January 25, 2008
update on this endurance project was in 2002. The pictures
you are about to see are from 2004-present.
as explained in earlier updates, is a very cool factory car....factory
meaning Porsche. What you see here is a car in base white
primer and the seams are being seam-sealed. We are sealing
these seams because they were originally!
even the racecars, had the major joints sealed. Here, you
are see that the smugglers box has the sealer and a special
strengthening bracket welded on the opening. Can you say OG?
OG is a term used for original. I will use this often, so
now you know what it means. Here, Jack is applying the seam
a catalyzed seam sealer because it cures by how much hardener
I mix with it. The other type takes about two days to dry
enough to paint. Hollan is hand sanding the dashboard for
giant masking job for us or anybody doing the same thing.
Porsche has taping templates, which don't always keep overspray
off of everything, but it leaves the job more OG.
black headliner will be removed after the car is final painted.
A new black headliner will be installed.
Jack is preparing for the final coat of paint on the bottom.
the bottom while the car is in the rotisserie. It's easier
to get under things, as you can see in the picture. My hair
was a lot grayer three years ago.....err-uhh...I guess that's
putting the final sand on the floor.
I talk OG, this is OG. The door jams on this car were never
painted anything but the off-white primer and satin black.
is going to want to see the doorjambs painted the same color
as the car. NOT THIS ONE. I have had many discussions with
the owner of the car and he has agreed to leave the paint
in its original form. ('73 RSR form)
was primed in the factory off-white primer, meaning closer
to tan than white. Then, it was painted silver. Not base-coat,
clear-coat, but silver. You can see on the A-pillar, the paint
only got in as far as the door seal. The residue you see is
the glue that held the glue in. You can notice the white paint
between the white paint and the glue. Notice the Martini stripes
on the rocker.
wiped the A-pillar (doorjamb) with lacquer thinner and the
black paint came off revealing the primer. The doorjambs were
the OG Martini stripes.
front nose is in white primer, but that's going to change.
see the detail, but in certain areas, we're leaving the original
"wear and tear" patina. Meaning...the trackside
welds, the clearance dents, and anything that was left as
the car was raced.
AG sold this car to Vasek Polak in its 100% original condition.
I bought the car from Polak for Miles Collier's Christmas
present one year. Collier and I were skiing at Heavenly Valley
and I was sneaking to the phones in the halfway houses talking
to Vasek Polak trying to convince him to sell the car cheaper
because who would want this old Martini RSR. Well, it was
Miles Collier's mother, Mrs. Reed, who always asked me to
buy Miles something special for Christmas. Polak agreed on
about the 10th run and we gave it to Miles on Christmas Day
circa early 80's.
of the sudden, you see the off-white primer. That's because
I thought the car should be painted as it was when it was
the 2.1 Turbo, but the owner convinced me "if we're going
to make it look like the '73 RSR (normally aspirated), why
don't we paint it as it was when it won at Dijon". I
thought, to keep the car looking OG to early 1973, it would
have to go back to Grand Prix white.
all the body is in final white paint, I will re-spray the
dash satin, leaving a little bit of overspray, as Porsche
did. I will assemble the complete car with all the bodywork,
and paint the entire car with regular Porsche silver urethane
paint. I will not use base-coat, clear-coat. I'm sure there
will be a fair amount of motting (that's when the metallic
gathers and leaves shadow spots), but that is how these early
cars were painted. We will start picking the pace up as we're
finishing other projects too.
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