1960 356B Coupe restoration

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Sonny Caudill
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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#61 Post by Sonny Caudill » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:09 am

Great work! I love the progress you've made on your car!
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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#62 Post by ScottBerry » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:18 am

Time for an update. Focus has been on the rear outer frame rail. Lots of pieces that are compound shapes. First was to fit in a piece for where the bump stop goes. Second was to form part of the curved underside of the rail. This was a tricky piece. I cut out a oak board to the shape of the curve – bolted the metal in and with a lot of heat and hammer was able to shape the piece. Third area was the shock absorber area. This is a curved piece (10” radius) that nests inside the rail. It was curved and put in position. Still a small part to shape and fit for the upper curved section of this piece.
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20160301 shock bolt.jpg
cut piece for side wall lip.jpg
20160301 side wall piece installed.jpg
20160301 bump stop in position.jpg
20160301 wooden die cut and curved edge of rear rail hammered and formed.jpg
20160301 piece formed - looks like die is a one shot deal.jpg
20160301 piece in position now fitting shock absorber metal.jpg
20160301 most of metal back in for rear outside rail.jpg
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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#63 Post by Alberto Abrisqueta » Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:04 am

Good morning

i just want to tell you i admire what you are doing with the car.

I took my 1961 356 for painting and fixing a "couple" of rusty areas 3 YEARS ago and little by little we found rust everywhere. Now , the body is done and i see myself driving the car soon , i hope it is ready for the summer.

good luck!

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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#64 Post by ScottBerry » Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:32 am

Alberto, thank you for your encouragement. Just takes patience and time. I am fortunate I have a good space to work in at a friend’s shop and how has some experience. This is the first major restoration I have done and has been an interesting learning curve. So, with the right tools, help from the registry members and the project threads over on ABCGT (and some good metal parts panel replacement parts) anyone with someone comfort with tools can tackle the project.

I have started to tackle the rear cross-member frame that supports the transmission. This is a tricky area were a number of panels come together. I am starting on the right rear side. The challenge is that the car rests on a restoration frame supported by the transmission bolts so it needs to be repaired in sections at a time to keep the supporting strength for the chassis.

I first made an accurate drawing of the section and dimples. I then cut out the old ratty section. A lot of metal had to be ground away to preserve the support piece for the transmission bolt hidden underneath. A new piece was cut to shape. For the dimples I used a variety of cut off metal pipe sections and large wrench sockets. I used a press to press in the shapes. Tried heating the metal first but this created a lot of waves in the piece – it was easier to press the metal cold.
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20160406 2 section that joins the rear crossbrace needs removal as well.jpg
20160406 3 section of rear crosssection brace removed expossing back support brace for transmission holder bolt.jpg
20160406 4 corner section removed showing backside of new shock absorber mount in place.jpg
20160406 5 a papertemplate was made and then transferred to metal.  New section cut to size..jpg
20160406 6 The rear brace has dimples for strength. These were recreated using metal pipe pieces and large socket wrenches in a press.  Not perfect but very close..jpg
20160406 7 piece formed with dimples ready for final positioning.jpg
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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#65 Post by M Penta » Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:56 am

Nice work man! Looking great!

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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#66 Post by ScottBerry » Mon May 02, 2016 11:27 am

Recent attention has been focused on the rear transmission cross-section frame. It comes together in a complicated intersection with the side rail frame. I cut out the rusted metal and then reformed a piece to fit including the “dimples” . Inside was primed and then the new piece burned in. To close it in further a section piece along the side rail (partially supporting the parcel shelf) was cut fitted in place as well.
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20160430 transmission cross-section frame opened up primed and ready for replacement piece.jpg
20160430 new piece for cross-member section in position and set.jpg
20160430 cornner piece joing side rail and transmission cross-section frame.jpg
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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#67 Post by ScottBerry » Sat May 14, 2016 9:21 am

Made some progress on sewing up the inner passenger side rail. This required a lot of curves and bends. Just could not get it to work in one piece and had to resort to a lot of smaller pieces.
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20160509 inner passenger side rail complete - all new metal in..jpg
20160509 inner passenger side rail - fitting shaping edge piece.jpg
20160509 inner passenger side rail - starting to close it up.jpg
20160509 inner passenger side rail - forming more pieces.jpg
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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#68 Post by ScottBerry » Sat May 14, 2016 9:26 am

Over to the other side to the outer drivers side frame rail. This is a mess. Colder climate - lots of snow and salt plays hard on the drivers side from on-coming traffic. A lot of rust here and older patches from previous owner. This will take some loving.
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20160509 welded jig for bolt - prior to cutting and removing the whole shock absober mount.jpg
20160509 preparing to cutout shock absober mount - needed to cut before welding in bolt jig.jpg
20160509 shock absorber frame with positioning jug for bolt.jpg
20160509 shock absorber frame cutout and jig for bolt.jpg
20160509 inner side rail frame. This is a mess - a lot of rust and old patches welded in by PO.jpg
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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#69 Post by ScottBerry » Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:19 pm

Been a while since an update. Lots of progress but slow.
got most of the chassis all buttoned up. Transmission cross-brace is done as well. Working on inner rear panel and B-pillar. Also at the same time trying to add in the parcel shelf. Parcel shelf is fitting nicely so now need to figure out where the transmission cover panel will land. This piece is not matching up well with the parcel shelf. Any suggestions – have I got the piece – or is this a case of a lot of heat and hammering?
Question – the sides of the transmission panel cover they lap upwards for the rear transmission cross-brace do they also get bent up along the sides for welding or turned downwards?

You can follow more detailed progress on the restoration effort at ABCGT

http://www.abcgt.com/forum/14-356-Resto ... Resto.html
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2017027 transmission cover and parcel shelf.jpg
20170206 inner side panel welded in with only a few more welds to go.jpg
20170204 parcel shelf in place covering up many hours of hard work that will never be seen again thinking I should of sepnt less time dresing welds.jpg
20161123 interior review.jpg
20160430 new piece for cross-member section in position and set.jpg
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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#70 Post by ScottBerry » Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:16 am

Long overdue upadate. All paint stripped all interior framing cut and welded in - including b pillar cusset. All metal media blasted yesterday. A little bronzing needed in a few thin places Hoping to epoxy prime tomorrow. Good feeling to get to this stage and start adding clean metal.
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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#71 Post by ryan base » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:50 pm

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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#72 Post by ScottBerry » Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:58 pm

some photos of the progress. yes we are in Canada - no that is not snow (not yet) its the fine sand from blasting, creating a beach in the back by the shed.
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Re: 1960 356B Coupe restoration

#73 Post by ScottBerry » Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:42 pm

Been too long since an update. Will post pics this week in the meantime hoping members can supply a rough measurement. I have started to fit in the inner body panels that support the front body. I have the hood adjusted in position and in the latch but need to know the gap between the rim under the hood and the top of the inner panel ledge. Need to understand how much space to leave for the thickness of the body panel and rubber that gets seated and compressed when the hood is closed.
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