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Old 11-05-2018, 11:05 PM   #189 (permalink)
Karmann Eclectric
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Karmann Eclectric - '71 VW Karmann Ghia Electric Conversion

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Karmann Ghia Unibody

Indeed, most of a Ghia's strength is in the body. The VW pan is a floppy thing, with only the central spine providing some structure. A Ghia Cabriolet flexes tremendously over undulating terrain, but a coupe is pretty stiff, as it forms a full box once bolted to the pan. Here's some photos of my pan-off project, where I beefed up the pressed sheet metal with a square tube outer rail and boxed in the rear quarter pans to carry batteries.
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 112 MPGe
2000 Honda Odyssey
1987 F250 Diesel, 6.9L IDI, goes on anything greasy
1983 Grumman Kurbwatt, 170 kW "Gone Postal" twin
1983 Mazda RX-7 electric, 48 kW car show cruiser
1971 VW Karmann Ghia electric, 300 kW tire-smoker
1965 VW Karmann Ghia cabriolet, 1600cc
Have driven over 100,000 all-electric miles!
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