What a reception! Thank you! The response to the first issue of this newsletter was great. We have a ’59 Sunroof Coupe, ’61 T-5 Coupe and ’54 Coupe in the shop and five other cars to be scheduled-a ’58 Speedster, ’64 SC Coupe, ’65 Coupe, ’60 Coupe and a ’57 Speedster. Projects range from complete restoration to door bottoms to floor pans. From the first newsletter, we sold enough parts to keep these newsletters going for the next six months. Speaking of parts, we have a large selection of parts (some new) on consignment from a local enthusiast (see the enclosed flyer). Jim Kellogg
The 356 foot pedals are adjustable. If you are to close to the steering wheel, check to see if you can adjust the pedals out. The adjustment is a bolt riding on the grooved section of the pedal rod.
Minor oil leaks in the engine compartment should be resolved. The whole engine compartment is designed to feed air to the fan and direct it to the oil cooler under the engine shroud. Oil coolers become easily covered with oil and dirt and serious problems can result. You can check and clean the oil cooler by pulling the generator and fan.
Questions: My car is up on blocks; will 356RESTORE come to me? The answer is yes! In fact, my first customer needed engine compartment welding and I loaded up my gear and went to his garage to do the work. While the shop rate is the same, I do have to charge $20 for loading and unloading shop equipment. I expect a lot of my business to be road trips. Trips for evaluating a 356 are no charge. I really enjoy evaluating, so give me a call.
Recently, I’ve done metal repairs on three finished cars. That is, they had new interiors and paint but the owners found rust problems in the underbody. When you have metal repair done, insist on seeing the repair before it is covered with paint, caulk or undercoat. Shine a light behind the repaired panel if possible and check for pin holes. I’m proud of my 356 metal repair and want you to check it out. I try to take photographs if you are unable to observe the repair.
Another observation is that 356RESTORE’s approach of encouraging owners to participate in the repair process is being well received. We have loaned equipment and explained how to prepare rusty areas for repair. Owners have saved on the repair cost, and hopefully learned to appreciate the design and engineering of their 356.
He did what?!
Yes, 356RESTORE turned down work! Here I am with a new shop and I turned down welding on an Austin-Healey and a Studebaker Golden Hawk. I explained to the owners that a big part of my decision to take early retirement and work on 356 Porsches was the satisfaction I receive from getting them back on the road. I’m sure I could do good work on other cars, but pride, satisfaction and fun for me comes from restoring a 356 Porsche.
Who is Friedrich Weber
There is a reason why this newsletter is dedicated to Friedrich Weber. What is it and who is Friedrich Weber? Five percent off on parts, or service for a correct answer. Hint, there is clue in the dedication.
Parts Open Shop
We’ve got a lot of 356 parts in the shop. Drop by during open shop hours on Saturdays from noon to 4:00 or give me a call. Everybody who has restoration work done receives a 356RESTORE denim cap.