A while ago I promised some of you a listing of valuable articles considering 356 restoration.

I found the list as I was 'spring cleaning' the office today:

The list was given to me from, thank you Jim.

So,....if you are about to restore your 356 chassi, and would appreciate expert help, backorder these copies from the 356 registry magazine:

(1990) Vol 14 : #2, #3, #4.
(1991) Vol 15 : #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, maybe #6.
(1992) Vol 16 : #1, #2, #3, #4, #6.
(1993) Vol 17 : #1, #2, #3, maybe the later mag's too.
I got my final batch of restoration panels a couple of days ago. This included right side fender repair pieces, tank floor, a fenderbrace and also a bundle of parts for my'60 T-5.

As always, quality of the parts is perfect. I've started cleaning out the tank floor area and cut out the old one. At first it seemed like a real terrible job, but as I checked over and found the edges of the old floor it was not too difficult after all. I have just spot welded the new one in the front and if I'm not called for by the Institute's soccer team I guess I'm going to finish the welding tonight.

To be honest I start to understand how a 356 can add up to $50k for a top-notch restoration. My abilities are perhaps not good enough to do such a job, but I regret i didn't write a time list for the chassi work I've been doing on this car. It would soon add up to quite a few. If one should cover a $30/hour which should be normal(cheap?) rest-shop price, and I assume I've put about 15 hours a week in the project for about 24 weeks, we'd come out with 360 hours, plus another 40 for finishing, say 400 hours * $30 = $ 12000 in work alone. *JUST* for the chassi rebuilld. Add $3-4000 in panels and we're up to $15-16000.

Trond Vidar Olsen