June 3, 2003

904-067 is back. Lance Willsey is the proud owner of the ex George Barber owned (Barber Motorsports Park), Peter Gregg and Herb Whetenson driven 904.

Recently, we did a complete paint and body restoration for Shane Mattaway, the previous owner.

Shane didn't want any mechanical work done because he needed to sell the car.

Lance wants the car mechanically restored, which will include everything, minus the paint.

The pictures you'll see are of the 6 cylinder street engine, which will stay in the car. Lance recently purchased the original engine from this 904.

Sometime in the past, the old Nedella axles were replaced with CV's (this is a good thing).

The arrow points to three 6 mm studs which mount two ignition coils. These are used for the twin plug 4-Cam engine and the 6 cylinder twin plug. With the street engine, (single plug) the coil is mounted elsewhere.

The arrow points to the original filler, which is welded closed. The new filler, (after market) was installed so you could add oil during a race without lifting the bonnet. Another good idea!

The arrow points to the original breather tank. This tank is now chromed, but should be satin black. Note the square tubing, this is a brace from the roll bar to the shock tower. If you remember in chassis 904-090, this bar has also been attached to the lower portion of the tower.

In the right picture, the arrow points to the location of the starter. You can see that the bulkhead has been cut so the starter will fit. The reason this was done was because this transmission is designed for a 907, even though the transmission retains a S.N. 906-157. You'll see another picture later in the update.

Because the throttle on the street 911 engine is different from a mid-engine racecar, a bell-crank has been added for the throttle to work properly.

The arrow points to the chassis where the suspension was forced into the chassis pickup points. This area will definitely need repair(probably from the crash at Sebring). The right picture shows a better view of the bell-crank.

The bell-crank on the injection stack had to have been bent for this kinda mickey mouse system to work.

Speaking of mickey mouse.... The picture on the left shows the muffler straps, which have holes drilled in them. They are bolted to the back of the transmission. With the kind of vibrations you get when you race, this mounting system would last about an hour before falling off. Now you can see in the picture on the right, the position of the starter and how much of the bulkhead had to be removed (not cool).

These two pictures show the position of the starter on the 907 type housing and the 906 type housing (big difference, eh?). The only explanation would be that in a crash, the original gearbox was hurt. The 907 type was the only one they could find, so they made it fit, probably at some race.

The brake assembly looks pretty good and the oil system is correct.

The car had problems shifting because the lower chassis channel was bent into the shifting shaft.

The top arrow points to a 911 motor mount that has been positioned on the center bulkhead. There is also one on the other side. These receive the 6 cylinder type engine mount. The lower arrow points to the original 4-cam, 4 cylinder engine mount. The picture on the right shows the street stock flywheel and clutch assembly (very heavy).

These are both the hub flanges. The one on the right is missing emergency brake parts, which means only one side worked.

The arrow points to the fuel pump which is for the mechanical injection engine. The car would normally have two Bendix style fuel pumps (carburetor).

The picture on the left is the area between the two seats looking from the engine bay (needs help).

Here is a better look of the structure that's bent.

The headers must have been derived from a 914-6 and then chopped up to fit.

These headers undoubtedly worked, but how efficient were they? The pipes are dented and uneven.

This is the 911 motor mount (kinda). The arrow points to the starter clearance area. They didn't even weld a taco brace in the area.

Jack keeps taking the rear apart, while Martin has finished with the front.

The transmission should be Dow brown in color, not black. Note the oil line on the side. Someone had a great idea to use an oil pump and cooler at one point. This is now not plumbed, but the oil line is evidence (cool racing stuff for those days!).

Okay, we know that this car was wrecked in Sebring and that Peter Gregg was the guy that did it. We'll show you where the chassis was bent up, but only when we took the suspension off (the same right side) did we notice the upright had been broken.

The arrows point to the big ol' welds where it was fixed. The lower control arm was bent and kinda straightened.

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