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Pelican is to blame!

First a quick introduction.

Born and raised in San Diego, pushing close to 50 now. The 911 has always been my bucket list car.

When I was 14 I found the book "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive" and for some reason was hooked. My first car was a 79 Super Beatle, orange w/gray primer. The City of Del Mar impounded it when I parked it on the street without an engine. Then I got a hold of a Ď63 for $700 if I remember correctly. I loved that car. Being a teenager in the 80s I lowered it, de-chromed it, painted it a bright Mexico Blue and spent every penny I earned making it fast. There was a VW hotrod shop in Long Beach (I think) and whenever I saved a few bucks I'd drive up there and come home with Dellortos, pistons and cylinders etc. At one point my Ď63 had a 2010 stroker and could keep up with Vettes.

In the 90s I test drove an absolutely perfect í74 911T. Seller was asking 10k. I wanted it so bad, but when the seller mentioned engine rebuilds were also 10k I chickened out.

Fast forward a few decades, I'm a working class stiff that considers the only practical car a pickup truck. My oldest son is turning 16 and somehow convinced me that a first gen super charged Mini Cooper would be a perfect first car. Of course I discovered Pelican Parts and spent a fair bit getting the Cooper up to snuff. Driving the Cooper reminded me just how much fun cars can be...

Then those evil geniuses at Pelicans marketing Dept got ahold of me. At first it was just the invoices and emails that always seemed to have a picture of an early Porsche on a lift being worked on by its owner. Then somehow they started adding stories, pictures and ads to my Facebook feed. Sure enough, my subliminal mind started dreaming about 70s Porsches.

Before I knew it I was browsing online at 911 rolling chassis and fixer-uppers (thatís really it for my price range) and a customer walks in and says "I got one sitting in a warehouse in better shape than that. You should take a look".

Hook, Line, Sinker.
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1978 911SC

Disassembled about 12 years ago for a glass out color change (Yellow to Silver). Not a great job, I can see sanding scratches through the paint in spots, but eh, not bad.

Never fully put back together. Sitting indoors ever since. Unfortunately the engine was sold off. I've got the car, tranny and a bunch of parts.

Hope you all will be patient with me. I can tell that I will have a million questions. I'm anal about correct hardware and perfect wiring and this project is sorely lacking on both fronts.




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Congrats! I have a similar story as yours and am on the tail end of mechanically restoring an 83 SC. Welcome to the club! My 911 is my drug and Pelican is my pusher. The search button is your best friend.
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Welcome to the addiction
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How come you were not into 60's muscle cars in the 80s?

Anyway, you picked a hell of a project to get back into cars.
Talk about diving into the deep end
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Welcome aboard, first year SC’s are the best...

You will need this....
https://www.dropbox.com/s/8fr1si546yufs43/911%20Stuff%20all%20years.zip?dl=0
And this
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yjfoxfvwlci6lys/911_electrical_78SC_USA.pdf?dl=0
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Welcome. Should be fun to watch you tackle this beast.
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Nice, Welcome to the club!
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You are in great company. lol. Welcome to the madness!!

I got my 1981 back in 2012... a shell and a lot of boxes...





Here is the thread:

The Beginning of another project - 911 SC NB RS

I am still at it, lol... finally got the engine back in the car tonight!





As I said... you are in great company!!!

Do continue to share photos of your progress.
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Welcome........Good story and well written.....
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Pelican is to blame!

Congrats on your 911 targa, they are a total blast to use and own.

I live in Norway and own an 1978 targa myself. Itís an Arizona car that was imported to Norway in 2008.
The only rust we found was some surface rust under the rear window gasket.

It looked very much the same as yours when I got it. Now, 6.5 years later itís on another level.

Here are som pics for inspiration.
Good luck with your project. Looking forward to seeing the progress




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Welcome to the slippery slope of 911 ownership!
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Thank you all for the warm welcome!

Little Brother and Wachuko, beautiful builds! Something tells me you guys are going to be bad influences...

I spent the day bonding with clay, polish and wax. It's a fair 5' paint job. lousy prep and lots of tiny fisheyes. Perfect, I won't have to worry about driving it hard.



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Silver Targas are awesome. Be nice to see some pics when you have all that crap out of the interior and it washed and clayed up. It looks like a diamond in the rough for sure. I am sure it will be a sweet car.

*** You must have been reading my mind, as we posted these at the exact same time.
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Must be the age. I'm 50, I've wanted a 911 since I was in elementary school. Was eating breakfast with an old friend who was complaining about his neighbor's 911 just sitting in his driveway.

hook, line and sinker.

My first real project car. Definitely love, hate. The mechanic warned me that it would cost me 10k a year in repairs to keep it running. My goal is 4k (so yes have to do this stuff myself). My second vehicle is a 2012 Harley and it rains in Texas...

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The interior is pretty rough. I have the leather soaking in Obenauf's. The carpet is trashed, door panels are fair, but missing the bottom pockets. The rear panels are really warped. Dash, seats and a few other misc parts came off a Carrera Cab. I need an interior plan, on a budget. RS door cards and slowly rebuild the warped panels. Carpet kit and some future point. Guess thats A plan.






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Found a surprise in the glove box. I had an Ungo Box alarm in a past car, nothing quite this old though. Hope I don't kill the car removing this.

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I pulled the fuel sender to get a look in the tank. Dry and not as ugly as it could be. Think I'll rinse it out with kerosene.
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Getting an engine is probably 6+ months out (need to replenish the kitty). In the meantime I plan to get the interior and the basic car mechanicals up to snuff.

Lot's to read and learn.
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