We are now the better part of six months deep into our restoration of the 1968 Porsche 912 we affectionately call ‘Project 4 Banger’ and as you can now see properly – it’s very orange.
The guys at the bodyshop (BMW X-Service/House of Cars) have been working tirelessly over that time ensuring that everything on the car is exactly as we wanted. Thankfully, they haven’t missed that much and the bits that had been missed are in the middle of rectification as we speak. Nothing intense or major we might add… we are talking bits and bobs that will ensure the little ’12 doesn’t need looking at for many years to come and more importantly, perfection is achieved.
One aspect of the build that we haven’t really talked about is the interior. We made the call to go for a slightly different look inside, which led us to leaving the transmission tunnel in all it’s naked glory. As you will also note, the rest of the cabin has been cleaned up, prepped and painted in black. The full swathe of leather will be making it’s way back into the car and hopefully a period correct roll-cage, to give the old lady a modicum of modern safety.
We are still trying to decide on the final treatment for the rear deck lid… whether to go original or tweak it along the lines of the Singer 911′s, with some super cool plexi. More importantly though, should we ditch the original exhaust and put some big old school race style extractors on there? hmmm…
The dash has been dropped back in the car for the short term but it will be very quickly removed and whipped round the corner to the trim shop. Expect to see a full interior back in the car next time, with a leather dash and a yummy black headlining.
Last but by no means least. The wheel and tyre set-up. The question of polished v’s anodized, ride height v’s tyre profile, keeps ringing round our heads. The big question is where we will end up with the final iteration >>>