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The 911 SC project. Tearing it all down

If you follow us on Facebook and Youtube, by now you’re familiar with our 911 SC project for the Porsche Canadian Classic Competition.  Below is a quick state of the union to let you know what we are up to and give you some more inside info that you won’t see in the videos. 

Pulling the Motor

This part was not as bad as one might think. Aside from some nasty oil line fittings and varnish smelling gasoline, the drop only took about 5 hours.  We started by pulling the fuel system off the intake and disconnecting all the throttle and shifter linkages from the motor and transaxle.  Once it was all free and clear, we drained the fluids, snugged up the jig and let the motor glide out of the crusty old bay of the 911. 

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A Backwards Detail

Usually, you would wait to detail a car until the very end of the project when it’s mostly assembled and ready to drive and showoff.  We approached this one a little bit backwards, once the motor was out, we pushed the car into the detail shop for a week to be wet sanded, cut, and fully corrected.  The process revealed several areas of thin, single stage paint, 2 stage paint across the hood and front clip, as well as several blend lines from past paint work.  Our reasoning for doing things in this order was to see if we could revive the paint that the car was wearing to a fresh finish and preserve some of the car’s history.  It was worth a shot to show that with some elbow grease you can always revive an old paintjob.  The car was pulled back into the main shop’s lights and aside from the obvious flaws in the body work it looked night and day compared to when our boys fired up the polisher.  Our detailers did their job to an amazing length of effort and commitment but in the end we all decided it was best to spray the panels with fresh, period correct single stage paint.  

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Odds and Ends

The old SC had some down time in the shop where our techs would take a few hours a day to pick at the little things on the interior of the car.  The bearing on the steering column was beyond saving so the wheel and column had to be removed so we could fit a new one.  Once the bearing was replaced, the stock steering wheel was reinstalled and the old aftermarket Momo unit went on the wall as a memento!  New seatbelts were added and the seats were removed and sent to a local upholsterer to be refreshed.  We also had the wheels returned to us with a freshly powder-coated face and new Michelin A/S3 all season tires mounted up.  About a week before the car was sent to the body shop, a big shipment of parts arrived including the beautiful new stainless exhaust/heat exchanger setup.

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Off to the Paint Shop

On a gloomy day at the beginning of March, our service manager Brandon towed in our auto groups massive 3 axle gooseneck trailer to haul the car away.  We towed it over to Richmond Auto Body here in Langley to have the small rust patches repaired, some dents pulled, and everything sprayed with a fresh coat of single stage paint.  At the time of this blog, the car is masked up and being prepped for sanding and primer.  We had Rob Boznik (shop foreman) and Brad Helmer (Porsche Technician) run over to the body shop to strip all the moldings, fenders, rockers and seals off the car to make way for the cleanup and paint prep.  Some nasty undercoat and rusty bolts put up a bit of a fight but it was nothing the guys couldn’t break loose. 

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Time to Crack the Case

With the motor relaxing on a cart in the back room and the car in pieces at the body shop, it was time to start pulling everything off the engine and prep it for a rebuild.  Brad and Rob pulled all the accessories off the top end and the following few days Brad began to pull the timing covers, exhaust, valve covers and remaining oil lines.  We are only a few days from pulling off the cylinder heads, sleeves, and getting down to splitting the case open and really seeing what the bottom end of the motor is hiding.  Once the valve covers came off, we found even more broken head studs than what we originally knew the car had.  In turn, we have eyes on some damage to the valve guides and seats.  Who knows what else will be in there!

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Getting Down to the Wire

As of now, we have 79 days to get everything back together and get the car running and ready for our Porsche Rally event on June 22nd.   It’s definitely getting down to crunch time.  The car will be back from the body shop by April 12th. Next, the chassis will be gone through and refreshed with new bushings, suspension, and brakes.  While that’s being completed, the engine will be fully torn down and then another order of parts will go out to begin re-construction on the 3-litre flat six.  All of us here are car guys who in some form or another have dealt with deadlines on builds and projects, so we definitely know there will be surprises and bumps in the road.  There’s going to be a couple long nights and extra early mornings for the team but the hard work will pay off when the key gets turned and our little SC hits the road! 

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Date Posted: April 9, 2019