I recently sold my 1964 356C and I'm looking to replace it with a Subaru powered 356 Coupe. I'm a newbie to the replica market and I have some questions that I hope the members will be kind enough to answer. I live in Las Vegas, so, who would do the mechanical work on one of these cars. Can a Subaru mechanic work on the engine or is someone specialized needed? Are JPS cars solid and dependable? If I don't go with Subaru power, what size air-cooled engine would you recommend for the extremely hot summers for AC and reduced overheating? Thanks
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The only thing a Subaru guy would do is possibly change the oil or bleed the cooling system. Maybe change a timing belt after many thousands of miles. They're pretty maintenance-free.
The rest of the car is basically a Beetle though, probably a not a Subaru guy's specialty.
JPS uses aftermarket ECU as well, so not a stock Suby ECU. So does Greg at Vintage Motorcars. JPS is an A coupe, and Vintage is a pre-A bent-window.
Beck/Special Edition is making a 356C coupe with Subaru engine and ECU. The first year or two are all spoken-for and mid-engine. But they are planning to do rear-engine in the future.
The California coupes are pan based as far as I know but Beck/SE have a custom frame on their C coupe. Lane is having one built.
Since you already had a C, you know the aircooled experience. Not sure how many hp you had but If you want a turn the key and go experience a subie is pretty bullet proof and the torque band in a 200hp NA subie is really nice.