My brother Rick and I took a
field trip to Emeryville today where we
visited Easy - a Porsche salvage yard and
Fantasy Junction which has a very
nice collection of vintage European automobiles including some
interesting Porsches. |
We've purchased a spare
912 engine. It is supposed to have about
3000 miles on a fresh rebuild. My thought is to use it as a spare,
initially installing it to be sure it runs well, then either slowly
rebuild mine or just fix the oil leaks and put the new one in
storage. The decision rests on the condition of both of them.
Took a couple of pictures and added
them to the page describing the rock damage to
the hood and the additional painting I'm having done to the car. Now
we see the fenders and door being prepped.
We spent a very enjoyable day
with John Thornton and his 912 racing car
yesterday. There are many interesting details on this car. It is not
your normal 1967 912.
I stopped by the body shop to inquire about the repair for the
damage from the rock. The hood is not in good
shape as was discovered after stripping the paint. A new one has been
located in Germany which will be here in a couple of weeks. I also
found that after market hoods are available. A new rear window was
located in the Porsche Atlanta warehouse. Most of these have embedded
rear window defrosters, a feature first seen on the 1967 models as an
option. We managed to find one without the defrosters. German glass
is preferable to American because the dimensions are metric rather
than in inches. This means that the OEM glass is slightly thicker than
the local variety. As a result it fits tighter in the rubber seals and
is less likely to leak. Leaking front and rear windows are a common
cause of rust because the water enters areas that can not be
seen. Water from rear window leaks often end up in the rear seat
wells, a common area to find severe rust problems.
Updated the CV joint page with a new picture and
suggestions on reassembling the CV joint.
A rock hit the hood of my car on the way to
work. I was planning to repaint the hood before summer. It will now be
done sooner than planned.
Added some pictures of Warren Eads RSK,
Dean Watts' Abarth, Bruce
Canepa's 959, Jerry Seinfeld's 550 and
Bruce's 935racing cars.
Added some pictures of Bruce Canepa's 936 racing
Craig Norton sent some pictures taken while
rebuilding his ignition switch.
Added a page summarizing Porsche at the 24 hours of Le Mans 1951-1998,
the year the factory stopped competing at the highest levels.
I see by the log files that a number of viewers have
discovered my latest project, collecting the pictures of race cars
and other unusual Porsche models and their stories under the
Porsche Models link in the navigation pane on
the right of each screen. Unfortunately, I have quite a few pictures
of old Porsche racing cars not yet posted, so the pages under this
heading are far from complete. I keep adding a bit on most
days. There are now over a 1000 total pages on this site. They got
here just a few at a time and that is what is happening with these
models pages. I am going over the text time and again, checking for
accuracy. If you see any errors please let me know.
A group of Bay 912 friends got
together to remove a 912 engine.
I've started to use Mobil 1 in the engine since the oil
change before Solvang. It is interesting that since then the gas
mileage has gone from 22-23 mpg to 24.2 mpg. I believe this
improvement is attributable to the lower friction available in the
synthetic oil. The down side is oil leaks. The rear seal is leaking
and the Mobil 1 has just aggravated that problem but it is not bad
enough to pull the engine yet. The first oil change used 2 qts of
Mobil 1 and 2 of Castrol. The last one used 3 qts of Mobil 1 and 1 of
Castrol. The reason to use both is to reduce the cost a bit.
I've added some pictures taken at the Monterey Historics and the Carlson
Concours and Swap Meet. The latter is a PCA Zone 7 event.
See the disclaimer to know why you should
ignore all information on this web site.
For some the Weltmeister Short Shifter
handle is too short. Mike Klein added an
extension below the bend.
There has been sever access problem with the site since Saturday
morning because my ISP is upgrading his network gear. We've updated
the DNS entries twice since then and hopefully now have a stable and
static IP address again. So sorry for the lost access.
The 912 Rendezvous is over. You can find a bunch of pictures of the
event at the
Rendezvous Gallery We had a wonderful time - except when I backed off
the edge of a road in the dark after the BBQ dinner! A bunch of 912
fanatics came to the rescue and picked up the front and then the back
and put it back on the road. To say that I was embarrassed is a big
understatement. There were about 50 912s and I got individual pictures
of over 40 of them.
The car ran like a watch down to Solvang, the tour and home. And since
then to work every day.
The body shop told me that my installation of the
quarter panel molding was all wrong. I
used glue and should have beat it with a hammer! They are correct and
I've updated the page.
We got an email and pictures from Matt in the
UK showing his very nice '68 912.
Will from the Bay Area sent some pictures of
his Pertronix installation. He did not have to modify the rotor to
get it to fit on the distributor shaft the way I did.
