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Well after 15 years of ownership I've had the news most IB owners fear. I need new kidneys! I also need some work doing to my front tub which all sounds very painful!

Ive done a search on the forum but wonder if anyone has recent experience of getting this work done

1. I live in North Somerset and would ideally like to use a specialist who isn't hundreds of miles away. Anyone any recent knowledge/ recommendations?

2. How much can I expect to pay? I know it's apparently hard to tell without a full inspection but ball park figures would be welcome

3. The paint on my car is really very good but am I looking at a respray post this work to ensure it all matches? I regard my car as very good but not concours by any stretch. 

4. I've been to the last 6 Classic Le Mans and really want the car sorted by next spring so I can get it ready for no7. I've already discovered that good people are fully booked so if anyone out there knows of a specialist who is great at this work and has some capacity then please shout!

Any other comments or thoughts welcome. 

Thank you in advance.

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I have just done this work on my own car. I did it myself and I am not a "specialist" by any stretch. Do not get caught up by the idea that you need a specialist in Porsches. All you need is an honest, competent body shop.

You will not need a complete respray. If your paint is in good condition as you say the body shop should be able to blend the new paint in.

Front tub. Sounds like a wings off job. If so there won't be any respraying to be done as it will be inner wings, battery compartment etc, all hidden.

If you have all this work done at once it will cost a lot and take a long time. Have it back by spring? Unlikely. Maybe have it done bit by bit when it is convenient for you.

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Luke at Air Cooled Classics isnt too far away

 

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30 minutes ago, Phill said:

You will not need a complete respray. If your paint is in good condition as you say the body shop should be able to blend the new paint in.

If the car has metallic paint though,  will be much harder to blend in....

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Rob@RR carried our kidney b post and sill work and you will not get better, to re paint correctly you really need to paint the entire side and then blend over front wing,the painter he uses did this,i should add i have no affiliation whatsoever with these organisations, i am more than satisfied with the quality of the work on my car.

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Thank you guys - some really good thoughts here and I will follow up. 

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Martyn 930 - love the picture of your car!

I've tried to download a picture of mine whilst up on the Brecon Beacons this year. 

 

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Is this your car.......

This is mine....

Restored it myself.......Trowbridge lad....

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Very nice car! Love the wheels. 

It was the colour that sold the car to me when I saw it. I always thought Minerva was such a rare colour but when I went to see Rob at Race and Restorations in Pershore recently I was rather surprised to see that ALL of the 911s he is working on are Minerva!! There's a nice 930 inside and an older Targa outside. 

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The wheels are for sale....!!!

I have a set of 15 s I'm putting on..so......Restored by Canford Classics, new Dunlops, probably done no more than 50 miles..

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Your car looks lovely Clive, the dreaded rust in the kidney bowls eventually gets to them all. I can remember you telling me about your trip to Classic Le Man many years ago and saying how much you enjoyed it, and I have literally just booked to go for the first time next year.

Regards

Ian

 

 

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To add my 2 cents to above;

 If it were my car,would not even consider taking to a specialist. A good local body shop will do as good a job ,if not better.

Very much a ball park figure buy £2500 per side ,depending on garage rates.Biting the bullet on price,genuine Porsche kidneys are  the one to buy,the aftermarket ones made by Dansk are terrible.

 To properly repaint a 911 is a windows out job, if the rest of your paint is sound there will be no need for this.

                                            regards Angus

 

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We seem to be very lucky here in Wiltshire, although the kidneys in my car, in fact most of the car including the rear wings, sills, floor, doors, hood, rear hood, 99% of the front end...is rust free..and this is 1976, but if I had to do the work, I'd do myself, BUT many cannot and are left at the hands of others, here and I'm sure other parts of  the UK have small old school body shops where the workforce have seen and done it the old way, and a few do it for cash in hand once they have reached retirement age, they have fantastic skills and can and do work for half of what there really worth, you just have to find one.

Porsche body work is not any different to most cars of the period, it's metal and can be treated as such, it is after all only a badge.

Ask about, someone will know someone who knows someone and it will save you money AND you will get a good job done, remember these guys worked on cars in a time when replacement panels were years away so had to make there own.

Good luck.

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+1 to the above ......

A lot of mythical "cost £K/side" figures regularly seem to be promoted to justify an opportunist "badge tax".  Some working knowledge of 911 body / structural construction is helpful but secondary in importance to the skill, experience, attention to detail and pride of workmanship of the technician carrying out the work.  There's plenty of very good detailed pictorial write ups and reports of all sorts of bodywork projects on this forum and others that would provide an excellent "headstart" for any experienced and competent fabricator/bodywork specialist looking to tackle a 911 for the first time and do a damn good job.  

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Ron....I have an NLP too ! Mine's B93 NLP. A friend says it obviously spells out "Nice Little Porsche"..............

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On 29/11/2017 at 4:27 PM, Supersport Mike said:

mine were done 2yrs ago £1500 to do with a new n/s b pillar

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Hello Mike,

 

I'm in Banbury and could really do with finding more out about this work. NIck at Redtek reccommended a place and gave me a ball park cost of £1500 to. I've tried sending you a PM but it tells me I cant write you. Can you ger in touch. This would prove invalueable to me!

Many thanks,

James

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James have you tried Tuthill’s? They’re just up the road from you and are like the 911 masters for metal work. 

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Been there a couple of times for mechanical servicing. If their bodywork costs are the same as their mechanical costs then I cant afford it.

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22 hours ago, jamesmckenzie said:

Hello Mike,

 

I'm in Banbury and could really do with finding more out about this work. NIck at Redtek reccommended a place and gave me a ball park cost of £1500 to. I've tried sending you a PM but it tells me I cant write you. Can you ger in touch. This would prove invalueable to me!

Many thanks,

James

Hi James

My work I mean all my bodywork was done buy the brilliant Robin Dalwood at Westcott near Aylesbury , his care to attention was second to none , its with a very sad heart to tell you that he passed away on Friday after a long illness.......................................................................................

 

Mike

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On 14/01/2018 at 6:52 PM, Supersport Mike said:

Hi James

My work I mean all my bodywork was done buy the brilliant Robin Dalwood at Westcott near Aylesbury , his care to attention was second to none , its with a very sad heart to tell you that he passed away on Friday after a long illness.......................................................................................

 

Mike

Oh no! Sorry to hear! Thanks though.

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