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Australian delivered 1965 912 restoration

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Original chrome wheels disassembled and rechromed.

Four screw horn grilles also.

 

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Elephant racing adjustable spring plates (SWB are non adjustable)

also titanium rear control arm bearings in place of factory rubber.

 

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Me

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Lower "a" pillar inner rocker, jacking point, kidney bowl (AKA outer rocker support) all in the process of replacement.

My version of replicating factory spot welds.

Same done on both sides.

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under some zinc coating, boring for some.

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Outer rockers go on and things start to take shape.

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As mentioned the body was chemically dipped in a process which only removes paint and body coatings.

Amazing that it left the original stampings that were on the steel.

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Rear parcel shelf and window corners and some inner structure.

 

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Rear metal work done.

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Roof turret prepared and painted

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I discussed some of the work that had been done to the car over the years earlier in the thread.

One thing that bugged me was the dodgy rear swaybar "consoles".

Not sure if the pictures tell the story but I removed the old angle iron pieces and repaired the base metal and then welded on the correct consoles and also reinforced them.

 

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Once this was done i was able to epoxy that part of the car and apply Gravitex for the underbody finish, which is then covered in satin black 2K

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Because I had the centre tunnel nice and clean I needed to get that under colour inside and out.

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Also after some minor dent repair the underneath floor needed coating.

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There is still metal work to be done up front but getting bare metal under epoxy becomes a priority.

 

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These are the pictures showing the font metalwork.

The lower sections of the inner fender.

The upper fuel tank support as well as reinforcement for the front suspension pick up points and lateral fuel tank supports.

The copper on the underside of the fuel tank support is weld through primer which I have used when applicable.

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SWB cars have the extra tube which routes the headlight wiring, for me that made everything that bit harder.

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Eventually finished, Iknow it looks too glossy but trust me it is satin black.

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Eventually got bored with welding and grinding and just wanted to paint some shit.

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The colour doesnt show up the way I like it on the monitor but again I like it.

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What is it with Corey's? Clever nuggets

  Nice work Chris. Better than when I last saw it

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just found this thread - 2014....you have finished it right?

#onebetterthana911

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As well as the standard seats I wanted some period sport style seats to be able to use, I like the factory optioned early sport style(elephant foot), so my buddy Zander here in Adelaide ( Boys Own Garage) who is the GTS Classics rep. was able get some made to my specs using some Merino houndstooth fabric that I had made in the UK and leather on the bolsters.

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When the car is not on its original chrome steelies the plan is to run round on these 944 Turbo spacesavers, the lightest billet wheels you can get.

I have Tig welded the second valve hole and bead blasted them and then refinished in a matt alloy, I was testing out the titanium wheel nuts in the pics.

I have fitted some super sticky Avon CRzz tyres.

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Early SWB style fuel tanks aren't available anymore, and my old tank was a bit suss, so I did some cosmetic mods to the newer style tank to get the look that I needed.

SWB tank spare wheel humps are covered in a tar like sheet forming what has become known as a 'sombrero' you can't buy these or even the material so I just had a go at making it look about right, and also found a good colour match for the early tank colour.

First pic is just a file photo of a preserved original car.

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Front and rear suspension blasted and refinished, plated as necessary.

Some brake modifications with the fronts now Brembo units and the rear upgraded to vented rotors and modified S calipers.

Dual circuit master cylinder upgrade also.

New wheel bearings all round, quite expensive rears on SWB.

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Car down on its wheels and concentrating on getting panel gaps and fitment correct.

All original panels including bumpers are on the car but I wasn't happy with the fit on the left rear, so bought a new genuine part, and have still ended up having to rework it.

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New wiring harness made by Kroon in the Netherlands.

He had never made a 1965 RHD harness before.

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I got a new spray gun and wanted to test it out.

I had been able to retain the factory undercoating on the underside of the bonnet and after preparing as best I could and then epoxy, I shot some colour.

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The colour is a 1963 Porsche 356 colour called Oslo Blue 

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Some progress over the new year period.

Was able to get a loan of a paint shop for 8 Days, many thanks to Bill Grimes from Pope Crash.

 

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Picture heavy, sorry.

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The image is perhaps the best indication of the colour, shown here with my blu/black pepita fabric.

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