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My build of a 356A Speedster in race trim...

PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:00 pm
by &1
I'm currently building a 356A Speedster.

Although -or maybe just because- I'm not technically educated (even changing a light bulb was a challenge) I always had a dream to build a car with my own two hands.

So two years ago I started my project and I had the idea to build 'something special'.

There are so many Porsche 356A Speedster replica's out there that look like they just came out of the/a factory, I wanted to build something 'different', but a car that cóuld come straight from the fifties.

When I saw some Speedster that were raced in the fifties and the 'Outlaws' that are build by -for example- Emory I knew that is what I wanted.

So I started the build 2 years ago.

This is a little pictorial journey depicting my build until the current state of the build:

picking up the donor chassis

bringing the donor chassis to my garage box that will be used as 'the factory'
(on the front left you can see my 1969 Peugeot J7 camper van; a real thing of beauty)

Shortening the chassis (poor quality picture; taken with my cell phone)

The whole thing powder coated...

Putting on the front axle, the steering damper, the shocks (all red Koni shocks that are fitted with te time correct Koni decals; supplied by the Koni factory in Oud Beijerland)

The wheels (62 Lemmerz) with redlines.

The chassis (with gear box):




The engine as I bought it.

It's a 1800cc Type 4 (AT) with Riechert Cooling (horizontal 901 cooling), fitted with an original 901 fan:


It's a very early AT engine block (engine # AT000778) that needed some serious cleaning and some TLC. It took some time but I think the result is worth to be shown:

Although this is not the final set-up (I fitted another exhaust and oil filler pipe with integrated dip stick)



I've added some nice 'home made' emblems:
(it took some sweat and tears but they came out quite nice. It's the Spyder-script, but I think 'Special' will do my car more justice)

furthermore I've put in some nice alluminium GT-seats and a more time correct gear shift knob:


PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:13 pm
by &1

The engine is fitted with -among other things- a big bore Mahle cilinder set and an Engle 316 camshaft. The engine produces a whopping 125 bhp and because the car will be about 650 kg I've put on a so called 'Cup Strebe':



And of course some drum skinz:

After the summer holidays the engine will be fitted to the chassis/gearbox and then It's time for the (largely modified) body...

PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:41 pm
by gotowo
sweet job especially if you have done it yourself - can't wait to see more photos!

PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:47 pm
by Natano
Awe man, I drooled all over my keyboard

PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:49 pm
by 356roland
Ziet er goed uit !!!!

Geef me nou eindelijk 'ns een keer dat adres/telefoonnummer van die alumimium stoelenbouwer....Je vertelde me al dat ie gepensioneerd is maar geef me aub z'n nummer...ok...?


PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 2:52 pm
by dempwolf
Now that is sweet, I'm blown away, can't wait to see the finished car. Congrats Karl


PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:07 am
by &1
gotowo wrote:sweet job especially if you have done it yourself - can't wait to see more photos!

Yes, I did it all by myself. That's the reason the car is far from finished after 2 years....

I have to find out everything myself, with the help of a garage instruction book and some dvd's which I play in my garage box on my lap top...

When I was doing the brakes for example this one was very helpfull:

For me the build of this car is a big adventure, challenge and quest and I love it so far. Almost everyday I learn new things.

Sometimes things go wrong and I have to do it all over again, but that's part of the deal.

I'm building the car after work hours and I have quite a busy job, so most of it is done in the week-ends, holidays, and from 18:00-22:00.

I'm what you could call a perfectionist with a hint of a fusspot, so everything has to be just right. That doesn't help either to the speed of the build... ;)

PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:34 am
by WM550spyder
Kom jou ook overal tegen :D

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:54 am
by bbgroovin
Karl -- nice start !!!! keep us posted.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:52 pm
by Wayner
Very impressive!

PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:45 pm
by WM550spyder
Hey Antoine when exactly did you become Karl??

PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 12:15 am
by prototype4
I'll risk a prediction and state that when completed, you will never sell it as a mid-life crisis artifact. You hit the marks dead on in a number of areas. Good show!! =D>

PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:36 pm
by &1
I made some progress:

Rome-Liege-Rome, les douze heures de Huy, Carrera Panamericana, les 24hrs du Mans; all races and rally's where also was raced in the dark...

In those days the cars had additional light (driving lights and fog lights) mounted at the front.

that looked like this:

PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 3:51 pm
by sandvik356
Nice car.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:01 am
by cinqster
I've missed this project so far. Really nice job!