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Tim Slocombe - Member no 897

Car Type: M & W Speedster

Contact email:

Based in: Wareham, Dorset

Joined Club: April 2012

I've had a 356 obsession ever since the age of 11 when a Speedster passed me one sunny day. Mid 2009 a friend informed me of a shortened floor pan up for grabs on E-bay. After the winning bid of 300 quid was handed over I was a very proud owner of a straight but tatty correct length floor pan.

I cleaned, painted and undersealed the pan. Next up was the task of finding every component, without a donor car this was fun! My good friend Si who owns NOS VW in Wimborne Dorset had a few knackered bugs out back to strip and quite a few bits came from there.

A new Puma beam was bought and fitted up with CB dropped spindles NOS calipers, new wheel bearings. Every nut, washer and bolt on the car is stainless. New steering box, new master cylinder (I made and fitted all the brake pipes), new 5x130 discs and drums. I found a type 3 gear box, serviced and painted it.

Mated up to a CSP 40% rake short shift gear shifter. The rear brakes are all new and fitted to adjustable spring plates. The wheels are Heritage replicas with a slight offset difference from front to rear to bring back the amount of extended track width from the spindles, Firestone rubber filled with Puncture Goo adorns all four corners.

Barrie Martin supplied one of his Technic Speedster bodies and helped me fit it at his workshop in Thruxton. With only a limited array of colours to choose from the '57 Porsche charts I opted for aquamarine blue. The guy who took his sweet time in spraying it! said he really didn't like my decision and personally I think it looks pretty good.


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I hung all the panels and built the interior with a little help from Bernard Newbury who trimmed the seats in a fat biscuit pattern. They are buggy seats with a twist. I fabricated a brace bar between the rear shock towers to mount a pair of three point harness anchor points. A Mota Lita steering wheel and replica gauges finish off the interior.

Below is the finished car at the Stonor Park show in June 2012

Motor wise, it's coming out this winter because I didn't build the short block and I want to know everything has built to my specification. So it will remain a 1641cc running on twin 34ICTs, the custom full stainless pipe with heat exchangers will stay. But the case will be renewed, drilled for full flow, a counterweighted 69mm crank, lightened flywheel with an equalizer pulley will be balanced and fitted. A hot street cam fitted, at the moment the cam is slightly too wild and can be aggravating around town.

The heads will be ported, polished and match ported to aid a decent level of gas flow, nothing to outrageous but enough to shift the little car along well. They already have high rev springs etc but bolt up rocker gear will be added along with 911 style adjusters. The electronic ignition works really well with 8mm Taylor race leads and a 009 dizzy. I added a alternator conversion to run a amp and a secret 12" sub in the rear seat aperture hidden away! Up front there's a pair of kicker 6.5" mid speakers with tweeters, honestly I only listen to music on long trips or when the good lady is on board!

There's loads more information I could write and I have hundreds more photos. If anybody has a question I'll do my best to answer them.

I'm based near Blandford in Dorset and my email is:

All the very best, Tim Slocombe  (Posted November 2012)

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