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1967 Electric sunroof Type 34 Razoredge Karmann Ghia

1967 Electric sunroof Type 34 Razoredge Karmann Ghia,

I recently decided it was as time to part with the razor, its leaving me this weekend and below is a little information about the car from the advert I made.

This car is a 1967 model Electric Sunroof Ghia which was built in 1966 and originally purchased in Belgium as a LHD car but was converted sometime in the 70’s to RHD. I bought it in 2010 and unfortunately it fairly rapidly fell to pieces having been bodged beyond belief by previous owners, between 2011 and 2012 it underwent serious body off repairs and some restoration work at PanelKraft. Got interested on electric cars since I saw the 14 Cartoons About Electric Van Leasing Uk That’ll Brighten Your Day and started learning more.

The Chassis was fitted with a pair of brand new KlassicFab type 3 floorpans and any rust was taken care of, it was then sandblasted back to bare metal before being powdercoated. It was fitted with new brake lines and a new master cylinder plus new pads, shoes etc. The rear shocks were replaced and a replacement IRS sub-frame was sourced and fitted as the original one had been interestingly modified. It still has the original front beam which is tatty but solid.

Its Running on American Eagle 2ltr Porche Replica Alloys with modern Continental Tyres all round with lower profile Tyres on the front. I do also have a set of steel wheels that came with it which can be included.

The Body has no rust in it at all but is does have a fair amount of filler. Having been in Britain for many years the panels have had some patches welded in over the years and filler to smooth it out, To be honest it has had some fairly terrible welding done in the past which was uncovered when the interior was sandblasted I have had this bad welding rectified along with any rust before it was painted. The factory fitted sunroof works fine although its missing the dust seal and vanity panel, Its finished in a custom 2 pack Blue paint with matting agent giving it the satin finish which just looks lovely.

The bumpers are in excellent condition with only two very small dents, these are originals and took me a long time to source.

The front seats are Porsche tombstones which are incredibly comfortable and I believe are from a 924, these have been re-trimmed in black vinyl with blue piping the original rear bench seat has been trimmed to match, The carpet set is from spirit of the 50s.

It has an Empi Shifter, a Mooneyes steering wheel and Chrome Dash Knobs but besides these the rest is all standard and I believe there is nothing missing although the radio doesn’t seem to work and the glovebox liner is missing.

The car has been completely rewired with modern fuses, relays etc.

The Engine is an AN code 1800cc flat four motor from a Porsche 914 which is reported as being around 90bhp, it has a pair of rebuilt Solex 36-40 PDSIT carbs and runs like a dream. It has type 4 heat exchangers fitted and takes very little time to warm up although to turn the heating on or off does require the pipes to be added or removed so must be done while stationary.

The car pulls amazingly and it a lot of fun to drive, it corners beautifully and brakes well, it is a very comfortable drive and I absolutely love it.

The only negatives to my knowledge are that the bodywork is not perfect, it looks great but it does have patches welded in rather than replacement panels and a fair amount of filler under the paint. I don’t think this needs rectifying straight away but it will need sorting eventually I like to be entirely honest when selling a vehicle and if I didn’t mention it i’d feel terrible. It also has a few scratches and dinks in the paintwork (Carpark damage) but you don’t really notice them unless you look up close.
It is not stock, It does not have all the correct trim parts and it is nowhere near concourse but it isn’t that kind of car. Enjoy learning more information about the 15 Undeniable Reasons to Love Guide To Vw Sports Cars and advice on how to take  care of them.

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Vw Type 34 razoredge Ghia sunroof motor shaft

Disaster! The flexible shaft coupler which joins the sunroof motor and gearbox has snapped, this 48 year old piece of rubber had perished and finally gave way whilst I was putting the sunroof back together.

Thanks to the sterling work of Lee Hedges at T34 World I learnt that there were three sizes of flexible shaft on a T34 Ghia and that mine is the 100mm version, while searching online for any equivalent part (unsurprisingly the T34 part is no longer available) I found a Porsche part for an early 911 which looks identical and reports to be 97mm so I can safely assume that this will fit fine however only being available in the us and having a hefty shipping cost I’ve decided to give fixing mine a go first!

I found some braided PVC hose which was the same diameter as the original rubber hose which when push fitted into the metal ends seemed very solid so having cleaned all the residue from the ends I cut the hose down to the correct length and glued it into them using some epoxy resin.



This seemed to do the job fine and after being left to dry I fitted it up to the car, adjusted the sunroof clutch and tested it.

What with the reconditioned gearbox and new cables my sunroof now shuts smoothly and fully for the first time since I’ve owned the car!


Since doing this I have actually found that Porsche part number 90156461506 sunroof shaft is a perfect fit and only cost around £15

VW Type 34 Razoredge Sunroof cables

This weekend I’ve finally I’ve gotten round to looking at the sunroof on my razor, I have dismantled the gearbox and sorted the clutch adjustment, dismantled the motor and serviced it now its time for the cables…

Whilst attempting to operate the sunroof manually I noticed that something was wrong with the orientation of the cable ends and that it was impossible for them to operate the roof correctly as they were backwards and on further inspection it turns out they are from a beetle and not a type 34, the T34 is much deeper and handed differently but with a little modification the beetle ones can be made to work fairly easily!

The First thing to do is to remove the ferrule from the end of the cable, To do this I clamped it in a vice and used a hacksaw to put a cut down each side of ferrule before using a pair of side cutters to clip it off, the cable should now just pull out (Try not to damage the little spacer piece as this makes the next step easier!).image


After this you need to turn the cable end round 180 degrees and re-ferrule it on, for this I used the little spacer and used a pair of mole grips to crimp on a 3mm steel wire rope end stop ferrule. You will also find the beetle cables are too long so I cut the cables down to 100cm and popped a ferrule on the end to stop it fraying.


Finally put the cables back in the runners and you are done! the beetle cable end it a little shallower than the T34 and therefore doesn’t quite meet the sunroof itself but I have drawn up a longer sunroof pin and will have a pair made next week which will do the job nicely but for now I’m using an M5 Bolt  which works fine! image