Wiring a 1974 VW Karmann Ghia – Logik Relais 12V

Behind the dashboard is a tangled mess of wires, connections, relays, and terminals that ultimately connect at the fuse box. One of the relays in a 1974 Ghia is/was (this will depend on what you find in your Ghia) the seatbelt ignition interlock system.

1974seatbeltinterlockIn the United States, for the 1974 model year, the Department of Transportation mandated that all cars and light trucks be fitted with a system that prevented the vehicle’s engine from being started if the seat belts for both the driver and passenger (if present) were not fastened. This policy led to fierce public backlash culminating in the policy being abandoned in 1975.

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VW Beetle and Karmann Ghia Books

Service and Maintenance Manuals for the VW Beetle and Karmann Ghia


Volkswagen Beetle and Karmann Ghia Service Manual, Type 1: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969

 


Volkswagen Official Service Manual Super Beetle, Beetle and Karmann Ghia 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979

 

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VW Bus Books

Service and Maintenance Manuals for the VW Bus


Volkswagen Station Wagon, Bus (Type 2) Official Service Manual: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 (Volkswagen Service Manuals) :: Bentley Publishers :: hardcover

 


How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot :: John Muir :: paperback

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The Project Car – 1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe

74kghiaThe Volkswagen Karmann Ghia was a childhood favorite of mine.  I clearly remember playing the game “Slug Bug” (also known as Punch Buggy, Punch Dub, etc) as a child.  For those of you of a younger generation, the classic VW Beetle was so prevalent on the roads of the U.S. at one point that a child’s game developed around it.  The game involved shouting “Slug Bug (color of the VW Bug)” and punching (slugging) the arm of the other child(ren) present when someone first sighted a VW Beetle.  Understandably, this caused a bit of an aversion to the Beetle for me.  That aversion led to a greater appreciation of the stylish Ghia.  There isn’t a “Slug Ghia” game because you just didn’t see them and the manufacturing of the Beetle far outpaced that of the Ghia. Continue reading

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Classic Volkswagens on beyondme.com

GhiaI’m excited to be joining the Beyond Me team as a contributor in the area of classic cars, more specifically, classic Volkswagen air cooled vehicles.  The purpose of these entries will be to share my understanding and experience with classic VW air cooled cars/buses with our readers and contributors.  Topics to be covered include:

Selecting a Classic VW :: How to pick your classic VW project.  Which air cooled vehicle are you interested in?  Where to find it and what to look for when you find it.

Engine Maintenance :: How to keep your air cooled engine in top running shape.  Covering both preventive and corrective maintenance as well as troubleshooting common issues. Continue reading

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