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Originally Posted by voitureltd View Post
Interesting,... Later with the 505 option production they changed the assembly process, assuming our assumptions ( in some cases ) are accurate.
That is very true as referenced by the article below which I found last night while looking around for any of my Slantnose Turbo info...

Automobile Magazine, June 1987, Vol 2, NO.3


Page 46: Porsche had to carry out a full crash-test cycle to ensure that the car meets U.S. safety standards. a few weeks after this program was successfully completed, Rudi Noppen, board member in charge of production, decided to build the majority of slantnose bodies on the normal assembly line together with the other body styles (coupe, targa, and convertible). "All these cars used to be handmade in a building adjacent to our repair department," he says. "But now that demand has jumped 300 units a year, we are going to build almost all of them in the main production hall."

Porsche has now introduced some other fundamental changes to the company's working methods. Rainer Ulbrich, who runs the factory conversion workshop, explains: "In the past, the entire slant nose assembly was 100 percent made by hand. The bodies came off the line with the new fenders already welded in place, but the cutting of the headlight openings and the ventilation slots on the top of the fenders was, like the panel beating, done by our craftsmen. In the future, however, we are going to use ready made fenders, which means that work over here will be restricted to installing the headlamp linkage and fitting the sills and the rear air intakes.

Keeping in mind the lead time of magazine publications.. the interview and work-up for this article was probably done sometime in early to mid 86.
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