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    I think Frank is correct that the original appearance wasn't quite so uniformly perfect. Although I'm generally an "originalist", in this case I just hated popping the lid and the first thing that caught my eye was a dingy, mottled, greasy, beat-up looking fan front and center in the engine. This is one case where I'll take over-restored vs. factory original. If it starts bugging me because it's too pretty I'll throw some cosmoline on it.

    And Mark does do them with a clear ceramic coating so that the original magnesium is visible. He makes the coating opaque when the fan blades have repairs that need to be hidden.
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    Well said Jeff. I couldn't be happier with the results Mark did on my fan and housing as well! They are just too prominent of a feature in a 911 engine bay to not address. Of course, others will certainly have differing opinions. To each his own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesc_us View Post
    To each his own.
    Preach it brother.
    Just want to make sure we don't try to morph what was original into the current culture's interpretation of original.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Beck View Post
    Preach it brother.
    Just want to make sure we don't try to morph what was original into the current culture's interpretation of original.
    Well said.

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    Whats the yellow we always see on the original pulley threads? Wax?

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    Believe that was a paint daub, indicating that the pulley nut had been tightened during assembly.
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    This I what I meant with my "dilution of originality" comment on another thread. As nice as these fans may look, they just are not original appearing. They should not be accepted as so. If you don't care no big deal, its your car. But for those who do this should be noted.

    Funny, but sometimes the work at the factory looked like on the job training. It's just the way it was. Look at how the glue and paint and other finishes were slopped on in the trunk. Ever seen the film Made by Hand? I love the sequence where they used a mop to undercoat the cars. They were cars then, they had to get them out the door and sell asap.
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    While on the topic I am confused about this ceramic coating. If you google ceramic it infers things like porcelain, glass, pottery ie things that are cooked until they glow red hot and melted together. Now I know about ceramic coating exhausts and engine components and even the crowns on my tooth are all placed in a furnace and fired up good and hot.
    Now we have ceramic coated fans and even the grill on my 356 Porsche are ceramic coated. well I call foul - these items are painted with a new formulation of paint that is marketed as ceramic because the clear coat formulation is supposedly more durable than others.
    I welcome any clarification of the topic that confirms its not just glorified paint.
    Notwithstanding this has nothing to do with originality and whats right or wrong - just the misconception that I think is being promoted about what is actually a good product.
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    Don't know the answer as to ceramic or not. Just wondering if anybody on Registry is a concours judge and whether anything deducted for this type of restoration. Opinion would be interesting. I also note the fan on the Irish Green '67S that was touted as the world's best about 6 months ago.

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    The world's best does not look original in other ways as well.
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