Paint project on vin 158304 1963 Porsche Cabriolet press car

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Re: Paint project on vin 158304 1963 Porsche Cabriolet press car

#91 Post by Rudy Rodriguez-Duret »

Started installing the chrome and lights, the new aftermarket bumper guards don't seem to line up with the bumper holes. Has anyone had this issue before and can recommend a fix or who sells bumper guards that are OEM or line up correctly? Finished installing the new European lights with the LED kit, look great! Amazing fix
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#92 Post by Rudy Rodriguez-Duret »

Any advice who sells concourse quality new curved grills or perfectly refurbished originals? The ones I purchased don't seem to have enough curve.
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#93 Post by Sean O'Donnell »

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I believe this is the correct grill for a cab. I think you may have gotten coupe grills
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#94 Post by Rudy Rodriguez-Duret »

Sean, I bought the curved grills, at first I thought that they might have sent the flat ones also, but if you see on the pictures below it does have the curve, it's just not enough curve. Took a picture with different backgrounds.
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#95 Post by Rudy Rodriguez-Duret »

Does anyone know where I could find a curved grill that fits correctly? Ordered another curved grill from another supplier and it has the same issue, or does anyone know of a modification that can be done to give it more of a curve?
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#96 Post by Rudy Rodriguez-Duret »

Finally got the windshield frame painted and bumpers installed. It's amazing how you can dismantle a 356 in 3 days, but take 90 to put it back together lol
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#97 Post by mario musto »

Right side grille appears to fit better than left. Do both grilles have same contour? Is engine lid curvature equal left to right?

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#98 Post by Rudy Rodriguez-Duret »

Mario,

Yes the left fits better, I think the issue might be the engine lid. I have tried 3 different sets, one original and two reproductions and continue to have the same issue. The funny thing is when we stripped the engine lid to ate metal it didn't have any filler, also the gaps were perfect so I didn't consider the the curvature might be off. At this point we have two choices, 1- figure out how to bend the grill 2- sandblast the lid, mold it to the grill and repaint.

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#99 Post by Martin Benade »

The grill in the picture is clearly not curved smoothly, and has a couple of straight sections. Also for things to fit that poorly the lid would show obvious damage.
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#100 Post by C J Murray »

Does the number stamped into the rain trey of the deck lid match the serial number of the car? If the deck lid is not full of Bondo and it shows no signs of trauma then "fixing" it to make the grills fit will result in adding to your pile of incorrect parts. I'm not a body man but I do know that a person with skills can make the grills fit the deck lid and give a better result. Martin is better qualified to comment and there are others here too.
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#101 Post by Martin Benade »

Can you put a broomstick diagonally under the grille on the ground and push down at C and D? The envelope represents the grille. I think that would get it much closer although I still don’t like the “curve” of the new grill. Can we see a picture of the original one? It’s not from this car though?
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#102 Post by Rudy Rodriguez-Duret »

Martin, the original one came with the car when I purchased it. I assumed it's was an original grille.
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#103 Post by Rudy Rodriguez-Duret »

Cliff,

You have a valid point, i'm going to try Martin's idea tonight when I get home. If not I'm sure I can find a professional that can modify the grill. I assume it should fit perfectly flush on all corners, without having to force it.

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#104 Post by Rudy Rodriguez-Duret »

Martin,

Tried your idea, it definitely helped, but the ends still have an issue. I have another cabriolet engine lid and it doesn't have as big of an issue but it's still not perfect. I'm curious how perfect should these grill fix? I've seen a few cars that the lids just looked horrible and stuck out 1/4" . I've always figured it was people using coupe grilles on Cabs. On my coupe they fits perfectly, maybe this is a curved grille issue. Below are pictures of my other lid, and my current grille after i bent it like you suggested.
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#105 Post by Justin Rio »

Unfortunately all par for the course Rudy. Once your final bodywork was completed all of the body trim with rubber seals should have been mocked up and set before your final coats. Especially your freshly replated original trim. New repop parts? Forget it, they are all manufacturer interpretations of an original. Like how much curve there should be for an open car grill as an example. You never have the luxury of assuming it will all fit and go back together smoothly as with your bumper deco holes. The 356 gods will always make you pay.
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Shrinker jaws will create the best contoured fit correction on that grill but it will require disassembly and you'll have to polish out the jaws marks. In your last photo its seems you have to now curve the top and bottom runs to get the corners to tuck in. I feel your pain. Nice paint job BTW.

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