1964 Porsche 356C Restoration: Part 1 Introduction
This series of posts will follow the complete restoration of a very cool 1964 Porsche 356C. The owner of Classic Investments of Englewood, Colorado assigned The Metal Surgeon to undertake the automotive restoration of this Porsche 356C Cabriolet for a client in Chicago. This Porsche 356 had sat in a barn in the Colorado ski resort town of Winter Park, and hadn’t been driven for some 20 years.
Now onto how this Porsche looked before any restoration started. Next we’ll show you a series of photos of the reconstruction of the ‘B’ post, then the inner fender area, and how the wheel well area was rebuilt.
Photos of Porsche 356C before restoration
The car was completely original, as it came from the factory, and we matched numbers prior to media blasting. The shell of the Porsche 356 revealed a whole new story on return from the blasters. Considering the car had spent its life in the same family, it had suffered a number of crude metal repairs as well as rust decay.
Photos of Porsche 356C after blasting
The project began for The Metal Surgeon in the fourth week of September 2011. Here are a few photos below starting with removing and replacing ‘B’ post panels, left hand ‘rocker’ , and jacking point with new Stoddard replacement panel pressings.
Photos showing ‘B’ post reconstruction on Porsche 356C
Photos of jacking point restoration on Porsche
Onto left hand inner fender panel reconstruction followed by insertion of a Stoddard pressed replacement panel
Inner fender photos
Moving around to the front of the 1964 Porsche 356C, you can see the front needs replacing, especially the right-hand side. Notice from the photos below, I marked and measured reference points before cutting out the original panel to aid positioning of the new panel. Peering into the spare tire well there is abundance of damage, maybe from jacking the vehicle up or road debris. Since this area of the car is important as far as aesthetics and also to the judge’s eye at car shows. Again, Stoddard provided the after market replacement pressed panels to save on cost. The front outer sheet metal came in two halves and inner tire well panels in four sections. After removing the original sheet metal, the new sheet metal was dry fitted ready and then was ready for TIG welding. Pictures below tell the story: