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Old 02-05-2013, 03:41 AM   #21
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Lets leave the tits behind and go right to nuts and bolts. Supercar engines don't come cheap - nifty alloys, insane tolerances, Fuchs wheels and titanium lugnuts all come at a price. And, like anything else over a 40-year run, there are 911's and then there are 911's; some models had problems built in, most not. Within the daily-driving community mechanically informed owners see engines go 300K or more between top end jobs. Double galvanized air-cooled Carreras with Getrag tranny (1984-1989 air/oil cooled 3.2l) are justifiably legendary for solid coachwork, tough engines, bulletproof clutches and magnificent transmissions.

The typical ways to break these older motors are: let them sit undriven in the mistaken belief they're sacred; failure to drive a warmed engine regularly to redline; repeated failure to achieve required operating temperatures before exceeding 3500rpm; and failure to use oil with high levels of zinc and phosphorus additives. The last three items, often ignored by uninformed owners, are killers on valves and valve guides. 14-quarts of 20W-50 in these so-called "air" cooled engines demands at least 15 minutes of low rev driving to protect the tolerances that squeeze big horsepower out of small, lightweight displacement - this is a long wait for a nincompoop. While the reliability of the mills is solid with owners who read the book, a lot of morons will drive the engines to a costly and premature failure. I don't see Porsche failures because they're German but, rather, because owners fail to know their vehicle.

When rebuild time comes around there is good new$ and bad new$ for old Porsche owners.

The bad news - sexy alloy parts are not especially cheap. And if you are going to hire Werner over at Das Porsche Haus (or worse yet a dealer) to do the 15,000 mile tuneup it turns into a $1000 WTF deal.

The good news - those sexy alloy parts don't often fail. Older air-cooled cars were made simply for regular spirited driving on no-limit highways, unimproved roads and track. They allow for a car owner/hobbiest to drop and engine and rebuild without need of a lift. The old fuel-injected air-cooled flat sixes are easy to repair with little more than standard tools, a couple of jackstands and a floor jack.

If a prospective buyer reads the owners manual and enjoys automotive hobbycraft I'd say the scare value of engine work (or recurrent engine failure) is as legend as it is wrong. A once per 15,000 major tune is a six-hour job that costs a couple of hundred bucks if you do it yourself.

The older Porsche is reliable and, wisely owned, not especially expensive. And unlike the new rice burners that easily outrun the older 911's, their value continues to increase.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:09 AM   #22
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don't know if this would be the place but, for you guys who like engine p*rn, here's the 76 Datsun 620 broke down in the rebuilding stage, were it still is. over thirty is classic right? and a weber carb makes it a muscle right, right?
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:21 AM   #23
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....... over thirty is classic right?
Twenty years is classic. 25 years + is antique.

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Meh. I prefer my baby. 328 hp, Monaco red seats, and Japanese reliability. When that thing goes tits up (and it will, it's German) bust open the wallet.

Of course, my opinion is MY opinion, and worth just about .

... and there is alway the guy who comes along to rain on somebodys parade.

Did you really just compare a glorified nissan to a porsche?

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Old 02-05-2013, 12:42 PM   #25
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don't know if this would be the place but, for you guys who like engine p*rn, here's the 76 Datsun 620 broke down in the rebuilding stage, were it still is. over thirty is classic right? and a weber carb makes it a muscle right, right?
This is the place! Keep updating your progress; we'd love to see your work turning scars into stars.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:25 PM   #26
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... and there is alway the guy who comes along to rain on somebodys parade.

Did you really just compare a glorified nissan to a porsche?
In all fairness, the "glorified Nissan" with red seats and spindly wheels (along with any number of Subarus or Hyundais) will probably outrun my antique.

Old, slow and heavy as it is in stock condition (barely knocking off zero-60 in six and hardly able to get out of its own way enroute to 163mph) I still look back at least once each time I park it. In spite of what I do the resale value continues to rise. And in spite of what others think, a good example from the era is vastly overbuilt and very hard to break.

