Did you check out our introduction to the Porsche 911ST project we were working on? Check out this follow-up video update.
Adam takes us through levelling the sled bench, panel installation and fittings for the doors and windows.
The most exciting update for this project is the new car bench. By adding some adjustable legs to the car bench, it allows us to make it level and help with using the zero plane on the car.
You may remember that the 911ST came to us with very little metal left on it. When replacing parts on a car, don’t take too much metal off at one time. In the meantime we’ve taken care of the front end and the door placement. Adam put all of the panels on the front of the car, but is still working on making the left side level.
We’re going to be redoing a lot of the bracing. Once we have door towers on, we can get to mounting the doors, then taking care of the rockers and other essential parts of the front end.
To level the bench, we used an old school machining level.
Adam uses a bunch of jacks and jigs to prop up the car and mark the zero for the car.
Find out how Adam found the zero plane for the car, and see the rest of the Porsche 911ST update!
Because our vintage Porsche’s lateral gas tank supports were rotten, first we installed new ones.
Next, we had to install the suspension reinforcements and the gas tank support.
After covering the lateral gas tank supports with weld through primer, we can install the gas tank support.
Depending on the year of vintage Porsche 911/912 you have, you’ll need to choose the corresponding front gas tank support to fit your model.
While some companies believe in “one size fits all” when it comes to front gas tank support, at Restoration Design we aim to get you the right part for your model year.
After you’ve screwed in the gas tank support, you can start welding it – starting at the top corner, moving to the opposing corner, to the diagonal corner and back and forth. This makes sure no one part heats up too much and prevents distorting the metal.
Check out the rest of our front gas tank support installation process by watching our video.
In 2013, we decided to restore a 1972 911ST – our first!
The project started off the same way most restoration projects do: we sanded the body down and realized there was more rust damage than we had anticipated.
The sanding also revealed that the 911 had been in a front-end collision, meaning we had to replace the entire inner fender.
This model of Porsche didn’t come with proper ending panels and didn’t have rock guard, so we would be doing the same with this restoration.
The ST we purchased was produced for racing. While American race cars were building bigger engines to win races, Porsche increased their horsepower and made their cars more nimble and a lot lighter – which proved to be successful.
These models also didn’t come with ashtrays, glove boxes, the heating and ductwork was removed and the gas tank fill was located under the hood.
Check out the video to see the ST before we restored it, and check out our other videos to see the restoration process!