Daily Archives: August 16, 2011

Going topless

After the weeks and weeks of just brutal heat this summer, the weather has taken a turn to the pleasant. Don’t get me wrong, it is still plenty warm, but 88° beats 98° every time.

Because the weather has cooled off I was feeling frisky this morning and decided to haul the Ghia out and go to work topless. Wait! Rather, what I meant to say is I drove to work topless. No, that’s not right either … What I really mean is I drove to work with the top down on the convertible. Yeah, that’s it.

This is the 1960 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible that I use to promote my business. I have completely reworked the car, bringing a real rust bucket back to the car you see here. The car is painted Suzuki Miami Blue with a white interior, a color scheme picked out by my lovely wife I might add.

The car has been dropped 5-inches, and because of that, I had to narrow the front beam 2-inches so the tires wouldn’t rub. Out back there is a dressed out 2096 cc horizontally opposed four cylinder with all forged internals, breathing through dual 44 mm Weber carbs. This setup makes about 140 horsepower, up slightly from the 1200 cc, 36 horsepower engine the car had when new.

I think it goes without saying the car has a bit more punch that it had back in ’60, so front disc brakes have been added so I don’t kill myself in it.

You can’t be cool without control

To be cool you have to be calm and unruffled … in other words, in control. Just ask the Fonz. A car is the same way. Having all the air conditioning capacity in the world does you no good if you can’t control it.

There are still some plumbing to be done on the Mach 1, but while waiting on parts to arrive, I started working on the control panel for the new heating and air conditioning system.

The first order of business was to clean and paint the face plate. A squirt of a degreasing cleaner, a little elbow grease, and the panel was ready to be painted. You can see the painted face plate drying in the third picture.

The fourth picture shows the control levers all taped up and painted silver so they will look as nice as the face plate they go into.

The final photo shows the control unit assembled with the new new Vintage Air appliqué in place and all the gizmos that allows this original control panel to control the modern climate control system attached.

As soon as the shiny new control knobs arrive this control unit will be ready to take on the task of keeping this Mustang … cool.

It’s like sunglasses … for cars

Yesterday a customer dropped of their Infinity G35 to have the tail-lamps tinted.

In my opinion the G35 needs very little help in the looks department, but like a pretty woman putting on her sunglasses, tinting the tail-lamps just makes an appealing package that much better.

Look at these before and after shots and tell see if you don’t agree that having the tail-lamps tinted, slipping on its shades so to speak, doesn’t make this beautiful car look just a little bit better.

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