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1969 Porsche 912 Targa
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The Project

This 1969 Porsche 912 Targa arrived into the workshop all the way from Texas in August 2023. Main work to be carried out is a full respray along with any bodywork repairs that are needed.

18th January 2024 – The bodywork has been stripped back to the original metal to begin any repairs in preparation for full respray. Bonnet and doors have had the first primer coat applied.

> More updates to follow.

The 356-derived four-cylinder tends to be prone to oil leaks but can withstand high miles provided it’s well maintained and receives regular oil changes – advised as every 3000 miles. While some drips might be addressed with the engine in situ – cylinder head bolt oil seals, for example, if you’re keen to avoid a splattered driveway, or oil leaking onto the exhaust below it’s an engine out job to address matters properly.
 
When running as it should, the little four-banger makes that charming sewing machine sound. Any knocking or rattles may be an early indication of camshaft or bearing concerns; so proceed with caution. 
 
At over 50 years old, original aged rubbers and hoses will be brittle and in the case of fuel lines, will present a serious safety concern with the possibility of perished lines making fast work of spraying fuel onto a hot engine bay. Do not scrimp, just get new ones. A small fire extinguisher or better still an automated Blaze Cut system is advised too.
 
Where some 912s have been sat for many years, getting them started and achieving a steady idle can be a problem. Be sure to check and correctly set timing, carburettors, ignition and fuelling. It was not uncommon during the years of cheap repairs, for incorrect VW parts to have been used, particularly distributers.  Money is well spent on electronic ignition and whether you have a pair of Solex or Weber carbs, both should be correctly set up and ideally as part of a full rolling road tune-up.
 
While matching numbers is a constant topic of discussion, be sure to take a look at stamped numbers to ascertain if the engine and transmission are original to the car. It’s not uncommon for engines and gearboxes to have been swapped over the many decades of a 912’s life. Equally, check ID stamps in the bulkhead for any tampering.
1969 Porsche 912 Targa | Classic Car Restoration | Carrosserie
Steve
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I cant recommend Carrosserie highly enough, the service was exemplary from start to finish and the workmanship is second to none. I highly recommend giving the team a call for any work you need doing to your classic car, no matter what it is, you will not be disappointed!
Dr Tim Moss
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Thank you to all at Carroserie who have provided absolute commitment, professional expertise, the ultimate in personal service and 'tender loving care' for my 84-year-old car.

I cannot recommend Carroserie highly enough.
Nigel Cramp
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Great friendly and helpful team at Carrosserie. Highly quality work. This is the second time I've used their services.

Highly recommended if you want quality restoration or paint work.
Phil Sage
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The work carried out here is like magic, the standard the cars leave is fantastic, the cars they restore are works of art!

30th August 2023

18th January 2024

Phil Sage
Phil Sage
27/09/2023
The work carried out here is like magic, the standard the cars leave is fantastic, the cars they restore are works of art !
Catherine Lonergan
Catherine Lonergan
26/02/2023
Very Friendly always helpful staff
Nigel Cramp
Nigel Cramp
25/06/2022
Great friendly and helpful team at Carrosserie. Highly quality work. This is the second time I've used their services. Highly recommended if you want quality restoration or paint work.
Ian Roper
Ian Roper
26/03/2022
Neil who owns the company straight away gave me one of the best buying experiences I have ever had. He was nice to speak with giving me confidence in buying from him from the outset. This continued throughout the buying process with updates on the process of finance that he organised. Because of my working schedule being so hectic and having to juggle many parental duties. We were unable to get over to pick up the car in the week. Despite the company being closed on weekends, Neil went out of his way to meet me on a Saturday afternoon and even showed me around his amazing company. It was so clear to me that this is someone who is genuine, kind and cares about his company and customers in equal amounts. A truly rare thing in this day in age. I wouldn't hesitate to use his company myself in the future and would recommend him to friends and family in a heartbeat.
John Royce
John Royce
16/02/2022
Outstanding choice of cars, superb restoration facilities from a very professional team. Highly recommended.
John F Crabbe
John F Crabbe
28/12/2021
Excellent and friendly service
Michael Leatherland
Michael Leatherland
19/08/2021
The brief was to bring my Austin Healey up to showroom standard to prepare it for sale. There were some problems along the way but were satisfactorily sorted out by the owner Neil who is a true gent. The workmanship was of the highest standard and never in doubt. My purchaser was very impressed with the quality of paintwork and overall presentation.
Colin Smith
Colin Smith
07/06/2021
Excellent service and good experience to advise on all aspects of vehicles
Craig Jameson
Craig Jameson
11/11/2019
Amazing

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