Welcome to Tracy's Karmann Ghia Page!
is the story of Haifisch (Sharky in German), a 1968 Volkswagen
Karmann Ghia on a '71 Ghia pan, pulled out of a barn in central Georgia
September 1, 1999 after sitting for 10 years.
as an engagement gift for Tracy, it was the culmination of a lifelong
dream to own & drive a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (though the car
in the dream was probably in better shape, like with an engine and seats
goal of this project is not a faithful restoration back to original
factory condition, but what is commonly known as resto/custom. In our
case, we intend to build a comfortable, reliable, mid-to-high performance,
modernized vintage sports car. Can it be done? Well of course it can
silly! Anything can be done! The question is, can it be done
for a reasonable cost by a couple of amateurs in their garage? We don't
know but we're giving it all we've got!
Our plan for doing this is to upgrade and modify
the mechanical systems and interior until we think we have it like we
want. Then we will pull the body off the pan (frame) and get everything
fixed and painted. Upon reassembly we should be able to just drive &
In the following pages we will include all of
our adventures, misadventures, mistakes, and victory's for all to enjoy.
We are tracking the costs of everything except gas, oil, filters, repeating
tire and brake replacements, and registration/insurance fee's. So if
you've ever wondered what it would really take to restore a 30 year
old VW, visit the Money
Pit. We are not tracking labor hours.
Hey, were trying to save at least a shred of our sanity and self-esteem
is performing all of the work herself with the help of your author,
Skye (picture guy sitting on stool in garage, camera in one hand,
beer in the other, barking orders and chortling as Tracy grows ever
more frustrated, occasionally cursing, throwing wrenches and yelling
things like, "Why did they make it like THAT? Idiots - that's stupid,
I could build a better car!" Skye answers, "Yeah isn't
that a pain in the ass? Listen, are you almost done? The motorcycle
race is about to come on TV." - eheheh, chuckle, chuckle, chortle,
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