Here we describe how we completed the auto restoration of this 356C floor and structural components that had seen a great deal of neglect and exposure to the outside elements. To save time and money, we combined fabricating sheet metal and applying new parts off the shelf, after cutting out the under carriage damage.
Porsche Restoration 356C of the floor and structural components
Photo shows not only the outer layer of metal deterioration, but also the inner bracket structure to that needs to be reconstructed.
As you can imagine, a pile of rusted, almost powdered, metal lay on the floor from just poking around.
We started with removal of the front strut reinforcement bracket.
The original Porsche weakened floor. This will be replaced with an off the shelf brand new floor.
Factory spot welds were drilled out, then front floor was removed, leaving access to the inside of the tunnel.
Rust removal of the tunnel is underway.
New sheet metal was fabricated to create the toe board bulkhead for the Porsche.
A side view of the toe board bulkhead panel in position.
Tacked into position and ready to be grafted in.
New metal grafted in prior to adding the front strut reinforcement panel.
Front strut reinforcement now welded into position.
Another view of the 356C.
Final Porsche restoration photos of the floor and structure
View of restoration work.
Toe board hand made replacement welded to the ‘off the shelf’ front floor replacement panel.
Diagonal member fitted and welded in. View of completed Porsche 356C undercarriage restoration.