Friday, 11 January 2013

Winter 2012/13, and a Project.

So, here we are in the middle of the usual damp, sunless English winter (south coast variety), with only what seems like endless dreary days and long nights to look forward to. 

So, to while away the time between now and spring, and in the proud tradition of British blokedom, I've started a winter project. 

In fact, a 'PROJECT'.

You'll remember, loyal reader, my yellow 911 with the tired interior and the utterly knackered engine. Well I have decided that now is the time to do something about it. In this case, my initial thoughts for 'something' involved getting the instruments restored and maybe a few other bits and pieces.

I also needed to sort out the annoyingly wobbly dash (otherwise the nice, new instruments would look out of place)

And replace the tired carpet (that would let a nice dash down).

Oh, and recover the seats (to remove the red alcantara that new carpet would highlight)

And re-upholster the rear seats (that have lost their stuffing)

And replacing all the other bits of interior (otherwise they'd just annoy me)

Fit a less knackered engine

Rebuild the gearbox (that a better engine would otherwise destroy)

Refresh the suspension (that would be needed to manage the additional power)

Find stronger brakes (to placate the insurance company)

Oh, and paint it. Properly.

If I was a banker, making this list happen would mainly involve choosing one of the well known Porsche specialists, asking them to collect the car, and writing out a large cheque. I would then spend a lot of time annoying friends and forum readers with geeky Porsche colour questions using pictures downloaded from the internet while I prevaricated on a particular shade for my car's Pebble Beach quality paint job.

But I'm not a banker, so I'm going to have to do as much as possible of this myself. However, this will not prevent me from annoying my friends about the colour.

Right, I'm off to the garage.


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