Chris Julie's Hot Rod Porsche, which took 7 years to produce, is a special car with a wealth of one-off parts. However, this was not a work done by throwing large pieces. He chose a tough path to tackle most of the work himself.
Chris Julie's ロ ッ ド Modrod 912 ＂has become a star in the Internet forums across the Atlantic. This is because Chris's witty exchanges raised on the net convey a sense of closeness that he is not a rich man on the cloud, but his friend. The twists and turns of rebuilding, which is time-consuming and painstaking, are shared happily with mountains and valleys.
Seven years is a considerable period. In the meantime, he lived in three countries, did three kinds of work, experienced two operations, had two children, and used six garages.
The story goes back to 2006. The year before, Chris moved from Germany to Portland, Oregon, USA due to a change in his company, Adidas. He majored in transmitter design at university but designed a trainer at work. “I like cars, but I feel passion is sneakers,” he says. After settled in Oregon, Chris had the opportunity to purchase a 1967 red Porsche 912 from a Vietnamese war veteran living in Seattle. “Holding an old Porsche has been a dream since I was a kid, but I thought it was out of reach. At that time, I went to see BMW 2002, but for some reason I went home with Porsche.”
“I really liked the 912 and enjoyed driving around Portland. I found Internet forums like DDK and Pelican around that time and slowly and surely started to enter the world of classic Porsche. The small red 912 was good for me, I wore Fuchs Wheel, and I thought about updating the suspension and engine, but the car was still my third owner. “ I gave up the modification because it was very original. ''
Instead, Chris decided to look into the production of a “project car”. In his mind, a rare 911R, a Porsche hot rod. He loved the simplicity of the 911R and the spirit that seemed to be richer as there were fewer items. The end point of the delusion is that a 30-year-old birthday gift was given a 912 rolling shell made in 1968 by his wife.
“I, no, we and the couple got the car from David, a new Porsche friend. We shake hands for $ 900, including shipping to 10 miles away. “Just skipped a joke that you should think of it as a large plastic model from Airfix,” Chris laughs. The joke was true. Chris spent most of his spare time going through a forum of similar projects on the Internet and identifying the necessary repair items. The list includes floors, metal parts that cover the suspension, battery mounts, and multiple parts of the bodywork.
At this stage, Chris could have left it to someone with a wealth of old Porsche restore experience, but Chris wanted a way to do everything on his own. “My idea was to build a lightweight, legitimate road car. It ’s like a special car that ’s limited to one car. There were two reasons why I wanted to go as far as possible. One thing I wanted to be able to say "I've done it" in the year, and the other was that I couldn't spend the budget indefinitely. "
Chris set out to work in a garage with the depth of two vehicles at his home in Portland. While removing as much of the rusted metal as possible, I couldn't neglect to take a photo of every fine process. Finally, I finally reached the stage where I could consider the exchange.
"I always got interested in welding, so I bought a MIG welder. I tried several test part welds to avoid burns, and then started to actually weld the cars little by little. When I put the body shell on the equipment, three friends helped me lift it up, and I found that the flange around the floor was terrible, so I made my own tool to cut metal, punched a new flange, We've welded it, we removed the rear seats completely because we planned to make a removable panel so that the engine and gearbox were easily accessible. "
Everything went smoothly, but Chris was admitted to hospital in the summer of 2007. He had an operation on a knee that was damaged in a BMX accident six years ago. “It wasn't easy to weld the car with a cast on the legs, but by the end of the year we were able to finish welding and assembling and finish primer painting. In April 2008, the twin daughters “Of course, the car's progress has slowed,” Chris smiles.
Each suspension component is powder coated, with adjustable Koni dampers, elephant racing polybronze bushings, adjustable rear spring plates, stabilizers 15mm front wheel with Super Pro bushing, rear wheels The torsion bar is 22mm and 26mm made by Sway Away. As the work progressed, the old bodyshell regained its breath.