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911 Restoration Story

Bodywork repairs near completion at Sportwagen
Bodywork repairs near completion at Sportwagen

So what exactly is my car?

It’s a RHD 911 2.2E Coupe manufactured in Oct 1970 and first registered through AFN in Isleworth in Jan 1971.

I acquired it as a “project” in 1997 along with new wings, supposedly rebuilt engine, re-trimmed (leather) seats and other parts through Peter Andrews (Transend) who’d been tasked with finding me a 2.2 or 2.4 early 911 Coupe.

The engine that came with the car was actually a 2.2T with Zenith carbs which turned out to have pulled head studs. I replaced it with a second hand period 2.2S unit acquired again through Transend. This came with its MFI and was running but with no information in terms of mileage. With the addition of SSI heat exchangers and initial set-up and maintenance by Jaz – the engine gave me 15 years service but it eventually received it’s long overdue rebuild at Jaz. The amount of engine work required shows how Porsche reliability can lead to them being their own worst enemy as engines will just keep on running even when they’re completely worn out.

911 2.2E
911 2.2E

The gearbox is an original 901 5 speed dogleg unit which provided a couple of years service before receiving an extremely necessary full rebuild by Steve at Jaz. Apart from the long reach – it’s a lovely gearbox to use with an unbelievably light clutch. Dogleg 1st initially took some getting used to but I haven’t reversed rapidly into anyone from a standing start yet!

The suspension that came with the car was a an odd coil-over set up rather than the original self levelling system used on the E model. This was replaced with a more conventional Bilstein set-up at the end of the racing season from one of Steve’s (Jaz) race cars. New vented brake discs were fitted and the standard front brake callipers were upgraded to the alloy S units. I wonder how many E’s still have the self-levelling Boge set-up?

The original colour of the car was Olive Green (colour code 3939) but even Bruce at Sportwagen who’s normally a stickler for returning cars to the same colour they left the factory agreed that Zitron Gelb was a much better alternative – still very 70’s but less offensive/an acquired-taste!

911 2.2E
911 2.2E

OK – so it’s not a matching numbers car but with the exception of a few necessary and/or sensible updates all of the modifications made to it are in line with those available at the time the car was new or nearly new.

the story in full…

911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 14: Dizzy Aerated & Exhausted!
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 13: 911 Repossession Completed!
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 12: Car & Engine Reunited
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 11: The Long Awaited Dyno Test
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 10 and three quarters: Further Delays
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 10.5: Part 11 Coming Soon – Honest!
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 10: Almost Complete
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 9: Bottom End Built
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 8: Problem 148
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 7: Gentlemen Start (Rebuilding) Your Engines
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 6: The Bits Are Back In Town!
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 5: International Crankshaft Rescue (Thanks Steve)
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 4: Cream-Crackered Crank!!!
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 3: Where’s My Bloody Engine?
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 2: Let The Strip-Down Commence
911 2.2S Engine Rebuild – Part 1: Taking The Plunge
911 Bodywork Repairs at Sportwagen 2010
911 saga

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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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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