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1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (The Snot Rocket)

Last updated Nov 28, 2008  

Photo of a 1972 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (The Snot Rocket)


This car was bought new by my father, then it was passed down to me. It started out as a stock restoration, now it's a custom sleeper that turns heads where ever it goes. I seem to attract ricers for some reason.


Engine Specs:
TYPE 1, 1915cc, 4 cylinder, 140hp

1. C.W. Crankshaft forged DPR 8 dowel
2. AS41 (Brazilian) case opened to 94mm
3. German rebuilt connecting rods
4. Engle 120 camshaft (294° duration) with Norris racing lifters
5. Bugpack magnum straight cut cam gears
6. German forged reground flywheel 8" dowel
7. Gene Berg chromoly racing gland nut
8. 8mm chromoly head studs
9. 94mm Mahale pistons/cylinders with Grant rings.
10. 043 heads ported & polished with 42 x 37.5 stainless steel valves 3/8 chromoly push rods
11. Scat 1.25 ratio rockerarms
12. Stainless steel windage push rod tubes
13. OEM vented valve covers
14. Schadeck aluminum 26mm H.D. oil pump modified for full flow with K&N oil filter
15. Bosch 51 amp alternator
16. CB performance aluminum polished breather box
17. Kennedy stage 1 pressure plate with Dankin racing disk
18. Ceramic coated 1 5/8" merged header with stainless steel phat boy muffler
19. Dynamically balanced crank, rods, pistons, flywheel, pressure plate, and front pulley
20. 8.5:1 compression
21. BMD aluminum pulley system
22. Rancho prostreet transmission with 0.82 fourth gear, Hurst shifter

23. DTM fan shroud (
24. Welded & balanced fan
25. Type 4 oil cooler
26. Brad Penn Racing Oil 10w-30

Fuel Delivery & Ignition:
27. Dual 44mm IDF Weber carburetor kit, 36 vent, F11 emulsion tubes, 52 idle, 165 air, 125 main
28. CB Performance crossbar linkage
29. Carter rotary electric fuel pump
30. Bosch 010 distributor (timed @29°)
31. Mallory Hyfire 6A Capacitive Discharge ignition system
32. Pertronix Flame Thrower II ignition coil (45,000 volts max)
33. Aurora 8.5mm silicone Super Mag Plus spark plug wires
34. NGK D6EA 12mm spark plugs, gapped to .040"

Factory Options

Engine: 1600 Dual Port, Air Cooled, 57 hp
Transmission: 4 Speed Manual
Dealer installed AM Radio, Sapphire IX
Electric defogger
Front disk brakes
Tan Interior
VW Diagnostic Computer Port


-Aluminum Porsche 914 Rivera style wheels
-"The Conductor's Special" hidden air horn kit with compressor and tank (
-Diamond style headlights with H4 Halogen 90/100 watt blue bulbs
-Chrome VW Type 3 tail lamp bulb holder
-Custom fiberglass center console and front speaker panels (
-VDO Series 1 gauges (CHT, Oil Press, Oil Temp, Volts)
-Tech Edge Air/Fuel Ratio gauge - LA1
-Tech Edge Wideband Controller - 2J1
-Custom built tachometer
-TMI upholstry and panels
-Limited Editon '73 Sports Beetle steering wheel fitted with Wolfsburg horn button
-Sony CDX-F7715X AM/FM CD with XM receiver
-Alpine 300 Watt amp
-2 6 1/2" Kickers (front)
-2 6x9" Kickers (rear)
-2 12" Sony Xplod 1200W Subwoofers (rear)
-Custom made speaker box enclosure
-Custom decklid emblem
-Custom discontinued carbon fiber firewall (
-OEM Hella lenses

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After making adjustments to the timing, carb/mixture, plug gaps, I took an 8 hour round trip drive, and was able to get 31 mpg driving between 65-70mph. Not bad after bringing it up from 17mpg! Needless to say, I'm happy.

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