Upon further research into the car, it was determined that the generator that creates the necessary voltage for the spark plugs to ignite was faulty and needed to be rebuilt. We tried our hand at dissasembling and soldering the necessary components in the generator, but that proved to be too difficult of a task to be able to repair the generator with assurance that there will be no problems with performance in the future. Oil leaks have been minimal since extracting the engine, so once the flywheel is off and the bearings are replaced, we expect the problem to be greatly diminished. Up next: analyze the transmission to see if we need to replace seals or if we can clean up the joints and seals well enough to stop the rest of the fluid loss.
This beautiful Porsche 356 C came to MAAP with a few maintenance requests. Aside from a few cosmetic issues, the problems faced while making this car ready to be shipped out involved removing the engine, flywheel, and transmission in order to correct multiple oil leaks coming from the powertrain. This was expected to occur after a few miles on the road, as the car recently underwent a restoration that involved a full engine rebuild. This engine rebuild was utilized as the first-ever MAAP institute, and was completed by five students and MAAP employees. I was one of the five students that participated in the engine assembly course, so it is very satisfying to see the engine working as a part of a beautiful antique car, albeit with a few oil leaks to correct. Currently the engine has been extracted and is on a stand, ready for some new bearings and a full detail, while the transmission remains in the car for the time being. More pictures to come!