Digging The Money Pit!

Tracy says it's worth every penny!!
Date Parts

Cost

Total

8/15/99
Master Cylinder, rear wheel cylinders, front calipers, flexible brake lines, brake hose, brake fluid - new................................
$261
$261
8/15/99
Original 1972 Karmann Ghia seats - used................................
$80
$341
9/1/99
1968 Karmann Ghia on 1971 pan, no engine or interior.............
$900
$1,241
10/13/99
Blinker lens, gas tank, rear quarter window, wiper blades - used....................................................................................
$90
$1,331
11/1/99
Brake system upgrade completed. Something on the car now functions!    
11/15/99
1970 dual port 1600cc engine & related pieces - used.............
$1050
$2,381
11/19/99
Heater hoses, misc. pieces -used..........................................
$48
$2,429
11/20/99
Fresh air hoses, tubing, nuts & bolts, genuine VW
service manual - new...........................................................
$54
$2,483
11/20/99
Rubber insulation strip, battery - new....................................
$46
$2,529
11/21/99
Clutch Release Bearing - new................................................
$13
$2,542
11/21/99
It's a runner! Tracy takes her first test drive and we drive the car to a restaurant for a celebration dinner. Much self-satisfied conversation and beer mug tipping ensues.    
11/24/99
Oil change kits, fuses, nuts & bolts, hose clamps - new............
$39
$2,581
11/27/99
Seat belt parts, spare tire, jack, blower motor - used..............
$70
$2,651
12/1/99
Car goes primetime as Tracy starts driving Haifisch to work. Friends and clients are awed and impressed and many rides are taken as the much heard-about project car appears in real life.    
12/3/99
Door latch mechanism, ignition assembly, blinker lens, seals for trunk,air intakes, & turn signals - new & used....................
$53
$2,704
12/4/99
Spark plug wires, brake light switches, nuts & bolts - new........
$37
$2,741
12/5/99
Safety factor increases as modern seatbelts are
installed, but Haifisch's primetime run is cut short as the car fills with smoke after frying her generator. She retires to the garage awaiting a transplant.
   
12/13/99
Heater cables - new.............................................................
$6
$2,747
12/15/99
Doorlocks now function, steering wheel locks, and the ignition no longer hangs from the dash by it's wires.    
12/22/99
Alternator conversion kit, 8mm spark plug wires, brake light switches - new.....................................................................
$207
$2,954
01/02/00
K&N Gas-A-Just shocks, 3/4" sway bars - new .......................
$259
$3,213
01/09/00
15"x5.5" chrome wheels, Sumitomo Srixon4 195/60/15 tires w/mount & balance - new.....................................................
$499
$3,712
01/15/00

We rub-out the car with polishing compound and an electric buffer. The transformation is astounding! Skye stops referring to the car as "The Roach".
Dirt plugs fuel line on the way to friends house to showoff car. Highest attainable speed falls from 65 to 50, 40, and 30 mph before we barely limp into the driveway. Luckily this friend has an air compressor to blow out the fuel line. All light bulbs are replaced and electric terminals are cleaned after slight altercation with police on the way home.

0 to 60 mph runs are timed to establish a baseline for coming performance improvement modifications. A scalding average 0-60 time of 21.07 seconds is recorded!

