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A Car Transformation That You Have to See to Believe (25 pics)

Posted in Lifestyle » Cars   13 Aug 2014   / 21138 views

The beginning

A rusted out 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.
A 505 cubic inch Dodge Viper V10 .. When finished its a 650 hp 650ft/lb monster.

The first cut

All the floor, firewall, bulkheads were cut away and thrown in the dumpster.

Getting a feel for size

The engine and transmission is 2/3 of the cars size. It required a custom made frame with a hidden roll cage to handle the power.


The lights are from a new Mini Cooper.

Wheel tubs and fuel tank

All the sheet metal in the rear. Fuel tank holds about 11 gallons. Good for about 100 miles.

Interior sheet metal

The first roll cage was removed and a new one made that ended up being almost completely hidden.


The original grilles were too small to cool the Viper engine so the new ones are 250% bigger made out of 2 in thinck billet aluminum.

Billet aluminum

These monster billets are the start os the rear end housings. The Ghia has the first of 4 prototype rear ends that can take over 1650hp.

Machining the housing

The center of the billet rear end housing. The rear end took about 500 hours in CAD time and CNC machining.

Finished rear end

The center of the Ghia's billet aluminum IRS. The first 4 of these rear ends cost over $60,000 to build

All kinds of shiney

Slowly taking shape.

Thermostat housing

The factory viper thermostat housing could not be used. A custom designed housing was made. This is why this car took so many hours... I had to redesign nearly every component and scratch build it all.

Starting to paint it

The inside is painted in Metalic Charcoal. exterior is blue ecstasy pearl and charcoal.

Assembly time

Starting to assemble the Ghia. This is 1 month prior to the 2013 Detroit Autorama.

Body is back on

Head liner is installed prior to body going on and wiring started.

The logo

The Blue Mamba logo is machined into the valve cover with an eye and then airbrushed for a 3D effect.

3 Years later

The steering column, Gauges, Stereo, Engine management screen and steering wheel, Rack and pinion, Shock absorbers, Wheels and brake calipers are the only bought pieces. Everything else on this car is custom made for it and is not sold anywhere by anyone else.

Comments (5):

looks shit
Mr. Ree 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I'm sure it runs like a scalded dog but the styling doesn't work for me. What was the final cost? $250,000? $300,000?

treehugger73 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
If everything is removed and tossed, why not just build a new car from nothing?
oddbal 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
^^ Because they needed the VIN number so they didn't have to mess with emissions or other hassles of creating a car from scratch.
annekefreaky 3 year s ago MARK AS SPAM