Our Porsche Centres in Bolton and Wilmslow took on a project to restore a Classic Transaxle Porsche to its former glory.
The centres showcased the ability their knowledge, skill sets and ingenuity, to turn a rolling shell into a First Class example of its type. As part of the project they were asked to retain the original specification where possible, using initiative and resourcefulness to ensure the most cost effective restoration possible.
Porsche Centre Bolton
Model: Porsche 924 Carrera GT
Year/Age: February 1981
Exterior Colour: Black
Trim Colour: Black & Red Pin Stripe
Purchase Price: £12,000
The Porsche 924 Carrera GT was in a dreadful state of repair when discovered. The interior of the vehicle was partially removed by the previous owner, prior to being purchased by Porsche Centre Bolton.
The complexity, difficulties and extensive nature of this restoration was a real attraction for Porsche Centre Bolton. However, it wasn’t until the stripping started that the true extent of the work required was shown.
As the model has not been in use for 20 years, the dismantling process was much more difficult. A lot of additional time was spent on encouraging corroded or seized nuts off.
Although the interior was in reasonably good condition, there were some specialist repairs required to get it to the desired standard.
Road and Race Restorations were first drafted in to help with the body work. The wings, doors, bonnet and tailgate were all removed giving full access to the interior of the shell for further extensive body stripping.
As can be seen from the picture gallery, there was plenty more work to be done, including:
Chassis plate was checked to ensure it was correct for the vehicle as per all the relevant documentation
Car electrophoretically dipped to remove all paint and expose any corrosion
Coating and treating the body ready to check over and highlight any imperfections and seam sealed
Shell primed, painted and ready for the rebuild, front hub assembly stripped down and Bead Blasted, then prime coated and painted
Rear subframe stripped and sent to Perfect Powder Coat of Bolton, Bead Blasted, powder coated and then rebuilt with new bearings and bushes fitted
Heat shields and sound deadening were then fitted to the engine bay along with new reflective heat resistant proofing
Brake Master Cylinder and Brake Servo fitted
Rebuilt engine installed with Steering Rack and Lower Arms fitted and ancillaries fitted along with Alternator and Intercooler
Wiring loom added with new taping and conduit fitting whilst engine fully installed in the bay
Refurbished wheels re-attached
After months of dedication and hard work, the finished product awaits its debut at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.
Porsche Centre Wilmslow
Model: Porsche 924s Coupe
Date of Registration: 20/10/1986
Trim Colour: Dark Blue Porsche Classic Cloth Trim
Registration Number: D857 GVG
Exterior Number of former keepers: 14
In Porsche Centre Wilmslow, a 924S was brought into the workshop for a full inspection and assessment, finally being purchased needing a full body and mechanical overhaul.
The vehicle shell was prepared to be sent to Road and Race Restorations with the separation of the major mechanical components begins at the centre.
Again, the team had a challenge on their hands and had to carry out the following work:
· Strip the shell
· Transport to Road and Race Restorations where the bodywork had a complete overhaul and any damage rectified
· Body was primed and painted to the original colour of the car
· Rear axle was installed
· Reconditioned suspension and brakes
· Engine rebuilt and fixed back into the engine bay
· Finishing trims are put onto the 924s
· Car loaded onto our transporter heading to Silverstone Classic where it will be exhibited for the Porsche GB Restoration Project 2016
The Porsche 924s restoration project is complete and the car looks fabulous!