Posted by: porschebahn | March 27, 2010

Gulf Oil LeMans Tribute Carrera Project – Part 11

Gulf Oil LeMans Tribute Carrera Project

Gulf Oil LeMans Tribute Carrera Project

Gulf Oil LeMans Tribute Carrera Project

Gulf Oil LeMans Tribute Carrera Project

Gulf Oil LeMans Tribute Carrera Project

Gulf Oil LeMans Tribute Carrera Project

Gulf Oil LeMans Tribute Carrera Project

As of 25 March we are now in the new place and getting it organized at a typical South Carolina pace – slowly but with great forethought. Our main focus now is to get the large roll of spaghetti, also known as a wire harness installed and checked out. As we do this there is a continual hunt for the parts that have been brought over from the last place in numerous boxes, bags and ziplocks. We are gaining ground and actually it is fun – getting smarter each day on the car which although it is basically simple is still a challenge to figure out correctly. The web site on where you can bring up the maintenance and parts manual is extremely helpful during this process and I would also recommend the CD for your specific car providing you have access to a laptop. I am going to put one in the shop and use the laptop continuously for not only figuring out placement of components but also for getting the OE part numbers for parts that will be needed.

As we work on the wiring we are also assembling the engine and prepping the trans for mating with the car. That will be the next big step – rebuilding the axles, detailing the trans,renewing the clutch kit, installing the upgraded ignition system and on and on.

I am thinking that I may leave the original front and rear bumper set on the car for a while until I find the appropriate oil cooler setup and then mount a front airdam assembly that is functional and looks right. Same for the rear. Of course the front turn signals are bumper mounted so most of the early front spoiler assemblies do not fit or look right.

 I have stumbled onto a group of guys in Savannah that are employed in the high end Jet painting business. The last one they did was for a Russian businessman – 75 million dollar Gulfstream – painted it black with chrome trim – Oh Well! They are going to come up this week to see what they can do to finish off the painting of the car as my usual guy has found a job that has taken him away from the project and to be frank about it I was not totally satisfied with the quality of the paint.

Still thinking about the paint scheme. Grandson wants me to paint the bumpers,rockers lower doorsills, centers of the mag wheels and a small stripe over the car – Gulf Orange and then a few decals and a Gulf Oil circular emblem or two on the car. I am leaning towards doing that as it looks like some of the early racing photos.

More Later


To see the previous posts on this project visit Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 , Part 7, Part 8,  Part 9 & Part 10

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