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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 3:06 pm 
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Love the wooden buck! The fenders look like they're from a Pre-A/A or do my eyes deceive me?

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 6:07 am 
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ryan, yes it will be converted to RHD, not started on the dash yet but i'll post pics when i do.

trevor, well spotted! it is indeed from an 'a'

the buck was done by a guy in the Netherlands, he did it over quite some time as i was in no rush. he did send me updates when things had changed. i can recommend his services, his name is jeffry, jeffrysol@gmail.com not sure if i can add this contact in the post

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 6:22 am 
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Hi Neil,

I am a new member. This is my first ever post. I am from Oz also.

Did you find your car overseas?
I am looking for a car to restore and am looking to the states now as there is really nothing here in Australia?


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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 7:33 am 
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hi simon, welcome to the registry.

i did buy my 356 from the states, i contacted adam wright here on the registry, great guy with a wealth of knowledge and a great deal of porsche parts and a few cars! lol

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 8:19 am 
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Simon,
Let me know what you are looking for, I'll help if I can. We always have a few cars laying about.


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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 12:57 pm 
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WOW !!! I thought I did some tough cars. This is over the top. Can't wait to see it finished. If you ever show it in a concour, you'll get my vote, no matter what.

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 8:27 am 
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thanks for the kind words jim

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 10:01 pm 
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small update, i have taken the front axle beam out and repaired the ends (inner and outer) it has a small twist in it from the accident i guess, its roughly 3 - 4 deg. the lower tube is further back on the left than the right. i have spoken to a guy here who has a 100 ton press that can tweak it straight for me then i can weld it in :)

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i have taken a few pics of what i have done, the battery box is clamped in place, measured up square and level
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the two side pieces on the rear battery box wall are supposed to slope backwards and i will make those again, i have started to make the piece that covers the front axle this weekend.

just for anyone who is wondering i am converting it to look older. I'm sure there will be gasps as I'm not restoring it to stock but lets face it, it was never going to be a matching numbers car and this is about what i want

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 1:05 pm 
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neil great pics and reassurance that you're not lost in the emptiness but that from your internal awareness the intended structure will emerge cant wait to see your completed vision

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 4:55 am 
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thanks for following along ryan,

i have a small update, i have hammered out an inner 1/4 panel on the sandbag and smoothed it on the english wheel. i had made some dies for the bead roller the same width as the beads on the old panel and here is the result, it still needs a little finishing but its close

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i have made the first few inches of the outer 1/4 panel and starting to fit the lock post

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little more wheeling at the top

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 11:14 am 
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This project really adds meaning to "made by hand".

I commend you.

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:02 am 
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thanks norm (love that name, so cool lol)

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:24 am 
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Neil, she is coming together wonderfully. I am still speechless every time I look at the updates.

Like you said since it is not a numbers matching car, why not build what you want, and it is quite obvious you have the skill to do this.

Patiently waiting for the next update and the finished product.

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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:27 am 
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Fascinating project. Wish I had your metal shaping skills!

Good luck,
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 Post subject: Re: 356 B T6 Restoration
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:25 am 
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time for another update! they seem never ending...

thank you david and andrew for the nice comments

the update i have for you is only small but its progress, i had to do more wheeling to the inner 1/4 panel to give it more shape so it met the chassis rail and the lock post, which created some issues i had to sort out. its been a very long time since i used an english wheel so things are taking a while to come back to me. but since i had put the folded edges into the panel that created the problems, in the first pic you can see i welded a new folded edge at the lock post, and the top edge along the window has a dip in it which i had to weld a new folded edge on

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