One man's trash is another man's treasure. I saw potential in this car ever since I laid eyes on it. I saw it in passing... just driving by one day. I saw a dilapidated black targa sitting amongst other old Porsche's at a shop in Sacramento. I've wanted an air-cooled 911 for about as long as I can remember. With the current market for these beauties appreciating so rapidly, a good running example was unfortunately out of the question. But a project car... that is something that is within reach.
I made my arrangements to get the shell, and in the process made a friend. Ron is the owner of IPB Autosport, the aforementioned shop where I spied my black beauty. After much pestering, and being that annoying guy that keeps coming back to talk about the car, we made an agreement to rebuild and redesign his website in exchange for the car. His shop is a wonderful treasure trove in an otherwise boring city. He's the best in town for anything German (Porsche, Audi, VW, BMW, Mini, you name it... ) If you need work done on your car, and you want it done right the first time, his shop is the place to go. I learned this while making the website, and I highly recommend his shop and services.
The car, to some, is a junker. It is an engineless heap of metal that is good for a sum-total of nothing. Some might see some potential, but are scared away by the time, money, and wrenching knowledge required to get it running. The second I saw the car, my first thought was that I see the opportunity to build my own air-cooled 911. Those thoughts are tantalizing and consuming. I've watched enough videos from Singer, Urban Outlaw, and more to realize the huge potential these early Porsche's had for style, speed, and customization. Just take one look at the R-Gruppe cars and tell me that you're not equally drawn-in.
The car itself has no motor, transmission, interior, or doors. It's been sitting for years, which brings a long with that dust, dirt, rodents, and the like. But beneath the grime is a rust-free shell for a 3.2 Carrera just begging to be cleaned, put back together, and driven.
This black Targa has a salvage title, and the CarFax report shows the last known mileage north of 100,000. That sounds like a pretty defeating sentence until you start thinking about the potential rather than the downsides. 100,000 miles seems like a lot until you realize that every mechanical component will either be new or be refreshed. Once it's all restored, the mileage literally means nothing. The salvage title also sounds bad until you realize that once you do the restoration, whatever problem that caused the title to become salvaged will be fixed. What you're doing is instead of turning your nose up at something that isn't perfect, you are taking in a 911 that needs some love, giving it that love, and then enjoying the hell out of something that YOU built. The reward is definitely worth the risk.
I plan on writing about each step of this long and arduous jorney. I don't know how many parts this group of posts will be, but Part One seems like as good of place to start as any. I hope that this work of recording my build will inspire some to accept the learning curve and jump into the 911 world, and maybe this will also help others who are at a place where they are stuck, and need some help. If you have any questions about the build, or need any advice at all, just contact me. I'm no expert, but I would love to help if I can.