This is the 13th 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. Part Eleven explains how the heavily decayed B-post was restored.  Part Twelve describes how we completed the restoration of this 356C floor and structural components.

 

This post shows final shots of our 356C, before we get into the leading process to round out the metal work, and hand the Porsche over to our paint department.  Checkout the lead work in Post Seven (which actually followed this stage).  For an idea of effort spent to get the Porsche to this stage, total metal work hours spent were 286 hours, followed by 41 hours of lead work.

Stay tuned for the next couple posts which will show this baby in paint!

Final metal work photos of Porsche 356C restoration

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View of the rear bumper to complete the final overall check of the body.

 

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Front bumper fitted and checked against the body/fender contours.

 

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Convertible top fitted.

 

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Gapping is all set and ready for complete definition with lead.

 

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View from the front showing a much smoother look then how we started.

 

This is the 13th 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. Part Eleven explains how the heavily decayed B-post was restored.  Part Twelve describes how we completed the restoration of this 356C floor and structural components.

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