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  1. Thanks Raven, that sound! 😍 OK, so a few things have happened since the last update; Jason (Chequered Flag Restorations) is not impacted by the COVID pandemic and busy as ever.So he's finalised work on panel gaps, filling body irregularities and is now in the process of priming the car.In the mean time I have ordered the various wiring harnesses from 'Kroon' in the Netherlands. They're not cheap (and the tanking dollar and GST doesn't help either), but they can do custom stuff, which is important in a project like this. Think twinplug (so a double CDI wiring loom, dual fuel-pumps, relocated battery, etc). Then I had to find if the regulator/alternator combo is 'Bosch' or 'SEV Marshal', because it impacts the rear wiring) and comparing pictures of 6 different RSR engine bays, they're 50/50 on the two options. Even the PET manual describes both so I'm not sure what is correct. However, my 1973 911T has a SEV Marshal regulator, so I went that way, even though Maxted-Page used the 'Bosch' one for the R6 restoration. Then again, they've made more mistakes so who knows?The shipment was delivered last Wednesday, and it turned out 'Kroon' forgot to pack a few things and also I forgot to order the 2nd fuel pump loom. Great customer support though, so those missing rear light looms & the 2nd fuel pump one should be here soon too.News from 'Zuffenhaus', finally, too: They're pressure testing the 917 style brake calipers now, so they should be on their way soon. It has only been 14 months since ordering.....Talking about being patient. I'm still no further on the safety fuel cell so I'm working on a plan B, as time is running out fast on this.Anyway, things are still moving and here's a few recent pictures:
  2. Thanks guys, really appreciate the nice words and people following this project. A Few updates: Jason (Chequered Flag Restorations) is still working away on getting the car ready for primer in his workshop, and there's still a few small details to work through. We researched where exactly the holes in the panels need to be drilled for the fuel lines serving the central oil cooler, and also needed to find how the battery was mounted in the smugglers box in those factory RSR. As you'd expect, no-one in their right mind takes pictures of something like that, but one single picture surfaced of RSR 686 (another works Martini RSR) that shows it was probably just using the same hold-down straps Porsche uses when the batteries are fitted in their 'normal' space. Rennline make a brilliant 'relocation kit' in brushed aluminium, which i really like, and no-one would see it when the lid is back on, but it's not as done originally so I'll go with the old-school solution they used back in the day, reluctantly. The Zuffenhaus RSR brakes seem to be ready and could now be shipped any minute (exciting!) as is the specific RSR electric wire loom I had made at Kroon in the Netherlands. Expensive stuff, but it makes no sense to me putting in dodgy or 45 year old wires in what what will be essentially a brand new car. Oh, and another thing to show that I've really lost the plot now, when it comes to this project. I bought a Dymo label at Officeworks a few years ago, as the original car had various labels on the dials and dash (see picture). The spacing and dimensions were however slightly off (see top lable in pic), so I purchased a 1970s Dymo embossing label maken on Ebay, as one does. It's mental, but the labels do look much better
  3. Last welding job remaining was the brackets for the rollover bar. This bar is an OEM piece sourced from the US; it's not approved for racing anywhere in Australia today, but it is the exact right historic part i need for the project, including the crossbar going from passenger side top to driver side low. The welding of the brackets is not neat, but that's exactly the point; we're trying to replicate as much as possible of how the Werk 1 guys did it back in the day. Finally, the left rear rubber seal for bumper to body was missing and with that now delivered we're nearing the priming stage real fast. I can't wait!
  4. Got 3 of the 4 dials... those were the easy ones. a 100mm diameter 917 10K tacho is going to be a little bit harder to source.
