One of the best parts about working with Miguel is that he sends me photos. I cannot stress this enough, and could never imagine being kept in the dark during a restoration. The sheer amount of detail put into this build has been a job in itself (mostly due to my OCDness)! As you can see from the photos below, we are trying to make everything it just right. Were race cars built to this detail in this detail in the 70's? Probably not, but I will rest better knowing everything I could have done to make this build perfect has been done. In these photos you will see body work, measuring, welding, and sampling of paint!
People often believe that the most expensive part of a restoration is the paint job. However, I can now say from experience that this couldn't be more false! The chassis of this restoration has so far been my largest investment and will most likely be the most influential aspect of the outcome. Another misconception of restorations is that no putty, filler, bondo, or whatever you want to call it, should be used. This is also false! Automotive body filler is essential to smoothing out surfaces in preparation for paint. Unless you have an limitless budget, a little filler won't hurt anyone - as long as it is applied in the correct fashion!
Here are a few more shots of the lovely stitch welding. Yes, I admit that this was not "as raced back in the day" by this particular car, but it may help me stand a chance against some of the Porsche 935's that will be in my run group!
As you can see from this next photo, the floor pans have seen better days. But hey, this is ORIGINAL! In a later post, we will tell the story of this car flipping top over bottom multiple times at Laguna Seca. The front clip was replaced, but the original tub remained!
So what do you do when you need better access to the bottom of the car? Create a dolly! Thanks to the Z Car Club of San Diego, Miguel is getting more and more business from the Z community. This allows him to make small investments to give him quicker turnaround.
Enjoy a few most shots of the body work and panel alignment process!