Pre A Speedster Blue Speedster Restoration/Photo History

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Re: Pre A Speedster Blue Speedster Restoration/Photo History

#121 Post by Chad Comeau » Sun May 05, 2013 9:52 am

Attended a cars and coffee event yesterday with the niagara region pca. 356's showed up to this event! The speedster ran great!
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Re: Pre A Speedster Blue Speedster Restoration/Photo History

#122 Post by Chad Comeau » Fri May 24, 2013 9:19 pm

Installing new pushrod tubes from precision matters..

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And reprinting the engine tin....

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And upgrading the oil cooler from this
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Like all 356 repairs/projects one thing leads to another which leads to another!! Can't wait to drive!!
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#123 Post by Chad Comeau » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:10 pm

Went for an 30-mile drive for lunch on a 90 degree day! The updated oil cooler kept the engine about 10 degrees cooler.

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Re: Pre A Speedster Blue Speedster Restoration/Photo History

#124 Post by Richard Strahota » Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:22 am

Nice thead!
So what oil cooler did you end up using?
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#125 Post by Chad Comeau » Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:56 pm

I installed a later "C" cooler.

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#126 Post by Chad Comeau » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:16 pm

The lines of the 356 always amaze me!
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#127 Post by Chad Comeau » Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:51 pm

We had a great drive last weekend to the Crooked Door Tavern for lunch! 2-61 Roadsters (one original owner), Convertible-D (35k original miles), 63 coupe (just turned 101k miles), 59-coupe and my speedster all headed to Albion NY! It was an hour drive it get there and my new old oil cooler kept the speedster cool at 210 degrees during 90 degree weather!
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#128 Post by Chad Comeau » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:31 am

The Driving season is winding down in Upstate NY. The Speedster ran great all summer! I am not looking forward to parking it for the winter.


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Re: Pre A Speedster Blue Speedster Restoration/Photo History

#129 Post by ryan base » Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:16 am

hi chad really nice. great inspiration.

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#130 Post by Chad Comeau » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:24 pm

Thanks Ryan...It was a great learning experience and very rewarding to see it through from start to finish!
This winter I will work on all the little things starting with a pair of NOS windshield wipers with the correct small flat head screw! The devil in in the details.....it never ends!!
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#131 Post by Chad Comeau » Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:19 pm

NOS wipers installed!
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Re: Pre A Speedster Blue Speedster Restoration/Photo History

#132 Post by Peter Taplin » Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:14 am

Beautiful car Chad, congrats on a job well done.
Looks like you are having a blast with it!!!
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Re: Pre A Speedster Blue Speedster Restoration/Photo History

#133 Post by Alain Buchert » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:44 am

The same Speedster!
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Re: Pre A Speedster Blue Speedster Restoration/Photo History

#134 Post by Vic Skirmants » Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:40 am

I sincerely doubt it.
My recollection of some article mentioned that was one of the first speedsters; note early fender script. If that car has a 800xx chassis number, then it's possible, but I also think I remember it was red.
And they certainly didn't leave that tape on there for decades.

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Re: Pre A Speedster Blue Speedster Restoration/Photo History

#135 Post by Chad Comeau » Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:32 am

Alain,
Great observation regarding the taped on numbers however that speedster is VIN 80002. 80002 was the first speedster imported in the US. Max Hoffman first introduced it at Watkins Glen 1954 then it was shipped off to California where it was owned by Johnny Von Neumann. Clark Gable pictured is driving it at Palm Springs as the course Marshal. 80002 now resides at the Porsche Museum!
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