I've added a search capability to the web site. Several keywords are
better than one, it appears. I've limited the number of hits to about
25 which will probably be increased. It seems fast enough for
more. There are some additional hints that can be added as
documentation. There are over 690 photos on the site and I'm having a
hard time remembering what is here.
Check out the pictures of the swap
meet and concours at Parts Heaven on Sunday.
My car went to the shop yesterday and will be
there for several weeks. I will visit it periodically to take some
Added some pictures to the Fresno
Concours after getting the next roll of film developed.
We've spend the week bringing a new computer on line so have not spent
much time on the site. Todd Miller sent
some more images of his extensive restoration. Lots of welding has
been done on this project since the first of the year.
Added some more pictures to the Fresno
Concours that took place on May 19.
The server was down last night because we lost power at the house. The
UPS is only good for an hour. It had been up for 200 days since the
last time this happened. I keep thinking of a better cheap UPS using a
deep cycle storage battery but interruptions longer than an hour have
only happened twice in the last year.
Todd Miller just sent some
more pictures Showing dozens of patches in
his restoration effort on a '67 912.
Cary Dunn sends us some pictures of his
soft window 912 Targa and 993 C2.
I have started a new page on some paint and
restoration work. The work is extensive, repainting the nose of the
car, repairing some rust damage found in the cowl, repainting one door
and repairing some rust damage in the passengers door jam and rocker
Updated the gallery with some new pictures from George Poulias, and George Vaccaro
I lowered the ride height on the front of
the car and found a problem rubbing with the new
tires over the week-end.
A couple of days before leaving for Australia the noise level on my
912 moved up several DB mostly in the higher frequencies. Yesterday I
finally had a chance to spend some time on the problem. I had
concluded it was probably the fan interfering with the shroud and it
was aggravated by the shroud being a bit loose. Using the same process
as when I replaced the generator, I pulled
the generator and attached fan off the car and carefully inspected the
fan to see if there was any sign of rubbing on the shroud. With a lot
of imagination, maybe, but the marks where so tiny they could have
been made by bumping the fan during assembly. In spite of no obvious
problems I sanded some imaginary 'high' spots off the fan and
tightened all the screws holding the sheet metal. When re-assembling,
I was very careful to check for any drag on the generator. Pulling the
generator brushes free eliminated any thought that the bearings on the
generator might be bad. During reassembly I carefully again checked to
feel if there was even the slightest bit of interference between the
fan and the shroud. Well, after fixing no obvious problem, I'm
pleased to say the engine in now quieter than I ever remember. It
seems that there is very little clearance between the fan and the
shroud and this can be a significant noise source with just the
slightest of rubbing.
Asha and I have been in Australia for the last few days to the wedding
in Canberra of one of Asha's nieces and then in Melbourne for 3 nights
on the way home. While there we managed a visit with a couple of 912
owners who have show car quality examples. Thanks to Joseph Armstrong,
our host, and to Maury and Peter Swanson for a chance to visit their
shop which has no less than 5 of their Porsches including an
outstanding 912, a 1955 356 Continental, 2 914 and a very original '69
911. Check out the pictures of these cars.
We spent a couple of hours at the Classic
Sports Racing Group race (CSRG) at Sears Point and took a few
pictures of John Thornton's new 912 race car.
Bill Walence and his son have started on a '68
912 restoration project.
We have some shots from John Thornton preparing a 912 for racing.
Wrote up a new
page on tires after upgrading to 195/60HR15
Yokohamas mounted on 5.5 in rims.
George Vacarro from Cupertino sent us a
picture of his '67 912. His is one of the few one owner 912s in the
area. He bought it in Germany just like the PO of my car.
Some new fatter 195/60HR15 tires mounted on some used 5.5 in. steel
rims that were picked up from Parts Heaven at our
Bay912.org get-together will be ready from
the tire store tomorrow. The new rims need to be re-plated and it was
a bit of a decision on where and when to spend the money. This is the
cheapest way to see if it all works well. The old 4.5 in. rims and
165HR15 tires will be backups depending on whether to have these new
wheels reconditioned or to get some alloys which were not original
equipment for '66 cars. We seem to keep the tension alive between
keeping the car original and a comfortable daily driver.
Harald Berge from Oslo sent some more pictures
for the gallery showing the engine and new interior done in black
leather of his newly restored 1966 912.
It seems that many
early 912 cars (including mine) have lost the washer bottles for the
windshield washers. At the bay912.org
get-together at Parts Heaven on Saturday
I took the opportunity to take a picture of Patrick Sidun's washer
bottle. You can see the pump tucked between the bottle and
battery. The battery tie down is not factory issue.
A West Coast 912 Rendezvous
has been announced for the week-end of August 2-3. If you can possibly
come please consider it.
The gas mileage of the last several tanks of gas has been over 22 mpg
indicating the system leaks may be under control again.
Todd Miller sent some more pictures of his
restoration project on a '67 912. Although this is an ambitious
project, Todd seems well equipped in experience to tackle it.
We just created another local 912 bulletin board for Southern
California. It has its own domain name www.socal912.org. It compliments our local BBS at
www.bay912.org for Northern California. Also a
west coast 912 rendezvous is in the planning stages for early August.
More information on this event will be available in the coming weeks.
The aluminum 'PORSCHE' logo on the rear deck lid is in two pieces on
my car, broken at the S. The speed nuts holding the POR portion had
disappeared and the piece was loose. These are called:
999.507.221.40 Mecano Speed Nut
and a near equivalent (999-591-423-03) is available at the dealer. We
removed both halves of the logo, cleaned the deck lid and put it back
using speed nuts on each side and a bit of 3M Fast Tack Trim
Adhesive PN 08031 to secure the logo to the body. Original
aluminum colored logos are very hard to find so I don't want it to
Added a table showing the break down of chassis serial numbers by year for the early 912s.
We received a set of pictures from Harold Berge
in Oslo that have been added to the gallery.
I tracked down another gas leak in the fuel
pump. The screws holding the pump together at the pump membrane could
be tightened. This has to be done with the pump out of the car to get
access with the screwdriver.
Todd Miller sent some progress pictures of
his 1967 912 restoration project that we've added to the
We also added some images of the transmission numbers to the
serial numbers page.
Some bay area 912 owners got together for
breakfast today. We plan to meet again March 9, staging at McCarthy
ranch, then a field trip to Parts Heaven in Hayward.
I found a plastic pump good for
transmission gear lube at the auto parts store.
It was raining today causing Asha to clean off the
bubbles when she got home.
Here is a little portfolio that has nothing to do with the 912 but a
2002 Porsche GT2 was on our local dealers show room floor today. This
is pretty exotic as cars go, and has been compared favorably to the
million dollar McLaren F1 GT. The GT2 made the cover of the April 2001
Porsche Panorama "For the times when too much of a good thing is just
about right" and the June 2001 Excellence magazine "Velocity
Raptor". 456 HP, twin turbo, 4 valves per cylinder, 6 speed, 15 mpg
city and 22 mpg highway. The rev limiter in 6th limits the top speed to
about 195 mph. It is also a bit pricey.
Here is a message from Craig Norton that will be of interest to
California Bay Area 912 owners:
Bay Area 912 Announcement
Some Porsche owners have expressed an interest in starting an informal
Bay Area Porsche 912 get together in the San Jose area. This is an
opportunity to swap story's, repair tips, restoration info etc, etc,
etc. If there is enough interest this could become a monthly gathering
with a ride to follow after breakfast.
The breakfast will be held on Saturday February 9th at 9:00 AM at
Coyote Creek Golf Course. A post breakfast ride to Santa Cruz or
Monterey for that day can be done if you are willing and the weather
Please send e-mail to email@example.com if you are interested. Please
include a return e-mail address where information can be sent
regarding any additional details of this meeting.
We'll be there. Coyote Creek Golf Course is on 101 south of San Jose
and north of Morgan Hill. It has it's own exit off the freeway. Look
for us in some corner of the parking lot.
Added a page and some picture showing where to find the
serial numbers for the 912.
Adjusted the heater flapper valves
today. Like a full moon, winter sometimes causes people to do some
strange things - like messing around under the engine on a chilly
California day (65 deg F / 18 deg C).
I scanned a roll of 35mm color negative mostly of shots taken at the
Zone 7 Concours at the Wine and Roses
in Lodi on July 1, 2001. The selection is a group of Porsche 356 in
the process of being judged for the concours.
It seems we will soon get another 912 WEB site from
Sean Cowan. I am eagerly looking forward
to it and will post the URL when it is available.
Mark Collins is just finishing a 912
restoration in the UK.
For anyone who wants to make their own scripts for maintaining a WEB
site there is now a tutorial that shows how I
While topping off the brake fluid reservoir I noticed the tubing from
the gas tank vent needed replacing.
Ron in Tulsa just bought a 1972 911T.
Added a picture to the front
The notes on timing the car have been
changed. There was a left-right ambiguity between the TDC mark and a
pencil mark on the crankshaft pulley. I don't use the pencil mark
because it is too hard to see and have deleted references to it.
Happy New Year!
I've moved our Christmas picture off the
home page and redid the mast-head (again).