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The Queen customizes her 3.2

I thought that I should start a thread with the modification projects I am doing instead of separate threads for each project. My 1988 3.2 Carrera arrived in March. I know that this will be blasphemy to some but the car was almost completely stock and it didn't quite suit my tastes. Being a girl (and a girly girl at that) I want to make the car my own. I will try to post on my projects both those successful and also my failures.
Here is the car at purchase.

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I had the tail removed as well as the chin spoiler - considering a duck tail.
Had the wheels replaced with fuchs.

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1988 911 Coupe Granite Green "Frogger"
1966 912R Coupe Stone Grey outlaw -"'Tilda"
1978 924 White with Cork (Streetcar vs. Porsche - streetcar won)"Poindexter"
1984 924s Nile Green Metallic with bone (totaled it in the snow in Cleveland, Ohio)
1983 911 White with Cherry Red...gave away (not enough time or money to keep it running) in 2001
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I'm digging the colour. And a good start on the mods. I've got a spoiler free lid for mine, but find I leave the spoiler on most of the time. The Fuchs look great!
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I had the tail removed as well as the chin spoiler - considering a duck tail.
Had the wheels replaced with fuchs.


Awesome choice with removing the tail and the wheels and replacing them with those. Good taste.
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Keep going, nothing wrong with making it yours! The colour is close to mine so I like that too!
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the queen learns wiring 101

My next project was to place a Kenwood KSC-sw11 under the passenger seat, component speakers in the front doors - Alpine SPR 50c 5.25 and 2"along with 4x6 retrosound speakers in the rear. I chose these components after much research because they fit exactly in the current holes.

After all of this, the speakers sounded horrible so I sent my Blaupunkt Reno off to Stefan Weiss who connected a Aux port and also supplied me with an adapter to hook up an amp. The amp fit under the passenger floor board. Stefan was a wonderful resource.

Although this would be a cake walk for most of you, this stereo project took me about 4 weekends to accomplish. I learned how to solder, fish wires etc. At last - a working stereo.

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1966 912R Coupe Stone Grey outlaw -"'Tilda"
1978 924 White with Cork (Streetcar vs. Porsche - streetcar won)"Poindexter"
1984 924s Nile Green Metallic with bone (totaled it in the snow in Cleveland, Ohio)
1983 911 White with Cherry Red...gave away (not enough time or money to keep it running) in 2001
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Windows tinted

I had all of the windows tinted into Necro-glass due to an issue I have with sunlight....some might say I am a vampire.
I met a pelican "ShadowJack" who was kind enough to teach me how to change my transmission fluid out.

In search of a softer clutch I learned how to lube the pedal assembly, and also learned not to wear high heels while driving my P car.

Draco 's post on seat position had me move my seat all the way down and all the way forward. Suddenly the clutch was much more manageable.
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1966 912R Coupe Stone Grey outlaw -"'Tilda"
1978 924 White with Cork (Streetcar vs. Porsche - streetcar won)"Poindexter"
1984 924s Nile Green Metallic with bone (totaled it in the snow in Cleveland, Ohio)
1983 911 White with Cherry Red...gave away (not enough time or money to keep it running) in 2001
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The interior was super nasty. Although the carpet looked fine - it smelled very moldy. Living in post Katrina New Orleans, I am very familiar with mold sooo


I removed all of the carpets and carpet padding. Immediately the dank odor disappeared, but a new problem developed.

"WHAT? I can't hear you?"

Yes, I almost went deaf from the rattles, squeaks, engine noise, and street sounds.



As I remove all of the soggy wet stuff, I start reupholstering the hard items with my favorite fabric in the world. It is called Fortuny and it is hand painted in italy. I have 12 yards of a vintage run from 1968 and I bought this car with that fabric in mind...yes, really. The fabric is dark red and silver.
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1988 911 Coupe Granite Green "Frogger"
1966 912R Coupe Stone Grey outlaw -"'Tilda"
1978 924 White with Cork (Streetcar vs. Porsche - streetcar won)"Poindexter"
1984 924s Nile Green Metallic with bone (totaled it in the snow in Cleveland, Ohio)
1983 911 White with Cherry Red...gave away (not enough time or money to keep it running) in 2001
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Our first huge rain with me on the road led to the discovery of why the car smelled sooooooo damp. Yep, leaks like a sieve. Heck, if I wanted a leaky car I would have bought a targa (sorry couldn't resist). Water poured in. Thanks to all of the pelicans, I was able to figure out the source (I hope). The doors didn't have the plastic membrane attached - it was kind hanging in a wad behind the door card.
While i was trouble shooting this I discovered my door is really out of alignment (this will be another project) and I also learned that the door locks aren't supposed to work with the door open. Yes, I reinstalled the door cards twice because my locks wouldn't engage - yes, I am blonde.
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1988 911 Coupe Granite Green "Frogger"
1966 912R Coupe Stone Grey outlaw -"'Tilda"
1978 924 White with Cork (Streetcar vs. Porsche - streetcar won)"Poindexter"
1984 924s Nile Green Metallic with bone (totaled it in the snow in Cleveland, Ohio)
1983 911 White with Cherry Red...gave away (not enough time or money to keep it running) in 2001
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Carpet

