Restoration Porsche: Part 7

Restoration Porsche

 Editor’s note: We’re pleased to bring you this update on Jim MacPherson’s Porsche restoration. Now that the body is getting painted its original Bahama Yellow, we wanted to show you pictures. If you missed the earlier articles and photographs in this ongoing series you can see them at ontheroadct.com.

 

Work on the Porsche continues. I received my late brother’s 1967 Porsche 912 as a gift from his wife. This was not my brother Alan’s collector car. This was the car he drove daily for 31 years, right up to his sudden death in December 2008.

During the time Alan owned the Porsche, which he had bought used in 1977, the car was left in parking lots, exposed to rain and the strong sun in California where he lived. Alan turned the car over to his son for several years, too.

Forty-four years and nearly 190,000 miles later I have decided to have the Porsche restored. Water had seeped past the window seals and rusted out the floors. More moisture had attacked the bottom of the two doors and fenders.

There were also some minor dents. The rear bumpers had both been hit, knocking them a little askew.

The good news was that the structural elements were strong, free of rust and properly aligned. The car, even in its somewhat downtrodden shape, was still a joy to drive.

But it needed work so I brought it to Full Stage Auto Body in Enfield in February. Owner Rich Corning and his crew have welded in new floors, genuine Porsche panels, I might add, and tackled the body.

“The panels are coming out exquisitely,” Corning said with pride.

Corning’s work revealed previous repairs made to a handful of bumps and scrapes. After he removed the body filler that was used for these old repairs, Corning discovered more rust. “Anytime you get a car of this age you’ve got to expect damage,” he said.

“When you weld, you’ve got to remove the last guy’s work,” Corning told me. “That’s nothing against his work, but you have to blend it in so it looks like new.”

The doors are now off the car so the jams can be painted. I’ve have decided to return the car to its original color, Bahama Yellow. It’s almost orange to my eyes; frankly, it’s not my first choice, but we’re going to return to this shade in the interest of historical accuracy. Records show that the car has been repainted at least twice. Alan had it painted brown and then white, the Porsche’s color when I acquired it.

The paint, so far, looks very good. The interior finishes are coming along well, too.

Still, the front windshield and back window are out. New gaskets for these windows, which we hope will not leak, are awaiting the reinstallation of the glass. The rear window still has two Laguna Beach parking passes on it. I plan to keep them on the glass.

Since I started to write about restoring the Porche in April here in Cars.com On The Road, eight people have stopped to ask about my progress. If you missed my earlier articles, you can see them on our website, ontheroadct.com.  The people who stopped me all said they’d love to see the car when it’s done.

I’m looking forward to that, too. Of course, there is still the interior to tackle.

 

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