I don't know who fixes modern rice burners but my daughter and I can tune a 911, drop an engine, strip an exhaust or knock out a valve lash adjustment in a few hours. And she works cheaper than the dealership!

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In all fairness, the "glorified Nissan" with red seats and spindly wheels (along with any number of Subarus or Hyundais) will probably outrun my antique.
"fast acceleration" still doesn't make it a sports car, muscle car, or custom


Love your Porsche! Maybe someday, many years down the road, for me...
In the meantime I love my 98 BMW M Roadster - at least during the summer
No pics. It's black. Use your imagination / google.


I can handle some of the ricers for you and then we can have a cigar.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:45 PM   #28
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Is that a sandblaster in the background?
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"fast acceleration" still doesn't make it a sports car, muscle car, or custom


Love your Porsche! Maybe someday, many years down the road, for me...
In the meantime I love my 98 BMW M Roadster - at least during the summer
No pics. It's black. Use your imagination / google.


I can handle some of the ricers for you and then we can have a cigar.
Im with you. My '05 M3 hasn't been driven in some time but were restoring back to original in preparation to ship it to Thailand.
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In all fairness, the "glorified Nissan" with red seats and spindly wheels (along with any number of Subarus or Hyundais) will probably outrun my antique.

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Comparing new technology to old technology is an apples to orange comparison.
So many cars have 300+ hp these days, that alone does not make it a sports car, let alone an iconic one at that.

20 years from now, the Porsche will still be a highly sought after collectible. That Infiniti (and 99% of all cars for that matter) will probably be driven by a high school kid who saved his paper route money and bought his first car.
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Im with you. My '05 M3 hasn't been driven in some time but were restoring back to original in preparation to ship it to Thailand.
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thank you. It was fun when it was all dolled up. 15" Brembos, full adjustable suspension, 4.10 diff, cams, software, Ti exhaust, etc.
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Is that a sandblaster in the background?
It was until the lexan screen got smashed. Now it's a big red box.
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"fast acceleration" still doesn't make it a sports car, muscle car, or custom
Word. Mrs. Moo's Jeep runs a 330hp hemi. Not sure what I'd call it but sports- or muscle car do not come to mind.
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Im with you. My '05 M3 hasn't been driven in some time but were restoring back to original in preparation to ship it to Thailand.
Have you shipped cars there before? Is it already owned by a Thai as personal property in USA. I have done car exports to Switzerland a few times, so just curious. How is the homologation process go in Thailand? I thought they were RHD?
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Have you shipped cars there before? Is it already owned by a Thai as personal property in USA. I have done car exports to Switzerland a few times, so just curious. How is the homologation process go in Thailand? I thought they were RHD?
Nope, I have never shipped a vehicle to Thailand before. Being that my wife is a Thai citizen I dont think it makes a difference on that import duty & taxation. I hear its high if the vehicle is under 10 years old. But, alas like many things, my wife tells me it largely depends on "who" you know. She has some connections there that I dont question. Like how in the hell she got her replacement birth certificate 3 days after she made the request (That includes transit time).
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Nope, I have never shipped a vehicle to Thailand before. Being that my wife is a Thai citizen I dont think it makes a difference on that import duty & taxation.
I know many who imported fancy cars to Indonesia as college students. They'd buy the car as soon as they get here and bring it back with them as personal property on their move back. Usually new Mercedes.

I hope it works out well for you. I know taxes in that region can be 100%, but it sounds like your wife knows the right people. Would love to hear how it all plays out.
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Here is my 68...that I no longer have

My next project will be a 67 GTO or a 73 Charger
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In to the paint shop in March:



Over to wet sanding:



...and across to the Outer Banks three weeks later:



Previous owner(s) in Texas and Oklahoma buffed and burned, right down to primer in some places. Too bad the original paint wasn't salvageable. Oh well - it's a clearcoated piece of steel now. Huge improvement.
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