  5. Nothing exciting really, although it is some sort of milestone, but the sanding of the epoxy layer is finally complete (yay!), and with all the body parts fitted, there's just a bit more work to do on getting the panel gaps right and smoothening the surface in preparation for paint.Turns out the kit with extra long RSR body to bumper rubbers contained two rear right side seals, so i need to get a correct left one, but other than that, I think we're going to be ready for paint in 3 or 4 weeks' time. We put the GBE rubber hood tie-downs on as well, and as per historical picture, a bit closer to the center than most people do. Another interesting topic I've been getting into recently is: Gauges.I may have mentioned the original Martini car having a 917 tacho before, but the other instruments are interesting too, with a few neat details that are easily missed. The RSRs in 1973 model year were all German options of the production line, which means the dials have the Euro version (German text) on 'm.The most left VDO combined fuel/oil gauge, 80mm diameter, 911.461.206.xx, is the Euro version for a 100L fueltank with "OEL" on the dial.The R6 (Martini, factory) car has this dial turned 90 degrees to the left, a black sticker to cover the silver dot, and has two dyno labels on the center: "OELTANK" and "BENZINTANK".Next to it, the VDO combined oil temp & pressure gauge, 911.641.103.00, 100mm diameter, is the Euro version with "DRUCK" on the right, not "PRESSURE", with oil dipstick logo on top. R6 had again a square black sticker to remove the glare/reflection of the silver central dot.the VDO speedometer, 300kph, 100mm, 911.641.503.00, is the one with a silver dot, and red lines indicating the zone between 50 & 60kph.Also here R6 has a black sticker to cover the dot. I'm surprised how many of these dials can be found on Ebay, but the vast majority not correct or not what they claim to be.Most tachos and speedo's advertised for 914-6 GT or RSR are modified and either have the wrong item code, have the wrong dial, or both, so it really is "buyer beware" let's see what shows up in the next few weeks....
  6. Nothing in any of the news-sites (Age, ABC, News.com.au) on the race yesterday, whereas this was sold by all commentators and drivers yesterday as 'internationally one of the big GT races'. ?? What am I missing here? Good race by the way, and deserved win for Bentley, but man, what would've/could've been if that rain had come down 2 hours earlier...
  7. Not quite an update on the progress of the car, which is still being prepped for paint, but an interesting story (i think) nonetheless. As I outlined before, I'm planning to build the #8 Martini '73 RSR as raced by Gijs van Lennep and Herbert Müller. Gijs is still very active (RennSport, Goodwood, etc) and is not only a very nice and knowledgeable guy, he was a seriously good racer in his day. And for me, being Dutch (like him) and chatting with him once a couple ago, I figured it would be a nice touch to not only build a copy of the RSR he drove, but to replicate his helmet as well. There's various pictures on the web of Gijs with an orange colored helmet, but since he drove in various categories, with often changing sponsors, the question was which exact design he had on his helmet at the Targa Florio? Most of you may know (from seeing Max Verstappen in F1 maybe) that the Dutch have something with orange. The Dutch royal family are called 'van Oranje Nassau', with 'oranje' Dutch for orange. Hence all Mad Max fans wearing orange shirts and waving orange flags; the orange army Gijs' helmet Is a very simple design, mainly (royal Dutch - FF4F00) orange, with his name, a Dutch flag (red/white/blue) and "NL" for the Netherlands on it, and two small 'Shell' logo's. From some of the Targa Florio pictures it looks as if Gijs did have a greenish sticker centrally under the visor; other pics showed it to be of 'Team 4711'. That triggered a Google search, and after I found that exact sticker (Ebay - found one for $10 in Germany), I was intrigued when i found a picture of a (Dutch) racing team, in the early seventies with what looked like a Carrera RSR in their promo picture. Turns out Team 4711 was a racing team sponsored by '4711 Green Irish Moss', a aftershave with a very dull image. They raced in various categories, amongst others this 911. A search indicated this was described as a 3.0 RSR, driven by a Nico Chiotakis in the 2000+ category in the 1973 Dutch Touring Championship, mostly on Zandvoort circuit. It competed against the Capri's and BMW 3.0CSLs and I believe it did win its class that year. The car then got sold for 1974 to a racer called Siewertsen, who raced it as a 1974 RSR in a yellow/purple (Wally jeans) livery, until Kremer (yes, those brothers from the famous K3 935 cars in later years) provided him with a white/purple RSR he then continued to race. I wanted to find out if this was a real RSR or not. I mean, how fitting and cool would that be? Anoraks across two continents, and experts like John Starkey helped me out, and we discovered that the car was not a real 1973 RSR but a 1972 car that was upgraded to M491 (RSR) spec, and also that it was sold afterwards (in 1975) to a Belgian rally driver (Hubert Saelens) who entered it in rallies in 1976 & 1977. We're still trying to find our what happened to this car, but how incredible that the search for a small insignificant decal leads to the re-discovery of a racing team and an interesting Porsche racing car. Oh, and once i receive that sticker in the coming weeks, I'm going to have my modern Bell RS3 helmet transformed into the Gijs helmet, probably in January. I also hope to have a bit more on my own car by then. Happy holidays & merry Xmas everyone - thanks for reading!
