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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:35 pm    Post subject: Hi All! Welcome to our trip  Reply with quote

Hi everybody,

I will be posting here as the trip gets under way the week of June 20th-26th.

For now, we are just getting everything ready for the trip.  Lots of details!!  

I'll post more in a bit.

Franny

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:44 pm    Post subject: Some info on the car and our route... Reply with quote

The car is a 1958 Porsche 356A T2 Normal Cabriolet... That is a bit of a mouthful, so to break it down, the designation 356A is one of four major models spanning 1950 to 1965: 356, 356A, 356B, and 356C.  Also, there were three major body type T2, T5, and T6.  Then, just to be more confusing, they built Coupes, Cabriolets, Speedsters, Convertible "D"s, Roadsters and others...  But in 1958, the car sold was a 356A, T2 and this car is the Cabriolet which was the most expensive body type at the time.  That takes care of all but the "Normal" designation which defines the engine option.  The Normal is the lowest horsepower of the engines offered, but has the most low end torque and is, arguably, the easiest to drive around town.  This Normal engine is 1600cc, flat four with dual Zenith carburetors.  More than enough for the light carriage of the car.  There is an excellent description of model changes by year and type found here: http://www.356registry.com/techinfo/research/Guide/index.html

The history of the car is also rather interesting...  It was purchased new by Bill Boeing of Seattle WA (yes, one of the Boeing sons) for his wife as the story goes and then a few years later sold it to Heidi's great uncle.  The car has been in her family ever since.  Her Mom owned the car 15 years ago for five years and currently it resides with her uncle Kim in Lexington MA and that is where our journey will begin.

We fly out to Boston June 19th and will spend a couple days in Lexington prepping the car.  I went out there for a week at the end of April, first part of May to do a complete tune-up and brake work, but there are still a few details to take care of to get us ready for the first leg of our trip.  I will spend a couple days checking the valves, re-checking the timing, replacing light bulbs and windshield wipers, etc.

That first leg starts early Tuesday the 22nd when we head south to Collegeville, PA to Bruce Baker's restoration shop.  There we'll get a thorough evaluation of the car along with some additional maintenance.  We hope to arrive in the early afternoon to get a head start and then return bright and early at 7:00AM Wed morning for a full day of tinkering.  At Bruce's suggestion, Heidi has booked us into a cute B&B about an hour away in New Hope PA.  Heidi will be frolicking by their pool while I an trying to remember every little detail Bruce runs through with the car.

On Thursday morning we will head back for Arvada, Co.  I will get with Heidi and list the places we will be staying but I think our route will take us close to I70, so south of Chicago and I90.  It will be exciting!  A road trip, 2000 miles in a 50 year old German sports car.  How many opportunities do you get to do that!!

Franny
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:11 am    Post subject: Getting Ready Reply with quote

Hi there.  I'm really looking forward to the trip.  Hi everyone.  We look forward to hearing from you!  Heidi
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All,

I also have photos and such on my website here: http://www.frannybrodigan.com/356_Road_Trip.asp

Franny


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, we are all packed and thinking about the trip.  

We leave tomorrow for the airport at 8 am.  We will be in Boston by 5 pm, if all goes well.  Sunday will be my first chance to see this car again in five years!  I am very excited (well, I might be able to sneak a peak at her on Saturday night!)
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:24 am    Post subject: Day 1, Saturday Reply with quote

Hi All,

Today was mostly taken up with the airplane ride out.  We arrived at Heidi's Uncle Kim and Aunt Kathy's about 6:30PM and were treated to a yummy cookout.  Heidi's cousin Ben, wife Jen and baby son Ian Arrived about the same time as we did and we had a really nice visit.

After din din, Heidi and I went out to the garage to take a look at the car.  Kim took it out for a short ride earlier today, but came home early due to bad ignition timing advance issues and poor brakes.  I replaced the rotor in the distributor with the old part because the new one just isn't seating well on the distributor.  I'm hoping that will fix some of the advance issues.  I also got at the gas smell.  I replaced two clamps on the fuel line so we see tomorrow if that fixes it.  Finally I swapped out the windshield wipers and arms.  I'll work a little more with them tomorrow to make sure they are working properly.

Tomorrow we hope to make it to the German car show and maybe hook up with a few guys from the 356 Registry.  We'll let you know how it goes!

Franny
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:48 am    Post subject: Day 2, Sunday Reply with quote

Hi All,

I spent the whole day with the car today getting a few odds and ends done.  I checked the valves and they all looked really good.  I pulled and checked the advance on the distributor to see if it was sticking and it seemed to be smooth.  We also worked on the brakes a bit.  We adjusted the front right and bled both front.  After all that we were ready to fire it up and go for a ride!

