1979 911 SC Targa Rebuild

A 1980 MY targa imported into Ireland in 1985, undergoing a heavy recommissioning to include bare metal repaint, engine and suspension rebuild and interior refresh.

As it arrived.

The car has been unused for 15+ years.

No paperwork to prove but likely genuine mileage, although largely irrelevant since most of it will be rebuilt.

We got it running prior to strip down to check what works and what doesn't

Interior in good shape.

Tear down begins

A good pressure wash so we can see what we a dealing with.

Suprisingly good

Or not!

Front inner wing / bumper mount needs attention

As do the usual Kidney bowl / sill / jacking point areas

And the bottom of the targa hoop is vunerable on these models

And repeat for the other side

Later model larger kidney bowl panel used for extra strength

New B-post and outer sill

New section made for the top of the rear wing

Repaired areas coated with epoxy mastic

Paint stripping starts on the remainder of the shell and panels

The metalwork repairs are all but invisable once the paint is removed and the metal cleaned up.

The bare metal is first painted with an epoxy primer.

Whilst paintwork is underway the mechanical starts with a full Suspension rebuild front and rear.

Into a (Black) primer

Black over-paintable body guard coating to the under side of the panels

And then into body colour (Schwartz Metallic 708 )

And all flat and polished

Ready for reassembly

New Badge for new Paint

Early style chrome mirrors for a more retro look

Stainless roll hoop and chrome trims

Meanwhile the engine is stripped down for a full rebuild.

Getting ready for reassembly

Parts returned from refurbishment.

New bearing shells fitted

Bottom end back together

Reconditioned cylinder heads with new valves and guides.

Hydraulic tensioners fitted.

SSI heat exchangers

New fuel tank and under wing items refitted.

Refurbished Cookies, side stripes and early style door mirrors for that retro look

Ready for the engine (still on the old suspension in this shot)

New rear suspension fitted and engine ready to go back in.

New discs and calipers

Rebuilt front Bilstien sport suspension fitted, with upgraded turbo tie rods

On display at our open day.

Retrimmed front seats and door cards

Out on the road for test drive and shake down.