By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-03-08 20:31
hi to all! i own a karmann gf buggy, invented in the late 60īs from journalists of the "gute fahrt" (sort of volkswagen own newspaper). body (2 piece) is on shortened floorpan, has original (but ugly) hella front and rear lights.
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By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-03-08 20:36 Edited 2010-03-08 20:50
here is another pic from behind. i just build some other rear lights from original 2 chamber lights (58 to 76 beetle).
By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-03-08 20:49
wheels are original lemmerz sprint star (empi) , front 5,5 j x 15 with 165 sr 15 and rear 8 j x 15 with 275/80/15.
seats are from a rare simca rallye 2 from the end of the sixties, similar to renault alpine a 110.
motor is a 1500 cc with 44 hp, drums are mounted all around. i restored the complete car after buying it from my brother one year ago. color is a 1970 porsche green, matching to the year of construction of the buggy.
By Brad H 1498 Date 2010-03-09 16:16
Welcome Yens. You're on your way to restoring a great piece of history. I've seen other photos of these, but they were always small and didn't show much detail. Nice work.
By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-03-09 21:21
thank you brad!
iīm just fixing the wiring harness! and it makes me mad!
iīm wondering, that the owners before me didnīt burn down the whole car because of the crazy cables set everywhere!! incredible!
By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-03-09 21:23
here are some more pics of the restoration. the pics speak for themselves, i suppose:
By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-03-09 21:36
one funny thing about the rollcage; you can flip him backwards by just opening a screw on the left and right side.
By Brad H 1498 Date 2010-03-10 13:45
Hi Yens, You've done a great job! What's the material shown on the floors? Is it some kind of soud deadening material? Don't get too upset about the wire, I have yet to see an older buggy with nice clean wiring that didn't resemble a bowl of spagetti. The rollcage sounds interesting, but probably wouldn't do much in a rollover if it only has one bolt ber side holding it upright .
Keep posting pictures.
By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-03-13 20:13 Edited 2010-03-13 20:22
the cover on the floorpan is indeed a bitume sort of material, to avoid vibrations and too much additional sounds, i donīt want to hear while iīm driving. the flip over rollcage is really a nogo in security!!
but due to german traffic laws back in those days they had to build one in.
more pics concerning the buggy later on.
i just got through ebay an original vw mag from 1969 with the gf on the cover. in it something about the technical side and pics with driver and beautiful gals. price for it back then was 4650 german marks, means 2300 euros today. so around 1k in $. the original prototype was fitted with front turn signal lights from a vw bus (until 63). rear lights were round hella trailer lights with steel case. my version is the full plastic cube version. often mounted seats were recaro, scheel or porsche 914 seats. pictures are from original sales brochures (empi imp and karmann gf) and the first prototype with the mentioned turn signals, and the porsche 5 lug wheels. notice the missing windshield but mounted frame!!
By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-03-14 10:51
here are some pics about thr restoration process during the last year. almost all parts have been sand- or glaspearlblasted by myself. then they were powdercoated or primered and painted. i did all the welding (front axle beam and floorpan, seat supports, additional rear torsion bar and front end stabilisation bar) ), as well sandblasting, paint works, disassembling and assembling. i run a sandblasting enterprise specialised in old cars and motorbikes. i work with top german car restorators from the porsche scene. i already did type 718, 550 and 550a, 597 jagdwagen, 356 pre a - c. oldest porsche i sandblasted was a pre a model from 52. rarest was a 718 rsk (rs 61) prototype.
By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-03-21 19:43
here are some more pics about the restoration:
By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-04-01 20:32 Edited 2010-04-01 20:39
i finished now the support for the steering column by laminating fiber glass to the destructed area. after that i molded the sheetmetal into the fiberglass hood. additionally i filled up the hole from the former vdo oil temperature i didnīt need. final sanding of the surface had to be done for a new layer of paint. but before applying the paint i fillered the dash with edge primer. color is a 1970 porsche green (or 1972 signal green from opel (GM)). matching to the year of construction of the buggy.
By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-04-01 20:49
here is by the way a pic of our club fun car:
By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-04-24 22:05
iīm looking for a humbug buggy shell! does anyone has further informations on this one? ads, pics, producer contacts (if they still exist).
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By Jens K 2070 Date 2010-04-27 19:25
i just found out, that it was reproduced in the uk under the name beaujangle. unfortunately only 5 or 6 of them. how much were produced in the usa?
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