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PostSubject: Ghia Arm Rests   Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:15 am

So I don't have any arm rests in my Ghia. They are MIA from the PO.

If I understand the concept the arm rest screws through the door panels and into a metal plate. The metal plate then slides over a 'hook' in the window regulator.

I don't care for the arm rests that are for the '69. I do like the 'Bug Style' arm rests for the 1960 to 1967 models. My door panels are junk aftermarket vinyl that will eventually be replaced and there is no sign of an arm rest ever being there.

So my question is if anyone knows or thinks the 'bug style' arm rests will work in a '69? I mean I know with enough work anything would work but I am talking reasonable effort here.

As long as I mount the arm rest with the plate in the correct location, and as long as the plate fits over the redulator hook, they should work right?

Anybody have any thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Ghia Arm Rests   Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:16 am

Arm rests are WAY over rated Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Ghia Arm Rests   Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:22 am

HaHa Laughing

It is not like I need to shut the door.

The driver's side in missing half it's parts and the window rattles.

Oh, and it doesn't quite seal with the rubber. Which is old.

I am putting together a list of parts to get the driver's side together.

So that is why I am wondering....
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PostSubject: Re: Ghia Arm Rests   Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:24 am

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Arm rests are WAY over rated Very Happy
Agreed. You wont actually end up resting your arm on it. And like you said, you don't need one to close the door.

So yes, "Arm rests are WAY over rated"

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PostSubject: Re: Ghia Arm Rests   Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:16 am

if you are not going to use it to shut the door, then any rest will work. just bolt it from behind.

Otherwise, just line up the new rest so the metal plate will hook on the door. It is actually really easy. I worked as an upholsterer for a couple of years out of high school. I have been thinking of getting a machine again so I can make some money off all you guys wanting custom interiors....LOL

We can make nice panels for about 40 bucks total! Get some new hardboard from home depot.. some fabric of choice and we are all set. Go to the bone yard and pick up some of your favorite arm rest... piece of cake.

When you are ready let me know,... you can come over on the weekend... pop open some beers and build some panels. I have some tricks up my sleeves for some custom stuff.

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PostSubject: Re: Ghia Arm Rests   Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:31 am

Nice!

In the meantime, I have been wanting to make a board for behind the rear 'seat' that I could mount my CDI, coil, and stereo amp on.

If I bring some beer and BBQ, do you think that would be something we could tackle. I have a pretty good idea what I want to accomplish...
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PostSubject: Re: Ghia Arm Rests   Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:37 am

Oh yeah.... I have plenty of wood if you want to do some raised sections... we can pick up some canned expand a foam for sculpting.... we could really do some trick sh*^ with little money.

I am not a big Stupid Bowl... I mean, super bowl fan, so if that weekend works for you let me know!

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PostSubject: Re: Ghia Arm Rests   Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:43 pm

The armrests that came with my new Ghia door panels are just a piece of wood band-sawed to shape. They smoothed the corners and upholstered them. They look pretty nice. Or, like you said, find some armrests that you like and make up a metal strap on back to make them work.
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PostSubject: Re: Ghia Arm Rests   Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:46 pm

Ghia and Bug armrests are the same I think. You can buy them new from jbugs.com or wolfsburgwest.com.

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