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    1. Member BattleRabbit's Avatar
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      04-23-2009 06:32 PM #1
      It is official, within the next month or two I will be picking up my grandmother's old Porsche 356 B and finally bringing it home where I can start working on it. The idea is to bring the car home, stop the rust from getting worse and basically prep it for major(read: expensive) work to start after college.


      This is the car as it has sat at my uncle's house for the past 2 years.

      Now to start working on it I was intrigued by "car rotisseries" so that I could basically strip the car and work on it at eye level to my convenience. I was hoping I could attach the car by the bumper brackets on the body to the rotisserie should I build one.

      So basically, pictures of car rotisseries, nice stock Porsche 356s(because that is how I want to build it, mostly correct with some very minimal updates) and any 356 stories/info you may have. The car is only in Connecticut so it really is just a matter of getting my grandfather's Studebaker running properly so I can go get it(he has an F-350 too, but the Studebaker gets FAR better gas mileage).

      1998 VW Golf Mk.III 5dr/1989 Saab 900 Sedan/1960 Porsche 356B T5/1980 Honda CM400E

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      04-23-2009 06:34 PM #2
      That will be one heck of a project.

      If you get it set up that way, you should take a bunch of pictures with the car turned a little bit each time, then you can make an animated .gif of it doing barrel rolls.

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      04-23-2009 06:38 PM #3
      This and the 912 project happening are making me very jealous. I love any Porsche pre '90 but especially these old beasts.

    4. 04-23-2009 06:43 PM #4
      1 for now:

      edit: mmmm smells delicious




      Modified by czook at 3:46 PM 4-23-2009


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      04-23-2009 07:13 PM #5
      you should search the mk1 and mk2 forums or even the samba..just search "rotisserie" in the archived section and theres a few threads on making your own I saw years ago on here......but that first example pic looks like a nice setup, although you cant spin the car it seems. That helps alot esp when sanding the bottom of the car so you can put some "rust bullet" or "por-15"

      http://www.prostreetcar.com/body_rotisserie.html

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      Modified by SIR ANDROID184 at 8:07 PM 4-23-2009

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      04-26-2009 04:54 PM #6
      I just joined up on 356registry.com and everyone there is telling me to simply make the car drivable and wait on doing a full restoration until I am older.

      Here is the thread on that site:
      http://www.356registry.com/for...=9684

      I like the idea, and I am tempted to do the brakes/tires, get it running, slap a supertrapp on it and drive it for a while, and wait till I am handily out of school to do the full restoration rather than tearing it all to bits now(granted it is already very apart).

      The car has, according to my grandfather, between 150 and 180k miles on it, though the odometer stopped working at some point.

      1998 VW Golf Mk.III 5dr/1989 Saab 900 Sedan/1960 Porsche 356B T5/1980 Honda CM400E

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      04-26-2009 04:56 PM #7
      Yeah hold out on doing the restoration until you can do it right and/or pay for someone to do it right for you. I'm still very close to buying a 356B...but I'm holding out for now...and another car popped up.

    8. 04-26-2009 05:04 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by BattleRabbit »
      I just joined up on 356registry.com and everyone there is telling me to simply make the car drivable and wait on doing a full restoration until I am older.

      Here is the thread on that site:
      http://www.356registry.com/for...=9684

      I like the idea, and I am tempted to do the brakes/tires, get it running, slap a supertrapp on it and drive it for a while, and wait till I am handily out of school to do the full restoration rather than tearing it all to bits now(granted it is already very apart).

      The car has, according to my grandfather, between 150 and 180k miles on it, though the odometer stopped working at some point.

      I was going to suggest that you join the Registry, but I see that you already have. The resources available to members (paid, card-carrying members) is invaluable. Restoring a 356 properly is a lot harder than it seems. The finest cars are restored using chassis jigs that very few restorers have. The jigs ensure that every attachment point (for the suspension, engine, transmission, etc) on the car are perfect. I don't know the level of restoration you're planning, but given that you're going into it understanding that it will be expensive, you will benefit from the knowledge you'll gain over there.


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      04-26-2009 05:28 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by BattleRabbit »
      slap a supertrapp on it
      sweet merciful Jesus....please no
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      04-26-2009 09:35 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by ATL_Av8r »
      sweet merciful Jesus....please no

      that was a bad joke I know. Proper exhausts aren't too brutally expensive.

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