Early T 5 rear closing panel

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Early T 5 rear closing panel

#1 Post by Brett Johnson » Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:44 pm

The rear closing panels, which make up the back of the longitudinal members, are visible by looking forward into the rear wheel arch. On later cars they have a round stamped impression like the illustration on the left, while earlier cars don't have them.

I've recently had correspondence from a (very) credible source who informs me that early T 5 cars don't have them -- so -- if you have an early T 5 car (any model) that is unrestored in this area, could you take a minute to check and let me know?

Would like to make contact with owners of any unrestored/unmolested cars 1960 - 1965.

If you prefer to contact me directly, I'm still at: 356drb@indy.net
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Re: Early T 5 rear closing panel

#2 Post by Jim Karaba » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:28 pm

Nothchback 200408 has the depressions, original floors and closing panels. No Floor drains either for the primer. Longitudinal drain holes no plugs and drain holes for quarter windows but none on the front and rear window openings.

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Re: Early T 5 rear closing panel

#3 Post by Brett Johnson » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:23 pm

Do you know the build date?
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Re: Early T 5 rear closing panel

#4 Post by Joris Koning » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:57 pm

Brett Johnson wrote:
Would like to make contact with owners of any unrestored/unmolested cars 1960 - 1965.
Brett, I have an original paint/interior 1960 S90 coupe shoot me an e-mail
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Re: Early T 5 rear closing panel

#5 Post by Jim Karaba » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:27 pm

I do not know the build date nor do I own the car. I worked on it and have lots of pictures of the sympathetic restoration I performed.

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Re: Early T 5 rear closing panel

#6 Post by Dick Roth » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:30 pm

There are some states where molesting a 356 is a crime...

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#7 Post by Brett Johnson » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:20 pm

Yes, well, Dick, we know where you mind is -- please concentrate on the questions...
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Re: Early T 5 rear closing panel

#8 Post by Brett Johnson » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:49 pm

Just to clarify, here's a picture from an early T 6 Reutter coupe with round impression and a somewhat mangled original 90 degree weld jack receiver.
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Re: Early T 5 rear closing panel

#9 Post by Dennis Vogel » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:42 am

Brett Johnson wrote:The rear closing panels, which make up the back of the longitudinal members, are visible by looking forward into the rear wheel arch. On later cars they have a round stamped impression like the illustration on the left, while earlier cars don't have them.
Hi Brett. I don't know if the angle / quality of this photo helps you. It is from an unrestored T5 with May 1960 build date. I do not see the round stamped impression. I would take a better photo for you, but I am thousands of miles away from the car right now. I just happened to have this shot in my project file.
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Re: Early T 5 rear closing panel

#10 Post by Mike DeJonge » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:56 am

rear closing panels on pre A cars are also different
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Re: Early T 5 rear closing panel

#11 Post by Erik Thomas » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:54 pm

Unmolested November 1959 build T-5 coupe 109750 has the flat closing panel.

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#12 Post by David Pateman » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:01 am

Brett Johnson wrote:Do you know the build date?
200408 would be about June 1961
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#13 Post by Greg Stout » Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:53 pm

Hey Brett......
108970, build date Sept 29, 1959, is a 'virgin coupe' and has the FLAT closing panel.
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Re: Early T 5 rear closing panel

#14 Post by Helge Tielker » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:49 pm

108970, build date Sept 29, 1959, is a 'virgin coupe' and has the FLAT closing panel.
109750, build November 1959 T-5 coupe has the flat closing panel.
109830, built date Dec 4, 1959 T-5 Coupe has also the flat closing panel as well.

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