Karmann Ghia Engine Mystery Solved, Kinda

Yesterday we told that the engine from the Karmann Ghia Type III we're sorta helping to rebuild had to be yanked out because of a bad noise. Well, we just got the word from nous bon ami Scott and here is the why. If you remember way back to the beginning of this set of posts, you will recall that one of the pistons… » 6/07/07 5:00pm 6/07/07 5:00pm

NOOOOOO!!! Karmann Ghia 1500 Back In Pieces

Dang nab it. Last week we reported on our preliminary road test of crony Scott's Type III. In that report we, uh – reported – that the engine was making some funny noises. Scott figured these stemmed from an exhaust leak. Well guess what? Bad motivator on exhaust valve number two. And with only 15 miles between… » 6/06/07 10:45am 6/06/07 10:45am

Mas Junk In Die Trunk: Volkswagen Type III Fastback Commercial

You have to admire VW's brass for using the diminutive Dustin Hoffman (supposedly 5'5" standing on his wallet) to show off how big their new car is. That guy made the Duetto look roomy. Still, we dig his semi-Beat parlance and rapid fire delivery. The car, as it happens, is pretty jazzy, too. The fedora gets tipped… » 5/30/07 3:30pm 5/30/07 3:30pm

It Lives! Preliminary Road Test Of The Rebuilt Karmann Ghia Type III

Oh happy day! Nearly 11 months since we first became involved in the rebuild, our pal Scott's 1962 Volkswagen 1500 left the garage. Actually, it was motoring about the day before we showed up to snap picks and drive it. Only we were out of town. Still, and you will agree if have rebuilt a car, that first drive is… » 5/30/07 12:15pm 5/30/07 12:15pm

Engine On: Karmann Ghia 1500 Rebuild Update

For those of you following our pal Scott's Type III rebuild odyssey, you will be stoked to hear that the engine is running. I was over at his place drinking some really fine beers (Duvel and Allagash Victoria) on Saturday and listening to a weird mechanical hum. Turns out it the noise is from the generator, and Scott… » 5/21/07 7:00pm 5/21/07 7:00pm

Forget Schadenfriday: Modded VW 1500 Rules the Divine!!

First of all, YES!!!! Second, just yesterday we were listening to comrade Scott kvetch about not wanting to paint his Type III black. How about black with a white roof we said. Yes, that's a factory option Scott replied, but he'd look like the fuzz. After we ran through all the OEM colors and Scott explained how red… » 1/19/07 10:50am 1/19/07 10:50am

Magnesium und Shteel und Sans-Serif: 1961 Volkswagen 1500 Ad Campaign

Buddy Scott has been blogging up a storm over on what was supposed to be a restoration chronicle of his Type III but instead has turned into (probably) the most complete site on teh interwebs for all things VW 1500. So be it. We find this particular entry fascinating cause we dig old car ads so much. Essentially, and… » 1/10/07 3:39am 1/10/07 3:39am

What in the Gasgacinch? 1962 VW 1500 Karmann-Ghia Restoration Blog in Full Effect

Buddy Scott is making slow but steady progress on the rebuild of his totally rare Type III. So much progress in fact he had to start a blog. And while the vehicle in question may be lacking the ALUMINUM UND SHTEEL! found in modern Deutsche-coupes, Scott's blog is indeed highly precise. How highly precise? » 12/07/06 9:15am 12/07/06 9:15am