911 Rescue
14th May 2011

Even on the footpath, the GTI aims to overtake. I headed down to Derek's place before sunrise to start my biggest paint renovation project to date. His 42-year old 911 was about to be blinged up into 2011!

Though mechanically sorted, the paint on this 1969 911T had seen better days.

Several large panels were quite badly oxidised.

There were significant stone chips and cracking which can only be sorted with a respray, but that day has probably been pushed back after the polishing effort.

I was convinced that the fenders still had the original paint.

But first, we started on the inside. The pedals will need to be scrubbed down at some point.

The carpet around the shifter had been removed and replacements will need to be sourced.

The backs were tight.

I made an executive decision to not open the bonnet again after I saw that. I left it for another day.

The engine bay too can only be addressed with a respray.

Carpets a'vacuumed.

The vinyl work inside was hit with Meguiar's Trim Restorer, but the dash does need a reskin.

The first layer of grime off the roof lining was taken off using Jif, but I think it will take several more sessions before it's bright white again.

The Trim Restorer worked a treat on the rear.

The car features chrome or polished aluminium details all over the place and there was a considerable amount of tarnished parts.

A bit of Meguiar's Metal Polish soon had the bits looking better.

The door jambs will need to be degreased, washed and polished in the future.

The world was a different place when this car first saw the light of day.

Once the insides were done, we were ready for the first wash.

It also gave me my first chance to look at the paint properly in daylight once the preliminary dirt was removed.

Swirl marks cause me an untold amount of pain.

Someone forgot to tell this Porsche that it was meant to be glossy.

The front left fender was the first to cop a bit of Meguiar's Ultimate Compound.

A self potrait.

Can you see the layers of paint now deposited on the rescue rag?

The rear quarter looking better.

After nearly wearing off our shoulders, the cut polishing was done and we were ready for the second wash.

All the residue around the trim now was scrubbed off.

Got grille?

Once dried, the car was back in for a hit of Autoglym Super Resin Polish.

The tyres were hit with two coats of Amorall Tire Shine.

Whilst the Porsche was transforming in the garage, the GTI did its own transformer action- dirty to clean.

With the cars clean, there was only one thing left to do- hit the road.

How car guys hang ten.

It almost looks as good as an E-Type.

Derek was ready to burn rubber.

This was my first ride in a 911 and I was pleased that it was in an original. The late 60s cars had a slightly longer wheelbase but still weighed nothing and had an air-cooled 2 litre boxer 6. There were no inertia reel seatbelts, no side intrusion bars, ABS, or air bags. What it did have was very quick acceleration and very good handling. The rear was no were near as swingey as I was expecting.

K for Kermit.

We had managed to get a uniform reflection on the sides.

There was something very industrial about this 911.

This bit reminded me of a fastback Mustang.

The colour was made for dusk.

Another reason to change the windscreen. This one was thoroughly sand blasted.

We then swung by the Porsche Centre to do a bit of window shopping.

The Cayman R- the swansong for the present generation of Coxsters.

If anything, the old 911 was about the same size as the R.

Oh, they even had it in my colour. Derek reckoned that it needed Fuchs wheels though.

Whiling away some more time near the river.

Butzi Porsche's design still looks cutting edge today!

And back home in one piece. Do ya'll like Mr T's Shannons audition?

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