356 A Carrera Oil Cooler information by Bill Sargent
1. Click Here for a PDF file – 356 A Carrera Oil Cooler Brackets & Ducting. Photos with notes for installation of the A carrera front oil coolers2. Click Here for a PDF file - 356 A Carrera Oil Cooler Brackets & Ducting – 11 x 17 inch print. Tracings of all oil cooler ducting parts full size if printed on 11 x 17 inch paper.3. Click Here for a PDF file – 356 A carrera oil cooler mount block & brackets. Somewhat crude drawing of the alloy mount block that the coolers and soft oil lines connect to. Block also is used to mount the coolers to the mounting brackets.4. Click Here for a PDF file – Metric Tube Fitting Assembly & Troubleshooting. Parker Hydraulic manual for the EO style metric tube fittings used on all 356 carreras. EO fitting information starts on page 28.
356 A gas heaters by Bill Sargent 1. Click Here for a PDF file – Porsche 356A BN2 Eberspacher Gas Heater Installation Manual. Scan of late 50s factory installation manual for post deliver installation of the Eberspacher B2 gas heater used in Pushrod cars2. Click Here for a PDF file – Porsche 356A Carrera BN3 Eberspacher Gas Heater Instruction Booklet. Scan of original 356 A carrera instruction manual for the B3 Eberspacher gas heater used only in A and B T5 carreras3. See below for Photos – all parts necessary to install a Eberspacher B2 heater in a pushrod car and photos of an installed heater. Note that this installation of a B2 heater has the warm air hose routed as done in a factory carrera. Note also that the heater exhaust is not factory stock. The flex tube is used in place of a pressed sheet steel factory part that rusts out very early in the car’s life.
356 T6 B/C Eberspacher gas heater
Click Here for a PDF file – Eberspacher BN4 t...
Remembering Hubert KinzlerBy Harrison McCaugheyI learned recently that a good friend, Porsche master mechanic and racing buddy has passed away. Very few people who entered my life have had as much positive impact as he did. And yet I wonder if he understood how much he touched so many in such important and long-lasting ways. He was one of a kind.I first met Hubert during a period that I must confess, was one of the low points in my life, sometime during the later months of 1969. I had been attached to a Navy attack squadron the previous year and it was during this period I traded a 1966 VW bug for a 1962 Porsche 356B S-90. As would soon be pointed out to me, I had made a significant blunder by making such a “deal”. I confess that I hadn't any idea of what to look for in a used Porsche (rust you say?) or how well it would handle (I just sold a VW bug and we all know how they handle). The engine looked a lot like a VW. I needed advice, and based at a naval air station in north centr...
By Roy Lock, Robert Laepple, and Charlie WhiteDownload the PDF file Porsche Factory Service Bulletin List.pdf
Within the triad of Porsche factory technical information, the Workshop Manuals and Parts Manuals formed the base. These two manuals were openly sold to all at local Porsche dealerships and continually updated and revised. Service Bulletins (SB’s) are the third component of technical documentation from the Porsche Factory. SB’s distributed only to dealerships and contained ancillary information which did not appear in the two sister manuals. Many were destroyed or discarded after use. Because SB’s were only sent to authorized Porsche dealerships, they are less known and to this day are mystical and in some cases, folkloric in stature. The surviving original SB’s are rare. However, because these did not share the notoriety of the other two legs of the triad, SB’s are not as valuable except to connoisseur collectors.
SB content ranged from administrative to technical in nat...
Return to article on Fan Shroud Colors. Bill Romano: I took these photos at the Porsche factory in 1962 and 1963. They show rows of engines awaiting installation. There are both gloss black and gloss grey fan covers on engines with Zeniths and I guess these were Normals and Supers. Then there are S90's with Solex carbs that appear to have the same color fan covers as the supers (gloss grey). The grey ones could be silver I guess but they look grey in my photos; they are certainly not white but I can't tell if they're exactly the same shade as the Supers. Return to article on Fan Shroud Colors.
By Jim Perrin & Jerry Haussler
Q: Were all tire gauge pouches made of vinyl, or were the earlier ones leather?
