In the First step of Porsche Restoration, we removed the inner panel damage, recreated the cut out area, and then grafted in seamlessly. Next we metal finished the area, just like we would complete outer sheet metal repairs. Second, we formed the hood gutter shape, with the aid of a shrinker/stretcher, then again weld and metal finish.
Once these areas are honed in, we advanced to the glory part, making the outer skin. Since we have experience in Porsche 356 builds, creating the correct profile from the latter part of the hood down to the upper nose section comes naturally. Using our plannishing hammer to create shape in a blank piece of 12″x8″ steel, with profiles on hand, makes for an easy task.
We then cut in the section, using clecos for multiple fitments and defining, before TIG welding everything together.
Porsche Restoration: Photos of the damage to Porsche 356 Pre-A front end
What we see here is damage from an accident ‘back in the day.’
Plan view of the front end damage.
Internal panel damage was also result of the front end accident.
Porsche Restoration – 356 Pre-A: nose rebuilding begins
Surgery begins: first we cut away the damage in question.
Grafting in new material on the inner panel.
New section shaped on the plannishing hammer and held in position with clecos.
New panel section TIG welded into place on the Porsche body.
Porsche Restoration: Completed nose rebuilding photos