Part 2 of 2 of the restauration of a 1959 Mk1 Frog Eye Sprite.
Part 1 of 2 of the restauration of a 1972 Mk1 Ford Capri
Part 2 of 2 of the restauration of a 1972 Mk1 Ford Capri
1969 Porsche 911T - Resurrection Not Restoration - Part 1
1969 Porsche 911T, VIN 119123549 I Imported this car from Adelaide, Australia, where it had sat since roughly 2002. This car was delivered new in Denmark in 1969, even though it is designated as a "US-Only T". This car came with the "Comfort" option of 14" Fuchs wheels, and a very rare and unusually thick 400mm Butterfly steering wheel. The car was exported to the USA in 1976, where it was owned by Fred L, who rebuilt the car in 1983; stripping the paint and recolouring it from the original Tangerine, to red. At the same time the engine was upgraded with 911E pistons, barrels, and valves, with the head being modified. At the same time, much of the interior was replaced, the 4-speed was swapped out for a new 5-speed box, and all the external door and window seals were replaced. (These are excellent upgrades I was unaware of, as was the Aussie vendor.) In 1984 the car was purchased by Steven S in California, who ran it until 1999 when he sold it to "the representative of a collector". During the 120,000 mile ownership, Steven replaced the clutch and the main seal, but nothing else. The "collector" must have been from Norway, because the car arrived with Norwegian plate No. U-881 with a tax sticker from 2001 on it. Apparently this owner emigrated to Australia in the early naughties, thinking it would be easy to register on the road. Australia however, has very strict rules about imports, old cars, cars with rust, and left hand drives - all of which this car was - and so it was never registered, or even worked on in Australia. John S purchased the car in 2005, after the owner must have given up on any chance of registering it. I saw the car on Ebay in Australia, talked to the owner, who advised that he'd been called by "a never ending stream of wankers and morons". No one bid on the auction, so I gave John a small deposit, and had him take the car to Mark Buik Motorsport for inspection. Buik's ended up having to recondition the brake calipers and the Webbers in order to get the car to run - a requirement of the insanely lazy Adelaide dock workers. The car arrived on the Violet Ace, and went directly to Autothority for a couple of days, before being sent over to Alex Ward at Pegasus Bay Restorations in Bromley. Alex does awesome work on Porsches (and other makes, too!) and he has spent more of his life on Porsches than is decent; he's probably forgotten more about Porsches than most people will ever know. If you would like Alex to work on your car, please call him on 021-296-1697. Alex always has project cars on hand, and has a vast wealth of information and experience in all aspects of 911 restoration, and modifications. Part 2 coming soon; Running and Driving! This car is going to be a "beater" for me. It won't be driven every day, because I love my 928S too much to leave it alone for long, and the supercharged '89 calls me daily - but at least I can park this piece of crap at a supermarket and not worry about axeholes keying it or denting it. In fact, people will probably be worried I might ding them up. The one great advantage of having a car covered in rust with paint falling off it. :) Music in the video is used without permission. The intro music is (the VERY young!) Sung Ha Jung's interpretation of The Mission Impossible theme; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IXa2pNGVj8 The later song is Insan3Lik3 - Bad Pitched (Original Mix) found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-4Ny4URgf4