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Clark - Do you have the build manual?  If you could scan it, Theron (SOC site admin) could add it to the resources library along with the CMC and FF build manuals that are currently there.

I'm curious if the build requires shortening the VW chassis any.  For the CMC Speedster it gets cut 10.5-11".  The 359 seems to have a much larger engine compartment and what appears to be a longer wheel base.

Pretty sure the 359 goes on a full length pan. Just like the other one that isn't my favorite, the Perry D Spyder. 

I agree it looks like full pan but here is one on SAMBA that says shortened pan (it wasn't built by current owner so he may just be guessing).  There are 2 fairly near me for sale - one unfinished one for $8k and another for $13,500 that looks to be a nice ride.  (Both red - maybe I can get Rich to buy one?)

Here's part of the advert from one -

Classic Motor Carriages 359 Porsche. Built on a 1971 shortened bug pan. 1641 Dual Port with dual carbs. I was told it was built by a VW shop in CA. Runs and drives great

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/cl...etail.php?id=2307235

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Here's the $8k one - I think it would buff up nice. 

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/cl...etail.php?id=2300982

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DannyP posted:

Pretty sure the 359 goes on a full length pan. Just like the other one that isn't my favorite, the Perry D Spyder. 

Pretty sure I know how to use a tape measure. It is same as the original 911/959 wheel base. I am a retired aeronautical engineer who formally worked at NASA, Stennis Space Center so pretty sure I know how to measure correctly.

 

Yes, the Wheelbase of 359 (959) is 89.5 inches the same as the original 911/959.

WheelBase of Perry D (550) Spyder is 94.5 inches same as original VW Beetle.

just to be clear. If you purchase a 359 kit and try to put it on a full VW pan the body will be 5 inches too short. You will need to shorten the VW pan by five inches.

This is why the advertiser of the red car above says that it uses a shortened VW pan.

Also, if you look closely, at the specs at the bottom of the "Best of Both Worlds" manufacturers advertisement on the second page of this thread you will see it says Wheelbase: 89.5 inches.

BTW, I do like the Perry D Spyder very much and after rebuilding a Beck 550 and driving it I hated how tiny the cockpit was and wished you could put the seats back further. The Perry D includes this much needed space. Especially, for big guys. That's my daughter in the Beck 550!

Settle down there Clark. After reading through all 3 pages of this, yes, you are correct about the 94.5(full) wheelbase Perry and the 89 wheelbase slightly shortened 359. Sorry for my mistake, and thanks for the info.

I love my Vintage Motorcars Spyder. It fits me just right. Enjoy your ride.

Sorry there DannyP wrecked my back must be all these meds I've been tacking! I think the Vintage Motorcars Spyder is an awesome ride but I am too big to fit in it comfortably  I am just okay in my 959 Speedster...just! LOL

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