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1974 911 Restoration

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Hi all, Well I thought it was time to show the progress on my restoration 911.
A bit of back ground info... I've owned in the past a 1966 912 and a 89 3.2 Targa, both great cars but used very little so I thought I would buy a project :doh2:

Just to warn anyone thinking of restoring a Porsche make sure you have large pockets!!!

Anyway, this is the first time I saw it, the engine and box had been removed (but still came with the car) and a lot of parts had been "borrowed" from it.

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What made me want to restore this car?

Well in my opinion I think its a rare narrow bodied 74 911, the original colour is Sahara Beige RHD with matching engine and box, a sunroof and running on cookie cutters, built in 1973 and as I found out later running a lot of the parts from the pre-impact model.

After I removed every part left on the car

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I decided to have it striped by Envrio-strip...that`s when the nightmare started.

This is how it came back

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erm bit of work me thinks.

Regards

Mark

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Ouch!

Really pleased to see a restoration thread though! Keep it coming.

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All achievable though. Buy yourself a Mig welder and get stuck in - your pockets won't need to be as deep then. Look forward to more updates...

Cheers

FF

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After assessing the body work I made a list of new parts needed,

o/s front inner wing,

n/s front inner wing,

a complete new roof with sunroof, (the existing sunroof hand been covered over and chopped around),

o/s and n/s narrow body rear wings,

Complete new floor,

Inner and outer sills,

Tank support,

Battery support,

Front cross panel,

Longitude/wheel housing repair sections.

They were the main parts but other bits along the build were needed.

All parts that were available from Porsche I ordered at my local dealer, the other parts I sourced from various places like Roger Bray, Rose Passion and the like.

It had a become a major build now beyond my scope so I sent the whole lot away to leave that bit to the experts.

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Now the body was away it was time to work my magic on the parts that were left.

I started with the rear axle trailing arms, this is how they came off..

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I have a sand blaster at work and also brought a plating kit, what was salvageable I reused if not good enough I replaced.

The worst part of this refurb was replacing the bearings by heating up the arm and freezing the bearings, here is the finished product.

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Trailing arms done.

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The inner wings are a nice price aren't they...?!

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Hi Simon, I think the inner wings came in about £950 each with the VAT, but that was before the pound drop.

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Same treatment on the front struts.

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A bit of open heart surgery on the front section :(

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Excellent work , nice to serious resto work underway . I take it its is to be kept standard are you planning some mods?

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Hi Henry, its going to be completely standard and original, down to welding up the new style window washer jet holes on the new roof panel and re-drilling to suit earlier type.

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Front A frames reconditioned.

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and rear spring plates

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Great work. Can I ask what you used to recondition the trailing arms, front a frames etc? Which plating kit did you use?

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The plating kit I used was this one http://www.classic-plating.co.uk/images/Zinc%20-%20Pro.JPG

The A frames were powered coated, the front struts were spray painted at my local spray booth.

Here is the steering rack,

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Turbo tie rod kit was used on the rack.

Many thanks. Looks like a good kit. Great gearshift restoration too :) Unfortunately, I don't have a local powder coater so I'm going for the prime & paint option on pretty much everything. Not as durable but it speeds up the process and I like painting bits.

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I am really happy how the hand brake came out.

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Hi Mark, lot of work going on there, I think I got off very lightly with mine.

you say narrow bodies are rare, are they ?

who is doing the welding as I see a few VWs in there too, it's what I used to do, restore buses.

Yes you do need big pockets, yours much be huge...

 

Ron

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HI Ron, thanks for the comments, do I think narrow bodies are rare? it depends which way you look at it, I meant the whole package, RHD 74 base model in Sahara beige (it would be nice to know if any one has one in same colour same spec).

A guy in Northampton is carrying out the work, as you can see his main business is VW vans and Beetles.

Inner rear wings repaired.

 

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Errr, those kidney bowls are on the wrong way around or they're of a design i've not seen before. The sill would not mate to that correctly.

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5 minutes ago, fat fuchs said:

Errr, those kidney bowls are on the wrong way around or they're of a design i've not seen before. The sill would not mate to that correctly.

Yep, they're on the wrong sides of the car. Should look like this.

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