Pre A Speedster Blue Speedster Restoration/Photo History

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#151 Post by glen hamner » Sat Dec 26, 2015 9:38 pm

Nice transformation Chad. All the best in the new year.

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#152 Post by Chad Comeau » Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:09 pm

For those of you attending the Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix this year stop by and say hi, I will be in the Concours on Friday.
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#153 Post by M Penta » Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:56 am

Beautiful car in great colors. WIsh you were enroute to Limerock so I could see it in person.

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#154 Post by Larry Coreth » Fri Sep 02, 2016 4:50 pm

Chad,

Beautiful car !! Though it does look vaguely familiar. I see you converted Zeniths, good move, at least from a drivability stand point. Attached my car at Road America 1984.Great shots Of Watkins Glen!
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#155 Post by Jerry Garwick » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:19 pm

Chad

I'm in the process of replacing most of the undercarrage of my '55 Speedster project. I appreciate the one picture of your project with your son inspecting the undercarrage of your Speedster. Any additional pictures of the bottom of your car would be appreciated.
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#156 Post by Chad Comeau » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:05 pm

2017 Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix Festival Speedster Blue Awarded Best of Show!

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#157 Post by Tom Keating » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:11 pm

Hey Chad,
Nice to see a 356 finally winning the Best of Show. Beat out the big money guys. You need to get a Stone Bridge Drivers hat. See you perhaps this summer 2018. Say hi to the guys! Tom
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#158 Post by Steve Proctor » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:19 pm

I can see why all the pictures I've seen of this car are with the top down!! I have the NLA, Ltd. aluminum seat frames that drop the seats about 3/4" as opposed to the original wooden frames, and at 5' 7.5" and shrinking, the top of my head is about even with the top of the windshield frame. It is guys like Chad that most likely drove the need for the later high bow top.
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#159 Post by Rusty Ferrell » Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:23 pm

Chad, just saw this post for the first time. I just acquired 81213. Long time ownership. Don’t have any detail on her but been off the road for some time. We’re you ever able to source a preA ignition switch?
I’ll be on a mission to get her more knowledge on this one and hopefully have her returned to her original condition or as close as possible. Looking forward to hearing from you. My email is published.
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#160 Post by Chad Comeau » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:44 pm

Hi Rusty,
Congratulations on purchasing 81213! I have 212 in my database but not 213! Late Pre A Speedster's are special cars especially the ones with 1600 and 1600 Super Engines! If you requested a CofA for your car I am sure you will notice that Porsche calls it a 356A's however your speedster is far from an A Speedster! My opinion is that the person translating the Kardex bases the 356A designation off of the 616 engine code and or the ship date. I do have my original ignition switch, it is currently being rebuilt. I am looking forward to seeing some pictures of your car!

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#161 Post by Chad Comeau » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:04 pm

Tom Keating wrote:Hey Chad,
Nice to see a 356 finally winning the Best of Show. Beat out the big money guys. You need to get a Stone Bridge Drivers hat. See you perhaps this summer 2018. Say hi to the guys! Tom
Hi Tom,
Good to hear from you and it was an honor win Best of Show at Watkins Glen! As you know Elliott usually wins with his amazing stable of cars and rightfully so! However this year the Speedster presented itself very well and caught the eye of the judges. Hope to see you at the LA Meet this year!

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#162 Post by Rusty Ferrell » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:41 pm

Chad, pic is just before the car saw daylight for some time. Can't find the key for the ignition. The ignition switch seems to take a key that has been cut on both sides. Could you post a pic of your original key?
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#163 Post by Chad Comeau » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:53 pm

Hi Rusty,
Nice to see that your speedster still retains its original color! The rudge wheels are a nice touch as well! I would be interested in seeing some pictures of your engine bay. Here is a picture of original keys from a Pre A Speedster. They are not cut on both sides.
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#164 Post by Steve Proctor » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:52 pm

Interesting red car. at first, took it for an A model, perhaps due to the later high bow top or camera angle, but longer distance from the side trim and the fender lip reveals that low pre-A profile. That is a gem!!!
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#165 Post by Rusty Ferrell » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:54 pm

Chad, just got a copy of the Kardex, shows same shipping date to Hoffman as your car Jan 4, 56. Boat mates at least.
Also shows built with a 1600 Normal, which it has but I haven't been able to determine casting dates or engine designation of current engine.
You guys out there have so much Knowledge on the pre A.
All comments are welcome, also what to look for on the car.
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