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1967 VW Karmann Ghia Melds with Viper V10

by Kenny Hoeschen
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The team of auto restoration experts at DeanZ Rodz and Race Carz – who might have more ambition than sense – began with the shell of a 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and took it through an incredible restoration process. And along the way they replaced the vehicle’s stock 44 horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a 8.4-liter V10 straight out of a Dodge Viper.

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The team documented the entire crazy process on their website. You can see how they tackled all the problems they encountered trying to jam that engine under the hood of a VW. Needless to say, there was a lot of work required on the car’s body and engine compartment to begin. They mated the Viper powerplant to a six-speed gearbox, also the same as found in the Viper.

Through the use of a lot of hard work and creativity (plus a second Ghia they brought in for spare parts), the team forged ahead. They had to overcome a number of other very tough obstacles to complete the project car, including reworking the Ghia’s rack-and-pinion steering to fit around the new engine, mounting a custom exhaust system, installing MINI Cooper headlights, and a complete rebuild of the VW rear suspension.

The results are pretty astounding. No word on just how fast this Blue Mambo Karmann Ghia can do a 1/4 mile, but it might be the fastest VW in the Midwest.

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