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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:28 pm    Post subject: Lucky enough to save this 356A today Reply with quote

I have been leaving notes on this car for over five years. I finally got the call today while cruising around in my VW Thing when I happened to be only six blocks from his house when he called! He was kind of freaked out when I pulled up two minutes after getting his call out of the blue. It's a rough 356A coupe titled as a 1959, but VIN says its a 1958. Engine is a VW unit from 1968. At least it is finally inside and out of the weather.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Persistence pays off. Looks like a fun project. Congrats!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good save! It deserves to be pretty again Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

box of parts too...Jackpot!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too bad you didn't get the car 5 years ago when you first saw it. Persistence pays off - some times.

Years ago I lived down the street from a guy who had parked a yellow 356 Cabriolet in his side yard and put a tarp over it. I think it was a 61 but can't recall for sure. I asked him numerous times if he were interested in selling it. The answer was always "No - I'm going to pull it into the garage one of these days and work on it" - Fast forward about 10 years later - I had moved into the suburbs by then and was driving through town on errands and decided to drive by my old home - I had forgotten about the 356 but there it was sitting under a tarp slowly rusting away. I didn't bother to stop by and ask that guy again about the car - he was stubborn and didn't seem to care that something that cannot be replaced or recreated was slowly dissolving in his yard. To him it was only one old car.

While I can't say for a fact that I would have restored that car if I had gotten it someone would have - I'd have done my best to ensure that much.

How long does it take to rust out a car in Western Washington? Home of rain and humidity. Probably not long. Some people piss me off!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done for saving it. What's the underneath like?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it has all of its original VIN stamped sheetmetal, but the usual rust in the floorboards and lower battery box left lower door and left rocker. Door sills, inner Aprons, drip rails, Right door, right rocker, window openings, headlight buckets and many other areas are pretty solid. The maroon paint half sanded off with the surface rust on the parts that were striped make it look worse than it really is.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AWESOME!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done.. Smile big project


one question... how do you get the rusty metal to good metal with out grinding it back and thinning the metal? and so it doesn't rust again?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This car is probably going to run around looking just like this for a while because you just don't see these unrestored driving in this condition anymore. But when it is time for a full resto, it is a good candidate for dipping.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know a lot about dipping but have always heard that 356s are not good candidates for it because of all the layered panels & closed cavities. The acid gets trapped in the layers & it is hard to be sure the neutralizer gets in everywhere because you can't physically see inside of it.

Car is cool & can't wait to see progress pics.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That car is tits!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool! I also have a '58 but in Neptune Beach, Florida. About 3-4 hours from you. Whats the VIN? mines 102797. Mine was originally a ruby red coupe(maroon)
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That didn't take long, apparently car is now heading for the UK and is already for sale on eBay UK!!!! Question
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mpribanic wrote:
Cool! I also have a '58 but in Neptune Beach, Florida. About 3-4 hours from you. Whats the VIN? mines 102797. Mine was originally a ruby red coupe(maroon)


Mark, cool video. Mark
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:29 am    Post subject: Re: Lucky enough to save this 356A today Reply with quote

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Same car today living a happy life in the UK.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Lucky enough to save this 356A today Reply with quote

Well that's friggin awesome!! Glad it has a good home. It sure deserved it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Lucky enough to save this 356A today Reply with quote

It's come a long way...

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Lucky enough to save this 356A today Reply with quote

another one saved!
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