  8. Going through some of the old period pictures, articles, etc, I noticed that the recently restored real R6 martini car has a ring around the tacho. I've also noticed the sister car (911.360.0020/ Porsche museum car - the one in the article above) has this ring as well. When looking a bit further I noticed that the actual tacho differs from those normally used in RSs, RSRs and the various replicas; the one used in the two works Martini cars are smaller diameter (100mm, as the flanking speedo and multipurpose dials - hence the metal ring) and that the layout of the dial is different too (1,000rpm at the five-thirty mark compared to a normal one which has the "1" at the 7 O'clock mark). Turns out the factory used a (mechanical) tacho from the racers (Porsche 908, 917) in the two works cars... don't know why, and although there's one for sale currently (at the bargain price of 9,500 euro) and another one (out of a 935 Kremer car) was 'offered' to me for probably a similar price, this is a no-go. I bet that I can make one that looks exactly right myself, so watch this space
  9. small update only: The glove compartment corner is now fixed, another CIS bracket was removed from the left side of the engine-bay, seat brackets are now all in place and the washer-bottle now fits as it should, with a modified shock tower enforcement bracket. Plus the sanding continues; I spent another full day on the engine bay, the front compartment and half of the left exterior but the other half and all of the interior still needs to be sanded (plus I still find little pieces of underside protection stuff in places that need to be removed); it's at least another 10 to 12 hours of sanding the epoxy layer before we can put primer on. This month's 'Excellence' magazine features the sister car of the car I'm building; there's not too much new info in the article, but it's got some great pictures and it's good to see that the Porsche museum has finally given the car its correct livery/look. (for years it was displayed incorrectly with the number 8 - see page 1 for the replica that based its looks on the earlier incorrect museum car.) this link shows the 'investigation' that highlighted this a couple of years back. I only played a small part in it, but if you have some time, it's quite an interesting read.
  10. Thanks Andy - were you in the 964? because normally I notice & wave to fellow Porschistas
  11. Not today, but I took the car out last Sunday. Drove around Lancefield, Sidonia, Pyalong, Romsey, etc. in stead of my default route around Cockatoo, Emerald, Healesville, & Launching place. The weather wasn't great, but it was dry and the roads were empty what else does one need?
  12. Wow, a left hand longhood 2.2l Targa longhood modified into a right hand drive convertible shorthood 2.7 CIS with pop up lights and turbo/flatnose modifications. Bringing that back to life sure is possible, but is probably going to set you back more than double what this costs now.... and that is assuming he's right about the no rust. May not be a bad buy if you love the RAD-ness and intend to keep it as it is. Else..... next!
  13. Hi all, I recently bought a so-called RSR seat from GTS classics in the US for my 1973 Martini RSR replica project. The seat (in the picture it's the one on the right) is great, but doesn't have a headrest by default. There's guides in the back for it, and I ordered a headrest to go with it. Unfortunately though, the chaps at GTS weren't sure if I was going to fit the headrest (I know, why would i order one...the mind boggles!?) so they didn't make the holes in the fabric and fit the grommets. I'm obviously quite disappointed with this, but sending a seat back to the US is a lot of effort & $$ so I'm wondering who could fix this here locally? Where - around Melbourne - could i go to have this fixed? All recommendations welcome. thanks, Patrick
  14. For those who are interested and have a bit of time here's an overview of the journey to date; 335 pictures from when I started the project in 2015.

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