Sunday, May 17, 2009

Whoever named the color "Pacific" had clearly never seen the Pacific

Cathy and I took advantage of the nice weather and spent the weekend in San Diego, and since we were there we decided to make a pilgrimage to Jack Fisher's backyard, which has suddenly become Type 34 central. Jack is busy getting Gizmo Bob Walton's recently purchased Pacific blue '64 1500 Ghia back on the road, and he has also rescued a '64 of his own. Not long after I arrived with a Type 34 Blaupunkt radio faceplate for Bob's car Bob himself showed up with lots of parts straight from the chrome shop.

Bob's chrome guy does some nice work! The early "pointy" alloy bumper guards came out great, and a rearview mirror arm that was heavily oxidized now looks as good as new. He's good at holding fine detail too — check out the sharp stamping on that Hella headlight ring.

Bob's car is starting to come together and it's cleaning up nicely. Jack even found mint original squareweave carpet and rubber floor mats under a previous owner's improvised carpet installation. Along with all the brightwork and a lot of other restoration parts, Bob also brought the rebuilt longblock. When Pedro Sainz arrived with a freshly powdercoated air cleaner it was practically a meeting of the Southern California chapter of the 1500 Club.

Pedro and Bob demonstrate the proper use of a hammer:

Lots more work will go into Bob's Ghia in the next few weeks in preparation for the VW Classic on June 14th. Looking forward to seeing it finished and back on the road!

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