Ghia/Porsche

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I've been trying to get back into it after finishing my drag bike. Those that know me, know how much I like the Pro Touring genre and some of you know that I also have an affinity for VWs. So, I thought I would make an attempt at melding the two. Following are some pics of my Porsche-powered VW Ghia. First is some chassis work (all pics are in my Fotki, so some of you may have already seen them through the Fotki feed):

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The idea is to reverse the Porsche motor and have it mid-engine for better and more efficient weight distribution:

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I made a buck and vacuumed a tonneau for the engine area in place of the rear seat and the convertible:

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I then made a air vent/louver system for the "air cooled" motor:

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WOW! wat an idea! That sounds like a killer! If your gonna build the body like you did those hood louvres, it's gonna be even MORE kiler'r!(does that make sense?) You GO bro!!!!

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Oh OK I got it now! It'sa Porche powered Ghia! Duhhhh, Ok. Hey it's STILL a killer!

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Killer!

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Interesting .. you got my attention!

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Very interesting build.

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Very cool concept. This will be a fun build to watch.. I'm pulling up a chair and getting myself some popcorn! :lol:

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I appreciate the kind words, Gents!

I also made a chin spoiler and added a brass trim to the lower grill/opening I made. The plan is to polish and plate the trim:

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With mesh soldered to the trim:

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The chassis with mounting tabs for the upper and lower control arms (used some dirt modeler chassis do-dads):

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Oh my! I'll be watching this one. Excellent work so far...as would be expected.

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Thanks, Scott! I appreciate the kind words!

Here is a wider-angle shot of the chassis bolted to the body:

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If you look closely in this pic, you can see where the rear fenders were widened for the wider wheels and tires.

Oh...I forgot to mention that the rear bumper had to be widened too. Also, inside the diffuser is where the exhaust tips will be (if I can get it to work). I'll try taking some pics of the exhaust tips, etc. later.

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Very kool....

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Very NICE start, you got my attention!! :D

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Really interested in this one, post often my friend, post often

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Brass is class.... ;)

I love working with the stuff myself. Your project looks incredible. The Woody I did last winter originally was supposed to be Porsche powered, but got side tracked. I love what your doing here. I see your also doing Porsche headlamps in the Ghia. That looks sweet too. What wheels? Going old school Fuchs, or modern alloy/billet? Color? That tonneau cover is just-right. Wow.... I like this ALOT.

Nice work, looking forward to future updates! B)

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outstanding built so far!

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Wonderfull! I'll keep an eye on this one!

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Thanks for the encouraging words, guys!!!

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Brass is class.... ;)

I love working with the stuff myself. Your project looks incredible. The Woody I did last winter originally was supposed to be Porsche powered, but got side tracked. I love what your doing here. I see your also doing Porsche headlamps in the Ghia. That looks sweet too. What wheels? Going old school Fuchs, or modern alloy/billet? Color? That tonneau cover is just-right. Wow.... I like this ALOT.

Nice work, looking forward to future updates! B)

Thanks, John!

My favorite color is blue and I think I'll add a little clear carbon fiber to the front spoiler, rear diffuser and the tonneau (and possibly some interior parts too), so that the carbon fiber is subtle. I have some modified fuchs from a diecast Maitso notchback. I made some inner and outer rims/sleeves and widened the tires. I'll try getting some pics of those posted later.

Again, thanks for the kind words!

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Another terrific start to an exceptional build.

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Thanks for the kind words, Mr. Bob!

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The tires came from a Maitso diecast notchback, but they were a little skinny, so I widened them. I had to cast the tires in resin so that I could widen them and then had to recast then back into rubber (I use a product from Reynolds called Task 14 and it comes out more "rubbery" than most kit tires). In order to get them done, i had to cast two separate molds (the first to make it in resin and then the second for the master). The original mold had he tires set in a plug that I can use to chuck-up in the lathe and machine the tire and separate each half. It wasn't until i was too deep into it that i realized I should have cast three molds (two for the resin tire since it is directional). Here are pics of the masters once I widened (the center is just some type of butyrate plastic I had bought from Small Parts, Inc. and machined to the proper ID and OD:

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Here are masters for the censors of the Fuchs wheels that I also got from the Maitso diecast:

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And then the wheels (machined outer and inner sleeves, with cast centers) and cast tires:

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I'll try taking some pics later of the resin plug I used for one of the tires and also put the originals next to the new ones for comparative purpose.

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Very kool

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Awesome work Dirk as usual!

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That is some beautiful work.

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I love the idea of the center's being the classic Fuch's design yet modernized with low profile tire's and wider barell's...going to fit the look perfect. Should be pretty cool to see these two style's mixed and I think your going to do it justice. I never really thought about machining plastic pipe to the correct diameter for wheel's....not in a precise way such as a lathe or home made dremel drill lathe thing like I am going to try. Keep up the good work

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