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Hi everyone,

 

I'm new here but have had an 87 G50 3.2 for about 16 years. Having been distracted by other cars for the last few years I'm filled with lockdown resolve to retrieve my 911 from storage and get it back up and running properly. It's been covered and well stored and was initially exercised but, as ever, life got in the way and I realise that it hasn't been started for at least 6 years (cough). It was a good car when put away but I've been around old cars long enough to know that there will be plenty to do, so would be extremely grateful for all advice and guidance...

 

First question would be to ask who the current respected specialist's are? I'm in Windsor and have decent general contacts but I do tend to like my cars properly set up and on point. I'll need some bodywork I'm sure, as well as a proper mechanical going over. Currently has a flat immobiliser fob so off to a great start! I will take some pictures when I'm next at the garage.   

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I know and can recommend James at Nine-X in Maidenhead. Just around the corner is Thames valley repairs, a classic specialist and where I go for bodywork.

Chris.

 

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Thank you, haven't come across Nine-X so will give them a call.  There's also a company called Rindt based in White Waltham that seems to be an air-cooled specialist, anyone have any experience?

 

I'm in two minds about whether to get it MOT'd and up and running first or just to send it off and prepare for a financial battering. The car is a keeper so I don't mind spending a decent amount of money but am a little concerned by the escalation in pricing from specialists over the last few years. I have places I use for other cars but have probably read a few too many horror stories about 911 bodywork! 

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The guys in White Waltham are (or were) know as the 'Porsche Whisperers' and I THINK somebody here had a decent experience of recovering a targa top there, but when I've dropped in (they are on a very regular cycling route) for advice, first time boss was out, so I left my number and nobody ever called back. Second time they told me to bring the car in so they can look at it. The car didn't drive at the time, hence advice sought. When I pointed this out they lost all interest. I've never been back. Just my experience....

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You could drop @jevvy a message - although you need to be a supporting member to send messages.

He's not far away (Reading) and knows these cars inside out. Great friend and bone fide enthusiast.

 

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Try Peter Tognola at Tognola Engineering in Datchet. Not far from you, I have used him in the past, knows his stuff.

Has contributed many times to 911 & Porsche World magazine.

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8 minutes ago, johndglynn said:

You could drop @jevvy a message - although you need to be a supporting member to send messages.

He's not far away (Reading) and knows these cars inside out. Great friend and bone fide enthusiast.

 

Thanks @johndglynn 

I'm actually helping someone with their 2.7 targa widebody resto at the moment near Heathrow and pass Windsor on the way so if you want me to swing by and have a look over your car just let me know. Heading over there on Saturday if you are about?

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16 hours ago, jevvy said:

Thanks @johndglynn 

I'm actually helping someone with their 2.7 targa widebody resto at the moment near Heathrow and pass Windsor on the way so if you want me to swing by and have a look over your car just let me know. Heading over there on Saturday if you are about?

That would be enormously kind thank you. I can't get access to the car this Saturday but would love to take you up on the offer if you are due to pass again anytime soon? 

16 hours ago, SurlySurdi said:

Try Peter Tognola at Tognola Engineering in Datchet. Not far from you, I have used him in the past, knows his stuff.

Has contributed many times to 911 & Porsche World magazine.

Thank you, I've heard of Tognola but it was a while back when I had a 2.2S so had forgotten. He used to have a good reputation with RS's if I remember. 

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16 hours ago, johndglynn said:

You could drop @jevvy a message - although you need to be a supporting member to send messages.

He's not far away (Reading) and knows these cars inside out. Great friend and bone fide enthusiast.

 

Thank you and noted on the supporting member bit - will sign up today!

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7 hours ago, Molsheim said:

That would be enormously kind thank you. I can't get access to the car this Saturday but would love to take you up on the offer if you are due to pass again anytime soon? 

Thank you, I've heard of Tognola but it was a while back when I had a 2.2S so had forgotten. He used to have a good reputation with RS's if I remember. 

He changed the clutch on my IB and also worked on a 944 of mine in the past, I haven't used him for years as he's on the other side of London and I've found someone local but from where you're based he'd be local to you. Over the years I've learned it's always good to find someone nearby.

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Re bodywork - try Tom Martin at Lemass (01494 874347)- a two man outfit who specialises in 'old' porsche panel work and painting.

He is in Chalfont St. Peter Bucks.

He has done excellent work on my 3.2 (and other cars I have).

He is a perfectionist and charges sensible prices.

 

I've also used Peter Tognola and also Ray North at Northways for mechanical work.

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On 14/01/2021 at 16:54, Chris T said:

+1 for Jevvy. He's on here somewhere so I'm sure he'll respond directly. 

+2 for @jevvy he helped me out with stuff that had the "specialists" baffled when bringing one of mine back on road. Great eye for details too.

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Well, I’ve just been in the corner shop for my daily trip and had a quick flick through the latest Classic Porsche magazine - was somewhat surprised to see my car plastered over 4 pages (before it was tucked away).

Looks great - have to get it sorted now!

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