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    1. Member Blu_Hare's Avatar
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      10-23-2015 03:11 PM #101
      That's a lot of frustration to go through but I'm glad it worked out in the end. Now go do burnouts.

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    3. 10-28-2015 02:35 AM #102
      That's so nice work.

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    5. 10-29-2015 10:35 AM #104
      Wellll, The guys at WesTech are really MAD at me - --- -- - One of the front oil coolers decided to split open while the car was on the dyno Monday -- what a mess -- Freaking car was still dripping oil out of the spare tire drain Tuesday when I went over to help by-pass that cooler -- should of just put another oil cooler in its place, but their description of what happen had me confused -- -- but I've been working nights lately so I'm in a constant state of confusion LOL (still had to have the blue towels and rags there to continue to mop up the oil in this picture LOL)

      Don't know when they will have some open dyno time so they can get the Ghia back on there

      They did have a cool open class desert car on the dyno Tuesday -- -- about a half million dollar toy there

    6. 10-30-2015 07:55 PM #105
      Was over working on the oil cooler at WesTech -- Chad from BangShift was there -- He had a junkyard SBC on the Dyno and all the guys there were running around the dyno and giggling and laughing and just cracking up -- --- --

      They had setup two targets behind the headers and were pouring BB's down the carb and watching them hit the targets.... It was the craziest thing I'd ever watched-- I don't know which was funnier watching the BB's come shooting out of the headers or the guys running around laughing their azzes off -- -- Then they pulled the plugs out after their "run" OMG .. .. well, look at the pictures.....

      Soon to be a video to be posted somewhere :::::::::::::::::::::::

      If you look closely you can see all the BB's on the floor....

    7. 11-05-2015 11:42 AM #107
      A little update -- -- Nothing is happening LMAO

      The last 2 weeks the guys from WesTech have been jammed with the high dollar cars going to SEMA (or Chad destroying a SBC) or Eric being sicker than a dog -- Hope he's feeling better !!! -- Went over to work on the Ghia this morning, but they've all left to go to SEMA too..... Oh well, it's not like I've anywhere to go LOL -- and remember I'm the one who made the deal that the Ghia is not their first priority, just something for them work on when they can -- so really no problem as far as I'm concerned, because they are treating the ghia very well !!!

      SO, Screw it,,,, I'm going on Vacation -- see you all in a couple of weeks

    8. 12-08-2015 10:28 AM #108
      This was in my in-box today -- --

      Circuit of The Americas (COTA) February 26-28, 2016

      Good Morning:

      I hope this finds each of you in good spirits as we trek through Fall toward Winter. I for one think a more southern location is in the cards. HMMM, perhaps Austin, Texas?!

      For the fourth year in a row, it’s time to think about three days of driving on America’s only purpose built F1 track, Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. MVP Track Time has scheduled our 4th annual three-day COTA track event for February 26 – 28, 2016.

      Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the investment to play at COTA. The entry fee for all three days is $1,375, the same as 2014. As with previous years, there are a limited number of spots available for COTA. Yes, they fill fast.

      STEP 1
      The $1,375 entry fee for all three days at COTA can only be completed with Pay Pal (you can use any major credit card through the Pay Pal system if you don’t have a Pay Pal account) at the link below:


      STEP 2
      Once you have completed the entry fee, head over to the “Registration Page” of MVP’s web site (link below) to register. You’ll need to scroll to the bottom of the page to complete the blue outlined registration box. Click on the“Event” drop-down menu and choose Circuit of The Americas (COTA): February 26-28, 2016.


      After we have allocated the registrations by run group, based on individual track experience, we will send out group confirmation e-mails to each run group. We will have four (blue, green, yellow and red) run groups allowing us to schedule two hours of track time daily.

      In the spirit of transparency, the rental of COTA, as you can guess, is rather costly, so once you register, MVP will not be able to give you a refund until COTA is sold out and we have a replacement for you. If/when we can replace you, there will be a $100 cancellation fee. Inside of four weeks (January 29, 2016 and later) prior to the COTA event there is no refund. This is the reality of renting Circuit of The Americas.

      If you have any questions, grab the phone and call me at (314) 249-3770 or you can e-mail [email protected].

      Happy Motoring and I hope to see you at COTA. Enjoy your day.

      Mark Pfeffer – MVP Track Time
      Phone: (314) 249-3770
      E-mail: [email protected]

    9. 05-24-2016 01:44 AM #110
      Well, The Ghia is back home -- -- It has been gone so much the past year that there almost wasn't a space for it in the garage..... you know how a empty spot in the garage fills up quick LOL

      I brought the damn thing home Sunday, with more problems than it left with, oil leaks up the arse and just a ton of electrical issues. It runs OK. It drives on and off the trailer and goes down the road, then it just shuts off -- -- guess I'm just gonna reach in there and grab a handful of wiring and just rip it out and start over.... Ordered some new electrical things and they will be here tomorrow night, so tomorrow I'll get started straightening out my rats nest and decide how I want to proceed.....

