The Karmann Ghia is an excellent application for a Type IV conversion, and once again, no cutting is required. The Ghia’s attitude and styling suggests that it is a faster VW, more performance oriented, it really needs the extra power! Installing the TIV in a Ghia will really wake it up and allow you to be as fast as you look.
Ghias are generally heavier than Beetles, even from the factory, especially convertibles. This extra weight is barely noticed by a converted Type IV engine, it makes more than enough power to push the Ghia and make it perform to its physical appearance. The engine bay of the Ghia makes it easy for maintenance, our DTM style shroud fits with no issues, and the deck lid closes fully with no interference. I have seen some cars that needed shorter air filters on the dual carburetors to clear the left side deck lid spring, but that’s an easy fix.
The shroud installs onto the engine quickly and easily. This is especially true if you opt for our deluxe kit with all new TI cooling parts and our water-jet cut sheet aluminum air sealing kit.
If your Ghia is a 1968-70 you will only need 3 later model pieces (release bearing, clutch cross shaft, and a release bearing guide, all of which we sell in a kit just for this) to bolt the TIV engine to your current gearbox. If you have a post 1971 gearbox no conversion pieces are needed and the engine is a direct bolt up. Or you can opt for one of our conversion gearboxes that’s 100% set up for the TIV engine and is ready to install. This gives better fuel economy and better torque transfer with the now larger engine.
The installation of the engine into your vehicle is easy, it installs just like a standard Type 1 engine with dual carburetors and in most cases can be done in about the same amount of time.
Currently there are only a few exhaust systems for the TIV conversion. We are working on getting several of these imported and offering them as well. These exhaust systems do not incorporate standard heater boxes and fan shroud pressurized air for heat delivery are more difficult to arrange with a TIV conversion. The best method of updating your heating system is with a “Gas heater”.
These were original equipment on many VWs and we keep a few of them around to sell most of the time. The conversion engine will need to be fitted with Dual Carburetors, or a Fuel injection system that uses twin throttle bodies with hex bar linkage. The design of the shroud does not allow the use of a single carburetor. Single carburetors on large engines like the TIV have been proven to be inefficient, so this is not an issue with most conversion enthusiasts.
One of the best parts of our cooling system is that the engine does not look like a 911, or a TI, it looks like something many people have never seen, and that will separate you at car shows and events.
Of course, if you desire your conversion engine to be designed, balanced, blueprinted assembled and thoroughly dyno tested by a professional, then see our complete conversion engines on our sister site www.aircooledtechnology.com Do it all once and forget it!
Of all the conversions we have done, the Ghias are the easiest, and really turn heads wherever they go. If you have a Ghia (any year) and want to boost the daily drivability or all around performance, choose the Type IV for the job and you will be amazed. Ghias are really easy to work on with their engine bay, and that means a lot! With our shroud and a TIV the engine won’t be needing much more than a wipe down, because it simply won’t be breaking any longer- It’s a TIV!