April 2, 2022
On the first Saturday in April, we met for coffee, donuts and comaraderie as always at D-Patrick Porsche. There was a unusual sense of anticipation in the air. The very capable Keith Snyder had invited those who were interested to come to his home after our meeting to see his long-term project.
Some SIR members are willing and have the appropriate skills to work on their own cars. They can service, repair, or modify many things and they obviously find pleasure and satisfaction doing so. Then there are individuals who get involved at a higher level. Keith Snyder surely belongs in that category. He has completely taken apart a 1961 Porsche 356, repaired or replaced whatever needed attention, and will soon put it back together again. These are photos from that visit. Needless to say, we were impressed.
SIR Porsches lined the street on this cool morning.
We waited a few minutes for the last of the curious to arrive, and then walked down to Keith's lower-level garage and workshop.
Keith introduced us to his project. Many of us had never seen a car being completely restored. We are all familiar with the early Porsches and a well cared-for or well-restored 356 can be fascinating to see.
We had many questions and Keith was happy to asnswer them all.
We just kept trying to imagine the work involved and the determination to see it through.
Keith pointed out bits and pieces that required special attention...
...or replcecement, in the case of these battered body panels.
Keith's efforts were inspiring to all, but especially to those who could possibly see themselves trying a project like this.
Would we? Could we? Do we have the space, time, knowledge, desire (and the right tools)?
This tiny air-cooled engine was the stuff of dreams for countless Porsche enthusiasts. How many horsepower? Only 60?
It seems so simple. Yet these cars made so many people happy.
Room enough for...?
Keith was a great and modest guide to the details.
And we admired all of them.
This Porsche crest has seen a lot over the years. Thanks for sharing your project with us, Keith. We look forard to the unveiling of the completed restoration.
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61 Porsche 356 Restoration.
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