Pete's 58 Lowlight Karmann Ghia

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  • Franz
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    I hope you like green. 🙂

    Because of the Porsche bracket, the oil filter looked plain without it’s Fram logo’d bracket… and the NOS decal on top was flaking. I got new decals from Stoddard and buried them under clear over John Deere green….. Green filter housings were originally Mann brand on Porsche 356….but I think this will look spiffy with your car.

    Sorry I ruined your NOS Fram stuff.

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    Silly 356 rubber plugs for VW coil bracket mounting location. I could have welded these up but chose to keep them for authenticity.

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    Breather hose from the 1-2 side only. Routed along-side the stock draft tube. Fuel hose zip tied to the front plate. Simple-easy-clean. Like I said earlier, I don’t like/trust the metal fuel lines that most of these vintage engines have.

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    You can see here the early 40hp fan. Its The same dimension as 36hp, but has more blades. I have also choosen to use a larger 1600cc generator pulley to slow the fan RPMs down. Not sure it’ll make more/less power or heat,  but will help with fan whistle and balance.DSCF6839DSCF6846

    • Something else I would like to note. This is the bajo bolt for the oil filter supply. It had large holes that I welded closed. This is a mistake that all the aftermarket kits have. The original Porsche design was a small orifice to prevent dropping oil pressure at low RPM. This type of oil filter is a scrubber system similar to fish tanks.

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    Pete, you are going to need to get you some of these 1/4″ drive wobble sockets from snapon 10mm- 11mm -13mm -14mm would be the best sizes to have.

    I also noticed that I will need to drill and tap the carburetor covers for air filter mounting. These 36 dells must have come from a non-vw OEM install.

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    Franz
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    Something else I wasn’t thinking about was the OT pulley is designed for a 13mm x 905 belt. Need to see what I can find.

    Pete
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    Perfection, Franz.  You have nailed this thing.  I absolutely love it.  You’re a freaking artist.

    No worries on painting the Fram at all; in trading texts with Sain a couple weeks ago I actually told him that I could live with it orange, but wouldn’t be upset at all if you painted it.  The green is perfect and should go well with the car.

    So other than bolting on exhaust this thing is ready to make some vroom vroom noises?

    Franz
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    Hell yeah. Thanks Pete. I’m stoked if you are.

    exhaust- rockers- air filters-  fuel pump banjo fittings are the only things left.

    I have some Cerakote high temp paint arriving tomorrow for the J tubes. And maybe some 12mm banjos fittings from Summit tomorrow or the day after.

    Pete
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    Ha, I forgot about the rockers.  Don’t want to leave that extra 2 -4 hp out.

    I measured up from the horizontal cylinder tin surface to the bottom of the deck springs and got 13.5”.  If taking 3/4” to 1” out of some decklid springs won’t clear the air filters would prop rod like this be an option?  Really don’t want to do struts/broomstick.

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    Jb
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    Hot damn! ????

    cookiemonster131
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    now that is epic, that is going to be really nice looking in that ghia.

    JWDII
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    Beautiful! Reminded of this piece I owned a while back. There is a gut wrenching story behind why I sold it after the car it went in was crushed mistakingly while I was away from the office.  I have tried to stay away from 356 cars since. Great job Franz! Congrats Pete!356MOTOR4

     

    Erik_T
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    Beautiful Franz!  Thoughtful design, looks factory fresh!  Looking forward to seeing this fired up.

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    John Jones
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    Shit is off the hook!!!!  I dunno what to say.. Franz has built some really awesome engine’s..    I think we should do a shirt of this one…. an outline shirt with the spec’s on it……  😎  There’s this guy who claims I only do shirts every three years or some BS… 😎

    Pete
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    Shit is off the hook!!!! I dunno what to say.. Franz has built some really awesome engine’s.. I think we should do a shirt of this one…. an outline shirt with the spec’s on it…… ? There’s this guy who claims I only do shirts every three years or some BS… ?

    Hey!  There was a smiley thingy after that 2.7 year comment… 🙂  🙂  🙂  But yeah, I’d take a shirt or 7 of it.

    Franz knocked it out of the park for sure.  And if I recall Tom Unke’s wish list it sounds like another vintage speed build is right behind this one….

    Erik_T
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    I could use an identical fan shroud setup and 2-piece cylinder tins!  So cool! 🙂

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    Jdawg
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    sign me up for a couple shirts!

    Kleake
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    That is one good looking piece of art

    Franz
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    Penn Grade sae 30 break-in oil ran for 15 minutes, then changed to Castrol 20w50. I checked the valves adjustment was minimal. Good break in!

    I had to go up to 60 on the idle jets and 50 on the accelerator nozzles. Seems to runs great. Baseline timing at 12 degrees, max at 30.

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