jim nelson wrote:
I'll tell you what, if you have new floors there, I'd put them in as opposed to "just fixing the thin areas" of the original.
.......and I'll tell you another thing; the only source I am aware of for almost correct "pre-A" floor halves is Zim's Danish version .........here's the required caveat; "no affiliation, just a satisfied installer."
There is less front-to-rear connection on open
356s than Coupes and the floor is a structural component. On a true unibody car, EVERY panel is important to be as designed. Inner and outer longitudinals, rockers, tunnel sides, bulkheads.....extremely important.
New definition: "Rust-free" can mean original metal that lost some of it's structural integrity to oxygen degradation may be replaced by new steel to remain "rust free." Sort of like substitute players on a sports team ...in the end, the TEAM wins...regardless of who starts the game, it's how it finishes that matters.
I have been thinking about the need to change the name of some restorations to "Body by Trevor" with a new flank badge......there is more of his handiwork (and that of other vendors) in some than that of Reutter, Karmann or D'Ieteren.
BUT, they are 'rust free' ..... even if not completely 'original.' They are at least STEEL (and sometimes aluminum) "kit cars." How elitist and hypocritical to apply a double standard to those who use fiberglass. It's down to saying ..."Well, MY
356 has a real...uh... VIN