July 2014. This is now 3 months since the car was stripped and taken in for a full respray. Again, as in the first rebuild, many items required replacement or proper repair. This is the continuation of the breakdown of what I've had to do on this car since day 1.

Starting from the front and moving back.

replaced hooter with Fiamm twin air horns with 30 amp relay & wiring updated
headlights loose, stripped and re-furbished them - subsequently purchased and replaced headlights with brand new units from the USA supplier
replaced swollen battery and cleaned out leaked battery acid
replaced king and link pins - re-aligned wheels
replaced 4 tires with pirelli 205 60 15's
replaced brake master cylinder and refurbished, re-piped brake circuits, replaced handbrake cables, replaced brake shoes
replaced fuse box and associated fuses, cleaned up faulty wiring
repaired steering column wiring and hooter circuit
re-upholstered interior and seats to tan colour
replaced side mirrors with genuine 356 Speedster mirrors from Germany
replaced gear linkage and bush
repaired Bowden Tube inside tunnel and fitted correct tube end on clutch cable
replaced leaking solex carb with twin 36 mm ICT Weber Carbs
replaced all leaking fuel hoses and fuel filter repositioned outside motor housing for safety reasons
replaced faulty coil with new coil
replaced engine wiring and removed un-wanted broken cabling
replaced starter motor
tightened up almost every nut and bolt in engine bay - Everything was loose, or rattling loose, or had fallen out
big project to replicate rear lenses with resin and coloured tints, 80% successful, but similar to headlights, also purchased new rear lights and chrome bezels from the USA

Respray - April update

respray discovered accident damage. subsequently repaired all structural body damage
replaced chassis seatpans with new units and sprayed chassis with rust protection coating
replaced all the gauges with Porsche 912 Gauges which I rebuilt
replaced small steering wheel with larger wheel for proper view of dashboard
purchased dashboard "brow" for proper dash rebuild
replaced windscreen with new, tinted screen
chromed windscreen frame and supports
purchased and painted 36hp shroud for engine refurb
replaced interior door cards with new units
recovered door cards with new stitched and pocketed covers
replaced interior door handles with correct period units
replaced all car weather rubber for doors, boot, bonnet and windshield
rebuilt interior kick panels and tunnel, fitted dynamat throughout interior for improved acoustics
replaced all speedster "decals" with proper brass scripts from the USA Supplier
replaced numberplate light with correct upward shining unit
replaced rubbish vinyl top with proper Stafast imported tan top from the USA
rebuilt entire dash with correct finish padded dash and instrument brow, and fitted correct passenger grab handle
replaced all dash instrument knobs with ivory look knobs
replaced rear view mirror with period correct aluminium unit from the USA Supplier
replaced roof body mounts with Tenax fasteners
fitted Stafast roof half Tonneau cover and tenax fasteners
replaced all chrome beading on body and dashboard
replaced carpeting and underfelt with new, square-weave thick carpeting
fitted door sills strip and new rubber covering and floor mat
replaced seat belts with proper lap belts fastened to chassis
replaced hooter grills with new correct hoot grills
replaced speedometer cable with new unit
replaced all gauge lights with new LEDS
replaced Fuel Sender unit and fuel Gauge in new Combo gauge
fitted Camber compensator "strut" to rear suspension
replace sideshaft transmission boots and transmission oil
replaced accelerator cable with new cable

That's it for now. It's clear I've almost replaced the entire car with new, or refurbished parts. What's also clear for anyone else considering this kind of car, when I originally started chasing one down, I was also still living in my 80's mindset, where things were MUCH cheaper and more affordable, if you were able to afford them. The replacement parts for 80% of this car have to be imported from mostly the USA, where there are still suppliers of NOS, or re-pop parts and accessories available. Not much is available locally unfortunately, and if you're intending to build one of these PROPERLY, then your only way is to import almost all of the cosmetics for the car.

Another surprising fact is the cost of these cars. Locally, new pricing locally is less than half of what the pricing is for a new car in Europe or the USA. I guess this could also be down to the type of finishes used in the cars, the powerplants, and other important components used in the build process. The quality of the bodys are very good, and very up to date with what the original speedster looked like, but a lot depends on the desired finish of the cars. I'd say if the local manufacturers in Gauteng actually had a reasonable marketing department going, they could also open up and export market if there was sufficient demand, and the cars would still work out cheaper than a USA built car. Unfortunately we have very little demand here in South Africa, so these cars are very few and far between, and a rarity. I have yet to see another one on the road in Cape Town. Sad.

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