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Update 11/12 - Twin Supercharged Karmann Ghia Rod

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Update 11/12 - Twin Supercharged Karmann Ghia Rod
Posted by shucky on Monday, February 18, 2008 7:59 PM
New project started a few weeks back. Going for a "rod" flavor on this one. I usually build "tuners" so this is a change for me and my first post in the HR/SR/SM forum!

Mini tubs scratched from styrene to fit the whitewall slicks ...


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Posted by shucky on Monday, February 18, 2008 8:05 PM
Rear susp. had to be narrowed a bit as the slicks where pushing out ...


Also had to do some trimming to swing the susp. up about 1/4 inch ...
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Posted by fordsvtparts2 on Monday, February 18, 2008 8:07 PM
Looks great so far, Can't wait to see how it goes.
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Posted by shucky on Monday, February 18, 2008 8:09 PM
Body is now in primer and awaiting wet sanding and color coats. I had some time today so I decided to sort out the motor. I wanted to go with something totally different, so I decided on twin superchargers! Each will sit on either side of the aircooled monster.

Scratched these superchargers today from styrene and aluminum tubing and sprayed some primer on them. Need to fix a couple little things but other than that they came out great. More to come!




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Posted by victorsmalls on Monday, February 18, 2008 9:43 PM
Love the scratch blowers. Top notch.
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Posted by hotrod1 on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 1:09 AM
You made that look easy.
Can't wait to see how it all fits together..
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Posted by Uncle Terry on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 3:05 AM
Thats awesome. Goin to be a great build.
I really need to get my hands on this kit lol.
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Posted by KMAN on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 5:58 AM
Nice work. The superchargers look, well, super! Keep those pics coming. Can't wait to see more. I'm not crazy about whitewalls, but, that's just my dumb opinion. What color is she gonna wear? Kelly

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Posted by Cycolac Fan on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 6:25 AM
Wow! Love the scratchbuilt superchargers! That's really clever yet so simple.

I managed to stuff a Corvair engine into one of these and that meant relocating the axle forward 3mm - looks like you're going to have a fair bit of work to do here.
Mike
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Posted by burlllee on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 7:06 AM
Looking good Shucky, good luck.
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Posted by Mr. Min T. Fresh on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 10:01 AM
I thought that this was supposed to be JUST a fun build Wink

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Posted by ThomasA3D on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 3:48 PM
Cool project and a great idea. Looking forward to see your progress.
I have a Lamborghini Diablo and a Karman Ghia - I wonder if the Lambo engine can be shoehorned into the Ghia Question


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Posted by MoPars II on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 4:29 PM
Hmmm, it looks like the front would have enough room for a Chevy 350 or LS1...
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Posted by shucky on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 4:51 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Mr. Min T. Fresh

I thought that this was supposed to be JUST a fun build Wink




... Big Smile I do tend to carried away with my engine build ups ...

Actually, the motor sits in the stock location as well as the suspension. Will need to make new axles from aluminum though. The sc's, intakes, intercooler, etc will all fit under the stock hood (I hope!). Next up is making the intake manifolds to mount the blowers and the pulley system.

thanks for the nice comments! more to come... ~Mike
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Posted by Duane on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 7:26 PM
WOOOW !!!! this build looks SOO COOOL !!!
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Posted by MISTERTWISTER on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 9:08 PM
This is a great concept and excellent work on the superchargers. Looking forward to seeing more of this one.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 11:25 PM
Man you guys blow me away on this site.
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Posted by del austin on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 7:08 AM
Interesting. I like the concept on this one.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 9:56 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by MoPars II

Hmmm, it looks like the front would have enough room for a Chevy 350 or LS1...


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Posted by Mr. Mopar on Saturday, March 1, 2008 5:50 PM
Update?
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Posted by planetzion on Saturday, March 1, 2008 10:02 PM
yeah update pls !!!!! im keen to see this one very unique concept......shucky your work is from another planet......
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Posted by 1990Cadillac on Saturday, March 1, 2008 10:41 PM
Man great job so far...Love the superchargers! Will b watching this one...
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Posted by shucky on Monday, March 3, 2008 7:21 AM
Thanks for the kinds words. Should have some progress pics soon. Superchargers got a fresh coat of primer last night, pulleys being scratchbuilt, and intake manifolds being scratched as well. More to come... Smile
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Posted by 63SplitWindow on Monday, March 3, 2008 7:36 AM
Looking foward to seeing more progress on your Ghia. You have a neat idea keep us posted.
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Posted by starfishrz on Monday, March 3, 2008 7:49 AM
Superchargers are awesome !Thumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs UpBow

Be yourself; everybody else is taken !!

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 3, 2008 7:16 PM
Can't wait to see more progress! Looks awesome so far!
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Posted by Mr. Min T. Fresh on Monday, March 3, 2008 9:57 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by shucky

Thanks for the kinds words. Should have some progress pics soon. Superchargers got a fresh coat of primer last night, pulleys being scratchbuilt, and intake manifolds being scratched as well. More to come... Smile


Bro what those blowers need is a dyna flash all the way Big Smile
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Posted by shucky on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 8:54 AM
Hi all .... progress has been a bit slow, but hope to get the engine sorted by this weekend. After some thought, my idea of using an intercooler just doesn't feel right for the "rod" theme of this build. My new idea is to use a 2 throat Hilborn fuel injection setup atop each supercharger. Think this will definately look the part and fit this build much more properly!

Random pics - used sheet styrene to round out the fan housing and build backing plate. Also early pic of scratched pulleys. These are thin slices of aluminum tubing cut with mini miter saw which slide over another section of polished aluminum. Allows me to properly gauge depth of pulley and will be finished off with PE pulley face. Created 3 sizes for superchargers + idler, crank, and alternator.



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Posted by shucky on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 8:57 AM
Couple more ...




These will make up the intake manifolds soon ...


Should have better progress pics by this weekend! Big Smile
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Posted by planetzion on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 3:48 PM
wow...keep up the amazing work..!

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