This is the tenth in a series of posts on the automotive restoration of this 1964 Porsche 356C. Part One described condition of the Porsche after media blasting and the rebuild of the B-post, Part Two explains the fender reconstruction process, Part Three covered the front end reconstruction, Part Four described the rebuild of the right-hand front fender and wheel arch, and Part Five covers the difficult restoration of the right-hand rear quarter . Part Six demonstrated how off-the-shelf panels were used to make quick work of the restoration of the engine bay. Part Seven jumped ahead and showed the leading work completed to perfect the gapping at the doors, trunk, and hood.  Part Eight describes the rear-quarter restoration of a panel, that you cannot buy replacements for.  Part Nine shows how the rocker panel and hood channel were replaced.

 

This post shows in a little more detail the tire well/battery housing repair and rebuild following a front end accident at some point since The Beatles released their third studio album in 1964.  The cost of restoration in labor was again kept to a minimum with the side, front, and base panels, being available off-the-shelf.  Check out the photos below of the this simple reconstruction.

Before restoration – Porsche tire well area

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Tire well before tear down. Shows evidence of being hit with the crumpled sheet metal.

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The side wall is now removed showing how bad the battery floor is.

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Panel removed and will be replaced with a new reproduction panel.

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View from the left-hand front corner before repair.

Restoration photos

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Floor is now cut away and the lower flange is created and grafted in.

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Repairing the section originally shown in picture 4.

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New pressed floor panel clamped into position ready to spot weld in.

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New panels assembled to enclose the new floor and tack welded as shown.

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Plan view shot of new battery floor and front upper panel.

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Front inner panel tacked into position ready for welding.

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Front section TIG welded in, ready for metal finishing.

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Front upper panel. Plannished out the crumpled sheet metal from a front shunt.

 

 

This is the tenth in a series of posts on the automotive restoration of this 1964 Porsche 356C. Part One described condition of the Porsche after media blasting and the rebuild of the B-post, Part Two explains the fender reconstruction process, Part Three covered the front end reconstruction, Part Four described the rebuild of the right-hand front fender and wheel arch, and Part Five covers the difficult restoration of the right-hand rear quarter . Part Six demonstrated how off-the-shelf panels were used to make quick work of the restoration of the engine bay. Part Seven jumped ahead and showed the leading work completed to perfect the gapping at the doors, trunk, and hood.  Part Eight describes the rear-quarter restoration of a panel, that you cannot buy replacements for.  Part Nine shows how the rocker panel and hood channel were replaced.

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