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1969 Porsche 912

Auf Wiedersehen Flooring

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If you have never spent half a day scraping old Bitumastic off a floor, you just haven't lived a full life yet. Put it on your bucket list ! This miserable painstaking work is essential if you find any rust lurking beneath the material. In this case, it was just surface rust, but you have to get it all off in order to know. This involves a combination of paint scraper, chisel, wire wheel, and hours on your hands and knees. Then I coated the floor with POR-15, and it looked great. 

A couple days later, the car sold without even leaving the trailer. I like to think that it is because of the work on the floor, just so that I can feel it was justified, but the truth is that the buyer did not really care, and it did not impact the price as he will put new floors in it. It is headed back to Germany. 


Stuck in the Eighties

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Besides the obvious changes to the bodywork, the 912 was given the 1980s treatment inside as well. It had an 80s stereo with some weighty rear deck mounted box speakers. It had a third brake light mounted inside as well. Lamp cord speaker wire was all over the interior as well. I had to chuckle as I cleaned out the car. Next it was on to the engine compartment where the first layers of grime were removed. The Webers were brown from a film of varnished fuel. A few hoses needed replacement. There is still work to do on the linkage, and many other issues, but the car is slowly exiting the eighties....

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First Assessment

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Step. One is getting things cleaned up so that you can see what you are working with. The  engine bay had the usual grime in most places, and the cardboard hoses that the early VW and Porsches were so fond of, had suffered badly. The engine number is of the correct year, so I am confirming that this is a matching numbers car. The color code on the door confirms that it was originally Antique White. The wheels and tires are in excellent shape. dash, guages and knobs are all present. No previous entry on the 912 registry, so still a mystery as to original home. Oh well, Back to more research and cleaning....

 

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The Rescue Mission

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It was the middle of nowhere. It had been snowing for a few days. And yet, there it was. Sitting by the roadside in the snow with a for sale sign in the window. I pulled over to take a look.  It was a Porsche 912 but in Guards Red with a whale tail. Not my cup of tea, but I took down the number and called. Left a message. 4 days later I was passing back the other way, and it was still there, but deeper in snow. I stopped and knocked on the door of the house. No answer. I left a note. The next day I finally get a call and the owner wants a ridiculous price fro the car. I tell him I'll be back in a few days and would like to take a closer look. A few days later, the snow has melted and I stop by. The car does not start, and needs some TLC, but it is basically solid. The owner is still asking way too much and says he has a lot of interest. I forget about it. 3 weeks later I pass it again. It is moved slightly to the left of the driveway. I call. There is a buyer coming to get it that weekend. I suggest at least getting it out of the weather. He says he has no storage, so it has to stay outside. I forget about it. 2 weeks later I get a text message: "buyer no show, got it started, still interested?" Yes I was, but not at the (now reduced) price. 2 days later I show up to buy, and it runs, but horribly. It needs a clutch, and the gear shift has more play than a worn out VW bus. The horn sounds when you open the driver door. We haggle. I buy.