Taking a 911 Apart, Repainting
When you look at your car with the paint off, you might say to yourself,
"this car is really ugly". You will most likelly be correct,
it is really ugly. Now is the time to take pictures from many angles, as
well as close-up pictures. Some day if you ever sell the car, you will
be able to show exactly where the rust was or that it had no rust. Pictures
also show the hard work that goes into a project like this.
When the car is completely stripped, it is time to give your project
over to your painter. Discuss the following with him:
While the painter has your car, it would be a good idea to have your
seats and interior repaired. If you take out the frontseats yourself you
will save some of the labor charge.
Tip No. 119 - when taking out the seats of a 911SC, push the seat all
the way backwards and remove the two front 10mm bolts holding the seat
to the rail frame. Next, push the seat all the way forward so that the
two rear 10mm bolts are exposed and easier to get at.
When you receive your car and all the painted parts, take care not to
scratch them or mark them up. The paint will take a few days to cure and
will remain "soft" for a few days to a week depending on the
weather and temperature. Putting the car back together is more than half
the fun. It is exciting and rewarding to see your project develop and come
back into shape. At this point it is like putting a "kit car"
together without directions.
This would be an excellent time to replace your dash top. In order to
replace it, you must have the window removed. The nuts and bolts attaching
the dash top to the body are located behind the heater fans, hoses and
windshield wiper motors in the front trunk and are not easy to reach.
Putting the car back together takes patience and planning:
Well, there you have it. It is a lot of work but I can assure you that
the finished project is well worth the effort.
May your socket never find a rusted nut,
May your scraper never make a gouge,
May your paint never see a rock,
And may your friends say, "WOW! YOU DID THAT??"
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Last Update: 28-Feb-1997 2:30 PM ET