   
02/06/00
Cold snap hits the south with temperatures into the 20's. Tracy whines about driving with gloves and winter coat on and still being cold. Air holes are hurriedly sealed and heater cable clamp is found to have fallen off, eliminating heat on the drivers side of the car. Skye berates Tracy on the importance of fully tightening bolts while she crawls under the car with a new replacement. With the heater cable fixed, winter driving is now just "refreshingly cool."    
02/09/00
Top dashboard pad, glove box, trunk cable Comp-U-Fire electronic ignition, Bosch "009" distributor - new....................
$233
$3,945
02/10/00
Another milestone is reached. Gretchen, Tracy's trusty '85 VW Golf is sold (eye's tearing up) and Haifisch becomes her sole mode of transportation!    
02/16/00
Body-to-chassis rubber blocks, chrome hub caps, hand brake cover boot, rubber seals for drivers door, windshield, rear window, and fresh air vents, - new......................................... $171 $4,116
02/27/00
EMPI dual quiet pack exhaust system - new........................... $83 $4,199
03/06/00 Hardware, tire gage, fuel filter - new...................................... $14 $4,213
03/25/00 Hardware, exhaust paint - new..............................................
$8
$4,221
06/19/00 Air Conditioning System!! (WalMart fan) - new.......................
$11
$4,232
06/25/00 European red/amber taillight lenses & seals - new.................
$143
$4,375
07/04/00 Brake light switches, hardware, hoses - new..........................
$53
$4,430
07/07/00 EMPI 1-1/2 QT "deep sump" oil sump - new............................
$55
$4,485
07/29/00 Headlight, bumper hardware - new........................................
$29
$4,514
08/15/00 Fuel Pump, filter(again!), vent hose, nuts & bolts - new..........
$42
$4,556
09/26/00 Toggle switch, fresh air hose, plastic for doors - new...............
$20
$4,576
09/26/00 A major milestone is reached when the *electric fan* (from a VW van) powered custom heating system is installed and warm air can actually be felt STREAMING from the vents! Defrost actually clears the windows! It's a whole new world!!    
10/21/00 Tie rod end, gas tank paint, header paint, hardware - new.......
$48
$4,624
10/23/00 Fuel pump, fuel line - new.....................................................
$36
$4,660
10/24/00 Perlux electronic ignition to replace the one I smoked by hooking the wires up backwards -DOH!, exhaust gaskets - new
$83
$4,743
10/25/00 Wire for gauge & cable for battery relocation, hole plugs - new
$33
$4,776
10/26/00 "Great Stuff" foam, grommets, fuel line & fittings for future fuel injection upgrade, aluminum stock & hardware for battery relocation - new...................................................................
$68
$4,844
11/02/00 Hardware - new...................................................................
$3
$4,847
12/17/00 Ballast resister for failed taillight experiment- new.................
$3
$4,850
12/18/00 Fiberglass dashboard cover - new.........................................
$105
$4,955
12/19/00 Thermostat parts, full flow oil kit, flywheel seal, Gene Berg (read: VW Guru) instruction & technical books - new...............
$299
$5,254
01/05/01 Shipping oil lines back to Gene Berg after I ordered the wrong size-DOH!, oil line fittings, bumper seals - new........................
$38
$5,292
01/15/01 Labor to re-cut hoses, thermostat arms (used), fuel gauge sender gasket - new.............................................................
$46
$5,338
01/21/01 Chrome "Karmann Ghia" engine lid & dashboard script, chrome side molding strips, window scrapers & felt pads, door weather seals, window weather seals, fresh air hose - new......
$279
$5,617
01/22/01 Amsoil dual remote oil filtration (full flow & bypass) kit with bypass & full flow filters - new...............................................
$179
$5,796
01/24/01 Headlight relay - new...........................................................
$33
$5,829
01/28/01 Valve cover gaskets - new....................................................
$4
$5,833
01/30/01 Nose emblem, fuel gauge sender, horn seal, - new..................
$131
$5,990
02/06/01 Push rod tubes- new.............................................................
$26
$6,016
02/14/01 Heli-Coil inserts, exhaust patch - new....................................
$49
$6,065
03/02/01 Oil pump, gaskets, intake boots, spark plugs - new.................
$90
$6,155
03/06/01 Clock, volt gauge, freeze plugs, pilot bearing - new.................
$75
$6,230
03/09/01 Gland nut, gaskets, head shims, fresh air hoses, fuses- new....
$50
$6,280
03/21/01 Hardware - new...................................................................
$9
$6,289
03/22/01 Oil pressure & temp gauges & senders, tachometer, cool tin, progressive Weber intake manifold kit, right side mirror - new...
$266
$6,555
03/30/01 After 2 months in the garage, Haifisch rejoins the outside world after getting a major engine upgrade with new rings, a full flow/bypass oil filtering system, thermostat system, and lower compression for cooler running and greater longevity. For the first time she should now be ready for long distance trips even in the heat of summer!    
04/05/01 Hardware, fuel line & filter, 30 mm oil pump, Bugpack oil pressure relief valve kit - new...............................................
$61
$6,616
04/18/01 Solex 34 PICT-3 carburetor - used.........................................
$25
$6,641
03/21/01 Carburetor rebuild kit, yellow spray paint for dash - new.........
$31
$6,672
04/30/01 Sewfine custom tan & ivory door & rear quarter panels - new..
$295
$6,967
04/30/01 StreetBeat Customs canvas ragtop kit in custom "sand" - new
$430
$7,397
05/05/01 Bumper mounting kits, bumper parts - new/used...................
$95
$7,492
05/15/01 Interior door & rear quarter window latch parts, door striker plate, door check strap kit, windshield glass, ash tray, door panel clips & seals, door arm rests, interior rear view mirror with light & base, horn ring for steering wheel & mounting kit, sun visors, cardboard "Ghia" sun shade - new........................
$708
$8,200
05/20/01 VDO speedometer & clock, heater switch, misc. hardware - new....................................................................................
