Saturday, June 26, 2010

Style Kings car show


Super cool cars, totally not something I’d build …

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Don’t fiddle with hot radiator hoses

Burned arm

More progress on the undercarriage, floorpans arrived, engine apart

driver front wheelwell

More progress on the undercarriage has occurred, lots more elbow grease. We figure we have about 15-20 more days of scraping to go. We also split the case and examined everything. The crank looks ok, there is rust in the cylinder bore from water accumulation, the oil pump key is about to go, the cylinder heads look like they experienced a fair amount of detonation, and the compression was quite high. We’ll probably have to grind the crank a little, put in new cylinders, valves, and a few other bits and bobs. Also, it looks like the engine might have overheated, so we’re probably going to replace the oil cooler as well. More pictures here.

driver rear wheelwell

porsche crank

rusty cylinder bore

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Removing the undercoating on the 356

Lots of elbow grease (and not all mine, thanks Tam) to remove the undercoating on the 356. It’s uncovering a few other repair spots, but overall we’re pretty happy with the starting state of the car body. Next up is to weld in the floorpans and battery box. Those parts are on order but haven’t arrived yet. We might also get around to splitting the case on the engine, but first we have to buy beer for the guys at EASY who provided me with a nice, used windshield.

1964 Porsche 356 undercarriage progress

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Porsche work has started

Over the last couple of days/evenings we’ve pulled the engine out of the 356 and taken it a bit apart. We then rolled the chassis over to a good body guy to help weld in the new pans to take care of the rust. After that, brakes, suspension, paint and exterior body, then we’re good to ride. I’ll try to source some cool wheels in the meantime and I also need a new windshield and quarter window.

Hopefully some more updates will happen soon as we work on it. I’d like to be driving it by the end of the summer if possible.

Engine pulled