Had this little 356C come into the shop with a running issue. At first we thought the carbs were out of balance, but after retuning them, something still wasn’t right. Wes eventually pulled the plugs and found a smashed plug on #3. Then he broke down and did a compression test, which gave us a 0% reading in cylinder 3. A borescope was run down the motor, and we saw a severely beaten up piston. So out comes the motor. …

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Mar 23 2012 wes 356 No Comments

My biggest pet peeve when doing carbs is trying to do them quick, cheap, and fast.  We are doing these right.  First thing is we must have the jets to tune with.  The screws are for tweaks, not major changes.  You need a healthy motor.  Valves must be set. Timing/dwell must be set. Linkages were a mess here, bent with boogered threads.  Obviously linkage had been binding.  Your leg will be much stronger than these little rods so check for …

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Outlaw 356

This project has been on hold for awhile as we were waiting for the shop that did the body work to come by and go over some unresolved issues on the car. After a month of no shows, we have just decided to repair the issues ourselves. The major issue was the A pillar on the driver side being bent enough that the windshield would not fit without leaving a giant cap in the corner. Wes took care of that …

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Outlaw 356

This 356 had come in awhile back needing some finishing work. The engine was never tuned properly, so that needed to be done. The car also had lived its life as a race car and never had glass in it. The only thing left to do after the body had been painted was the install the front windshield….easy right? We found out quickly that the windshield just flat didn’t fit. The driver side was short and the radius was not …

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We went down a couple doors today and picked up a new 356 project that needs finishing. This is a really neat old car, and can’t wait to see it on the road. We need to put in the front windshield and button up a few other things and see what we have. Doesn’t quite look stock does it 😉 Fuel cell in the front. I love this interior! And a little surprise. A 914 motor/tranny round out this power …

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Last week we made a little more progress on this poor abandoned child 😉 Got the bumpers on and some of the trim/gaskets along with new taillights, etc. Hopefully we can send this puppy back to it’s owner in the next week or so!

Karl has posted some of the work on this car in the past.  Just a quick update.  She is alive and kicking.  Got it started and took it for a “lot drive” this week.  We have also continued getting everything back together on the body of the car. Seems like even something a simple as the bumper is a challenge here.  The license plate lights we were able to polish out,  but the bumper deco and gaurds had to be replaced.  Since …

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356 Work

When we took over the new space, it seems an unfinished car came with the place which belongs to a local PCA member. We started looking around and scrounging up parts here and there that were laying around for it and decided to start putting it back together so he can have his car back! We put the front and rear windows in a few days ago using the string method, pretty standard really….. Wes setting the rear window into …

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