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Thread: I'm selling my 1972 911T - seeking comments on an originality issue

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    I'm selling my 1972 911T - seeking comments on an originality issue

    My '72 911T will be on BaT by the end of the month and I'm conflicted over one seemingly minor modification. I hoping to get some feedback.

    The executive summary: I acquired the car in 2002 and am the 3rd owner. The car was extensively modified ~1978 by a Denver shop called Rennenhaus: suspension, transmission and a 2.8L engine build.

    All of these modifications remain, at least in spirit. I began a project in 2008 to rebuild the engine. Expecting a long-term affair I acquired a 1986 RoW 3.2L to stand-in until the rebuild was complete. Also, not wanting to cut a notch in the transmission for the engine's flywheel sensor, I picked up a refreshed 1980 915 with a ZF LSD. Long story short, the 2.8 was not rebuilt and the 3.2 became permanent. This didn't me cause any great distress at the time. While it was built on a proper type 911/51 case, it was NOT original to the car. I did not have a numbers-matching engine and 15-years-ago that label seemed to mean everything at resale.

    The situation is that I have an all around very nice car trimmed for club trackdays and blasting around country roads. My focus has been to correct outstanding electic and mechanical issues. Two remain and are both related to the transmission: the 1980 915 needs a rebuild and the original mechanical speedometer hasn't worked since 2008.

    I few weeks back I decided to resolve both issues by rebuilding the original, numbers-matching transmission and putting it back in the car. My mechanic, after talking to a trusted 3rd party, balked at cutting a notch for the flywheel sensor (deja vue 2008!). They encouraged me to leave it as-is and let the new owner decide what to do with the fresh-as-it-can-be, numbers-matching transmission.

    The car is perfectly drivable, though I wouldn't track it without fixing the synchros. I'm left with a gnawing dilemma. List the car with excuses and an obvious solution. Or, cut the notch and list an excuse-free car.

    Right now I'm in the "leave as is" camp, but I'd like to hear what others think. I ask only that we please not rehash the engine decision. I'll start another thread about the engine.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Greg DuPertuis

    1972 911T
    Leesburg, VA

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    Senior Member NorthernThrux's Avatar
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    You have a numbers matching transmission but no numbers matching engine. The notch in the 915 bell isn't visible in everyday use. I think you'd do better with a no excuses car on BaT. Something someone can buy and just drive. Projects don't tend to fetch top dollar on that site.

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    The 2.8 is the right motor for this car. Especially if it was built by Grady Clay.
    looking for 1972 911t motor XR584, S/N 6121622

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    Quote Originally Posted by blucille View Post
    The 2.8 is the right motor for this car. Especially if it was built by Grady Clay.
    Thank you for your insightful, yet painfully obvious and completely off topic comment.
    Greg DuPertuis

    1972 911T
    Leesburg, VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by rs911t View Post
    Thank you for your insightful, yet painfully obvious and completely off topic comment.
    Wow buddy. Lay off the caffeine.
    looking for 1972 911t motor XR584, S/N 6121622

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