Below are some photos of the original headlight parts from Miss April. How do I know they are original to the car? Answer: Look at the blue ink stamping on the bottom of the main headlight assembly. The A45 stamp is a date code for the 45th week of 1964. See my Date Code article for more information on date codes. Since that is about November of '64 and Miss June was completed in January of 65, that is perfect. Also, the date codes are the same, indicating that these are the original headlights.
Other than restoring the headlight rings (see previous blog post) and getting NOS sealed beam lights (see previous blog post), the rest is mainly cleaning and painting. I chose not to paint the underside/backside of the gray parts so that the original paint and stampings are still there. I did research several paints to get a close match to the original gray, and below is what I used. Also note that on the backside where the ink stamp is, I carefully cleaned, and then even waxed the paint. I think it came out pretty nice.
I hope to assemble at least one headlight this weekend and will post a final assembly shot.
7 photos below- You might have to hover over the first shot and click "play" to see them.
Yes, that is a mouthfull! PORSCHE in the early days had part numbers that started with the letter P. Later, they changed to a more manageable and meaningful part number that was longer. In order to make the transition, the early part numbers had to be obsoleted and changed to the new numbers. This book was issued to make that happen.
There are a lot of original parts books out there, many of the owners of the 356's have an original or copy of the parts books and workshop manuals. They are fairly common. This particular book, which was issued to the dealers, is far more rare today. Actually, I only know of one other copy, but I am sure there are others.
Below are some photos of some pages and of the book. It is on the second shelf with the crest on the cover.
Since I am restoring the headlights, I want to get all the correct parts/pieces. The actual sealed beam that goes into our 356's is an interesting trail to go down. Back in 2005 I owned an early '66 912 and was restoring the headlights for it. I researched pretty hard at that time and here is a link to a brief discussion of this on the 912 Registry website: https://www.912bbs.org/forum/threads/headlight-question.15988/
Since that time I have lost my research. However, I do remember some of the information. Sealed beam headlights were a US thing- not used in Europe where our favorite sports car manufacturer was located. The US market was the dominant use of sealed beam headlights and there were a few large manufacturers stateside. If memory serves me correctly, the largest back then was Tung-Sol. Reference this Wikipedia page for more on them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tung-Sol This was a US company based in New Jersey and a supplier to many car manufacturers. I know many think of GE, but on original early Porsche cars I could find at the time, very few had GE lights and many had Tung-Sol.
So, I can't prove it, but I am going with NOS Tung-Sol sealed beams in Miss April.
Not having NOS Friday this week. Just a Thursday restoration post. I am starting to restore the "eyes" of Miss April- the Headlights. There will be several posts, showing that in fact the headlights are original to the car and how I restore them to things of beauty.
So, here is the first photo. Of course, this time I forgot to take a "before" shot.
The headlight rings were removed from the car and then the mounting tabs removed. For 356 C there were two rivets, NOT one, and the adjusting screws were at 1 and 7 o'clock.
The rings were sent to a chrome house and the mounting tabs went out for zinc plating. Once returned, the tabs were again secured with proper size chrome rivets.
New rubber was purchased. The original rubber around the glass was ivory, not black in color. Only the headlight to body seal was black.
Ready for the next step, cleaning and painting the housing in the exact same color as original. I'll save that for a later posting.
Just can't help myself. These were just too pretty. Will be selling some nice ones I removed from the car. Sorry for the hand in the photo- was trying to hold it just right to show the chrome.
Fun purchase for this week. Obviously I only need one, and will sell away the other plus I have a brand new unused one from Stoddard to sell. Hopefully I can recover some cost that way. Anyway, no argument on parts like these that are still sealed in the original packaging. Pure NOS
I am fortunate to now own a grill badge and decal that match the PORSCHE Owners Club banner shown a few days earlier. These are definitely going on my car!!!
Below is a copy/paste of the comment by Alex Mestas from when I posted the photo of the banner.
This is a UNIQUE badge with a very interesting background. Please read on!
An original POC (Porsche Owners Club) badge, as fitted to POC members’ Porsche 356 & 911 sportscars' engine grilles in the 1950's, 1960's & 1970's.
Designed by Wilem B. Haan, a well-known & respected Porsche enthusiast who sold aftermarket accessories for Porsche cars in the 1950’s - 1960's from his racing speciality shop in Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles.
In conjunction with well-known racing driver & Porsche dealership salesman, Michael Hammond of Manhattan Beach, CA, the design was refined and through his contacts, Michael had the badge commissioned to be made by the famous Marples & Beasley Badgemakers in England, as the cloisonné finish they desired could only be produced in Europe.
Michael (Hammond) therefore became the official distributor/supplier of the badge to POC.
Stamped on the reverse side of the badge is:
WILEM . B HAAN INC
MADE IN ENGLAND
Marples & Beasley
As a result of Porsche’s legal challenge launched world-wide in the 1980’s to protect the many Porsche trademarks, these badges were ultimately discontinued under threat of litigation and were no longer available as they used the Porsche trademarked crest.
POC subsequently went on to re-design their badge with a more sedate Stars & Stripes theme, devoid of any Porsche trademark cues.
Fast-forward to the present, at the 2016 LA Motor Show, Magnus Walker of Urban Outlaw fame displayed his Porsche 964 Outlaw at the Pirelli stand. Adorning his uniquely-modified rear spoiler was the same POC badge - generating and revitalising enormous interest in its origin & provenance within both the older-established and the newest generation of Porsche enthusiasts alike.
Antenna went on perfectly. Looks fantastic! Even Blaupunkt girl is happy! Posting the other blue -tipper in my Classifieds Section
Miss April already has a nice Bosch blue tip antenna. Only thing not perfect about the one on the car is that the chrome piece covering the blue tip is faded and the white plastic protection ring directly below the blue tip was missing. Most antenna's are missing that plastic ring because it has to be cut-off/removed in order to fully retract the antenna (which requires the provided key to get it back up). That is the designed safety feature of the antenna.
They all shipped with that piece, but again, most are gone.
I was ok with my antenna, appearance is quite nice. Then I saw the opportunity to buy not just an NOS one, but one still in the original box. Had to have it!
I will be selling the one that is on the car when I find time to swap it out.
Photos of the new one below. The very bottom photo shows the one I already had installed on the car- that's the one that will be for sale.
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