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Re: WCSTA -06- 56 T1

#106 Post by Bill Sargent » Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:45 pm

Nicely done Harlan!
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#107 Post by Harlan Halsey » Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:40 am

Thank you. If it survives infant mortality-maybe 3-500 miles-that project is put to bed.

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#108 Post by Harlan Halsey » Fri May 07, 2021 4:02 am

Well...as of the last post, I was in an escalating disaster: Oil on the floor due to the axel leak, the modified voltage regulator failed, the transmission was noisy, the engine was installed off center, the exhaust pipes touched the body work, and the clutch chattered badly. It was time for a reset!

So as of today, the car runs well: I swapped in the original (rebuilt) 644 trans mission with a T2 shift lever location, modified the right side engine compartment plate and centered the engine by re-bending the hoop, and rebuilt the voltage regulator with a new same part number solid state unit. I tuned the engine and adjusted the valves on the test stand. The 644 transmission changes the engine angle enough to give ample clearance for the muffler and the tail pipes. So: no leaks, no engine noise, voltage regulator works, and the transmission shifts well and is quiet. Clutch cable is now a 644 (long) one replacing the previous 744 cable.

I ran the car out to 92 and back along the Crystal Springs Reservoir today. I looks like I am where I thought I was back in February.

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#109 Post by Harlan Halsey » Tue May 25, 2021 4:04 am

Way back when, before even the floor pans had been installed, I traced the floorboards on to some 5 layer plywood and roughly cut out he key holes and the outline. Now it was time to finish the floor boards. A 2" cylindrical rasp in the drill press turned out to be just the thing to finish the keyholes after the first trial fit. I measaured for the locations of the other holes, drilled undersize. fit and then sized the holes in the right place. I had some polyurethane left over from another job and I put three coats of that on. Floor boards make the interior look a lot more finished.
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Since the floor boards will be completely covered, I don't think I will paint them black.

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#110 Post by Harlan Halsey » Sat May 29, 2021 9:33 pm

Test driving these days, I have about 200 miles on the car now and things are coming along, clutch, shifter, speedometer swapped for one that works.

I'm using a T2 shift rod. The shifter is moved to the T2 position via a mounting plate which looks like the factory item to the shifter but is longer to pick up rearward mounts. The gearshift knob sat outside for many years years and I thought it was gone but a few coats of Wood repair epoxy did wonders.

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T1 Shifter in T2 position
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I'm recording the speed and RPMs to see what gear ratios I have in this 644 transmission. BBBC it turns out. This is easier than counting engine and wheel turns directly.
I have been gradually moving the shift point up and now shift at 4,000 RPM So far so good.

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#111 Post by MICHAEL FOSTER » Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:46 pm

Hey Harlan I am considering having the same modifications (using T-2 internals) made on a set of Pre A ,t-1 square door handles did you do machine work or have it done. Do you have dimensions of machined parts or know who I can have machine necessary parts?

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Re: WCSTA -06- 56 T1

#112 Post by Harlan Halsey » Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:30 am

Michael,
I did the design and machining myself. It' easy with a lathe and a milling machine, and pretty obvious if you have both types of handles. it is easier to machine a brass piece than to take the end off the late handle. I may have recorded he dimensions, but basically you just make the early handle like the late handle and use a stepped joint JB Welded together. You can fool with the amount you want the button to stick out. I thought the original late style is too high. Post #69 above pictures and explains everything.

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#113 Post by MICHAEL FOSTER » Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:38 pm

Got it, thanks Harlan.

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#114 Post by Harlan Halsey » Sat Jun 12, 2021 3:45 am

We're getting there. Bumpers with decos installed, Paint rubbed out by Del.
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At the Crystal Springs reservoir
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At his point, 300 miles on the car, time for the first oil change: 20W 50 SWEPCO
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At the Crystal Springs Reservoir
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Windshield wipers, sun visors, interior door panels, tunnel carpeting, and tail pipes yet to go. Torsion bar covers await final setting the rear camber

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#115 Post by Trond Vidar » Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:30 am

I am envious. The car is looking great, it is begging to drive and the location seem to be spot on.
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#116 Post by Harlan Halsey » Thu Jun 24, 2021 3:39 am

Thank you Trond,
The Crystal Springs Reservoir is just North of our house So I either loop it to the west or come back on the Freeway to the east for about a 45 minute 25 mile run. Going out the route has some stopping with shifting an accelerating which is what I want for break in. There's also a 50 mile round trip freeway run I make once a week for lunch at a good hamburger place, Kirks, with Del's group of 356ers. To date about 450 shake down miles on the car. Rear camber needs to be changed from slightly positive to my preferred 1/2 deg. negative.

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#117 Post by Trond Vidar » Wed Jun 30, 2021 1:42 pm

Envious, I always wanted to live in the Bay Area. My first visit was back in 1997. I was on training at a software house in San Jose and time off looking at cars, close to departure even a MG TA in Orinda, it was too tight, went back to the hotel, called a dude in Oregon and closed the deal on his 1961 XKE that we had been discussing for weeks. Still got the jag it’s not leaving soon!

Hope to visit CA next year I hope the crabs at fisherman’s wharf is as delicious as back then.
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Re: WCSTA -06- 56 T1

#118 Post by Harlan Halsey » Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:59 pm

Window Winder.
The right window crank was beyond saving. These are the grooved version used before 1957, and hard to find. I think they are actually VW parts, as are the later smooth cranks used through the end of 356 production. I found 2 aftermarket winders without knobs at a big VW swap meet for $ 15 each. And from somewhere I found a black knob of the right dimensions, threaded 6mm, no set screw. (I'm disinclined to disassemble one of the smooth cranks to find out exactly how it was done.)
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The hole in the grooved crank was less than 6mm. Plan A was to modify a shouldered 6mm bolt and then peen the end as original. This is on the left. But then plan B occurred to me: Drill out the hole in the crank to fit the bare section of the 6mm bolt, modify the bolt head, and screw the knob in from the back. Much easier. The plan B bolt is on the right. The white knob is Rustoleum Antique White.

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#119 Post by Jules Dielen » Tue Sep 07, 2021 12:37 am

Gorgeous car Harlan! Incredible transformation!!
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Re: WCSTA -06- 56 T1

#120 Post by Harlan Halsey » Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:06 am

Thank you. I'm pretty sure that the three of us, + the Porsche community, have "saved" this one.

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