I continue to move like a tortoise as far as progress goes on Miss April, but yesterday I pretty much reached a milestone. I have an area that is, for all real purposes, DONE. The installation of the hood seal is complete, which then led to placing the original plastic gas tank cover back into place. Photos are below that show some of the work that can be seen and can no longer be seen.
When the wheels come back from the chrome shop (soon), I will drop in the spare tire along with my original/nice looking spare tire belt. At that point I'll be able to say the area is COMPLETELY DONE. By the way, the little imperfections you see on the hood seal near the front is water from my cleaning off for the photo- seal is new and perfect.
Back in November of 2020 (see Blog Archives to the right) I posted a Blog showing a fuel pump I would be installing below the passenger floorboard. I showed in that post the label on the fuel pump and also demonstrated the wireless switch that I was planning on using to turn the pump on and off. After some thought, I decided to toss out that fuel pump. I bought it many years ago for a different car, and I noticed the rating on the pump to be 5 - 8 lbs of pressure. That's too much!
A few weeks ago I bought a new AIRTEX fuel pump. It is 6 volts and rated for 2.5 - 4.5 PSI. Perfect for a 356. Info on the pump can be found here.
The pump is now installed along with the wireless switch. It is nice and quiet and the wireless switch is working fine.
I will be using this only to prime the carburetors when the car has been sitting for a few days or more. I'll prime the carbs and then switch it off so that normal operation is accomplished with the mechanical fuel pump.
If you've followed some of the many pages of this Blog or have browsed through this website, you already know I am an originality freak. Here is another example....
My car came to me from Arizona, and most if not all rubber was cooked to a hardened crisp and had to be replaced. On the inside of the car, the vinyl interior was hard and cracked, not to mention stained, and the original headliner was just toast. All of that had to go. Another interior item that looked like it had roasted in the heat was the interior clothes hooks. They were a very dark brown- nearly black. I bought new ones and they are shown below- side by side with the originals.
These replacements seemed to be very white, but I just put them away along with the originals. Good thing I don't throw away original parts though, look what I saw when I went back to get the replacement parts out for installation. The back side of the very dark originals was gray. Not white, gray.
So, I figured what the heck, I might as well attempt to restore the originals. I tried cleaning with everything I could think of, but there was no impact on the color at all. Scrubbing with steel wool resulted in almost no change, still very dark. Ok, it was time to get more aggressive- I used sandpaper and a fingernail file.
Result is below. I will be re-installing my gray original hooks.
I mentioned in my post on 2/26 that I was about to tackle getting the windshield wipers, windshield washer system and the glovebox all installed. Here is it a month later, and I can finally say these tasks are in the Complete column.
Photos below, and I am pleased with the outcome.
I had a couple of comments/questions about the glycerin bottle shown above. I put it in that direction just for the photo. I wanted the bottom to show because reproduction bottles have OBP (Orange Bar Products) on the bottom. Mine does not. Normally it should be put in there the opposite way, so the the top is in the up position when the door is closed. Anyway, my picture failed to show the bottom well enough, so I am adding the photo below. It isn't pretty, but it's mine! Also notice the elastic is original, not new.
Tip: The little buffers that go in the corners were difficult to install. It is a tight fit and I now realize that it would have been easier if I installed them first- before the glove box. That way I could have pulled them through from the back side.
Sold an extra Messko gauge & pouch this week and while getting it ready for photos I decided I should do a better job of posting photos of my tool kit. Showing the overall kit below, but individual tools are shown in the TOOL KIT SECTION of my website.
My kit is nearly the way I want it now, but still want to find a PORSCHE shop towel like shown below. Please contact me if you know of one.
Went to the garage to work on the wipers and could not find all the parts. Ended up spending an hour re-organizing parts.
Came across a carefully stored NOS part that I am anxious to install. I am again waiting for warm weather to install it though- because I want to do one more cleaning and polishing of the paint before the installation.
Still, what a darn beautiful NOS authentic part. It will look awesome.
ps- never found the darn wiper parts and had to order them.
Hoping to get some time under the dash this weekend. Need to re-connect the windshield wiper shafts and windshield washer jets. Once those are in, I will do the simple job of installing the glove box that I restored myself.
In preparation, I went to my shelf and was thinking of what items I want to carry in my glove box. Below is what comes to mind that might have been originally put in there when new cars were picked up.
The red booklet that says PORSCHE Service on it is a listing of all PORSCHE locations worldwide. Of course, it includes the dealership where my car was purchased- Trans Ocean in Pasadena, California. It is listed on page 209.
Below is a photo of what I will carry in the glove box. Feel free to let me know if I am forgetting something. I don't have an original battery warranty card nor the factory issued service booklet.
When it was snowing outside, I worked inside for a short while finishing up the steering wheel project. I had already spent a lot of hours restoring the wood and applying the shellac, but I needed to put the black paint in the spokes. I also had some touch up painting to do on the back side of my original horn button. It has a small crack in the center- like most originals do- but still has a nice appearance. At least to me anyway.
If you want the entire story on the steering wheel, click HERE
On Saturday, Seattle had the most snowfall on a single day since 1969. They had 9" of snow, and outlaying areas had more. It was a good time to stay off the roads and bundled up by the fire.
Or,,, just bundled up in the garage!
My upholstery arrived back from the shop in December of 2019! No, that is not a mistake, it has been sitting in a spare bedroom for over a year. Ouch! Anyway, with the weather outside of 40 with rain, low temps clocking in at 34 degrees, and the garage unheated, it was time for in indoor project.
Time to assemble the beautiful work on the seats and the very nice newly chromed hinges!
Project was only about 1 hour per seat, and I'm really pleased with the results. All complete now except I forgot to order the little rubber bump stops that go between the chrome hinge and seat frame. Those are very easy to install later.
Now I can't wait to be seated in the car, put my hands on the newly refinished original VDM wood steering wheel, and take a drive!
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