Pete's 58 Lowlight Karmann Ghia

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  • Jb
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    I seem to have a hazy memory of cleaning that original fuel line out with a clutch cable on a drill….I know we didn’t swap hardline. Tank only got a swish out…don’t think it looked bad tho? Stock old 36 would sip fuel through a pinhole and be happy as a clam hahahhaa!

    Pete
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    It’s running beautifully, but not after a weekend chasing electrical gremlins.  It was brutal….was ready to throw a car cover over on it and let it sit for a few weeks.  Had a bitch of a time just getting it to turn over.  Cleaned battery ground, trans ground, starter connections, etc.  Thought maybe I had a bad ignition switch, but finally got it turning over nicely.

    Plugs were very foul so I took out the 60 idles and tried 55’s, was good but still had that slight flooding/bogging feeling between 2500 and 2800 rpms at 1/4 throttle. Put in 52.5’s (with the 122 mains) and it’s perfection at full throttle, 1/2, 1/4, etc.  cruises nicely, not a single pop from the carbs.  Seems to have more idle mix adjustment with the 52.5’s.  Didn’t mess with the wideband….don’t have the patience for that at the moment.

    Franz
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    Hell yeah.

    Pete
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    Thanks Franz.

    I liked the look of the cloth spark plug wires I had originally bought, but didn’t like the reviews.  They were 7mm, and prone to arcing.  They just felt kind of cheap too.

    I found an 8mm solid silicone core, USA-made cloth wire, sold by the foot, from a motorcycle parts company called Lowbrow Customs.  So I decided to make my own.  Added bonus is I can cut each one to an exact fit around manifolds and whatnot.  8mm wire on left, 7mm pre-made on right.

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    John Jones
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    Hell yeah times 2…. 😎    Old cars can be frustrating sometimes….   Patience… 😎  Happy for ya Peet!!!! 😎

    cookiemonster131
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    Lowbrow wire is good. I have used it before. Glad you got it running well!!! Plus it makes since why it ran good on the test stand

    Pete
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    Just because.  🙂  Have I ever mentioned that Franz nailed this build?  🙂  I freaking love it.

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    cookiemonster131
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    Pete skip the wideband and just work from the plugs. Run a touch rich to keep your engine safe and cool in your hot humid climate

    Scott Sain
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    Germanaire here we come!

    Scott Sain
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    No issues with the shortened filters and the springs?

    Pete
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    No issues with the shortened filters and the springs?

    Nope!  5/8″ removed from the filters did the trick, springs clear with an 1/8″ to spare.  K&N also makes a 4.5″ x 7″ oval filter that is a little less than 3″ in height so I have something better than just the foam insert.

    Franz
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    Crispy.

    cookiemonster131
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    What fuel pump is there now?

    Pete
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    What fuel pump is there now?

    The one from my old engine.  I’ve not given up on the Porsche pump, looking into how to get it up from 1.5 psi to 2.5-ish.

    Franz
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    I’m not an expert at resurfacing the valves.  That guy you found probably will do a better job.

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