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    Might have found a car for long term resto

    Edit: I have given up on this car. Non matching engine with dubious stamping, clerical errors in the registration papers (good luck correcting these 27 years later...) and likely hopeless rust. Too bad, it is an S.

    Now that I have finished building my new garage/workshop, I have been idly looking for an early car to restore over the years with my son (now 11). I have found this one, a bit of a fright pig, but seemingly an S with original engine/gearbox. Recaro Ideals are a plus in my opinion.
    Opinions, warnings, ideas welcome. I am visiting the car on monday, it is reserved for me until then.
    Thanks to all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongRanger View Post
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    Things happen, things change.
    Any opinion on the subject car?

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    Looks great! Wonderful to see you back!! Tell us more about the restoration candidate...
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    Thank you Peter,
    Don't know much about the car yet. Front latch panel is still correct, fenders have fg extensions (de-) laminated on. Obvioulsy missing 4 fenders, 2 complete bumpers, and a front lid (I have an alloy lid). I am leaning towards new parts where available for rust avoidance reasons.
    I know the shell with have to get dipped and I would like to know, which parts will be hard or impossible to source.
    I am working on finding a shop with a Celette bench. I even see some for sale on the web, with the puller. Are the fitting still available anywhere, even for body shops?
    I am not planning on a Dave Conklin-esque 100+ point restoration.

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    An immense and costly project. Unless you truly want the 'experience' of such an undertaking (whether you do it yourself or hand over tons of money in a 'checkbook' restoration to someone else - as you mention finding a shop with a Celette bench) I don't see the upside at all. Others may be more optimistic than me, but I think there are much more suitable candidates out there. Even if the initial cost of a car that is a better starting point is more expensive, you'll be may $$$ ahead in the end.

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    Cheers George, welcome back... looks like a MUCH better start then some we've seen here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Miller View Post
    Cheers George, welcome back... looks like a MUCH better start then some we've seen here...

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    I would like to see before and after pictures of previous projects. I could care less what they cost but would be interested in knowing if it was a good experience and, more importantly, would you do it again?

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    About to undergo a "restoration" of my 911T and wondering if it is a good idea.

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    French car ?
    What model/year?
    And where are you located?

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    Mac, thanks for the cold shower. I need to be pulled down sometimes.

    Chuck, thanks.

    Jim, I did a '76 Carrera 3.o from a naked shell up (orange car, was in 911&Porsche world, now belongs to John Glynn of Ferdinand magazine). Had RS #193, sold it to finance my house before I could work on it. Finishing a '89 C4 now. Several others.

    928cs, was a french delivered car. Is in Germany now.

    To be clear, I think it would need a Celette after dipping, to make sure the front pan is welded in correctly. I am worried it will be too far gone, but I'll visit it before commiting. As for the rest, I now have enough room and knoledge to fully take it apart and reassemble it as well as the knowledge to do it correctly. But finding a 911S 2.2 *with* correct engine/gearbox that is not 140K is no easy deal around here.

    I have been wanting an early car since well… forever.

    My new workshop, 46 x 40 ft.:
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