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  • Well done Drew, I have a feeling that hood and nose section will look just great when you have finished it. !
    Nothing is easy though, its stands out in front of your face that nose section and hood !



    • Hi Guys
      Sorry for the radio silence but the virus and a little lockdown project got in the way of moving forward with this 59 356A (actually I hit several problems with the nose/hood fit and moved onto something a bit smaller and more fun).
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      Another lockdown project that I had been putting off for years was putting double doors into the back of my workshop so that I could move vehicles and large parts around.
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      Sometimes it’s good to leave a problem for a while and then come at it from a different angle and renewed enthusiasm.
      Neither hoods were fitting and after countless rounds of fitting, adjusting and re-fitting I returned to the first hood and cut out the front rusted through stamping.
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      With this out of the way I could flex the nose of the hood just enough to get it all to line up ‘eureka’ time to start tacking.
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      Thanks for stopping by.


      • JTR70
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        You're like me, way too many irons in the fire!

    • Yep, that's looking nearly finished Drew.
      Just a bit of laquer and its all done........
      Its always good seeing the great work that goes on in peoples garages.
      I think I need to put an extension on the back of my garage and knock out the back like you. Or just have a good tidy up.



      • Well done Drew it will look great when finished! My chassis 106954 is so near yours. Mine was registered over here in May 59. My brother had a Messerschmitt Cabin Roller did a fair bit of work with him on it years ago.



        • Hi Guys
          I'M BACK!!!!!
          Sorry it's been over a year since I last updated this thread but Justin's new site update didn't agree with my old Mac so Santa has brought me a new computer and I can now share with you all a years worth of 356 Restoration (hold onto your hats there's a lot to get through).

          To kick off here is an update that I was going to post last Christmas.......

          Thanks Karl and Roy.

          OK here is the post vaccination update from Surrey, UK. (2020)

          This pandemic has made me re-evaluate some of my life priorities and having multiple projects lying all over the place was getting me down so something had to go.

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          The South African Queen (on the left) has had many, many hours invested in it and will eventually get finished and sold. The LHD body shell (on the right) will become my final project so that one had to stay, so that left 10 KPE (the on in the middle) I was never going to get around to this one so she had to go.

          It’s a 1959 RHD 356A super coupe, original UK AFN delivery car with original rebuilt super engine, so quite rare. I spent a few weeks digging out all the parts that I had hidden away over the years and set about finding her a new home.

          The first person to see her paid almost my full asking price and will give her all the TLC that she deserves.

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          So then there was two, a much more manageable figure.

          Hopefully 2021 with see renewed enthusiasm for finishing The African Queen.

          Till then, stay safe and keep welding everyone.

          Last edited by Drew.s; 12-27-2021, 01:14 PM.


          • Thanks for the update Drew. I had to make similar decision a few years ago. Too many projects. Sold my 53 XK120 DHC I had owned over 40 years.


            • Nice to hear from you Drew, was that A the one you bought in Wales? Yes you need enough time with just one 356 to work on three is just too many! Keep smiling!



              • Drew, great to see you back. I too was “away” until a recent upgrade to my Apple gear. (Side note: when I think about all the money I’ve spent on Apple stuff over the years, and that was only bare essentials, or so it seemed … )

                Question, were you in the automotive trade professionally? You’re so good at it all.

                best regards, John