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 [email protected], 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

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