Saturday, December 28, 2019

Christmas Tatra Drive 2019

Twelve months have passed since my last update on the DKW Meisterklasse project. The project seemed to be on hold for a very long time while I sourced parts and lined up people to do some of the work.

The major issue holding me back was the rust in the footwell and sills. The rust was pretty bad so I really wanted this fixed before I did anything else. I had several people check out the car and quote on the repairs. There was a lot of interest but the challenge is getting a spot in their schedule. There is so much work out there that good panel beaters have their pick of jobs.

After nearly nine months waiting, my slot finally opened up.

As you can see, the front floor is in bad shape. The front floor has been replaced in the past, but this metal is rotten. Each side of the floor is also rotten. 

The sills have been fibreglassed over.

When I bought the car the wheel arches had been slathered in mastic to cover the rust and repairs. This was all scraped off at the dockside as part of the asbestos removal.

When fully cleaned up the quality of this 'repair' is fully exposed. This metal plate was tack welded over the rust holes.

The rust holes exposed

Cut out

Some of the new repairs.

Slowly coming together.

More of the rust cut out.

With all the rusted panels cut out and new metal going in.

Test fitting the new floor panels.

The new floor is in. Sometime early in 2020 I expect the car will be back in the garage and will be able to work on the engine and mechanicals.

The radiator is removed. It seems in good condition.

I gave a flush and tested it for leaks. Seems good.

All the electrics need to be replaced. The wiring is shot.

I have organized a refurbished crankshaft. The engine needs a full rebuild.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Day of the Volkswagen 2019

Sunday the 8th December 2019 was the annual Day of the Volkswagen at Wilson Park in South Fremantle.

The weather in Perth in the first week of December 2019 was scorching with the temperature peaking at 40c on Friday 6th December. Fortunately the weather turned on the weekend to a lovely 26c with a cooling breeze blowing in from the sea.

Some 210 Volkswagens from all eras turned up to the show. A record!

Gorgeous 1958 lowlight Karmann Ghia. Best in show in my book. The colour, bamboo green, is lovely.

Manx beach buggy. This car was voted best Buggy.

There were at least five buggies in attendance.

Another Manx

Two near identical 58 lowlight Karmann Ghias.

Both are painted the same anthracite gray. The closer car was for sale at $39,000 (advert is on Gumtree)

The ubiquitous Beetle

Another lovely Karmann Ghia - also for sale.

An early unmolested 60s Beetle in two-tone paintwork. Unmolested Volkswagens are increasingly hard to come by.

The star of the show in my book is this very early, very original 1952 Standard Export Beetle.

This car was shipped to Rhodesia in 1952. Although a Standard model it received some additional export features, such as chrome trim and hubcaps.

Two really interesting period features include the toolbox in the wheel hub and the removable radio. The KDF organization in Nazi Germany developed the 'volks-radio' program in the mid-1930s to provide German families a cheap radio set. This was adapted to to be fit behind the dashboard of the 'volks-wagen' car. Those familiar with the layout of the dashboard of these early Beetles will recognize the shape of the radio dash.

This year was the 70th anniversary of the Type 2, better known nowadays as the 'Kombi.' Technically this isn't a kombi, but a bus, but no one cares these days.

The reason the Type 2 was so successful was its versatility. This is a Dormobile conversion from the UK.

Type 2 ute

Type 2 (bay window) panel van

Type 2 (bay) bus.

Type 2 (split screen) kombi. The world 'kombi' meant combination-wagen; a mixed use format that could be used as a bus or a panel/commercial van.

There were about 80 Type 2's attending.

Type 2 double cab. I've always wanted one of these so I could haul around the bikes and scooters for displays.

Type 3 'squareback'. By the 1960s the Beetle was quite out of date and the Volkswagen range needed some serious updating. The Type 3 was an attempt to develop a more practical family car while retaining the rear engine layout. The Type 3 has a lower engine with a horizontal cooling fan replacing the Beetle's vertical fan.

Another Karmann Ghia.

Some years there hasn't been a single Karmann on display, but this year it was great to see so many.

Type 3 Notchback sedan.

Kombi-Nation Co. Great coffee!!

Type 3 Squareback

Shannons Insurance doing their bit to support the classic movement

Fancy a Karmann project?

All Air Cooled

More kombi's

Pop-Up Party Bars

Kombination Seafoods

I am a big fan of this blue

Two 1962 Karmanns. In the foreground is a Karmann cabriolet and behind our Ghia.

Two unmolested examples. The car on the right is an oval window Beetle (1954-58).

Another oval Beetle

Another fine 60s Beetle and its successor, the Super-Beetle. Some people might think them all the same but the Super-Beetle featured numerous small changes which 'modernized' the cars' appearance and made them.... ordinary.

Type 3 Fastback. The Fastback is actually a very stylish car in my opinion.

Convertible, two seater.

This Karmann Ghia was voted best Ghia in the show.

The Australia designed and built Country Buggy. The Country Buggy was a project initiated in Australia for a farm utility vehicle on a Volkswagen chassis. Only some 800 were built for Australian sales before Volkswagen Germany got wind of the project and shut it down.

The organizing committee of the Volkswagen Club of WA. They're a young and enthusiastic bunch and do a great job.

Shelly and Molly.

So many kombis I went cross-eyed

A drone shot of the turnout by Relive Photography