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Another new 356B owner now.

Picked her up today, she has been on blocks for about 30 years thankfully in a fairly clean garage. Not too much in the way of rust, few bubbles here and there, but overall very clean. Came with a spare 356 ('57) engine as well, and sets of chromed wheels with new/unused tyres.

Not allowed to do anything until we have finished the 911s restoration though. Mayb e just give her a wash!
she was surrounded by all sorts of junk.






Poor old dear finally gets outside in the sunshine and gets some wind in the fenders to blow out the spiders!!

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Great find. What's the story though on how you found it?
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Looks like it will be a nice, simple and elegant white coupe when done. Love the smooth curves of these original Porsches.
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History of the car

Well all we know of it so far is that the PO had bought it about 1978-79 from someone in the Canberra (Australia) area, it was factory RHD. He drove it for several years as his family car, but when kids started coming the wife chucked a whoopie, and wanted a bigger car, so he parked it in the garage around 1982 and got a Holden family car. He always intended to put her back on the road but never got around to it. He purchased things along the way and put them in the shed, spare '57 motor, set of nice chromed wheels and tyres, set of brand new weber carbs , rubbers (but he hasn't found these yet) miscellaneous bits and pieces.

I asked about the papers for the car and he is still looking, he says he has the books and history but who knows, he is a bit vague, not getting any younger, if you know what I mean! He will find it eventually, or I will go looking myself.

He has several old cars in his backyard and thankfully the Porsche was in the garage, up on blocks. Anyway about 3 years ago, Nick, the guy in the photos (owner of Volksparts) a legend in VW parts here in Australia, his farm has around 400 VW/Kombis etc, he was called up by the PO to come and take a Kombi away, and Nick saw the 356. He offered 25K but the PO wanted 30. Nick didn't have that much to spend so he had to leave it. But he craftily didn't tell anyone about it. PO is not a big socialiser so nobody knew about the car.

We came back from France (defence posting) in 2009 and Nick told us about the car, but didn't tell us where it was. Last week Nick told a 356 Porsche guy about the car and the price and then proceeded to get heaps of phone calls about the car asking where it was. So he told me that we had better get onto it quick before someone else located it. He left a business card on the PO front door and we waited for the phone call. PO has been in Germany apparently for the last couple of years on and off, and only came home on Saturday for a couple of weeks. How lucky was that, he phoned, we did the deal and went to pick it up on Tuesday, took a couple of hours to get it out of the shed and move the cars that were in front of it, but all is good. It had a couple of jammed on brakes but easily unstuck, and winched onto the trailer.

Plan is to get the brakes redone, clean the fuel tank, probably needs resurfacing inside, get the engine going, check the mechanicals and drive her for a while to have fun. The interior is still quite okay, once I get rid of the spiders, Australia is pretty creepy when it comes to spiders!

From what I can tell from the vin it is a 1961, the engine in the car is not the original its a 57, bit sad about that but oh well can't have everything.

very happy
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I thought I had done enough reviving the brakes on mine. Even took a 1500 mile trip. On the way back the pedal started going closer to the floor. Replaced the seals on the rear cylinders. Fronts looked ok. Within a month the fronts were going. Soaked the shoes so those will have to be replaced. Knowing what I do now I should have gone to the Klasse dual master and just replaced every wheel cylinder.
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Brakes

Yep that is the plan to replace each cylinder and all lines and pads, before anything else gets done. Tomorrow I am going to give her a wash, and vacuum out the cobwebs from inside, I reackon there are whole generations of spider families living in the interior. And put some revitalising cream on the seats etc to give them a feed.
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Would appear to be matching number engine and body

Well after much looking and initially having used the crankcase caste number I have discovered that the Engine Number 604883 and vin 114778 are both 1961 so hopefully it is the original engine in the car. Yeah
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This is getting better and better.
Congratulations.
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Interior shots



those cobwebs are going today. Giving her a clean. I know the dust looks good but it has got to go!
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Stories like this one make me think there are still finds out there. I live in a town of 20,000.I have the only 356 in town that I've seen in the last 15 years. Winter before last I was doing some bodywork in my driveway and a guy drove up in a mail truck. Usual questions and he drops one on me.

There is a car just like this one in a barn. Hasn't moved since 62. It says Carrera on the back though. Serviceman bought it in Germany then drove it 6 years living in England and had it shipped home. Was killed in a car crash and died before the car got home.

Hasn't moved and his wife is thinking of selling it. Bla bla bla.

I told him if it was a 56 I would give him 1,000 bucks. 2,000 if it were indeed a Carrera. Just tell me where. Gave him my # and am still waiting for the call. It would be a great find either way.

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Well Les I hope he comes back!!
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I found mine in a sleepy Northern California town, the owner had inherited it from his father who bought the 63, 356B Normal coupe new. It had slept for 12 years in a tin shed with it's butt hanging out in the damp salty air of Fort Bragg California. The interior was home to various critters, the brakes were froze but the engine still moved. We trailered it home and started the nearly 2 year process.
They're still out there.......I guess you just have to get lucky.
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C Clark is that a Porsche color? Beautiful car.
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We picked a color similar to a Porsche metallic from a 02 Jetta. You're the first to ask.
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Are you happy with the color? Mine has been in primer for to long and I want silver but am not sure which silver.
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Are you happy with the color? Mine has been in primer for to long and I want silver but am not sure which silver.
Very! we looked for weeks if not months, I was at the paint store often, oddly a car parked up the street caught my wife's eye. We checked it out and went for it. Porsche Silvers are a little muted for my taste, I'm not a purist and the car is a quality driver so we chose what we liked.

The color is (Volkswagen 2001 Crystal Silver) the flake is a little exaggerated but clean. I shot it, 2 color coats and 4 clear coats, wet sanded immediately (next day) buffed with 3M liquid compound and got a glass finish. A few weeks after the paint job I had a detailer work on it, money well spent.
If you want you can PM me and I'll send some additional photos.
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Beautiful cars, azzarule and C Clark!

Chas, how many other cars have you painted?

I have a 1963 Notch that is in very good mechanical shape, rust free (Cali car) with a serviceable paint job and a rough interior.

I am not a concurs guy, so I'm looking for alternative. If the car is painted it will return to black.

Again, congrats to both!
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Chas, how many other cars have you painted?
Not many, and this was my first Porsche, In my youth I worked for a body shop, was around painters and learned some of the basics. By profession I'm a builder and do custom woodwork/cabinets/doors etc. Painting or spraying is something I've done for decades, just not on cars. After doing this car I came away with tremendous respect for those who do this for others and a understanding of why it is so costly for premium work.
I've got a 57 Chevy PU which will be my next body and paint project. Thanks for the compliment.
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Azzarule great story...Am in Canberra also and last year found my own barn find though an early 63 Alfa. Had being in a dirt floor shed since 1970 located in Cook!

JAson and Luthi Bobruk are they guys to speak to in Fyshwick for 356 body paint work 02 62391129.

If you are interested there are is a small group of early 911 356 drivers who go out every few weeks for a blat bagel and bull****. Welcome to come along.

Cheers Michel
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six degrees...

..."Nick told a 356 Porsche guy about the car and the price and then proceeded to get heaps of phone calls about the car asking where it was. So he told me that we had better get onto it quick"...

Azzarule the funnier bit to the story is Jason & Luthi who i suggested you pay a visit to are the Porsche Guys you mention...But if you do need unequivocally good body advice Jason is the only dude in town. Real Steel Restorations.

cheers Michel

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