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73.5 Targa project

We had a 73.5 targa follow us home from craigslist last year, and we have time to work on her finally.

Originally Aubergine, she was bare metal repainted back in the late 80's to black. She's been off the road since the 90's, and luckily survived the 80's without being "upgraded".

The original 2.4 fired up with some work after we got her home, but decided to do a full rebuild. Case is off being inserted and inspected, heads being checked. Records showed a recent top end by a local Porsche mechanic.

This is when we brought her home.









Oh yeah, a tool kit!


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If anyone has information on Herbert S. Lombardo, we would be glad to hear it.

He did the top end on the engine back in 1986.

I found his name listed on a VIR entry list, driving a Porsche, from sometime in the 60's

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Nice to find the factory color inside the car



We took most of the paint off by chemical.



Dash we need a restore



Next order of business is rocker repair



Braces made for while on the dolly.

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Awesome project! What is the plan? Original restoration?
I had similar bracing in my Targa. Determined it wasnt enough when I put her on the rotisserie.
Now putting in MUCH more bracing! Dont want a taco when I start cutting out metal.
Although your car looks to be in nicer shape.

Good luck and have fun!!
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Plan is going back 99% stock. Engine getting a few minor upgrades internally. May do some inserts in the seats. Original 15x6's are with the car, but have a set of 15x7's for fun.

This is the plan.



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Beautiful plan!
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JH, nice project. FYI...



(Of course one can ask any price. What it will sell for is another matter.)
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I have a 73.5 Targa........Wonderful cars. Well worth the effort on this one for sure.......Keep us posted please.....
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Priorities off and on. Back on priority.

Floors done, pan done, fixing front fenders now.
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Great year. Great car john. Are you personally doing this work or farming it out? Thx for sharing.
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Great year. Great car john. Are you personally doing this work or farming it out? Thx for sharing.
Thanks.

Its all done with my two hands, probably why it's taking so long
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We had a 73.5 targa follow us home from craigslist last year, and we have time to work on her finally.

Originally Aubergine, she was bare metal repainted back in the late 80's to black. She's been off the road since the 90's, and luckily survived the 80's without being "upgraded".

The original 2.4 fired up with some work after we got her home, but decided to do a full rebuild. Case is off being inserted and inspected, heads being checked. Records showed a recent top end by a local Porsche mechanic.

This is when we brought her home.



Oh yeah, a tool kit!

Nice project. Eggplant has always been one of my favorite period colors.

For what it is worth, the AC is aftermarket (if you want to delete).

The tool kit looks odd in terms of the case and some of the tools shown (at least compared to mine).
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Had a change in status at the house, so have some extra time on my hands.

Finally got metal conditioner then epoxy on the targa tub






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