From Ruby red to Auratiumgreen.....

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From Ruby red to Auratiumgreen.....

#1 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:59 pm

Just a small story about a great car.

I bought my '58 356 A cabrio in 2004 from Mr Ferrara in Arizona.
Initialy the car was ruby red with black leatherette upholstery, at least at the moment I bought the car.
It left the factory in Auratiumgreen colour with than interior.

Because I wasn't satisfied with the way the car was painted, I had the idea to start a 'small' restoration.
We started out with depolishing but soon it was cleared out that the car was loaded with bondo.
So no other choice then to go whole the way..........

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#2 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:04 pm

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The result after we sandblasted the car :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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#3 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:08 pm

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Back to basics, here comes our Master Welder :wink:
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#4 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:16 pm

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Her 'rear' was by far the worst so we had to go looking for a good replacement :?



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#5 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:19 pm

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#6 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:23 pm

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So far concerning the welding, :arrow: :arrow:


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#7 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:31 pm

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Finally preparing the car to get it painted :mrgreen:

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So this is :mrgreen: AURATIUMGREEN :mrgreen:
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#8 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:38 pm

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So she looks like a car again, finaly, we are about 2 years older now...
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#9 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:44 pm

and then ...the roof


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Upholstery, nice than colour, real leather

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#10 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:53 pm

Seats :arrow:

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Ready for the road.
After 4 years being here on Belgium bottom, she finally passed all Belgian technical demands.

I am ready to drive her all summer long, just waiting for the sun to shine 8)







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#11 Post by Peter Jordan » Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:08 am

Peter: Thanks for sharing the photos documenting the progress of your restoration. The car is beautiful. I am completing the restoration of a numbers matching Meissen Blue (orig factory color) Convertible D. I will also post pics when I am finished. Best Regards, Peter Jordan, Pauma Valley, California
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#12 Post by Peter Nelissen » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:18 pm

Peter, how far is your restoration-process by now???
Is everything going as planned???

The convertible D is the most beautifull 356type of them all, no doubt about that.

Meissenblue is a very special colour, a bit like auratiumgreen,
some people love it, some people don't.

Looking forward to see some pictures of your progress,
kind regards,Peter

Picture taken today, waiting for better weather.......
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#13 Post by Steve Joslin » Fri May 09, 2008 9:05 am

Peter,

Congratulations on a beautiful restoration, did you re-upholster the seats yourself?

Regards

Steve

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#14 Post by Peter Nelissen » Tue May 20, 2008 3:31 pm

Sorry Steve, maybe a bit late reply,
but no, the upholstery was done by a professional, an older men that has done many many cars in his life.

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Peter
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