15 April 2010

Losses and Lessons: Rear-engine fire in a Ghia too late to stop

VEHICLE COVERED:  1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

WHAT WENT WRONG: The engine stalled just after filling up at a gas station. The owner unsuccessfully attempted to start the engine several times, then checked under the hood of the rear-engined car. Smoke and flames suddenly billowed out, and it was already too late to stop the fire that heavily damaged his engine and hood.

DAMAGE: Severe fire damage to engine, including melted carburetor and electrics. Hood destroyed.

CAUSE: Worn wiring and a leaking fuel line.

TIP: Schedule an annual check-up to avoid costly and dangerous fires in your classic. Just replacing $5 worth of wiring and tightening a clamp can save thousands in engine repairs.

HAGERTY TO THE RESCUE: A claim with Hagerty enabled the owner to have the car’s underhood, electrical and fuel systems replaced as necessary, and the engine hood repaired and repainted.


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