The Porsche 911, first launched in 1964, and continues to be produced until the present day. This example is a 1969 911T which has been imported from California, and as such has very little corrosion on the body shell. These early cars weren't as well protected as modern cars, and were prone to rusting, especially in the English climate. The car was originally taken to a Porsche dealer, but they weren't really interested in doing the work, so I was asked to take the project on.
The bodywork is reasonably sound from a metal work point of view, but the interior is badly damaged from excessive heat and sunlight. The mechanical parts are the usual wear and tear, you would expect from a car that is 51 years old. So the engine will be rebuilt with some performance upgrades, and the transaxle and suspension refurbished in the usual manner. It will have a new leather interior, and the wheels changed for the lovely five spoke alloy ones. The end result should be a beautiful example of an iconic car.
The work commences with the dismantling of the engine, and the processing of the components. The crankcases will be vapour blasted, some of the parts nickel plated and the steel parts shot blasted and stove enamelled satin black. There was a considerable amount of metal evident in the sump strainer, but this I think can be attributed to the hole in the piston in the middle cylinder. As far as the condition of the engine in general, it is pretty good for a vehicle of its age.
On the left are the alloy engine components that have just been vapour blasted. A real transformation from the 50 year old tired parts to looking like new again. The crankcases have also come out beautifully, the engine will look stunning when it's finished.