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#4 of 13 That was good, Bill!
Jun 16, 2002 (8:08 am)
So....my buddies CHERRY '65 SC coupe that caught fire and burned up on the San Diego Freeway around...oh....1975, would be worth 30,000 or more today?
That was a sad day...he spent like two years looking for the perfect SC. I think he paid something like 5000.00 at the time.
Damm fuel lines!
Jun 16, 2002 (8:11 am)
Oh, yeah, VW mechanics on Porsche engines----EEEK!
The problem is Porsche engines are NOT VW engines. They sort of resemble them but that's about it. Internally and externally they are really quite another universe, and require proper tolerances, torques and tools. Lay out the parts side by side and revel in the difference between a rock and a diamond.
One tragic mistake often made is that when rebuilding a 356 engine, people will choose the economical route regarding new pistons and piston liners. If you use a Japanese made piston set, you had best "do your math" regarding what compression ratio you are going to end up with, Some of the aftermarket piston raise compression and the builder does not compensate--in fact, often compounds the problem by flycutting the heads! Result? Compression ratio is actually 10.5 or 11 to 1 and first days out under engine load with today's gasoline and KABOOM!
The short story is this--if you see a 356 and no one knows the engine history, or can DOCUMENT who rebuilt it and when, you must presume it is tired and act accordingly.
A decent rebuild (not overhaul, but REBUILD) of a 356 would cost around $7.5K, but it is a long mileage motor if you do it right and keep it right.
I actually have a VW mechanic story--we pulled apart a 356 engine and I found vise grip marks on the bearing cap bolts.
#6 of 13 Great info!
Jun 16, 2002 (9:34 pm)
I've been checking a few 356 sites and pricing cars. A cabriolet is out of my price range of around $15-20K. But I prefer the look of the coupe for some reason. I would use the car as a weekend driver during the spring, summer, and fall so a perfect show car isn?t need or wanted. I guess I better get to work and save that $. I figure I should hopefully have enough in about a year to begin shopping.
One question. I love the chrome luggage racks some cars have, but wouldn?t any luggage on it block airflow and cause the engine to overheat?
Jun 18, 2002 (6:50 pm)
A coupe it is then!
You HAVE Joined the registry list and have been lurking I hope, right?
Luggage Racks? No harm on cooling ability.
Good luck and DO YOUR RESEARCH! Which it looks like you are doing, which is smart!
Jun 18, 2002 (6:52 pm)
Isell, for an SC Coupe to be worth that.. it has to be a VERY VERY Strong #2 car, really a #1-. I mean, a show car.
Shifty, also those big-bore kits can put a lotof extra stress on the crank....KABOOM! There was just an article in the registry magazine about this...
Jun 18, 2002 (7:52 pm)
I guess the shape of the piston is part of the problem.
But the German pistons are very pricey so some people try to do it more economically.
Jun 18, 2002 (9:17 pm)
How does the piston's shape stress the crank? Is it square ?
Jun 19, 2002 (7:12 am)
Flat topped I suspect, raising compression to ungodly levels. Also probably heavy, also probably not balanced very well. You know, when you are trying to crank lots of HP out of a very small 1960s engine, all the little design errors add up. That's why Porsche engines need to be just right or they will bite you.
Jul 23, 2002 (11:25 pm)
My computer's motherboard decided to commit suicide so I've offline for a couple weeks. Yes I'm going to join the registry. I also bought Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356 by Jim Schrager. It?s a good book for the first time buyer.
Jul 24, 2002 (8:25 am)
Yes, he knows Porsches and writes clearly and very frankly. He's a Porsche 356 lover but not "in love" to the point where he tries to hide the car's faults.