Now that I am almost dry and almost deaf, I have begun the quest to have a quiet comfy P-mobile.

I found a man in the UK that will make a carpet set for me with the selvage edge of my fortuny as the binding.....Here is the color match.


I have gotten really good at taking out my seats at this point and also have made a new shift boot.
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1966 912R Coupe Stone Grey outlaw -"'Tilda"
1978 924 White with Cork (Streetcar vs. Porsche - streetcar won)"Poindexter"
1984 924s Nile Green Metallic with bone (totaled it in the snow in Cleveland, Ohio)
1983 911 White with Cherry Red...gave away (not enough time or money to keep it running) in 2001
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Gonna be quite the ride!
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Tonight I pinpointed my heating/defrost problems to the relay in the engine compartment and placed a wtb for the part. When that relay is bad, rain and condensation cause a major issue,





I have decided that I want to do the under dash trim in a leather basket weave. So A trip to tandy leather was in order. Their small skins were on sale so I bought a few and a fringe or lace cutter.....I am going to try to weave my own basket weave.

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1966 912R Coupe Stone Grey outlaw -"'Tilda"
1978 924 White with Cork (Streetcar vs. Porsche - streetcar won)"Poindexter"
1984 924s Nile Green Metallic with bone (totaled it in the snow in Cleveland, Ohio)
1983 911 White with Cherry Red...gave away (not enough time or money to keep it running) in 2001
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I have so many unfinished projects so I decided to complete an easy one. I have to laugh because 3 months ago this would have been a major ordeal. Tonight with the help of the world's greatest boyfriend it took 30 minutes. I added a 12v adapter to the blank spot on my fuse box. Since i used a marine outlet, it fit perfectly. Now I dont need to access the inside of my car to operate the tire pump etc. Similarly, I used a dash blank to install my garage door opener and a USB port. Lastly I hardwired my V1 radar detector. The cord fit perfectly under the windshield rubber piece.
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1966 912R Coupe Stone Grey outlaw -"'Tilda"
1978 924 White with Cork (Streetcar vs. Porsche - streetcar won)"Poindexter"
1984 924s Nile Green Metallic with bone (totaled it in the snow in Cleveland, Ohio)
1983 911 White with Cherry Red...gave away (not enough time or money to keep it running) in 2001
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Keep going, nothing wrong with making it yours! The colour is close to mine so I like that too!
Thanks - Granite Green with granite green and gray green interior.
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1966 912R Coupe Stone Grey outlaw -"'Tilda"
1978 924 White with Cork (Streetcar vs. Porsche - streetcar won)"Poindexter"
1984 924s Nile Green Metallic with bone (totaled it in the snow in Cleveland, Ohio)
1983 911 White with Cherry Red...gave away (not enough time or money to keep it running) in 2001
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Subscribed, good luck with the mods. I have a similar car and will be paying attention
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Me thinks Xmas is your favorite holiday.

If you put on the duck tail, you will (need) to reinstall the chin spoiler.
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looks familiar. Your granite green is a very nice color. My dark blue 88 is bone stock and sunroof delete. May I ask if you would post a pic of the rear seats in your car please? Grey green does not seem to be a very common color and I am curious to how it may have been mixed and matched by the factory. Your fortuny pattern and the Beatles will go together well. I look forward to your finished product. Cheers. Dan.
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+1 on making it your own, +1 on keeping the aero balance by removing both the tail and the chin spoiler, and another +1 on finding the time and making the effort to do things yourself! Favorite quote:

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I had the tail removed as well as the chin spoiler - considering a duck tail.
Had the wheels replaced with fuchs.

Nice. I'm also removing the tail on my 87. What size are the fuchs and where did you get them? I have a set on order from suncoast, but have not production date yet.
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