911 Bodywork Repairs at Sportwagen 2010

During a service at Jaz early in 2010 – Steve expressed his concern about the state of the underside of my car. Use of the car in all weathers over a number of years had started to take its toll and the floor pans and sills were becoming distinctly frilly round the edges.

Steve pointed me in the direction of Bruce Cooper at Sportwagen.

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A-Z of Car Stuff: B is for Bell & Bellof

A-Z of Car Stuff

This is one in a series of posts on cars, drivers, designers etc. that have interested me over the years. I’ve bored my family and friends with this stuff for years – now it’s your turn!

See A-Z of Car Stuff page for more posts in this series.

I was reading an article in the Nov/Dec 2013 edition of Classic Porsche about a recent celebration at the Nurburgring of the late, great Stefan Bellof and it reminded me of the times I’d seen him race in Group C endurance cars in the early 80s.

I was fortunate to see him during a period where he was one vital half of a wonderful racing partnership with Derek Bell driving a Porsche 956 in the Rothmans sponsored factory team. What I didn’t realise was that Bellof was idolised by a young up and coming fellow German driver – Michael Schumacher! Shades of the Vettel & Schumacher relationship in more recent times.

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Regent Street Motorshow – Sat 2nd Nov 2013

1904 Oldsmobile. 1 cylinder, 7hp. Note the boat like tiller instead of a steering wheel!
1904 Oldsmobile. 1 cylinder, 7hp. Note the boat like tiller instead of a steering wheel!

This event has been held annually for a number of years now to coincide with the weekend of the London To Brighton Veteran Car Run. To show the cars Regent Street is closed is closed off between Oxford Circus and Picadilly on the Saturday to allow a range of the veteran cars participating in Sunday’s run to be viewed at close quarters. Their owners also tend to turn up clad in matching period costume which makes for quite a spectacle.

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911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 10.5: Part 11 Coming Soon – Honest!

Wed 29th Oct 2013

Throttle Bodies Missing In Action

Where are my throttle bodies?
Where are my throttle bodies?

Sorry folks – I had hoped to be reporting back on the results from dyno testing today but Steve at Jaz has still not managed to retrieve the throttle bodies. It looks like the engineer working on them is missing presumed on half-term holidays.

The good news from Steve is that the fan is sorted and ready for him to pick up en route to BS Motorsport for the dyno test. He’ll fit it before plugging the engine into their test cell.

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911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 10: Almost Complete

Fri 25th Oct 2013

Waiting for fan, throttle bodies & other bits and pieces
Waiting for fan, throttle bodies & other bits and pieces

Work prevented me from getting across to Jaz earlier but It was clear upon arrival that Dave had been a busy man. The engine was looking almost complete with heat exchangers, cam covers, timing chain covers, MFI fuel metering pump, engine tin ware, modified shroud etc. all attached. The quality of finish on each individual compent just takes your breath away.

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Question: When is an Aston not an Aston?

Aston Martin Spridget
Aston Martin Spridget

 

Answer: When it’s a Spridget!

My old mate and fellow petrolhead Pete who works out in Oman sent me a link to to a really funny advert on Dubizzle – a Dubai based website. The ad was for a “Very special classic car –  1969 Aston Martin”.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but trying to make a 69 Spridget (MG Midget or Austin Healey Sprite) look like an Aston Martin is stretching imitation to its limits.

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Recommended 911 Specialists

Body work repairs nearing completion at Sportwagen
Body work repairs nearing completion at Sportwagen

Here are some details of the specialists who’ve worked on my 911 or who’ve provided replacement parts.

I strongly recommend them to them anyone needing high quality work carried out on their Porsche by real experts or anyone needing difficult to find period parts.

Engine rebuild at Jaz Porsche
Engine rebuild at Jaz Porsche

 

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911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 7: Gentlemen Start (Rebuilding) Your Engines

Magnesium crank case + new 3.2 Carrera oil pump
Magnesium crank case + new 3.2 Carrera oil pump

Fri 4th Oct 2013

I dragged my friend and neighbour Stan along to Jaz Porsche at Wembley see what I hoped would be a reasonably complete, built-up bottom end .

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