      On the way home, I was cruising a car show at the Riverside Auto Center with the Ghia on the trailer, and there was Ester (E-girl)((Powder puff VW racer par excellence)). I didn't know she was Ms. Route 66.... Damn she looked good in that tiara... LOL

    10. 05-31-2016 10:14 AM #111
      Monday, thinking I had the electrical all sorted out, I took the car out on my little 3 mile test loop I use. Left one signal and was rolling onto the throttle, trying to get my gremlins to reappear. Damn, only boosting to 4-5 pounds, double damn, forgot to plug-in the boost controller and was only running on the waste gate spring..... Turned onto a side street so I could connect it back together... As I climbed out, this new GT Mustang pulls up next to me and rolls down his window... "I usually don't stop and congratulate someone for beating me, but that little thing is fast ! Whatcha got in it??"

      "Just a stocker with a little boost," I replied, "If I'd known we were racing, I would of really got after it!!!!" Hope I don't go to hell for all the little lies I tell, LMAO.

      He drove away shaking his head..... Don't mess with the Air Cooled!!!!! LOL

    11. Member ps2375's Avatar
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      05-31-2016 03:41 PM #112
      LMAO!! too funny!
      Tradition is the art of making the same mistake repeatedly, on purpose.

    12. 08-20-2016 01:43 AM #113
      Tuner leaned out the engine, then noticed a loss of power -- I said thank you very much, please do it again sir

      But I now have a solution to this tuner ****----

    13. Member WFox93's Avatar
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      08-23-2016 06:09 PM #114
      mother of god that is going to be super smexy.
      No matter how awesome any car I drive is, NOTHING will match the joy I got from my calypso B3 Passat

      Check out the bi-polar beetle build thread

    14. Member generations's Avatar
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      08-25-2016 03:21 PM #115
      i need another ghia in my life.. this thread didn't help me
      southend polishing

    15. 10-07-2016 04:51 PM #116
      Another couple of $$$$ invested to over coming the tuner disaster -- -- couple of weeks in Italy, back home about the time all the stuff started coming back from all the shops and Wah-la back together for my Birthday.....
      """Yes Dear,,,, I don't think it will cost too much to re-do the engine.... cough,,,,.. cough..... choke,, cough""""

    16. 10-12-2016 12:44 AM #117
      Oh lets say I've gone little stupid since the last post --

      Ok --- I think I got the carb intake mocked up -- this engine is starting to have more colors than an Easter Egg -- --

    17. Member WFox93's Avatar
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      10-12-2016 05:15 PM #118
      for some reason I forgot you were boosted and was kinda curious how you were going to put that carb on there.
      It looks good.
      I did some research on that brand. Is that the 650 or the 750 CFM model?
      No matter how awesome any car I drive is, NOTHING will match the joy I got from my calypso B3 Passat

      Check out the bi-polar beetle build thread

    18. 10-14-2016 11:14 AM #119
      It is the 750cfm

      Engine is almost ready -- Just need to finish the MSD install -- I still hate crawling around the freaking cage to get to the back of the firewall LOL

      I'm so over using steel braided line -- and E85 just eats them up -- I'm having to replace it almost every other year -- So now I'm using hard line when I have new installs or replacing old lines, I'm using either SS or Aluminum... AL is softer and easier to form and more forgiving than SS.....

    19. 10-14-2016 11:57 PM #120
      IT'S RUNNING -- -- Fired right up -- My timing light took a dump so I was just guessing where I was at --- and was trying to guess where I was at with the fuel but it was sounding real nice.........

    20. 10-21-2016 12:36 AM #121
      No sooner than I bragged about how great my 16300 starters (ACVW starter out of a automatic), I had mine go out --- Damn it!!! -- -- So, I jumped into my car and drove over to CarCraft in Riverside, all the while preparing to buy another 16300 (and get lunch at Zorba's).... Was setting there bench racing with Bob Godfrey and whining about losing a starter, Ed perks up and said that he had this new brand new starter "OE Brand Part Number BA16450" out of Florida making some really killer starters.... I'm going, Yeah, Yeah, I've heard this all before... So Ed brings one out. They are tiny and light!!! I'm looking at it and thinking there's no way that this little thing is gonna spin my 2963.... He says, you buy this, and if you don't like it, bring it back in the original box and I'll put 100% of the money towards another starter.... OK, what do I have to lose except another chance to come over to CarCraft and go to Zorba's Hamburgers for lunch (I live for a Zorba Burger and Onion Rings from this place -- they are great!!!! Remember that the next time your in the area)..... SO, I bring this thing home, throw it into the car and this little starter is winging my engine at a higher RPM than I have ever had..... Really impressed with this little thing!!!!!!

    21. 12-15-2016 04:05 PM #122
      Love the Ghia, your new house interior and that little gem you found to be the Ghia's roommate

    22. 08-12-2017 06:28 PM #124
      Guess I need some different tires -- Thought I laid down a wicked 2nd gear 100' burnout and went back to look, the marks left by these tires were just a slight haze, couldn't even get a good Photo of them -- Damn

      Out and about


    23. 08-13-2017 08:13 PM #125
      Went to the Pomona Swap meet today.... ((Bet you guys can tell the wife is out of town for a week))

      Wow, I haven't been to one in over 20 years and this thing was massive. Easy 200 VW's in the VW corral. Got a wild hair and hung a For Sale sign on the Ghia for $20K as the guy in the Porsche powered Bus next to me had a price of $100K on it..... But the side panels on it were soooooo straight, I could of taken a picture of my Ghia off it (or you can see my car in the reflection off the door)..... The Double cab behind me was gorgeous too!!!!

      No one wanted a HotRod Ghia LOL........

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