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Plain bearing Carrera dry sump oil tank by Bill Sargent

June 10, 2013 | Research & Identification | 0 Comments
The attached diagram shows the internal construction of a plain bearing carrera dry sump oil tank.  Note that the earlier roller bearing carrera motors used a much more complex oil tank that was effectively a tank within a tank.

356A Carrera Oil System by Bill Sargent

June 10, 2013 | Research & Identification | 1 Comment
Click here for a pdf of 356A carrera oil system from the tank and parts in the engine compartment all the way to the front of the car where the coolers sit.  This file is concentrated on the front coolers.

356A Carrera Oil Cooler, Brackets, Ducting and Mount Block Brackets by Bill Sargent

June 6, 2013 | Research & Identification | 3 Comments
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 B & C gas heaters by Bill Sargent

June 6, 2013 | Research & Identification | 4 Comments
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...

Hubert Kinzler Remembered

September 24, 2012 | Research & Identification | 0 Comments
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...

Carrera Oil Lines

May 22, 2012 | Troubleshooting & Repair | 4 Comments
Carrera Oil Lines by Bill Sargent The text below should help those wishing to assemble 356 Carrera Argus type soft oil line ends onto the stainless steel braided oil hose.  The process I use is based on instructions from Warren Eads (Sypder Sports) as well as discussions with Gerry McCarthy and Jim Ansite.  Shown below are the three parts of a carrera small soft oil line hose end. They are the original German "Argus" type fitting with a smooth collar. Current AN type fittings have flats on the collar for a wrench.  Hose end fitting sources:  Warren Eads (Spyder Sports - http://www.spydersports.com) can supply the original Argus type fittings.  As of 2010 Spyder Sports could also supply pre bent hard oil lines for the 356 carreras, however additional bending is required to fit the hard oil lines to a particular car.  Jim Ansite (Ansite Inc - http://www.ansiteinc.com) and Peter Hoffman (Classic Parts - http://www.classic-parts.com) can both supply the Argus hose end fittings with ...

How To Crate a 356 Motor

May 12, 2012 | Troubleshooting & Repair | 3 Comments
By Adam Wright In the global economy we live in today most of the 356 parts we sell get shipped. While this is not big deal when you are selling a switch or a knob when you sell a complete motor it can get complicated. When I sell a motor I always crate it for free, for two reasons. The first being it is good customer service, the second being a damaged motor at the other end doesn't do anyone any good, me or the buyer. Years ago I had to crate my first motor and my first few crates were not very impressive. Big John commented once early on that I must be a graduate of the Dr. Seuss School of Crate-Building, because my crates were rather cartoon like, but they worked! Over time I have perfected a quick method for crating a 356 motor. I have never had a crate fail me and I have sent them all over the world, so this is a tired and true method. Step 1 You have to first get a pallet, I normally get one from Bargain Outlet, they put them out when they are finished with them, so they...

Optimizing the Throttle Linkage

March 9, 2012 | Troubleshooting & Repair | 3 Comments
By David Jones I find that the link behind the fan shroud is a good place to start. This would be pushrod #6 connected to bellcrank #5 in the drawing (shown below). Disconnect both carb downlinks before starting. Make this rod as long as is sensible with the ball connector for the pull rod down to the trans bellcrank as high as possible without fouling any other component. Now look at the connection at the trans bellcrank end of this pull rod #4 and make sure it is aligned with the connection on the bellcrank such that they are almost in line with each other. You may have to lengthen or shorten this rod to make it align and it is also possible that it is the wrong one if it seems impossible to align as Porsche made about 4 different lengths for different models. Once pullrod #4 is set the bellcrank #3 should be positioned such that the arm that attaches to the pull rod from the pedal linkage is at about 10 to 15 degrees before the vertical allowing a decent arc of movement thr...

Debunking the Myth of the Sport Muffler

December 10, 2011 | Troubleshooting & Repair | 2 Comments
By John Willhoit The twin pipe "Sport" muffler that some of the vendors sell is actually a muffler that was made by Dansk for the early T1 cars that has no S pipes going through the bumper guard. I guess some marketing person at Stoddard had the idea to sell it as a "sport" muffler since they could sell more. That's been going on for 25 years or so. The outlet pipes have restrictors and this muffler has been proven to not make the same power as a stock, later type muffler (see this article). If you have an early car, buy a stock 356A muffler and add extensions to the stock outlets.The Super Sound muffler from Dansk does in fact have larger pipes inside the muffler, and a larger cross over tube, so it does (should) reduce back pressure and (should) make more power. It is sold with two chrome resonators (very stupid looking BTW), and without these resonators your engine will be really loud and back fire on deceleration. We used one of these mufflers on a car, and the only way to mak...

Throwout Bearing Swap for Easier Clutch Action

November 21, 2011 | Troubleshooting & Repair | 6 Comments
By Craig Stevenson, Volume 30 -1 May / June 2006In an effort to make your 356 more comfortable for the future, let me share an upgrade that will not  interfere with the originality of your car and will give especially great advantage to those haunted with leg and hip problems. In my years of working on 356 cars, I have seen several owners having to sell their cars simply because they just could not use the standard shift clutch anymore. Automatics? Please!The simple answer is to replace the 356 throwout bearing with an early 911 type. You cannot, however, just swap the bearings. First, the transmission must have the guide tube-design throwout bearing type 741 used from 1960-65. Sorry about  those  who have early A and pre-A cars, but for those who are utilizing the later 741 boxes in A cars... lucky you!This may seem like a lot of hassle, but let me explain the advantages. The 901 throwout bearing has a much longer center collar that rides on the bearing guide. The bearing is better...