Anand and I were talking about this on Sunday while detailing my truck. Carey is finishing up some small details with the wiring etc. and is hoping to finish soon. @arajani, what say you?
Dude we're neck and neck. Can't wait to see the start-up vids of this puppy.
Impressive, Carey! Good for you, Anand, that is sweet!
I LOVE that handbrake!
I love that he has the correct frame cross member to mount that handbrake. (I actually considered adding one on my build but talked myself out of it).
Carey added some new 4 cam style air cleaners from Vintage Speed, installed my single plexi windscreen (no one is a fan except for me!), and re-installed my Sebring-style exhaust.
Crank trigger wiring is likely next, followed by re-installation of the front hood and doors!
No passenger screen?
Marty Grzynkowicz posted:
No passenger screen?
Anand says it has rivnuts across the cowl so he can have both the small windscreen for driver and passenger. He also has the ability to have the full windscreen. If you look at the photo you can see the rivnuts going all the way across and in front of the passenger area.
Love the mono screen. Just the thing to pair with the hard half tonneau.
Got me a set of them Knecht knock-off air cleaners too, as seen on several real Spyders and many 356 Carreras. Surprised you didn't spring for the OG four-bolt style!
Nice. I like it all.
@arajani love the single windscreen, along with everything else about your Spyder.
@Kevin - Bay Area, @Stan Galat, @edsnova — glad you guys like the progress! Yep — the single plexi can be changed for a full length one as Robert mentioned. The flexibility is nice, but driving with the single plexi and a hard tonneau really makes the car look cool.
These air cleaners are from Vintage Speed — I chose them because they accept a standard EMPI filter inside that can be cleaned. The original KNECHT ones are made for Solexes and don’t really filter the air that well. The 4 bolt Carrera ones that Ed is alluding to change hands for ridiculous sums, so I thought it better to use these.
Hopefully there will be more photos soon! Carey should be back on it Monday.
When you can mix looking good and practicality it's a win win. Of course, this whole car is a win to the tenth, and then some.
BTW, what are you doing for a fuel tank??? That's one of the things on my list.
If ever I'm somewhere and someone wants to get a tour of my car, and I'm feeling like it, I avoid showing them the frunk. Mine looks so cheese wiz.
It's gonna be killer, Anand! And I'm lovin' the holes in the emergency brake handle, and bulkhead, and frame rails... Al
Thanks Al! It’s coming together nicely. Honestly, I am most excited to hear the engine start. I don’t think it’s that far off! I’ll definitely post a video of that one!
Now that's what I'm talking about!
That's worth opening the frunk to gawk at.
Very legit tank, Anand. Carlos, I think you saw what I did with my car's fuel tank. If you're interested I can show you how or, for reasonable scratch, make one for ye.
@edsnova — that looks amazing-and very original! Love it.
Carey is currently going through the rest of my wiring harness, as it was in total disrepair. Quite a tedious job, but he’s getting it done. After that, he’ll finish the plumbing for my brakes, the fuel system and then he’ll get the fuel tank back in.
It looks simpler than it is, I suppose! Everything takes time.
More to come!
I started out with the wiring harness from my donor '69 VW sedan and then added a bunch to it for the other stuff I wanted.
A great deal of hair-pulling ensued.
Very similar process to what Carey's elves are most assuredly using on your harness (but I had the advantage of an official VW wiring diagram that was, at least, accurate for the original stuff).
He/They deserve at least a case of really good suds for their efforts.
Can confirm...wiring takes more time than you planned on.
Ditto that, Ed
@edsnova Thanks for the offer, but my wanting a better tank isn't just about looks. I want to increase capacity, and remove that scrotal bump that you removed.
Well, the plots thickens.
As usual, progress has been ensnared by the discovery of yet another example of poor craftsmanship by the previous builder of my 550.
Carey was in the process of re-installing my fuel tank with the illustrious Randy Beck when they realized that the straps that secured it were thin pieces of aluminum that had been welded together. Carey (and Randy) used a few adjectives to describe it, but I can’t post those words here. LOL.
Carey and Randy immediately sheered some stainless, milled grooves in it, and are remaking the straps. If you haven’t already been convinced by the contents of this thread, no one can beat Carey Hines in the world of customer service and fabrication. Period!
High quality welding work below from the SoCal shop that fabbed this tank 🙄
Randy Beck making things happen
I took a lot of photos of the 1956 Porsche 550 [550-0075] owned by Nick Clemence of European Collectibles in August. I'm sure you all have a number of photos of 550's, but I'd be more than happy to share what I have.
Amazing photos, Kevin! Thanks! I’ll pass them on to Carey...
I bet @edsnova would be interested in your whole set of photos, too.......
Those are sweet. The originals were steel, I think. Stainless is better.
I bought a roll of one-inch steel packing strapping and cut and riveted my own.
Painted them black at the end.
The padding is supposed to be "natural fiber," per The Spyder Factory. I bought a couple inch-and-a-half cotton belts from Sears. Close enough.
Tank is in place — straps haven’t quite made it, but I’m sure they’re not too far behind.
Carey put some fittings on the old oil tank which I will use as a breather. Should work out nicely!
This thing is SO the balz.
Every time I see this it makes me all tingly.
Naaaah......... It's probably that your Meds are off.
see a neurologist(if U have the nerve):}