This is the eleventh 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.  Part Ten covers the tire well repair and rebuild following a front end accident.

This post takes us to a simple rebuild of the right-hand B-post to replace an original decayed panel sporadically held together with lead.  First we will tear out the original, then rebuild with fresh metal, then graft in and complete with the usual metal finishing process.

B-post restoration

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New ‘B’ post section made and grafted in. Shown here TIG welded in.

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Metal finishing begins.

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New section blended into the body of the rear quarter.

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View from the rear of the car. Metal finishing complete on this section.

 

Now that we have covered the restoration of the external sheet metal, let’s move onto the structural sheet metal.  The body is situated on a rotisserie, which makes for easier restoration of the undercarriage.  The body is turned 90 degrees so we can easily remove the rotten decayed panels, taking detailed notes and photographs as we go along for rebuilding references.  The rebuild of this area will be shown in a future blog post.

Photos of the floor and under carriage before restoration

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View of the damage and years of decay of the undercarriage.

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Intense decay of under carriage awaiting restoration.

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Tear down of the undercarriage begins.

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Removing panel sections piece by piece and noting details to aid reconstructing.

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In bad shape prior to restoration.

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A considerable amount of rust particles and debris poured out during the tear down.

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Under floor damage.

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Front floor halves are to going be changed out. (Covered in the next blog post)

 

This is the eleventh 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.  Part Ten covers the tire well repair and rebuild following a front end accident.

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