1969 PORSCHE 911T

Six Cylinder
Bore: 3.15 in. (80mm)
Stroke: 2.60 in. (66mm)
Displacement: 121.5 cu. in. (1991 cc)
Compression: 8.6:1
Horsepower: 125 SAE HP (110 DIN HP) @ 5800 rpm
Specific Power Output: 1.02 HP/cu.in. (55 DIN HP/ltr.)
Forged Crankshaft w/ 8 main bearings
4.42 Rear End
5 Speed Gear Box

This car is what you expect from this area. A little bit of rust. I found this old 911 next to a Jaguar shop here in Charleston, SC. Totally neglected, just needing a little help to restore it to its former self. A true basket case. A classic rust bucket. Not worth anything, and thats about what I paid for it. This is a unibody so I'm having to strip the entire body and chassis as one piece. That is to say, I can remove the suspension, front fenders and hood but the rest is one tub. This is the first "frame on" resto I've attempted. The body is straight, no dents or even dings in it. Unbelievable for such an old example. I've run the magnet all over the body and it sticks everywhere, except for the rust. The rocker panels have some rust underneath and ALL the floor pans are rusted out, so there's plenty of work there. I'm cutting the floors out and rewelding new ones in, including the front pan, which supports the front suspension. So extra special attention will have to be paid when welding the new front pan in to keep front end geometry correct. This thing has two battery boxes up in the front hood area, to achieve 800 cranking amps to start up. I'll be installing one big battery in the little contraband hole hidden under the carpet in the front trunk. Just right for a bulletproof Optima battery.

Right Front Passenger Floor

I've removed the interior except for the dash. The floor pans were rusted out. I'm cutting them out and using a spot weld cutter jig to drill out all spot welds (about 600 or so). Tedious, but neccessary. Purchased new complete repro floor pans off the web for about 1/3 catalog costs. There are so many sources on the web, I'm finding all kinds of deals out there.

Cracked Dash

The dashboard is sun-cracked and almost beyond repair, but we'll give it a try. Found reupholsterer locally who will redo my dash, but hey, no guarantees.

Engine Area-
Engine and Transaxle Removed

Engine area-note orange Fram oil filter and oil filler neck on right side of compartment. In 1969, the 911T came equipped with only a 2 liter engine (121 cu.in.). Motor holds 9.2 quarts of oil! Engine in 12 boxes all over garage. Cursory look tells me the rings and all bearings must be replaced and complete gasket set must be acquired. The timing chain tensioners will have to be upgraded also. This motor is different from most, in that it has double overhead cams on a horizontally opposed six driven by a chain for each bank of cylinders. It relies on these hydraulic tensioners to keep the chains taut. Their failure is legendary. Not very cheap to replace valves and heads. Six individual heads. One head per cylinder. Two three barrel Webers provide air and fuel to this little beast. One three barrel per side, for a top speed of about 155 mph.

Rocker Panels

The rocker panels are pretty rusty but I will sand blast them and reweld metal as neccessary. The entire body will be blasted and stripped to bare metal and primed for the painter. I'll be doing the blasting myself, so any helpful hints will be appreciated.

Rear Trunk

This is a trunk off my other piece of junk. A 1967 912, the four cylinder version of the 911. I have swapped many pieces from the 912 onto the 911. Most of the stuff on these cars is interchangeable, which is great for people restoring them. By the way, if you want a real project car, the 912 is for sale.

Inside Front Trunk

Here you can see the earth through the front trunk. This area is completely rusted through and is going to be cut out and replaced. One thing about these cars is you can still get everything for them, from floors to fenders to the tiniest nut, bolt, or grommet. Somebody somewhere is making ALL replacement parts for them. How many corners can I melt off my Visa card? Well, the trick is to not buy everything from catalogs, but to find deals all over the world, through the web. That odd round thing is the gas tank. The spare tire fits down around it.

Can't really see wiring bundle

Lots of room for luggage. Yeah, might hold a couple of toothbrushes. I hope I don't have to travel in this thing.

More to come as it goes...

Body Restoration / Engine Rebuild / Win a 1967 912
These areas under construction-just like the car.


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