A: The tire gauge pouches were leather from the early 50s in all the tool kits through the 356B model; the only exception is for the version of the T6B tool kit that had no tire gauge. Like everything else, there were various versions of the leather pouch. The earliest ones are the nicest ones. They had much more sewing along the edges (I think the stitching used was called surge stitching) of the earliest ones. In addition, there was a little piece of material sewn inside the bag next to the inner surface of the metal snap so that it wouldn't scratch the lens of the gauge.
An unusual variation is that a few pouches were suede leather.
Pouches are made from two pieces of leather. Reproduction pouches invariably have two halves that matching leather grain, i.e., out of one hide. Many, but not all, of the orig...
By Charlie White
Q:How do I Identify my Blaupunkt radio?
A: Blaupunkt radios were manufactured with a series designation and a serial number. The easiest way to tell the approximate age of a Blaupunkt radio is by the series designation, as:
K 1956-1957 S 1957-1958 G 1958-1959 Q 1959-1960 D 1960-1961 E 1961-1962 T 1962-1963 U 1963-1964 V 1964-1965 W 1965-1966
This letter designation is usually found on a "paper" tag/label affixed to the side of the radio. The letter usually is in front of the serial number. It appears from the information I have, that the first part transistor Blaupunkt radios were introduced in 1958-59, with the Koln TR US. This radio would have been mostly tubes, with one or two transistors. In 1959-1960 the Frankfurt TR US appeared, and the conversion to all transistor was completed sometime around 1965. Just a tidbit from an accumulation of information that I have gathered together about Blaupunkt...
These links will take you off the 356 Registry website.
Look up 356 Chassis Numbers, Engine Numbers, and Transmission Numbers Eric Cherneff's website
356 & 912 Engine Type Numbers Eric Cherneff's website
1950 - 59 Official Factory Parts Book PDF 3.4Mb, official Porsche website
1960 - 65 Official Factory Parts Book PDF 3.4Mb, official Porsche website
Porsche Parts Catalogs, all models, all years official Porsche website
Factory Parts Books DerWhite's website
Factory Workshop Manuals 1950 - 65 DerWhite's website
Factory Paint Colors A, B, C John Willhoit's website
Factory Color Charts A, B, C DerWhite's website
Factory Toolkits A, B, C Eric Cherneff's website
Factory Toolkits A, B, C DerWhite's website
Owner's Manuals DerWhite's website
Factory Price Lists A, B, C DerWhite's website
Factory Options A, B, C DerWhite's website
Factory Radio Options DerWhite's website
Blaupunkt Radios DerWhite's website
Dealer Installed Air Conditioning Systems DerWhite's website
Text and scans by Charlie White, edited by Barry Lee Brisco, with additional contributions from Orr Potebnya, Bill Strickland and Michael Zois
NOTE: The colors that you see shown in the images below do not necessarily accurately represent the actual colors. Digital photos/scans and computer monitors vary significantly in how they show colors.
There are a number of slightly different 356A Driver's Manuals in circulation. The images shown below are an attempt to make clear which are vintage (the versions provided with the A model when it was new) and which are later official Porsche reprints. Only English language versions are covered here: the 356A Driver's Manual was also published in French and German.
Shown below is the cover and 1st page of an original 356A Driver's Manual, print date October 1956: notice the black spiral binding. Orr Potebnya notes that the October 1956 edition is 112 pages long and differs from the l957 edition with the inclusion of 16 pages ...
By Mike Robbins, Al Zim, Jim at Easy, Harry Pellow
Q: I have a 356 cylinder head of unknown origin. It has a stamp of 30/5. What kind of head is this, and how else can I confirm that?
A: Although your Date Stamp of 30/5 infers about July, 1965 (week "30" in year sixty "5") and thus a 912 Head, the Factory did make other heads at the time too.
Here's the quickest way to determine the head type, if the valves are stock and if you have a caliper or dividers and an accurate rule. If the heads have 31mm exhaust valves they are 356A or 356B. If they have 38mm intake valves they are N or S. If they have 40mm intake valves they are S-90. If they have 34mm exhaust valves they are 356C or 912. If the holes on ea side of the intake ports go through into the rocker chamber they are 356C. If those holes are blind into bosses in the rocker chamber they are 912. Read the numbers off the valves through the spring, or take the valves out. 91...