explored for Chrysler and Studebaker to a Beetle floorpan widened by 12 in (300 mm). In contrast to the Beetle's machine welded-body with bolt-on fenders, the Karmann Ghia's body panels were butt-welded, hand-shaped and smoothed with English pewter in a time-consuming process commensurate with higher-end manufacturers -- and resulting in the Karmann Ghia's higher price. The design and prototype were well received by Volkswagen executives, and in August 1955 the first Type 14 was manufactured in Osnabrück, Germany. Public reaction to the Type 14 exceeded expectations, with over 10,000 sold in the first year. VW Karmann Ghia Cabriolet The Type 14 was marketed as a practical and stylish 2+2 rather than as a true sports car. As they shared engines, the Type 14's engine displacement grew concurrently with the Type 1 (Beetle), ultimately arriving at a displacement of 1584 cc, producing 60 hp (45 kW). In August 1957, Volkswagen introduced a convertible version of the Karmann Ghia. Exterior changes in 1961 included wider and finned front grilles, taller and more rounded rear taillights and headlights relocated to a higher position -- with previous models and their lower headlight placement called lowlights. The Italian designer Sergio Sartorelli,[8] designer of Type 34, oversaw the various restylings of Type 14. In 1970, larger taillights integrated the reversing lights and larger wrap-around turn signals. Still larger and wider taillights increased side visibility and at the same time large square-section bumpers replaced the smooth round originals. For the USA model only, 1973 modifications mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included energy-absorbing bumpers. A carpeted package shelf replaced the rear seat.





1966 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Restoration
This is a 1966 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia I recently did the finish body work and paint on. The sheetmetal replacement was performed by Kelly "Metwiz" Brown. Color is Porsche Guards Red. The car is going back to the owner for re-assembly. Music by The Wind-Ups.





Dan's slammed Karmann Ghia The Video Volks
Dan Smith owns this beautiful slammed Ghia. A right hand drive UK model dropped on Fuchs and running a narrowed beam. Fully restored and on the road. Also currently for sale! http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1305418 For a full write up on this car check out Airmighty. Music by The Lock and Keys. Produced, filmed and edited by PJ Gibbons





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