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Front view of Porsche with both welds metal finished

1964 Porsche 356C Restoration: Part 3

This is the third 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 Four described the rebuild of the right-hand front fender and wheel arch, Part Five covers the difficult restoration of the right-hand rear quarter, and Part Six demonstrated how off-the-shelf panels were used to make quick work of the restoration of the engine bay.  Part Seven shows how lead was used to perfect the door, trunk, and hood gaps.

The next stage we will show is the front end reconstruction.  The panel halves were previously fitted and aligned to the profile of the hood.  From there the left and right front panels were tacked down the center and outer joints to the fender bodies.   After tacking the panels in place, we TIG welding intermittently, followed by weld quenching to keep panel movement to a minimum.  Once this task was completed on all 3 joints, metal finishing to completion was in order.  Shown below is the photographic process.

Photos of a 1964 Porsche 356C front end restoration

1964 Porsche 356C restoration
Inner wheel visual on Porsche
1964 Porsche 356C restoration
Front left hand panel tacked into place
1964 Porsche 356C restoration
Front view of left hand half panel tacked into place.
1964 Porsche 356C restoration
Left hand and right hand panels TIG welded
1964 Porsche 356C restoration
Close up: Top of the weld, ground down with a wheel
1964 Porsche 356C restoration
The middle stages of metal finishing the weld
1964 Porsche 356C restoration
Metal finished right hand fender
1964 Porsche 356C restoration
Metal finished left hand fender
1964 Porsche 356C restoration
Front view of Porsche with both welds metal finished
1964 Porsche 356C restoration
Left hand front view of welds metal finsished

This is the sixth 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 Four described the rebuild of the right-hand front fender and wheel arch, Part Five covers the difficult restoration of the right-hand rear quarter, and Part Six explains the engine bay rebuild .

Check back in the upcoming weeks for more progress on this 1964 Porsche 356C.  Contact The Metal Surgeon for more information!  Look at the services we provide at our workshop in Denver.