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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:36 pm 
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T 1 356s originally did not have a box section frame reinforcing strut that extended from the torsion bar area to the front of the floor. It was added at some point prior to the T 2 body changes and I am attempting to find out the time that it happened. So it you have a 1956 or 1957 T 1 356A (any model) that has not had major structural repair in this area, can you let me know either here or directly at: 356drb@indy.net ? The attached photos show:

1) The photo from the 1957 356A driver's manual that shows a very early T 1 with no strut.
2) My 54205 356 with no strut
3) Similar angle of a T 5 356B with a strut

Note that the flexible brake line does not exit through the actual strut on later cars.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:00 am 
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My "56 T1 58071 did not originally have the box section reinforcement along the lower edge of the panel.
It does now as we had the parts, and it seems like a good idea.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:29 pm 
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Speedster 82871 late Dec 1956 did not have the strut reinforcements.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:51 pm 
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it the strut that you are referring to the boomerang looking component ?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:55 pm 
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this is from T1 coup 59021
yieks.. the picture makes me cringe.. now I know why it costs so much to fix these cars..


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:03 am 
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oh.. this feels better..
still from 59021


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