Hi Everyone! We decided it would be interesting to follow one of our restorations from start to finish. We have a great car to start, a 1969 911E Targa in Slate Grey with red interior. It was exciting to find a 69E in such a desirable color. For readability the blog is going to be broken down into six phases.
(Phase 1: Pickup, Delivery & Teardown, Phase 2: Paint/Body, Phase 3: Interior, Phase 4: Suspension/Brakes, Phase 5: Engine, Phase 6: Final Assembly)
Phase 1: Pick up, Delivery & Teardown
We originally purchased the car in Thousand Oaks, California where it had spent most of its life. The dry California climate coupled with a caring owner allowed our 911 to escape rust a lot of rust that usually accompany's these cars.
Here the car is being dropped off at our Costa Mesa Shop in California. It's always an exciting day or night when we get a new car to look at. Looks like the lights work, that's a good sign right?
Upon delivery of the car, a long time friend and client contacted us and was interested in adding it to his collection. Not long after delivery, the car was on another transport truck heading to Kentucky.
A year passes and our friend decides he wants a 71 Pastel Blue 911 instead and once again we were the proud owners of the 69E. We were excited to have the car back in our possession for a couple of reasons: the color combination, we love targas and as many of you know, 69 was the first major overhaul for the 911 including body and suspension tweaks as well as the fixed rear glass becoming standard on Targa models. Excited to have the car back, we came up with a plan for what we wanted to do with this restoration. The obvious: the car needed to be repainted and reupholstered. With prices of E models on the rise and with such a desirable color combination, we decided a full, bare metal, glass out rotisserie restoration was in order.
For a complete rotisserie restoration, we completely disassembled the car. This took a couple days of hard work to get the car completely apart. Once finished, we could further asses the body and what additional work was necessary. Now, stay tuned for paint!
Phase 2: Paint & Body
The paint on the car was not original paint but it was the original color, Slate Grey 6801. The repaint looked as if it had been a professional job but it was tired and in need of some help. Below was the state of the paint before the respray. You can see it had lost some of its shine over the years and their were some tired looking spots.
Carlos, our painter, preps each 911 for paint. We have a professional paint matcher consult each job, making sure we are accurate in our color choices. Once the paint is fine tuned we start to prep. We our lucky to have a dedicated paint prep room as well as a paint booth. The below shots were taken in the prep room before we rolled the car back into the paint booth for a final coat.
Carlos applies the primer and....(MORE INFORMATION FROM HENK)
Once Carlos finishes taping off the exterior, trim pieces, latches, dash etc. he preps the interior for its first coat of paint. Carlos then paints the interior, underside, fenders and doors a beautiful shade of Slate Grey 6801. Once the interior cures, Carlos goes back through and paints various pieces (tunnel, seat belt clips etc. ) black. Also, as added protection, our painter has a created a customized undercoating (something similar to Wurth but more durable) to protect against rust and corrosion for the underside of the body.
You can already see the amazing transformation this car is going through but we have much more before the car is complete.
With the paint cured, we rolled the car out of the paint booth and into our workshop. Look at that color!
Now that the car is painted, the real fun begins...re-assembly! We get the car up on the lift, where it awaits, doors, hood, suspension and electrical. On to the next stage!
Phase 3: Re-assembly & Interior
During this stage of the restoration the car goes through the most dramatic changes as we fit body panels (doors, hood, trunk, glass), add suspension and brakes as well as electrical and interior pieces.
The first thing we tackled was the wiring harness. Before we get the harness in the car, we go through and test every wire to make sure they are functioning correctly and replace any damaged ones with correctly-colored wires.
It is essential to go through the wiring harness for this level of restoration, any faulty wiring could lead to countless problems and setbacks down the road. We also replace the harness casing, terminals and rubber boots. In the end, we are left with a perfectly functioning 'like new' wiring harness that is ready to go in the car.
We found, a combination of acetone, WD-40 and degreaser are necessary to properly clean the wires/harness. Be careful not to use acetone on any striped wires, as it will strip the wire of its color.
The install is relatively easy, just pull the entire harness through the car. (NEED MORE INFORMATION)
We test fitted the doors and hood today. It took some tweaking but they line up nicely.
We also installed the hood struts, its easiest to this with three people, one to help guide placement and hold up the hood, while the others bolt the struts to the hood. Install images below.
Looking good :)