Posted by: porschebahn | February 1, 2009

Gulf Oil LeMans Tribute Carrera Project – Part 3

     We are continuing to make good progress in spite of a typical holdup by the sandblaster.  Rather than sit around moaning about the slow pace of southern life in general, we have gone into high gear on the weight reduction theme.  Everything that is not essential to the operation of the car is being removed.  This includes all clips, bolts, insulation, brackets, hose attachments, interior tubes for the clutch and fuel lines, hood and engine lid attaching assemblies, all the rust proofing rubberized goo that is up under the fenders and on the bottom of the car, and anything else that we can discover.  Several hundred pounds of unnecessary and horsepower robbing weight is going up on the shelves or in the trash, while we wait for the sandblaster to get his stuff together.  

     The most onerous job is chipping and scraping the undercoating and the interior floorpan coatings.  After much chipping with sharp scrapers, we decided to outwit the material rather than to overpower it.  A heat lamp and heat gun that softens up the undercoating and heats up the blade of a special scraper has been put to much more effective use, resulting in about a days worth of work to get the tub in the condition shown in the pictures.  If all goes well tomorrow, we are going to move the car to a properly motivated sandblaster where we will begin the total removal of all paint to bare metal.  As soon as that is done, the bare metal will be sprayed with metal etching two-part epoxy primer, and the car will begin the preparation for painting. 

     We have contacted an old friend of Lee’s, who does roll cages for Porsches.  He has just returned from a successful run at the “Rolex 24 At Daytona” race.  He will set us up with a state of the art roll cage.  You will notice a rather hilarious discovery which I have captured for posterity in the attached photos.  As I was stripping the carpeting from the interior, I noticed a plastic baggie poking out of the drivers side forward storage pouch.  As I turned it upside down, three rubbers and the car’s paint tag fell to the ground.  The rubbers I didn’t need, but the paint code tag was a great find and confirms the Gulf Blue paint.  Apparently, a previous owner had placed the emergency action kit in the side pocket, and just never found the proper time to spring into action!

To see the previous posts on this project visit Part 1 and Part 2.

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