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 Post subject: Re: 1956 356 "GT"
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:00 pm 
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Your car is looking really nice .


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 Post subject: Re: 1956 356 "GT"
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:57 pm 
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A small update and a couple milestones accomplished. Brakes tested, front end all greased up after brake and suspension rebuild. Road test will have to wait until spring, but she'll be back on the road in May. Only the starter and sorting out the steering is left. The starter is away for rebuild and the steering must be road tested, if the box is shot I am going for a TRW unit and the 24 mm VW pitman arm.

New wheels came in from Italy, they will be dressed up with Vredestein sprints. Very tempted to mount them but I am waiting for a wheel balancing adapter to avoid mounting them twice.

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The progress has been slow but I have not been lazy, lots of hours into the E-type, moved garage and worked hard to create a storage, workshop and "cave".

"cave - lounge"
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Lift area of the "workshop"
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Opposite pillars, metalshop in progress
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Prep room, the 62 E will have to wait until the 356 is finished.
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 Post subject: Re: 1956 356 "GT"
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:00 pm 
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Moving the exhaust up into the valence was a good idea as the ground clearance when the pipes run under is minimal. Probably why Porsche later routed the exhaust higher up through the bumper guards. Looks like a 716 or more likely a 741 with a 644 nose piece and shift rails.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:05 pm 
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Nice shop and cave Trond. great car(s) too.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:30 pm 
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Thanks!, and yes, the transmission is #79420 and as I learnt from this thread a mix of old and newer parts.

The body, doors, hoods seem to be all '56 but engine is a 1600S from a T5, later transmission, alu repro Speedster seatshells from Holland, seat covers from Autos Int., the lexan windows came with the car, has the markings but may be repro, Weberkit from Redline, alu wheels from Italy and so on. It is the opposit of my 63 coupe which seem to be all original. Its a neat car though, the floors' been replaced but the rest of it seem to be original and free of rust.

The garage/cave is my retirement project/plan, I'll keep fixing it up and make it comfortable. Mid 2030's it must be finished, thats when I'll go fulltime on my (new) career.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:20 am 
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Had the tires mounted to wheels and trial fitted wheels, looks like I have to change wheelbolts.

The rear wheels are slightly in contact with the lower shocks and I have to install 15 mm or 1/2" spacers. Perhaps the KYB shock is the problem, the lower mount seen somewhat larger than eg a Koni.

I need approx. 3 mm for the bolt to come through the wheel nut for the tecnomagneiso wheel, on top of that I may have to add 15mm for a wheel spacer.

What bolt lengths do we have available for the 356?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:45 am 
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Problem may be solved, the bottom mount on my shock (Shock Absorber-Excel-G Rear KYB 343147) has protrusions and it is the inner edge that get in contact with the wheel, KYB has photos of these with and without the protrusion.

I see these are listed as a Porsche 356 shock but fit a lot of cars, have to measure on my 63 coupe but if there were no protrusions and I get 2 mm or so that may be enough.

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Eg a BOGE/Sachs shock
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This photo from the forum seem to have a much smaller bottom shock mount.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:27 am 
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Went on installing 20 mm Carrera spacers and ended up with about a cemtimeter from tire to fender in the rear.
Not sure whether this is enough but suppose it is, else I will be getting the half inch spacers from NLA.

Mounting the aluminum wheels involved pressing in new wheel studs, this was straightforward using the hydraulic press.

Only problem was slight contact between front brakeshoe's springcup and wheel stud. Had to put a 1 mm shim on the brake cotter pins,mMaybe a 356 stud would have eliminated the problem. I used 911 studs and they do have a higher head on the stud.

The wheels look good on the car, I still have to lower the car another 10-15 mm in the front.

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