Hank the 356
2004 Intermeccanica Roadster

~ restoration : May 2016 - August 2018 ~


When I got the car, I thought I would spend the weekend rebuilding the carbs, then be done.
2 years later I have a wonderful show winning car.

2 years!

So ... here is how it went , in no particular order.

replace all 3 mirrors , with fresh gaskets
All chrome mirrors and gaskets badly worn .

small headlight parking lights
headlight wiring
new headlight frames
headlight vertical grills



fix interior lights

polish chrome wheels,
( I did not evenknow they were chorme when I got the car)
replace hubcaps with nipple style caps
(all 4 hubaps were dented)
tighten and re-fit front shocks
new Bilstiens on the rear

replace radio with retro-sound and authentic Blaupunkt radio frame and face (old lower dash color)
rework drivers seat belt in order to move seat back


finally found a period correct luggage rack ,
liscense plate, and 356 registry badge



new tie rod gators
remove power steering pump - replace with gravity feed reservoir -

drain fuel tank
replace front fuel lines with braided steel lines
new Bosche front fuel canister
rework fuel gauge sending unit (still fighting this a bit)

remove interior and rear Im logos (sorry Henry)
replace rear logo with 'Porsche' logo - antiqued to match 'Roadster' logo patina and color
new rear chrome light frames, gaskets, and add euro style lenses
bleed brakes, new fluid

Actually it had fabric that had come unglued
hanging all over the engine. Amazing the carbs
got enough air to run.


All ready for it's "new" mill.

add 'Blaze Cut' to engine compartment (fire protection)

new sound deadening and engine compartment tin

new braided fuel lines for engine
Y the fuel lines from fuel pump for even pressure to carbs
new inline fuel filter at engine


1776 Engine - before





1835 Engine - after

(new pistons and rings - 92 mm, new rockers 1.25, rebuilt Webers with venturi upgrade, etc etc...

The Carbs
40 idf,s rebuilt with CB performace new venturi and jetting.
Also 2.25" velocity stacks added under the air cleaners,

& enlarge and clean jets as needed,
rework ridiculas Weber cold start ,
new carb linkage linkage.

After rebuild with new P & C set ,
clean but does notlook the part yet...



... same engine now - after 'retro look' modification.

Rebuild engine with :
new p&c set Mahler 92mm, rings, new push rod tubes, new cylinder head bolts, new elephant feet, etc

new distributor(electronic) and flame thrower wires
original muffler with j-tubes (traditional tone)

upgraded 'bolt on' valve covers

new rear transmission motor mounts
new outer cv (Mahler) and rebuild inner cv,s
(one messy job)

Now a 1835 Engine !
About all I can get out of this engine without making it a stroker.

Interior - Before and After (2 tone)






Electric fuel pump added with emergency off relay
Electronic ignition

External oil cooler with fan - manual on off switch (blue led) - above the
Westach cht gauge




... and vdo clock on the other side of steering wheel

- numbers stained green for a vintage look on a new clock -


So now I get enjoy scenic drives and to show it off at car events.

IM 356 - January 2017 - first drive


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