Da Ghia won again!
Dad took his Ghia to a show this weekend. Won again.
This is my Dad's 1974 Karmann Ghia convertible. Aka 'Da Ghia'. Plates even say it. This car is packin. It runs a 2101 race motor with dual titanium valve springs allowing a 10k redline. It has the LAST Gene Berg exhaust ever built. It has a 5 ball gear shift (literally a 5 billiard ball - taken from my fraternity house no less). Ferrari air horn(father's day gift out of Griot's catalog) with a fighter pilot style switch - flip the red cover up to access the toggle. Disc brakes all around. Wheels that did not fit but Dad is an engineer and machinist so he MADE them fit. He moved the studs in the wheel itself. Air bags. New fabric for the top - took two years to get it back. Completely new interior carpeting and seat upholstery. Wooden steering wheel from Israel. Steering column mounted tach. Sub in rear deck with 6x9" speakers flush mounted, 4" front door speakers and aftermarket head unit (not exactly sure - never pay attention). Deep throaty sound. Turns heads!
This car had been in progress for over 20 years. I was there the day he bought it. Paid $500 for it in Toledo, Ohio. It had not been driven in 12 years. When Dad and I showed up we brought some tools, fuel line and fresh gas. In less than 10 minutes he was driving the car out of the driveway and up the street. The seller asked me what it was, and was not real happy. I told him it was rotted fuel line. He got even unhappier. Oh well.
I will be doing a full article on the car in the future. There's pictures of the entire rebuild process. It had some major cancer. I'm not currently in possession but I will be hounding my Dad until he relents. Stay tuned!
Another first place for Da Ghia!