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Good for you my friend. Christmas can't get much better for you, congrats and welcome to the club.
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Great deal and a nice looking car.
I would suggest you try just lowering it to Euro height and then driving it for a while
before making any torsion bar swaps.
Once at the factory designed ride height vs the US regulated bumper height, it will drive and handle a lot better.
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You've obviously been a very good boy this year.
Merry Christmas and best of luck with your new ride.
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Welcome! Glad it's going to be driven.
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GreatTarga find

Great targa find, and wonderful story ,you will never forget .
Hope you really enjoy your targa for years.
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So, you basically paid for the targo top, the carrera tail, the H4 headlight upgrade, the fuchs and tires - and the seats. The rest of the car was practically free!
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DougZ is correct. We have an late build '82 Targa (3rd owner / 39km) and NO option code sticker. Our '83 Cab DOES have the option code sticker.

KILLER find btw. Good for you!
Any idea how I can find out the factory options without purchasing the CoA? Theres no sticker in book like my 951 has.

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Living in Northern michigan you'll have all winter to get it roadworthy.
While you are doing the torsin bars, you might as well reinforce the mounts . You don't need to buy the kits , just some 1" angle iron and a good hand with the welder . Fab them yourself ,if you like that sort of thing -its satisfying imo.
Might as well rebuild your calipers and replace the brake lines with SS - also a satisfying and relatively cheap procedure.

Buy Waynes 101 projects book and the Bently manual ,which you should do before you lay a wrench on her .You can most likely get used ones over on the classified section -best $$ you will spend .
Very Nice find, enjoy !!
Its already road worthy. I got the car in early august & spent no time getting it back on the road. I put a thousand miles on it before putting it away in November. Brake rebuild, lines, & new tires are coming in early 2017. I will be purchasing those books but for the time being, I know my way around the car pretty well already & theres loads full of info on the forums.

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Well Merry Christmas to you! Awesome find and the car looks perfect on the pics, the color and interior look in very well condition! Great find and congrats!
Thank you! I'm loving every second of owning it.
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Great deal and a nice looking car.
I would suggest you try just lowering it to Euro height and then driving it for a while
before making any torsion bar swaps.
Once at the factory designed ride height vs the US regulated bumper height, it will drive and handle a lot better.
I have considered this but I feel like I will want to be doing to torsion bars sooner or later. Would be better to just do it all at once instead of doing it a second time & getting a second alignment. I planned on doing torsion and sways at the same time. I'm not too worried about a "harsh" ride. Its not a daily & a stiff ride doesn't bother me too much.

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Great targa find, and wonderful story ,you will never forget .
Hope you really enjoy your targa for years.
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So, you basically paid for the targo top, the carrera tail, the H4 headlight upgrade, the fuchs and tires - and the seats. The rest of the car was practically free!
I was stoked when I saw the car already had H4's on it. It was a two owner car before me & the previous owner said they came on the car. There is a PCA sticker on the windshield so I believe it was enthusiast owned in the beginning of its life & he was the one to covert the headlights.
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I took my 80 SC targa from stock to 21/27 t bars, bolt on bigger sway bars from an 86, had bilsteins rebuilt to sport specs on all 4 corners, and went with elephant racing poly bronze bushings. I used to DE the cars now only street, in hindsight I would have done a little less to stiffen up for street driving as I think it's a little uncomfortable for around town on a regular basis. I think for sure something besides polybronzs for bushings, they work well and are a great product but not for Houston streets imo.
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Seems like miracles are still possible! At least around X-mas...
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Just wondering why you are so fixated on replacing the torsion bars?
Does the car not perform to your driving demands as it sits?
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Any idea how I can find out the factory options without purchasing the CoA? Theres no sticker in book like my 951 has.
Porsche didn't start putting the stickers under the hood until the spring of 1983. The easiest way to figure out what options that you have is just to get familiar with what an '82 would have had stock and compare your car. There weren't that many options and they are pretty obvious when you start looking at the details of the car.

I can tell you that the headlights and spoilers have been added to the car since it was built.

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I took my 80 SC targa from stock to 21/27 t bars, bolt on bigger sway bars from an 86, had bilsteins rebuilt to sport specs on all 4 corners, and went with elephant racing poly bronze bushings. I used to DE the cars now only street, in hindsight I would have done a little less to stiffen up for street driving as I think it's a little uncomfortable for around town on a regular basis. I think for sure something besides polybronzs for bushings, they work well and are a great product but not for Houston streets imo.
Some people go with the lighter HD valving up front (where there is no weight) vs the stiffer Sport valving.

Here is a good thread on Digressive valving instead.
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I have a 30 rear bar and no complaints about comfort. I was surprised!

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Congrats!!!! And you are going to be the envy of about half dozen guys on this forum looking for there first 911. What a story you are a lucky guy best of luck with it. Wow with the money you saved you can do anything to that car! And it doesn't look like it needs much. Lower it and drive it before you change the torsion bar. There's a rawness to the SC that just makes it a ton of fun to drive. Great color combo!!! But I'm biased. Get yourself a set of 8/16 Fuchs for the rear and move the 7s up front and roll the front fenders. Again good luck with it and drive it like ya stole it!!! You did!!!!!
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What do you elders think of this advice: "Get the car running, and before doing any mods and upgrades, drive it for a year and get to know the car. After that, you will know what to spend money fixing, and what not to waste your money on"
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I've seen too many guys take a drivable car and with a little optimism, turn it into a garage paperweight

Drive the thing.
Make a list along the way. Don't fix problems that don't exist
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I picked my 86 up few weeks back. Put about 400 miles on it and am going to continue to drive it while performing mods here and there. Drive it enjoy it. U only live once!


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Wow. 10k.

Nice to see another young guy on here. ��
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I picked my 86 up few weeks back. Put about 400 miles on it and am going to continue to drive it while performing mods here and there. Drive it enjoy it. U only live once!


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If ou decide to upgrade your sway bars let me know! I would love to get some '86 sway bars.

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I've seen too many guys take a drivable car and with a little optimism, turn it into a garage paperweight

Drive the thing.
Make a list along the way. Don't fix problems that don't exist
This thing will not be a paper weight. It will see plenty of use on the road next year. Most likely more use than my 944 turbo.

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Wow. 10k.

Nice to see another young guy on here. ��
I've been a big porsche junkie for a looong time. My dad had a 928S and I've had my 944 turbo for over two years. I got into them at a really young age, theres nothing like these classic cars.

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What do you elders think of this advice: "Get the car running, and before doing any mods and upgrades, drive it for a year and get to know the car. After that, you will know what to spend money fixing, and what not to waste your money on"
I have gotten to drive it a bunch & have had plenty of fun throwing it around, thats why I know I would like to upgrade the suspension.

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Congrats!!!! And you are going to be the envy of about half dozen guys on this forum looking for there first 911. What a story you are a lucky guy best of luck with it. Wow with the money you saved you can do anything to that car! And it doesn't look like it needs much. Lower it and drive it before you change the torsion bar. There's a rawness to the SC that just makes it a ton of fun to drive. Great color combo!!! But I'm biased. Get yourself a set of 8/16 Fuchs for the rear and move the 7s up front and roll the front fenders. Again good luck with it and drive it like ya stole it!!! You did!!!!!
I'm on the 944 forums constantly so I'm hoping to find some 8x16 fuchs on there. Definitely something I would love to get for this car.
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