Finally finished my other project which now free's me up to start looking at the Oval again. If you went to Uraidla the other week you might have seen it there. For those who are interested, here's the thing that's been distracting me from working on the Oval...
It's a '65 Type 34 Karmann Ghia. Bit of a rare beast and only one of 12 known RHD factory sunroof cars, and the only one known of in Australia. If you're wondering how I know this, it's because I also run http://www.type34.com
The worldwide registry for Type 34 Karmann Ghia's. Worth a look if you like such things
...but enough trivia...
I've owned this car for 18 years and even shipped it with me from the UK when I moved here. It's taken me that long to finally get the thing finished, which has mostly been due to the push I've made on it over the past 6 months. It's got a mildy tuned 2150cc motor running on twin Webber IDF's a Scat C35 cam, Scat rods, Mahle B&P, A&A 4130 crank and all fired from a flamethrower dizzy. Not a screamer by any stretch of the imagination, probably somewhere in the region of 150BHP would be a good guess.
I built the 2150cc engine so that I could use the original engine and box that I had built for it in the Oval. Unfortunately I had a few issues with the build such as a brand new Scat crank which was bent by 5 tho, Dizzy gears with no keyways, missing woodruff keys, perforated oil coolers and other missing parts. This delayed the build a bit whilst I sourced new parts, which has meant that I've taken until November to get it finished, whereas I was hoping to have it finished a lot sooner. This has obviously eaten up a fair bit of Oval build time. With only just over a month to the next test and tune day, I've more than got my work cut out.
I've got some time off over xmas so will look at getting stuck in to some serious work. Need to figure out what's next. From memory I need to weld some holes up in the shell before I can get it back on the pan. I've also ordered a pair of uprated rear axles. These use the Porsche 930 CV joint - same as the gearbox, which means that I should be able to use an off the shelf drive shaft. many moons ago I approached someone to make me some custom drive shafts here in Adelaide, when I contacted them to pick them up I found that they had lost my measurements and not even started them - a big let down. Having the CV joints all the same means that I dont have to fark about with trying to get drive shafts made up again.
Now I come to think of it, I recon the driveshaft bloke has still got the CV joints I left there for him to match the splines. Probably two hopes of seeing those again