Thursday, 10 February 2011

Super-low 911T

You'll either love this 911 or you'll hate it. Personally, I think it's brilliant.
Here's the full spec, courtesy of San Diego Classic Restoration:

She was painted Gulf Blue by the previous owner approx. 15 years ago using PPG products. Original color was Signal Yellow. When she arrived at our shop, she was in decent condition body-wise, but with faded paint on the roof and hood. We decided to fade the blue paint further, and distress the paint on the fenders, doors, decklid and roof further before prepping and spraying a PPG Concept clearcoat. Two coats of clear were sprayed, then colorsanded and polished out. The result is a distressed, original paint looking body sealed with a shiny mirror finish. She was then assembled with original parts which were polished/rebuilt before installation... hood emblem is new - its all about contrast!

Interior is far from stock. The stock floor was rusted badly... so we removed it. Instead of installing stock floor pans, we opted to raise the entire floor section several inches for ground clearance. We used 16 gauge steel supported by 3/4" DOM tube braces for the floor structure. Bucket seats are installed using tabs welded to the bracing - driver seat has two positions, passenger seat is fixed... your girlfriend will just have to live with her seat in this position. There is a stereo (circa 1980's) installed with 2 Pioneer 4 way 6x9's, loosely mounted. Dynamat is installed all around for a quiet(er) ride, and left bare for all to admire. Door panels are 20 gauge steel with clearcoat. There are no frills inside, unless you like the look of bare framework... which we do.

Not stock. Up front, the entire frame/body of the car was removed and a one-off subframe was fabricated with 6 mounting points - very stiff and very light. The stock a arms were kept, along with stock torsion springs and strut assemblies. The strut assemblies were shortened approx. 4" and new late model lowered VW strut inserts were installed. The arms and torsion assemblies were brought in 10", and raised 6". Why narrow the front end 10"? Because we can. Why raise the front end 6"? This is the quickest way to get a 911 to a respectable height. The result is a completely stock handling front end, tucked front wheels. Out back, the rear end was dropped approx. 6" using the stock arms and rotated, notched springplates. A section of rear frame was notched to allow full movement of the rear suspension. Engine and transmission were raised approx. 3" for clearance. Transmission is an early Bay Window type 2 002 IRS transmission. Axles were modified to accept type 2 CV's and stock Porsche CV's at the hubs. New stock shocks in the back are installed. Steering rack was replaced with an 11" unit, with 1.5 turns lock to lock - super quick steering. Engine is a 1776dp with approx. 6500 miles on it. Engine tin is handmade from a surplus of Bosch aluminum signs. Shifting linkage is custom, with a type 1 shifter assembly, an off the shelf shifting box, and modified 911 shifting linkage - flawless shifting. Pedal assemblies are all CNC aluminum units, with dual brake reservoirs/master cylinders. Clutch is hydraulic. Accelerator pedal is also a CNC unit, with a custom cable tube installed. All new brake lines, hard and soft are installed, along with hydraulic lines for the clutch. A new wiring harness was also installed. All lights and turnsignals operate as they should. Original Fuch wheels were powdercoated white and installed with new staggered tires front and rear. Up front, calipers are new, out back, type 1 calipers are new. Lug nuts are also new black anodized aluminum pieces.

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