'59 A in the Swiss Alps

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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#46 Post by George Krompecher » Sun Feb 20, 2022 12:12 pm

Is there an article somewhere detailing how the fresh air vents work? The right side one is non-locking, likely worn, whereas the left side one is functional. I have priced parts for these....
I figure I can make a new axle/through nut for it, provided I have the plans

In the same chapter, I have dropped a socket in the hollow body of the door pillar by the vent. Any idea how to fish it out? A magnet has not worked so far.
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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#47 Post by DaveErickson » Sun Feb 20, 2022 2:25 pm

I'd try a hook made from some stiff wire. Pull, don't push. Until you get it to move then use the magnet. Maybe a borescope/endoscope would help.

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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#48 Post by George Krompecher » Sat Mar 26, 2022 5:01 pm

I managed to locate the lost socket with a camera and push it backwards to retrieve it with a magnet from the footwell slide.

I have another issue that needs help: The alternator is charging (12V conversion), but the red light does not go off on the dash cluster. Where do I start?

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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#49 Post by George Krompecher » Fri May 13, 2022 7:58 am

The car is going for official inspection and licensing next week, should be OK.
It is missing its safety catch on the front hood latch. Thanks to Justin Rio on here, I know what I am missing. I did not feel like welding so close to the paint on such thin sheeltmetal, so I made a reinforced catch plate bolted to the lower latch, and it works a treat.

While the car does not look pristine and has its share of areas to rework/improve, it is functional, driving, steering and braking.
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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#50 Post by Spencer Harris » Fri May 13, 2022 12:44 pm

George Krompecher wrote:
Sun Feb 20, 2022 12:12 pm
Is there an article somewhere detailing how the fresh air vents work? The right side one is non-locking, likely worn, whereas the left side one is functional.
Hi George,

I just today spotted your post from February about FAV function & parts. If you haven't already figured it out, Rick Albro in CA is the go to guy for fresh air vents. There are some photos and descriptions in this thread, but they are mostly on the eccentric cam style. Yours appear to be the later locking nut style with the humped bezel. There are also pics of the three sets of FAVs that Rick repaired and restored for me for '53, '55 and '58 cars.

viewtopic.php?f=21&t=53545&p=400046&hil ... nt#p400046

This is another thread also primarily on earlier style FAV, but with some good installation tips (like stuffing a rag or towel in the door pillar space below the vent that would have saved me a day of labor).

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=47851&p=327771

I believe Rick makes these components for the later style FAV like yours. I'm sure he would send them to you, or you could send him your valves to refurbish.
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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#51 Post by George Krompecher » Fri May 13, 2022 4:10 pm

Spencer many thanks. My prior searches did not turn up all this info. Now I know how to remake the D cam.

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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#52 Post by George Krompecher » Sat May 21, 2022 10:37 am

The car passed swiss inspection yesterday, first time since 2006. It has a historic registration, hard to get here, and only for cars that are in "original configuration and excellent condition". I get the license plates on monday, number 1 59 356.

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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#53 Post by DaveErickson » Sat May 21, 2022 11:27 pm

A good result from all your painstaking work, George. What a cool license plate number. Please post a photo of the car wearing it.

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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#54 Post by George Krompecher » Mon May 23, 2022 5:32 am

Got the plates, took a drive.
Spits back when cold, stalls when warm, doesn't pull uphill. I love every minute of it!
Lots of adjusting to be done, and lots of driving planned.
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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#55 Post by George Krompecher » Thu May 26, 2022 7:26 am

Today. Driving better with the miles piled on.
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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#56 Post by George Krompecher » Sat May 28, 2022 11:30 am

Carb cleaning stuff in the fuel works, but I will not escape a carb rebuild. They are Weber 40 IDF.
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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#57 Post by George Krompecher » Sun Aug 14, 2022 12:24 pm

Short drive from my place:
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Re: '59 A in the Swiss Alps

#58 Post by Justin Rio » Tue Aug 16, 2022 4:32 pm

Great Photos George. Reminds me a lot of the pics I used to see in my Dad's old Christopherus Magazines of the enthusiasts enjoying their 356's back in the day. Nice to see you keeping that tradition going.

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