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Karmann Coachbuilts - Restoration by Chrismogs
The following pages show a restoration performed on a Karmann Gipsy by Chrismogs who lives
in Wales. The restoration was closely followed by a number of Karmann Karmann enthusiasts and was
at the time the most comprehensively documented Gipsy restoration projects ever under-taken.
The restoration really is the Grandfather of all Karmann restorations in the UK, as this was the first
time someone had ever taken apart and restored a Karmann Coachbuilt whilst documenting it in great
Since Chrismogs performed this restoration, several other Karmann's have been restored and have
been returned to their former glory - all inspired by his work. We hope showing this restoration on
these pages will also inspire others and generally assist them with their restorations.
Because of the number of photographs taken during this restoration (576), the pictures have
been distributed over 11 pages (48 images per page). Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.
As far as we am aware the restoration start in Spring 2008 and was finished at the end of
Chirsmogs is no stranger to Volkswagens as he restores them and he is also involved with the
restoration of Classic British Bikes. He can be contacted via the Karmann Coachbuilt Forum.
Chrismogs: "It all started with a giant mushroom growing through the ceiling light,
breaking the plastic. I had to check out some problems with dampness in the back end, thought it
would be a simple job, until we pealed back the panel and it revealed all these horrors.
It ended up having to replace both bottom half sided, the majority of the roof, and the whole of the
back end. I had a lot of hardwood given to me and had it cut up into the various 25mm strips, which
should help to make it last. Trying my best to finish it in time for Vanfest!".
|1. It all started with a giant mushroom growing through the ceiling light, breaking the plastic.||2. A closer view of the invader||
3. "I had to check out some problems with dampness in the back end"
|4. Rear Bumper removed||5. Trim and rear window removed.||6. "I thought it would be a simple job, until we pealed back the panel"|
|7. Exposed Rear offside||8. A closer view||9. General view of the rear end|
|10. Top offside rear of the roof||11. Seats and water tank removed. View of the interior wall offside||12. Interior wall nearside.|
|13. Peeling back the roof further||14. Peeling back the roof further||15. Peeling back the roof further|
|16. And this is what was found||17. Damp||18. And some more|
|19. Top offside rear of the roof||20. Water stains.||21. Roof over the lounge area|
|22. View of the roof from the back||23. overall view of the roof||24. Back end aerial view|
|25. Scaffolding was erected to provide some shelter||26. And the Gipsy was placed under cover||27. The Gipsy roof removed.|
|28. Offside rear panel removed||29. Rear offside locker opening||30. Bird's eye view of the roof|
|31. Closer view of the offside rear roof||32. Closer view of the offside rear roof||33. Offside rear|
|34. Rear offside locker opening||35. View of the offside of the Gipsy||36. Removing the vent|
|37. Door Sill and Jam||38. Carefully removing the vents and Covers||39. Slowly and carefully so not the break them.|
|40. taking time to remove the vents.||41. Door jam and threshold||42. Lower panel offside middle|
|43. Storing the Vents and Covers||44. Offside middle panel removed||45. Another view of the middle offside|
|46. Top offside overhead cab section exposed||47. The task of removing the ply roof start||48. Removing the ply roof|
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