The Porsche 356 is probably a vintage car collector’s most prized possession. First built more than half a century ago their very few of them remain. Those that still own one know how much it can fetch in a classical car auction especially if the engine is still running. Due to this fact alone it is important to keep it in a good shape. You can start doing this by first tuning it.
What is Tuning?
Most people with little interest on cars probably do not know what engine tuning is. Engine tuning basically involves adjustment or modification of the internal combustion engine or the engine control unit. The aim of tuning is to increase performance of the engine, reduce fuel consumption and also to ensure it remains in a good functioning state for a long period of time.
What does tuning involve?
Tuning can involve any of the following:
Routine adjustment of the carburetor. This is meant to check on air-fuel mixture and the carburetor’s idle speed.
Complete overhaul of the entire engine system which involves removing the entire engine, tearing it apart and then cleaning and repairing all the individual components.
Tuning of the ignition system to bring it to a more modern performance. This involves what is known as ignition timing.
You can choose to tune your Porsche 356 in all the above ways or do only one of them depending on the condition of your car. For example it might be in great shape only requiring ignition tuning.
What do you need to do Ignition tuning?
To do ignition tuning you will require all or some of the following parts.
A rotor and condenser.
Before buying this, consult a UK Porsche parts expert, like Tech 9, to tell you which ones go well with the car. You can still get original ones from collectors but they tend to charge you a higher price. However, if you want to keep the car as original as possible the price should not concern you much. Tuning a vintage car such as the 356 requires experts in classic Porsche parts, so make sure you get a consultation before starting any work.
How do I do the tuning?
Porsche 356 tuning is basically the same as you would do for any other car but you can follow the following easy steps.
Remove and check the condition of your spark plugs before replacing them so as to know more about your engine.
Second step is removing and replacing the distributor but make show you refit the nut well and its washer. Many people tend to forget the washer.
Fit in the rotor and make sure it’s the right one by comparing it to the old one.
Lastly you can now use the Timing kit to do static and dynamic timing.