All the Nuts and Bolts: Details of the Masterpierce

  • Started with 1964 T-6 coupe body. Front unibody replaced with correct chassis metal from 1960 356B.
  • 356 Suspension – double wish bones with transverse torsion bars, hydraulic shocks anti-roll bar at front and swing axles, anti-roll bar at rear.
  • Copied Abarth #5 from local owner in Colorado
  • Drum Brakes
  • Correct Dunlop tires (new)
  • 356 Gauges rebuilt and silk screened by California’s North Hollywood Speedometer
  • Handmade Aluminum seats – reclined and lowered to provide ample headroom (6”2”)
  • Correct 356B Wood Steering wheel
  • Engine (nick-named the Carrera 616 Faux Cam)
  • 356 SC pushrod engine modified to house a dual distributor drive, a modern oil pump, and full-flow oil system.
  • A perfect replica of a 4-cam shroud from Ibrahim Kuzu.
  • Fan sourced by Bob Garretson.
  • Machine work by Gary Okoren – the timing cover is only ½ inch deep
  • Gary fabricated a twin distributor attachment that holds 2 of the 356 distributors
  • Crank is unmodified with stock distributor drive gears.
  • 1900 cc Nikasil JE pistons and cylinders mated with ported and polished heads and machined to accept the dual spark plugs needed for the twin plug ignition setup
  • A complimentary performance camshaft was installed which increases power while keeping a nice powerband(i.e. racing cam)
  • 44 mm Weber Carburetors
  • Not high compression so it can run on pump gas
  • Modern oil pump drives a dry sump system with a tank in the same position as the original
  • Gear box Lager chose the Nurburgring gear-ratio set commonly sued by the original GTLs.
  • A stock 356 clutch uses a lightened flywheel to free up hidden horsepower
  • The exhaust is stainless steel reproduction of the “pea shooter” exhaust.
  • Tin Element shop estimates at least 2500 hours were spent on the chassis and aluminum body that were hand formed out of 3003 aluminum sheet