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It's a safety thing....... the dash reflects in the windshield and reduces clarity of what you should be looking at.  I be working on a dash cap held on by Tenax snaps, which hopefully won't scratch the paint.  The stuff that needs shielding doesn't stick out too far..... the dash gauges are almost at the limit, just past the dash top edge.


The correct finish for the aluminum dash insert is hammertone silver.

The gauges reflect in the windshield at night, because the dash "brow" doesn't extend far enough to shield the light. The key is to DIM the gauges as far as you can. I've gotten used to the reflection and see past it now when I drive at night. It no longer bothers me at all.

The reflection is very noticeable though when you are a new Spyder driver.

@edsnova posted:

@AmericanWorkMule I do believe it's a piece of aluminum painted hammertone silver on the real cars. Prompts the question of why they'd add that part and its complexity and weight instead of just painting under the brow. Mine is super thin fwiw.

Because the German engineers just can't help but make it complicated? Plus it looks more finished production than rough and ready race car.

Mine is thin too, weighs nothing.

There are plenty like that though, whether by "USA-made aluminum" or elsewise. And of course at least one was re-chassied by Porsche in period.

It all comes down to the story told and the documentation offered, which is why I have fashioned my own "Certificate of InAuthenticity" to include with the car when ownership is transferred.

I believe all PCCA members' cars should have one!

@edsnova posted:

I think it's not your thing D, but I have a lot of fun concocting semi-believable, facially outrageous backstories for PCCA cars in the style of the "provenance" section of the vehicle descriptions you see at Gooding, RM Sotheby's & etc. If you'd like, I'll do one for yours.

You are indeed correct, ain't my thing. But as a comic exercise might be fun.

@Sacto Mitch I threw away my OE Vintage burned-out headlight switch, and a bunch of other failed and replaced components. What have I done?

Hmmm...  That'd be fun to have for the Coupe as well.  It will actually have a handful of real 356 parts in it, so you can use that to build the story. 

Guess I could create one too, Lane.  With a P engine, transmission, brakes, steering, full suspension, oil tank, etc.

I was able to use the VIN from the 993 my engine came from to join PCA (not that I have ever joined in on anything, but I enjoy their magazine) 

I have to say I'm a prouder member of PCCA.

Back in the 90's I subscribed to the British classic car mags. I vaguely remember there being a big controversy about a restoration of a famous classic from a few parts. It's been so long I don't remember details. It was either burned up in a fire or recovered from a Swiss lake, and all that remained of the original car was like, a brake rotor, part of the steering wheel and the engine block.

The "restoration" was done from there and represented as the original vehicle.  

I think something similar happened with a factory team 250 GTO, too, once they became worth $15 million.

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