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My Tuppaware Porsche 356. It's a bit of a time-warp. Built back in the late 1980's by a company called Auto Styling, who...
My Tuppaware Porsche 356. It's a bit of a time-warp. Built back in the late 1980's by a company called Auto Styling, who were based in Perth but have long since closed down. I'm the third owner and current custodian.

I'm currently turning it into a tribute car. A missing link car that might have existed as a prototype for the speedster development. A link between the earlier Pre-A cabriolets and the first Speedsters.

https://vdubber.com/blogs/build-pages/the-missing-link

Backdating the car is quite a challenge. Not only do I need to research what was correct on the earlier cars, but I then have to apply that knowledge to the build. Many of these early parts have been long obsolete and when they do crop up for sale are usually expensive original parts that are way outside of my budget.

Ironically the molds for this car still exist and are owned by a fella in Adelaide who also has a similar looking speedster. Small world eh.

Update!! I've bought the molds. Watch this space!!
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  • Mick posted a new blog post in Speedster
    O/T Crank Pulley
    •   Porsche
    •   Friday, 16 April 2021
    Keeping with my vintage speed 356 inspired Okrasa engine build I bought a nice O/T crank pulley. These four hole items are found on early 356's....
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    356 Oil Filler / Breather
    •   Porsche
    •   Wednesday, 14 April 2021
    Another piece in the puzzle arrived today. Todays treasure is a 356 oil filler neck....
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    Okrasa 1625cc
    Been a bit flat out with work so no real time to do anything on the build but have been doing a bit of daydreaming whilst standing at the lathe. I've somehow convinced myself that I should put together my Okrasa engine for the Speedste...
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    Silencer End Pressings
    •   General
    •   Saturday, 13 March 2021
    After completing the collector for my DIY Sebring exhaust the next part that I need to tackle is making the silencers. I have already spent a bit of time doing some research to try and find some off-the-shelf items but due to the small...
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    1948 Porsche Gmund SL Coupe Hybrid Wireform Buck
    One of our favourite students is back and he brought his Porsche Gmund Wireform / SuperLeggera / MDF buck. He has progressed so much on this project since the last time he was here. He hopes to finish the front portion of the Porsche while also finishing some panels he previously made.
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    Cool video showing the creation of rear quarter and roof panels using traditional methods
    1952 Porsche 356 'Streamliner' roof & rear quarter fabrication
    On this video it shows panel fabrication on a 1952 Porsche 356 split screen 'streamliner' outlaw.
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    Old Soul - The Ford v. Ferrari Porsche 906
    A short documentary to bring out the old soul in us all. Old Soul features Tory Alonzo and his a replica Porsche 906, and delves into automotive history, engineering and the legacies a well-crafted car can leave behind.

    The replica Porsche 906 in this film was a prop car featured in James Mangold's Ford v. Ferrari, staring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. This documentary is now playing along side the vehicle itself at the the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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    The 906 and Piëch’s lightweight revolution
    29-year-old Ferdinand Piëch became the new head of Porsche Research and Development. His vision was to create an entirely new generation of race cars. The 906 Carrera 6 kept the basic layout of the 904, with the engine mounted ahead of the transaxle for optimal weight distribution, but this time mounted in a light and rigid tubular space frame. The body of the 906 was developed in the wind tunnel for optimal aerodynamic efficiency, resulting in a curvaceous body with a 0.35 drag coefficient....
    29-year-old Ferdinand Piëch became the new head of Porsche Research and Development. His vision was to create an entirely new generation of race cars. The 906 Carrera 6 kept the basic layout of the 904, with the engine mounted ahead of the transaxle for optimal weight distribution, but this time mounted in a light and rigid tubular space frame. The body of the 906 was developed in the wind tunnel for optimal aerodynamic efficiency, resulting in a curvaceous body with a 0.35 drag coefficient. Large ducts behind the gullying-style doors fed cool air to the rear brakes and transaxle, while ducts at the nose directed air to the oil-cooler. It was a radical departure from the sculpted shape of the 904, but perhaps a visual representation of the beginning of Piëch’s revolution.

    Since there were ample extras from the 904’s planned second production run, the independent suspension components received minor modifications and were incorporated in the 906. Piëch had originally wanted to use 13-inch diameter Formula One wheels to lower the new car’s profile, but Porsche could not afford to write off the expense of the large quantity of 15-inch wheels intended for the 904’s canceled second wave of production. The steeply arched front fenders were a result of having to run the larger diameter wheels.

    Beneath the yellow-tinted and louvered plexiglass rear window, a pair of Weber triple-throat carburetors peek through openings in the rear clamshell. The 1991-cc air-cooled flat-six was essentially the same as that found in the production 911, albeit optimally tuned for racing with a 10.3:1 compression ratio. The connecting rods were constructed from titanium and the crankshaft of forged steel, while in the crankcase sodium-filled exhaust valves were used in the cylinder heads. Horsepower was conservatively rated at 210 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and torque rated at 146 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm. The fully synchronized 5-speed transmission was also production-based, although available with a range of gear sets to suit the type of competition it was destined for. The 906 weighed in at a scant 1,275 pounds with oil and a dry fuel tank and could reach a top speed of approximately 170 mph.

    The 906 debuted at the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona, where it finished in 6th place overall and won the Sports 2.0-liter class. It repeated the victory seven weeks later against the Dino at Sebring, and again at 1000-km races at Monza, Spa, and Nürburgring. A semi-privately entered 906 won overall at the 1966 Targa Florio, once again besting the Ferrari Dinos. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 906s took positions 4-5-6-7, right behind the big-block V-8 powered Ford GT40 MKIIs.

    Throughout the world, there continued to be numerous 906 victories over the years. Competition tends to take its toll on the cars and many are crashed, repaired, or altogether destroyed. Of the 65 906’s built only 40 exist today.
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    Pre-A getting a hammering
    Chris Harris races Porsche 356 at Goodwood Revival
    Chris Harris races Howard Donald's Porsche 356 in the Fordwater Trophy at Goodwood Revival. Can he convert second on the grid into a win?
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  • Mick posted a new blog post in Speedster
    Sebring Exhaust Part 3
    •   General
    •   Friday, 26 February 2021
    Managed to scrounge a few minutes to finish off the collector for the Sebring exhaust tonight. I had ran out of gas when I was initially welding up the collector and so still had to join the two halves together. Today I managed to get a few minu...
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    Glaser Karosserie
    •   General
    •   Wednesday, 24 February 2021
    Many 356 fans will know of the name Reuter, the coach builder responsible for the manufacture of the Porsche 356 from 1950 onwards, but many do not realise that initially Reuter did not have the capacity to build the convertible models so t...
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  • Mick posted a new blog post in Speedster
    Sebring Exhaust Part 2
    •   General
    •   Monday, 22 February 2021
    If you read my previous post Sebring Exhaust Part 1 you would know that I have decided to build my own Sebring style exhaust. This evening I managed to get a little time to make a start on it....
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  • Mick posted a new blog post in Speedster
    Mail Call - Brake Discs
    Got some more goodies today, my new front brake discs. These took a while to source as everyone has been out of stock since before Xmas....
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  • Mick posted a new blog post in Speedster
    Sebring Exhaust Part 1
    •   General
    •   Friday, 12 February 2021
    A Sebring style exhaust is something that I have been planning for a long while. Whilst it's not the best style of header to use from a performance perspective, it does have that iconic Porsche racing style to it and so is the perfect choice for...
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