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ratghia
ratghia New Reader
9/2/08 3:32 p.m.

Here is a better picture of the car.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
9/2/08 4:29 p.m.

yeah, that's tasty!

admc58
admc58 New Reader
9/3/08 6:50 a.m.

Aaron,

Your doing great work on this rat, keep it up. 59hp...this is going to be a blast, I'm already giggling! Only 28 more days...

Jax2A
Jax2A HalfDork
9/3/08 7:01 a.m.

And to think I used to think Ghia's were ugly. It's looking great, nice work.

Wally
Wally SuperDork
9/3/08 8:17 a.m.

Nice work with the paint. It hardly looks like the same car

ValuePack
ValuePack HalfDork
9/3/08 12:49 p.m.

Wwwwwow. Between the newer paint and the dropped front end, this rat is dead sexy. I greatly approve of the use of steelies.:)

ratghia
ratghia New Reader
9/7/08 4:38 p.m.

I took a few pictures of the ghia after we put the stock wheels back on.

Volksroddin
Volksroddin Reader
9/7/08 6:10 p.m.

hmmm weed eater. looks nice.

ratghia
ratghia New Reader
12/21/08 3:39 p.m.

I finally got out to the shop last weekend for the first time since getting back from Florida. I have been busy with ice hockey four times a week and haven’t had any time. We were having an electrical problem so I did a run-through and it fired up on the first crank. I also got some time to put in the new carpet and reupholster the original seats that i have had in the basement since the beginning of summer. We also got a chance to take it out into the snow.

wheels777
wheels777 HalfDork
12/21/08 5:38 p.m.

Is that a Hurst shifter and a tissue dispenser?

gamby
gamby SuperDork
12/21/08 8:26 p.m.
wheels777 wrote: Is that a Hurst shifter and a tissue dispenser?

The tissue dispenser is PIMP.

alex
alex Reader
12/21/08 10:23 p.m.

Want. Bad. Now. eBay here I come...

Really, this is a very cool build and it's going in the perfect direction. That thing looks just about perfect in that color, with that stance, on those sweet half-moon-capped steelies there in the snow.

Good show. Keep the updates rolling.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair GRM+ Memberand Dork
12/21/08 10:51 p.m.

Aaron, the seats look great, and I bet the carpet makes it a lot quieter on the inside. Now fess up, the tissue dispenser hides an MP3 player, right?

Nice work, kid!

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter Online Editor
12/22/08 7:20 a.m.

Aaron, you know you can update your Reader Ride now?

ratghia
ratghia Reader
12/6/09 5:08 p.m.

Well yesterday I was talking to my dad and decided I would like to either find the Ghia or buy a new 1964 Ghia. I had lost the guys email since selling it a year ago and last I heard he sold it to a friend and it was sitting in his yard. I decided to just buy another one. I found one with a 2” beam in Indian that was blue like my old one. I looked at a tail shot saw the hole and Steuben badge and realized it was my old Ghia. I emailed the guy and worked out a trade for the 1952 standard.

Since being sold the engine dropped a valve and no longer has the judson. It is on a restored 1960 ragtop. The 40hp engine was replaced by a 1600. The interior was also put in the car. The car also received a set of original empi sprint star wheels that will come with it.

I am going to get the car the first week of the year. It is the soonest I don’t have anything going on. I want to rebuild one of the 40hp engine I have for it to get it running. I am unsure if I want to do a vintage speed engine or something big. Either way I will becoming back to the $2010 challenge. I just want to get it running and inspected by the end of winter so I can drive it this summer. I then want to fix the rust next winter.

gamby
gamby SuperDork
12/6/09 5:15 p.m.

I would have liked to see the '52 come to fruition (that was the one you found that was a basket case, right???

Either way--good that you're reunited w/ your old car.

ratghia
ratghia Reader
12/6/09 5:23 p.m.
gamby wrote: I would have liked to see the '52 come to fruition (that was the one you found that was a basket case, right??? Either way--good that you're reunited w/ your old car.

I would have liked to re-do the 1952 (basket case), but I really wanted this car back. I have always regretted that I sold it. I also don't know if I would have been able to fix the car as it would required a lot of work. I also don't know if I would have wanted to learn to do body work on a car that rare. In the long run the 1952 will be worth a lot more but it would also cost a lot more to get it to that point.

Jay
Jay Dork
12/6/09 5:28 p.m.

Good to see this thing back. I remember thinking it was a real WTF moment when you sold it (not that the Standard isn't cool though!) Any plans for returning it to forced induction glory?

ratghia
ratghia Reader
12/6/09 5:39 p.m.
Jay wrote: Good to see this thing back. I remember thinking it was a real WTF moment when you sold it (not that the Standard isn't cool though!) Any plans for returning it to forced induction glory?

I am thinking rajay turbo.

admc58
admc58 New Reader
12/6/09 8:42 p.m.

Aaron, Keep up the great work. Can't wait to see what you do with it this time. Love to drive it again. Alan

aussiesmg
aussiesmg SuperDork
12/6/09 8:51 p.m.

Nice Aaron, I saw the car on a trailer on US30 behind a Hong Norr tow vehicle headed West past Van Wert Ohio, I was flat out excited just to see it.

sanyarcosean
sanyarcosean New Reader
12/6/09 8:56 p.m.
aussiesmg wrote: Nice Aaron, I saw the car on a trailer on US30 behind a Hong Norr tow vehicle headed West past Van Wert Ohio, I was flat out excited just to see it.

That was us on the out bound trip I would think to deliver it. We have Hong stickers on our Escape. Love those crazy kids

friedgreencorrado
friedgreencorrado Dork
12/6/09 10:21 p.m.

Aaron, I'd consider bringing it back home with Empi Stars well worth having to rebuild a 40hp.

Glad to see you got it back. I'm sure you've seen a lot of us here whining about the one we "never shoulda sold"..

OTOH, sorry you had to let the Standard go. Does it look like that guy will restore it?

ratghia
ratghia Reader
12/7/09 6:05 a.m.

He seems to already have a plan for it so yes. The most important thing you need to save the standard is the drive to do so.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
12/7/09 11:54 a.m.
ratghia wrote: The most important thing you need to save the standard is the drive to do so.

that's a very deep statement right there. i'm happy for you, aaron. and IMO you'll be happier with the Ghia done the way you want it versus the zwitter done the way a car of that rarity "should be" done.

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