I was able to get some NOS or at least excellent condition original BERU spark plug wire boots. These go on the distributor and coil- total of 6 required per car.
These are out there, and I think some are being reproduced, but these are original and I just had to have them. Guess I will sell the remaining boots, so let me know if you are interested. Keep in mind, you can also get an original appearance generator/fan belt from me at the same time!
Ask any long time 356er and you'll know that steering couplers have a limited life. The 356 C steering coupler is different than the earlier couplers, and it is prone to degradation of the rubber.
Below is a photo of mine after being removed. It came out in 3 pieces even though at a quick inspection it looked ok. I removed it not because it looked bad, but because I knew it was original, over 50 years old, and the rubber had to be compromised by time and the elements. It did not break after removal or during removal, it was already in pieces.
So, a safety tip to all new 356 owners- if you don't know how old your steering coupler is, pull it out for a full inspection or replacement.
Pictures also show my new coupler and the ground strap after some cleaning. The ground strap fastens across the coupler so that the steering shaft is grounded (think horn).
Small victory here, but I'll take it. Below are some photos of the engine lid buffers for late 356. First photo is from the Stoddard website, which shows a nice reproduction piece. Next photo is of a package I have that is certainly old. The plastic bag is now yellowed with age and the buffers I will be using are inside the still sealed package.
Next photo shows the buffers removed. You can see the difference in the face of the buffer. Most folks will never know these are NOS, but these are originals and will go on Miss April.
My first batch of chrome work is back from the shop. I'm very pleased with the quality of work and in fact the chrome may now be even better than originally produced. The finish is flawless and the small pieces look like jewelry. This first batch was the door/window frames, which ranges from very small buttons to the large frame. It all came out fantastic!
I've already dropped off the next batch, which includes the rear quarter windows and latches. Also in this batch is the dash plaque and rear view mirror stalk. Four weeks for this batch and then I will send the seat hinges and door handles.
Chrome for the wheels will be at a different shop, and may not happen this year. Headlight chrome rings were completed months ago and the hood handle is NOS, so those were already in the completed column.
Hard to take good photos of chrome, can't be in too much artificial light or sunlight because it's just too bright. Hope these photos look representative of the excellent job done.
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