Something strange in every stash

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Something strange in every stash

#1 Post by Adam Wright » Tue May 21, 2013 8:50 am

Every time I clean out a barn I find at least one weird thing, this trip was no different. While cleaning out a barn in NH I found the rarely seen chrome bumper. In bad shape, but interesting to see this rare option. Somedays I hope the fun never ends...
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Re: Something strange in every stash

#2 Post by Sterling Vaden » Tue May 21, 2013 9:25 am

"There's Gold, I say, Gold in them thar hills!"

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Re: Something strange in every stash

#3 Post by Richard Finnegan » Wed May 22, 2013 11:46 pm

hey adam - have you found it's better to buy repro new panels,hoods,etc to restore or to reuse the parts you find? I'm just wondering because after several years in the caribbean my 356 needs some rust work and repairs.
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Re: Something strange in every stash

#4 Post by Adam Wright » Thu May 23, 2013 11:23 am

I think it depends, if your hood is original to your car and fitted to it you are probably better off fixing the problems with it, rather than taking the time to fit a new or used hood off another car. Same idea for bumpers. Remember, these cars were hand built, so the parts the Factory put on were made to fit your car, so sometimes re-inventing the wheel isn't worth it.
That being said the repro parts you get from RD or Stoddard, or Trevor are all pretty good and can be made to fit your car. You just have to make a judgement call when you get to the specific part.
Sometimes new metal is the way to go, it sure it a lot more fun to weld!
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Re: Something strange in every stash

#5 Post by Perry Pessia » Thu May 23, 2013 1:21 pm

I had never even heard of the chrome bumper option until now. I assume it was available front and rear? Any idea of how many were built this way?

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#6 Post by Adam Wright » Thu May 23, 2013 1:55 pm

Perry, I know it was pretty rare, probably because it was ugly on a 356, kind of like why the Notchback was so rare, it's because they didn't sell that many.
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#7 Post by Adam Wright » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:41 pm

Latest strangeness from the latest trip.
"Custom" bumpers, a "tool kit", and anti-theft system.

Never a dull moment.
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Re: Something strange in every stash

#8 Post by Spencer Harris » Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:02 pm

Perry Pessia wrote:I had never even heard of the chrome bumper option until now. I assume it was available front and rear? Any idea of how many were built this way?
Perry,

Brett Johnson mentions chrome bumpers in his restorer's guide, 1997 edition page 21. "...chrome bumpers were optional starting with the 356A, although rarely fitted..."

Jose is selling a '55 Cab in the car section that's fitted with chrome bumpers, so they were also available on pre-A cars assuming the ones on the cab are original. Somewhere I remember seeing the option on someone's COA, so like most everything else - the factory would build to suit.

I agree with Adam - they're nowhere near as nice looking as painted bumpers.
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#9 Post by Charlie White » Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:46 pm

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#10 Post by Adam Wright » Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:42 pm

Latest cool but unexpected find in a car.
I have always seen these at swap meets and for sale but never bought one. A dealership microfiche reader with all the slides. It must have come from a VW/Porsche dealership because it is a VW reader, and I have microfiche's on every Audi, in addition to the Porsches.
The widow said she would include everything the guy had, I didn't know I was getting the microfiche.
The car is cool, one family owned 56 Coupe. I can't wait for Spring, the parking lot is filling up!
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#11 Post by Adam Wright » Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:48 pm

The weird stuff found turned a little creepy, this doll was in a car that was put away in 1969. Big John can always be counted to up the antee and make it extra creepy, thanks John....
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Re: Something strange in every stash

#12 Post by Perry Pessia » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:25 pm

Okay, the head is a little weird.

How often have you seen the bench seats? Just curious.

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#13 Post by Adam Wright » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:59 pm

Only once in a car, it was early on for us, early 2000's. There was a 58 Coupe and the widow kept going on about the bench seat, we didn't know what it was. It went with the car, ooopppps.
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Re: Something strange in every stash

#14 Post by Dick Weiss » Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:53 pm

During the Speedterfest in '98, there was a Speedster shown w/chrome bumpers.
I believe Registry's founder Jerry Keyser had an A cp w/them.

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Re: Something strangJerry Keyser had an A cp w/te in every s

#15 Post by Vic Skirmants » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:42 am

"Jerry Keyser had an A cp w/them." ??
I never saw that. He started with a T-5 coupe, then the roadster. Did the A coupe come later?

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