$144
$8,344
05/25/01 Haifisch gets major interior improvements with a full set of gauges, a yellow painted dashboard with new dash pads and new door panels, and features prominently in our wedding sporting a full complement of ribbons and purple balloons!    
07/30/01 Spark plug wires, black paint for pedals, reverse light bulbs - new....................................................................................
$28
$8,372
08/27/01 Rear wheel bearings & seals- new.........................................
$103
$8,475
09/02/01 Engine cover seal, exhaust gaskets, Ghia Gyrl stickers - new...
$37
$8,512
09/10/01 Mintex brake pads & shoes, braided stainless steel lines - new
$145
$8,657
09/15/01 Rear window, rear seat back, VW van electric fan motor, gas tank filler neck, ash tray mount - used...................................
$43
$8,700
10/12/01 Alternator - new..................................................................
$151
$8,851
10/20/01 Ground strap, LED warning lights, brake fluid, hardware- new..
$19
$8,870
11/07/01 Exhaust paint, pipe clamps, pipe insulation - new...................
$14
$8,884
12/31/01 Resisters for VDO speedo, pipe insulation - new.....................
$11
$8,895
01/13/02 Plugs, plugs, plugs, cap & rotor - new....................................
$32
$8,927
01/30/02 Ignition coil - new................................................................
$32
$8,959
02/11/02 Fresh air hose, pipe insulation - new.....................................
$13
$8,972
03/10/02 VW van heater fan, VW Fox seats - used................................
$57
$9,029
03/20/02 Haifisch achieves a new level of credibility when Skye completes a 500 mile round trip with no back pain (new seats) or engine overheating. Haifisch makes the trip with aplomb at 75-80 mph in 80 degree weather! And it only took $9,000, can you believe it!?    
03/29/02 Valve cover gaskets, metal stock for seat fabrications, seat bushings and sliders - new...................................................
$44
$9,073
04/08/02 Dipstick oil temperature sensor - new....................................
$25
$9,098
04/11/02 VDO speedometer electronic speed sensor & cable, VDO fuel level sender, VDO oil temp sender - new................................
$199
$9,297
04/14/02 LED's for dash gauges & hardware - new................................
$19
$9,316
04/23/02 Rag top kit with custom "Sand" color canvas top - new............
$447
$9,763
05/01/02 Bought hardware, sold fuel sender - new................................
$4
$9,767
07/01/02 Ball joints - new...................................................................
$74
$9,841
07/30/02 Door panel clips & seals, horn parts - new..............................
$28
$9,869
08/04/02 Portable "air conditioner" - new.............................................
$27
$9,896
09/09/02 Window cranks, battery pad, refrigerator magnet -.................
$17
$9,913
10/21/02 Sheet metal, exhaust tubing, gaskets, hardware - new...........
$36
$9,949
11/04/02 Seat release cables - new.....................................................
$32
$9,981
11/27/02 Fan belts, intake boot, hose clamps, hole plugs - new.............
$55
$10,036
12/10/02 Seat heater kit - new............................................................
$98
$10,134
12/24/02 Optima battery - new...........................................................
$128
$10,262
12/26/02 JVC CD player, Cambridge Sound Works satellite/subwoofer speaker system, Stereo wiring parts, noise filter, ground loop isolator - new......................................................................
$276
$10,538
12/26/02 For the first time, driving Haifisch finally just feels right, like the "complete" driving experience, due to the new stereo.    
01/07/03 Hardware, stereo face mounting plate (broken during installation) - new................................................................
$51
$10,589
02/02/03 Paint, Bondo, sheetmetal (for dual heating fan fabrication) - new.....................................................................................
$15
$10,604
02/27/03 Model paint, stickers (for gauge LED's) - new..........................
$10
$10,614
03/26/03 Oil thermostat, fittings, lines, tach resister, e-brake grip, subwoofer feet, hardware - new............................................
$93
$10,707
11/03/03 Fresh air grill- used..............................................................
$15
$10,722
01/14/04 Fuse box, cover, heater cables, barrel nuts - new..................
$25
$10,747
01/19/04 Front end adjusters, starter fix kit - new................................
$109
$10,856
01/20/04 Front beam, front trans mount, steering damper, steering coupler - new.......................................................................
$140
$10,996
01/23/04 Steering Box - new...............................................................
$95
$11,091
01/24/04 Hardware - new...................................................................
$7
$11,098
01/26/04 Tie rods - new......................................................................
$72
$11,170
02/08/04 Front wheel bearings, seals, & misc. for roadside repair - new.
$28
$11,198
04/19/04 Used carb & rebuild kit - new.................................................
$5
$11,203
08/27/04 Resisters for tachometer setup - new.....................................
$25
$11,228
11/16/04 Battery cable ends - new......................................................
$31
$11,259
12/14/04 Barrel clamps, acc. pedal kit, valve cover gaskets - new..........
$10
$11,269
12/14/04 Drivers door hinges, window cranks, window crank springs, door check straps, panel clip boots - new...............................
$126
$11,395
12/14/04 Carpet kit for trunk & interior - new........................................
$356
$11,751
12/14/04 Interior light, tail lenses & seals, front turn lenses - new..........
$112
$11,863
01/29/05 LED bulbs, center brake light, hardware - new.........................
$64
$11,927
02/12/05 Component stereo cables - new............................................
$21
$11,948
       
         
 
 
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
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