Well, It didn't seem very happy at all.  Heidi's uncle had mentioned that it was a bit sluggish in the lower RPMs but there was something pretty wrong.  When I owned my 72 Super Beetle, right after I bought it, while on the way from Naples to Gainesville, Fla it threw a spark plug and I lost that cylinder for the rest of the trip.  Today's first ride felt like that so we went back to that garage and started looking into it.  We started pulling plug wires until we figured out that, whether #3 cylinder was hooked up or not didn't matter.  That would explain it!  The next thing was to figure out why...  I started swapping out parts- wires, plugs, the rotor.  I finally concluded that it wasn't electrical...  #3 (and the other three) had a nice blue spark.  Hmmm...  Well, we decided to take it out on the freeway and get her up to speed.  At 70mph she purred like a kitten.  It drove just fine.  We went out to get gas and it started right up again, but the idle was a little shaky.  Back on the highway, it started to falter under 2500RPM.  Above that it was fine...

We were suppose to go to the car show and meet up with Bob from the 356 Registry, but we couldn't make it.  He called me to see what was up and we talked a bit about the car.  He then called another member George who has a place in Milton MA and I got in touch with George.  George suggested to clean the low speed idle jets in the left carb.  Because of the duel barrel Zenith cabs with a separate intake throat for each, if that side of the carb fails then you loose that cylinder.

So, tomorrow morning I will pull the low speed jets and, in fact all the jets on the left carb and clean them thoroughly.  I bet that will take care of it...  Many thanks to Bob and George for their time and advice.

Heidi took several videos today and I have them posted on my site:

http://www.frannybrodigan.com/video/First_Look_In_Barn.wmv
http://www.frannybrodigan.com/video/Saftey_Inspection.wmv
http://www.frannybrodigan.com/video/First_Start.wmv
http://www.frannybrodigan.com/video/First_Drive_Out.wmv
http://www.frannybrodigan.com/video/No_3_Cylinder_Not_Working.wmv

What's up for tomorrow?  Well, I will pull those jets and get them all clean and we'll see were we are with that.  If we still can't make progress then we'll drive down to George's place as he generously offered to take a look at it.

We also have to buy some tools for the road and a few other supplies.  If all goes well we will still be on our way Tuesday morning heading to Collegeville PA and Bruce Baker's shop.  

Wish us luck!!

Franny


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there,

Wow, what a day.  I take it that most of you have seen my videos.  I am really enjoying learning about the 356 and learning from Franny.  She has so much experience with vintage cars!  Anyhow, stay tuned...  I think we should get this little lady running better tomorrow.

Heidi
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:54 am    Post subject: Fun reading your posts!! Reply with quote

I hope your fix will do the trick on the Porsche!  Let us know what happens!!  Sounds like you're having a very fun time so far...
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Hi all,

Franny asked me to play admin today for the website, because she is hanging with Bruce at the shop and hasn't had a chance to fill everyone in on what has been happening on our trip so far.  

When Franny went to pack the car in the morning, the fuel line that Franny had spent so much time repairing the day before was leaking again.  This was some sort of curse, I think.  It would definitely take priority at Bruce's shop.  We stuff some shop towels near the hose on the interior of the car and hoped it wouldn't leak to much.  I had to continuously check it as Franny drove the car the entire time.

We pulled out of my aunt and uncle's place about 7:15 yesterday morning.  Our car is now named Eva (pronounced like Eva Gabor).  After spending a good seven hours riding in her, I felt she had an appropriate name and Franny agreed.  

Eva was quite happy to be traveling at highway speeds.  Her favorite speed was around 68 - 70 mph.  We somehow managed to end up in the town of Hartford Conn. at some point exiting the freeway where we didn't mean too.  Eva was not happy about some of the stop lights and hills and Franny had to keep her foot on the gas and brake until the light changed.  She went in between idling and not and back and forth between using three cylinders and four.  Eva was not happy.  We quickly got her onto the freeway again and we were off.  Everything was great until we hit heavy construction traffic and everyone began to crawl.  We were in the left lane and I told Franny to exit on the far right.  "get over" I said and I put my arm out of the window so we could push our way over.  We managed to exit and found a gas station very close to the freeway.  A nice guy asked us about the car and then told us about a way out to miss the traffic.  We tried his route and 'Viola" we were able to miss the traffic and we were back in business.  We were almost halfway to our B&B destination.  Yea!

We really didn't run into any other issues and didn't stop until we reached our B&B.  We called Bruce and decided to bring Eva in the next morning bright and early.    I will put some videos of our trip and our B&B.  We are really enjoying ourselves now that we have reached Pennsylvania.

Franny was off to Bruce's this morning and I'm sure she will have plenty of information about the car after today.

Heidi

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