This last week I was able to move underneath the car to work on the sway bar bushings. I believe they were original to the car, and in horrible shape. Once I got them out, they were not only rotted, but they felt like sponge. Really soft.
The sway bar was coated in grease and when I gave it a full bath in gasoline, it cleaned up nicely. I have read opinions about the original finish on sway bars as being some type of coating over bare metal. Well, I might have to disagree. I think often people with extensive knowledge on earlier cars think that the late 356's were the same as 356A or 356B. Take a look at the photos and decide for yourself. The bushings and the black painted sway bar sure look original to me, as did all the hardware with correct Kamax bolts.
The sway bar finish in black paint cleaned up nicely enough that I decided to leave it without repainting. I did repaint the other fittings, but left the sway bar alone, and re-installed it- nicks, scratches and all. Trying to leave it original as possible.
I also went to try and register the vintage California license plate for my car. Nope, they were not going to let a person living in Washington display a vintage California license plate. Nope, nada, no-way.
The solution was to buy a restored original Washington license plate correct for 1965. Went in with that plate and everything went smoothly. The California one will now be a wall hanger.
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