About 356 Carburetor Rescue LLC
the company and the people
John Jenkins: Drove a VW bug during the later years of college. San Diego had lots
of 356's then and they seemed to take great pleasure in passing a Bug, and he took
equal pleasure in looking at them. In 1972, before the ink dried on his college diploma,
he bought a '65 356C, and has driven 356's since.
John was taught that general maintenance is part of owning a car so rebuilding Zeniths
was a natural evolution. He has always enjoyed the challenge of trying to return them to
their original performance and looks. Over the years, John has lived in several other
places, but always with his 356. And has remained active with the 356 Registry
throughout. After moving back to San Diego, he kept rebuilding Zeniths for friends, as
a hobby. The hobby took more and more time and some help was needed to branch
out into the Solex. Another enthusiast who had a machine shop was required.
Fortunately, he met Jim Kaufmann who wanted to do something similar for the 356
community, and, who was prepared to set up his own machine shop. Wanting more time
to enjoy his retirement, and looking for new experiences; he now restores the Bosch
Distributors for the early Porsches, and has begun restoring Triumph motorcyles. John
has had special parts manufactured to keep the original performance parameters of
the carburetors he restores.. All distributors are checked on a Sun Distributor Machine.
Jim Kaufmann: Once an award winning lapidary artist, Jim now lives in Sedona,
Arizona. Bought his first Porsche, a '65 911, from his brother in the '70's, then added a
'65 912, and the '61 Roadster in the photo was purchased in 1993. He has had at
least one Porsche in the garage ever since, as well as a few VW's. Each was a
learning experience in the restoration process, with the Roadster being a ground up,
mostly in house, restoration. The Roadster also lead to membership in the 356
Registry, and to stepping forward to Chairman the 2009 West Coast Holiday. Through
his experiences with these cars, Jim learned that carburetors were an important issue.
Problems that could not be dealt with through a simple rebuild caused major
headaches. Problems that were not resolved in having carburetors remanufactured by
other reputable people sent Jim deeper into the how's and why's of both Zenith 32NDIX
and Solex 40PII-4. In meeting John Jenkins, Jim found someone with equal enthusiasm
and great knowledge on this subject. Together, pooling resources and talent, they
formed 356 Carburetor Rescue. Jim's artistic attention to detail helps insure that
your carburetors will meet the standards promised, while his technical knowledge will
help them stay that way.
Candace Delaney will be the first to tell you that she is the one who got Jim into the
four cylinder Porsche. This little red Roadster was her first experience with the 356,
brand new, out of the showroom, the fall of 1959! That's Mom in the passenger seat,
Candace isn't THAT old regardless of what she may say. The A is her favorite,
although she'll settle for driving the B roadster when she has to, sigh. She co-chaired
the 2009 West Coast Holiday with Jim, and is the voice on the phone when you call.
Besides doing the shipping and billing, she can give some technical assistance,and
when necessary steps in to do disassembly and evaluations. She can answer many of
your questions when you call, letting Jim stay focused on his machine work in the shop.
Joe Piccininni - From Brooklyn, to Sedona, via Las Vegas and other points West. Joe
has become an important part of the Carburetor Rescue team. Naturally a Porsche
enthusiast, Joe has been willing to step in where needed. He has become our "Zenith
guy"; the man who makes up the new throttle plates, checks the jets, and tests them on
the engine after finishing their assembly. Besides that, he's working on the Solexes, so
Jim has time to machine parts, do set ups, or work on fuel pumps. Also detail oriented,
Joe takes it personally if your carbs aren't functioning perfectly on receipt. You'll be
seeing Joe at the shows and Holidays, stop and say "Hi".
|356 Carburetor Rescue, 285 Morgan Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336
Call Jim or Candace at 928 204-0507 for pricing information on our products and services
Call John at 619 224-3566 for technical or installation help or information
If you have problems with this website, contact Candace at email@example.com or call 928 204-0507
356 Carburetor Rescue is not affiliated with and/or endorsed in any way by PCNA or Dr.Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG.
John, Jim, and Joe at the LA Lit Meet
|Joe, Candace and Jim at the LA Lit Meet
Larry Dunn - A California boy, and another petrol head; although Larry was more
about American cars than imports. He has been a huge asset to the team. He's
meticulous and seems happy living at the bench where he wears many different hats.
Here he is disassembling a carburetor for evaluation. He also does the cleaning,
media blasting, soldering (throttle lever repair, etc), makes pump rods, does thread
repairs when needed, cleans and preps hardware for plating. And when carburetors
are pouring in faster than we can work on them, he laughs and says "More Work!"
You will never see Larry at a show or event as he really doesn't like to travel much.
You'll have to stop by the shop to meet him.