Pete's 58 Lowlight Karmann Ghia

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  • Erik_T
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    Pete & Franz, engine build looks great!  356 linkage setup is very similar to what I want to do.  Glad you guys are blazing the trail before me.  Curious to see how the geometry all works out with the Porsche 356 linkage, 36hp fan shroud, VW gas pedal, height of speedwell manifolds & carbs.  You’re making this look easy :-).  I really like the idea of sliding the vertical linkage behind shroud to be inline with existing VW throttle cable and the throttle cable attachment you made on the Porsche linkage pivot.  Factory “like” solutions, excellent!  Pete, my Ruiz engine with stock oil cooler & GB deep sump runs well in the Southern heat.  No overheating issues at all.  The Aluminum oil cooler (I have one too, but not mounted yet) will be a great addition to the system.  Looking forward to watching this come together, best of luck!

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    Pete
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    Glad to see you post up here, Erik!

    Erik and I have virtually the same spec’d motor.  He has Solex P11-40’s and Speedwell intakes waiting in the wings.  Some photos of his killer ’58 for reference:

    maukar
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    Damnnnn!!!!!!! That’s badass!!! Lovin’ that exhaust!!!

    John Jones
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    love vintage horsepower… 😎

    Franz
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    Haha Pete, I didn’t see you had you’re stock engine all tore down and going back together. Making me look like a slacker.

     

    Franz
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    Very nice car Erik. I have been dragging my feet a little waiting for carb linkage push rods/ball sockets to arrive from Stoddard. The nut plate in the fan shroud for the linkage really only fits one way…so its not like I have much of a choice on push rod length. I’m hoping the 356 replacements from Stoddard are close enough.

    I did spend some time looking at the carb linkage today. I had to modify the ball pieces on the carbs side to side and backwards to make the linkage push rods as strait as possible.

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    I ordered a 356 generator pulley nut. Deep 36mm type. This is a cut down 1600 vw alternator pulley that looks more like Porsche. Pete got a cool cast iron OT crank pulley long ago for this build.

    See the three black sharpie squares on the fan shroud? I’m thinking of putting wire tabs there to run the wire harness around the 1/2 carb and up under the spark plug wires.

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    A couple dumb things from WW. I’ve heard mixed reviews on the baffle…like it restricts too much??

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    I’m moving the fuel line inlet. I think 36hp have a problem with the metal line routing close to the heater box and exhaust port. The new location will be cleaner and literally cooler.

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    Pete
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    Me make you look like s slacker! Ha!  You’re doing custom, one-off stuff, I’m messing around with a stock motor.   On that note I think I found my compression loss culprit:

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    I’m thrilled with what you’ve done so far. No need to rush through it.  You really put a lot of thought into the details, which is appreciated.

    I like the plan for the wire routing.  Should be an easy mod to the harness to make it work….slightly lengthen regulator wires, coil and oil pressure may need to be shortened a hair.

    I’ll leave the baffle decision to you; if you want to leave it out that’s fine.  I know Erik had some case pressure issues he had to work through….doubt it’s the baffle causing 100% of it but it can add to it I suppose.  I’ll let him elaborate here if he wants.

    All the other mods are great…keep it up!

    Pete
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    love vintage horsepower… ?

    Twice the money for half the horsepower. ?????

    Franz
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    Breather hose routing, throttle tube, and fuel inlet relocation.

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    Large diameter hole for the fuel hose. I’m going to use a grommet and rubber hose routed between the intake and fan shroud. Just like we do on dual carb 1914cc+ engines. I feel like the fuel is more insulated in the rubber hose and not as susceptible to heat soak/vapor lock as the original metal line.

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    Pete
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    I really dig all of the “Franz” mods that will make this thing more functional and perform as best it can (and look great too)…thanks man.

    I LOL’d at this one…if an artist signs his work you need to be sure to scribble your name on it somewhere too. 🙂

     

    Franz
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    Thanks Pete, I’m having fun. Its getting close to paint.

    I filled the heat riser holes on the breast plate and built a double draft tube yesterday.

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    The Stoddard linkage pieces arrived and I test fit. The closed position seems to be a hair taller compared to porsche from pictures. Easy to cut the arms down and re-thread….but I don’t think it needs that. It functions perfectly.

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    Rebuilt heater boxes with new J tubes from WW. Welded vintage speed exhaust flanges on while I was at it.

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    Franz
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    Good day. The engine tin is all fit nicely and everything has been thought of.

    Its ready to bust apart and prepare for paint.

    Pete
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    It looks great from where I’m sitting.  At a bit of a loss for words…it’s better looking than I envisioned.  I can’t wait to hear it through that exhaust.  Enjoy your weekend Franz!

    John Jones
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    Franz worked into the early evening hours on it last night…. Gonna be a cool build…  😎

    Pete
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    I bet once this is in the car I’m going to feel like I need to have the car metal worked and painted.  This engine is suited for a car on the scale of Tom’s rag….I’m happy to invest in the power plant though….that’s the business end of the car….the shiny stuff is icing on the cake.  I have to remind myself that I like my “worry free” paint job it has now. ?

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