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Converting race car back to street hot rod

Bought back my old blue car known as "the smurf" in many circles. I built the car for 2007 PCA Parade auto-x here in San Diego in hopes that my son Erik Kinninger could make a run at ttod with a street driven 911. As it was he finished third overall out of about 400 cars and was the fastest 911 and within a second of 2 very light 914's. I always try to sell my cars to local buyers so I have a chance at buying them back at a later date. The car has been thru a few local PCA owners in the last 8 years and I wound up buying it back just a month ago. This may come as no big surprise but the build will be as a 73 RSR this time. The cage is coming out and car getting full interior among other mods. The car is a 1981 911SC with a smog legal 3.6 conversion that still runs Bosch motronic injection and makes over 300hp. Much help is coming from "flynhawn" pelican Dave Kealoha with all his experience on the backdate part of the build. This is before pic from 2008 with Erik running car at Qualcomm stadium. More pics to follow. Mark Kinninger
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Really going to follow this as I'm planning the same for my 914 (and you'll be doing the things I can't/won't do). Plan to watch closely!
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I remember seeing that blue meanie in Excellence a while back. Now it's getting the flyin' Hawaiian treatment? Wow..........
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I've had the privilege of time trialing with the "Smurf" car with multiple drivers over the years in many TT events with the SDR PCA, it is a very well built example of what an AIR COOLED 911 can do.
Speaking of fast iconic SoCal cars, I heard something about the "Killer Bee" ????
Nice to hear the build will be that year and type, seems very appropriate considering the racing provenance of the tub.
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I did something very similar, taking a PCA Club Race G50 Targa and making it into a street hot rod. The 3.2 was built but very streetable with a MAF conversion, and the G50 gearing still was suitable for road car use. I swapped some RE11s onto the Fiske wheels, traded the headers and megaphone for a used set of SSIs and a sport muffler, put Hawk street pads into the Big Red/Black brakes, yanked the race seat and cage, installed new carpet, pulled the huge wing, and reinstalled the original seats and interior panels. Because the sound deadening had been removed I used a roll-on lightweight elastomeric sound deadening "paint" on the floors prior to carpet. Except for the missing A/C it was a very fun street car.
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Talk about full circle. I remember the first autocross the Smurf ran. I will never forget riding in this car with Eric at the wheel. Consistent TTOD car this.

Fortunately, Mark, you never really cut this car up or destroyed it's originality. OK the dash has some cuts in it...

Have you considered doing an IROC style hot rod or maybe a RUF clone? I'm guessing the huge demand for the long hoods are driving things however. It will be interesting to see how this works out. Good luck with your build.
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Thanks for comments guys. I always enjoyed going to the track events and watching my old cars run well. Getting it back and giving it a facelift is good fun. Was busy over weekend finishing up rear flairs and fitting new bumper from Dave Kealoha. It is so light it tried to fly out of my parts hauler when it hit boost.
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Looking forward to watching this build!
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