WCSTA –08- 1959 356 A 108183 Father Son Project

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Jim Slaby
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WCSTA –08- 1959 356 A 108183 Father Son Project

#1 Post by Jim Slaby » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:21 pm

After turning down many Speedsters in the 1970’s because $3,000 was too much, 30 years later I found this car while looking through the local paper. It was listed underneath a garage sale ad. We went to look at the car and initially turned it down. The seller wouldn’t sell it to the others who came and looked because they were lowballing him. A few months later we went back and paid him and trailered home our new project.
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We first started by removing the old house paint on it and the 2 inches of bondo all around. Then we proceeded to pop out the roof dents where a tree had fallen on it. Next we moved onto the front fender and worked on it.
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Then the accident happened…the unthinkable. I get a call at work and get informed a hit & run driver smashed into my garage.
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The Porsche took most of the hit. Smashed the front fender, busted the windshield, and pushed the car back 6 feet into a cement wall. We made a police report but the driver was never found. Not only did the car get smashed but so did our dreams…we eventually repaired the garage, cleaned up the mess of scattered tools, and have began to start on it again.
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Re: WCSTA – 1959 356 A 108183 Father Son Project

#2 Post by Per Schroeder » Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:00 pm

Holy Moly! That's a contender….
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#3 Post by Brian Jones » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:08 am

It certainly is well up there with the best or should I say the worst of them. good luck with the restoration

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#4 Post by Per Schroeder » Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:18 am

Are you going to be media blasting it soon?
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#5 Post by Jim Slaby » Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:59 pm

Per Schroeder wrote:Are you going to be media blasting it soon?
hopefully.
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#6 Post by kurt hoelter » Sat May 09, 2015 8:36 am

if you save the floor sweepings after blasting you might have another project
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Re: WCSTA –08- 1959 356 A 108183 Father Son Project

#7 Post by glen hamner, jr » Wed May 20, 2015 10:31 pm

Jim,

If you don't use phosphoric acid on the metal before you media blast, there will not be enough distinguishable metal parts left to help identify what parts of the chassis are serviceable and what patterns are needed to rebuild that which remains. In my humble opinion.

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Re: WCSTA –08- 1959 356 A 108183 Father Son Project

#8 Post by Greg Bryan » Wed May 18, 2022 1:08 pm

Glen - Any update on your WCSTA entrant?
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