Barn find in MA

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Tristen Fletcher
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Barn find in MA

#1 Post by Tristen Fletcher » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:33 am

Just purchased my first 356. I am not sure of her true condition yet as I need to to start on tearing down and journaling. At least she is complete with the exception of what rust has taken away.
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Re: Barn find in MA

#2 Post by Vic Skirmants » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:47 am

Congratulations, and welcome!

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Re: Barn find in MA

#3 Post by Tom Tate » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:09 am

Great find, that will keep you busy this winter. Welcome and KTF

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#4 Post by Adam Wright » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:02 pm

A perfect start, let me know if you need any help with pics or if you need to take a measurement, I'm not far away in NY, and normally have a bunch of B's about.
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Re: Barn find in MA

#5 Post by Tristen Fletcher » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:45 am

I have her almost fully disassembled and on a dolly/frame jig that I have supporting the front and rear torsion tubes and standoffs mounted to front sway bar mount area and rear hoop mounts. She is so rotted rear torsion inner and outer frame which would be ok considering all the after market parts but the rear crossmember is badly rotted as well. I am at a stand still and stuck trying to decide how to proceed. While she is a 356, she is not numbers matching and no sunroof unless you count the big rot hole as one. I have built several hot rods or customs from leass but this has me struggling a bit. I am not afraid of seeing this through but really not sure what to do about the crossmember. I can’t justify the cost of aftermarket crossmember. Even if I focus up front first, I will eventually have to deal with crossmember. Any advice or guidance appreciated. I have thought of just locating another shell or at least back half. I have also considered just fabricating my own crossmember which may be an option as this will be more of an outlaw/custom as that is just in my blood. Thanks for the opportunity to posture my dilema. I look forward to hearing from some of the group.
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