1959 Porsche 356A - Now Lowered!

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1959 Porsche 356A - Now Lowered!

Postby dcguy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:01 pm

Ok so I actually started in March, but here goes ... I posted this on the Registry as well. The plan is to get it into paint and driving?? I have a VW engine for it (the 356 engine costs about 23409234 billion dollars to rebuild so I'll leave that for someone else).


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Postby dcguy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:05 pm

Yeah those welds at the top look ugly, but the bottom is where I spent my time as that's the panel where the longis weld to. The top is going to be all hidden (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it).

I wanted to plug weld the edges of the longitudinals so I could keep a nice crisp edge line (it's the same reason why I didn't fold the perimeter edges over). The welds are not ground down inside, but the bottom edges is smooth and solid.

Someone said I should use self tapping screws to help with the plug welds.

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It was a fantastic idea, unscrew one, plug weld! Repeater!!

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But in reality it works better if you put two self tappers next to each other to hold the metal in place.

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The good side vs the side that needs to be done.
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What it used to look like (from passenger side). The longitudinals were left hanging.
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And now! I am very happy! Onto the other side. The plug welds will be ground down and the line should look nice and sharp. On the inside my HVLP gun didn't want to spray at that strange angle. I switched to a gravity gun and epoxied the spots that I missed, so it should never rust again!

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Postby dcguy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:06 pm

Still from March..


Here is a picture of my working environment. Very fun. Almost as fun as welding on my face. I tried to protect the rear glass as best as possible while I fixed the two random holes in the back. One I understand (to access wires) the other one ??
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Wire access hole..?
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Patched. Good stretch for the knees.
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Lots of rivets but this leads to a cavity. I cleaned it up and epoxied as best as possible..
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Then patched it...
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Needs grinding but I'm happy to be out of the 356 cave. I see an end to the welding...
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Postby dcguy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:07 pm

And finally Aprils work starts from here...
Bottom finished and painted. Thanks to Matt for the cool paint. It was very thick but that was perfect for me, because my gun was literally 3" from the ground in some places. If it was freeer flowing paint (like epoxy) it would've ran like crazy. Pretty fun painting on your face. Everyone should try it!

Nuff talk, onto pics!!

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Postby Jobe » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:09 pm

Cool project. =D> I want a 356 so bad.
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Postby rustabus » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:24 pm

Glad you are over here! I saw your thread on the Registry and posted tonite, funny cuz I check over there but rarely post. Whatcha gonna do with the original engine?? Smile

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Postby dcguy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:31 pm

Thanks guys! :)

Jobe; 356's are just fancy unibody Ghias with parts that cost 5 times as much. Don't tell anyone I said that.

Rusty; I want to rebuild the 356 engine. But I don't really like $500 bearing sets and $1000 cranks. I have enough parts to build 2 engines (a 912 and a 59) but I'm not seeing the value in doing that right now. I have a nice 40HP VW engine that will slide right in. I bought it for $150 (running).
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Postby john jones » Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:56 am

nice !!!! your digging right in and getting it done!

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Postby dcguy » Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:29 pm

Thanks John! :)

I cleaned up the front, removed the tank and lucky for me no rust, phew. :) I will have to clean it up and put some Endura (a true Polyurethane paint that is the hardest paint I have ever seen!) but otherwise pretty clean.

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Also, I masked, bodyworked, 2K primed the 356. And I kicked butt today. How do I know? Because I have no pics! I had no time to take photos! I mean that other Canadian guy had the digital camera so I have to wait till tomorrow (is this joke getting old? HELL NO!)

Also this is a 1959 MODELL! (See 'Made in Western Germany tag')
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Postby dcguy » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:49 pm

A moment of silence for the passing of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012 ... model-dies

My 356 shares shop space with a 911. It's interesting to see how similar (yet different of course) the two cars are.

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I will post an update on my car tomorrow.
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Postby dcguy » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:47 pm

Bodywork done?? Hell no, but it's in Black ILLPoxy now.

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After some 600 wet sanding..
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Postby jb » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:40 pm

Kicking ass on it man!!! =D> These things are pretty much the only car I like in red.

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Postby Franz » Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:44 pm

looking good man!

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Postby dcguy » Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:52 am

Franz wrote:looking good man!


Without getting all mushy, this does mean alot to me. Same when JJ or anyone says 'good job'! :)

I think this monthly build thing is a great idea, especially for guys like me. I run soley on motivation. When I have it, work gets done. Otherwise things sit and rot!

jb; I personally don't like Red (unless it's SWR!). But with 356's it's really a huge mistake to deviate from the factory color. I love 356's, I just hate (really) all the unwritten rules that go with owning one. I'm building this so I can get some scratch for what I really love. EARLY PRESSED BUMPER DELUXES!!!! :)
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Postby Franz » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:03 pm

Shit, a early 356 is just as cool as a 23 window.


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