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LAS VEGAS PORSCHE MECHANIC NEEDED – Classic Aircooled Porsche 911 SC Targa Rebuild

I TOLD MY 1978 911 SC LAST YEAR  🙁   SO ignore this request!!

Me. Remorsefully.

When I say “local” I mean here in Las Vegas NV. When I say “help me” I mean you do the work and I pay you (and supply the coffee). You must know the older 911 SC and 911 Carrera air-cooled engines in detail.

The Story so far…. if you havent been to this blog before… I have a 1978 911 Targa with an unmodified 3.0 Engine. Previous owner attempted to fit replacement fuel tank a few years ago, life got in the way and he gave up. From the various stories I’ve heard this years period could be anything from 5 to 10 years of sitting neglected! It’s sat in a field in a dusty sulk since then. Now its sad, sun damaged and very neglected. On the plus side its solid, rust free and waiting to be resurrected. Apparently it ran ok back then.

​​So I got it for a good price and now I want to get it back on the road so I can drive it and then see what it really needs doing or upgrading….

This is what I know needs fixing:

  • fuel tank taken out, blasted, coated and partially refitted (missing a few nuts and bolts)
  • new fuel injector in box ready to be fitted
  • airbox taken off and need refitting
  • electrical work – wiring visually looks ok but I suspect it needs replacing because fuses look ridiculously old fashioned.
  • need a battery and it has an old 1980’s alarm fitted (which I would like removed)
  • Possibly needs replacement rubber or plastic parts that have corroded or aged? I just dont know.
  • respray and interior leather rework – it will need both these but thats for later…


I want to (a) get it running and then (b) we can figure out what other work needs doing.

My focus is to get it back on the road as a regular driver – I dont want a concourse car, just a running retro 911. I’ve owned a couple of early 911’s 3.2 but this is my first 3.0 911.

I clearly need help but this can be done in evenings, weekends or whenever. I’m flexible.

Fancy a challenge?

DO NOT CONTACT ME BECAUSE I GAVE UP NOT FINDING A MECHANIC AND SOLD IT if you are up for it – we can arrange an hourly price or even fixed rate for different things.


PS: if you are a SHOP that does this kind of work please contact me and lets find a quote. I’m serious about getting this car on the road, it’s a solid good looking car and it’s been left to sulk for tooo long.

PPS: Are you a mechanic working for one of the Las Vegas Porsche or any Porsche Servicing specialist shops and looking for a side-gig or some overtime work? Let me know and earn some $$ on the side…

#projectstork makes me hashtag jealous :)

So, I stumbled across this series of videos on Youtube called #ProjectStork. This chap is chronicling the resurrection a 1977 911 that has been sitting in a garage since 2002. Sounds familiar huh…

 Manuel Carrillo III begin the process of resurrecting the 1977 Porsche 911S that belonged to his father. It’s the car that brought him home from the hospital. Who said restoring a 1977 Porsche 911 S was easy? No one. That doesn’t mean someone with limited mechanical ability can’t tackle such a restoration. It simply means anyone who attempts a Porsche 911 restoration needs to be emotionally prepared for one part blood, one part sweat, and five parts tears.

The rebirth process has been sponsored by Hayes (you know the famous workbook peeps), CTEK chargers and Borla are designing and building a new exhaust system for it. Colour me jealous.

Episode 1 - dragging it out of its 15 year long hidey hole

Episode 2 - draining fluids and inspecting

Episode 3 - actually firing the thing up!

Only three episodes so far!!!

I wish we had longer and more detailed episodes. /me loves stuff like this

It’s inspired me….


Wonderful short video of a Porsche 911 Targa by TechBen

I just stumbled across this video by a German youtuber called Techben: I love his videography style and (obviously) his awesome Porsche 911E Targa.

“In meinem heutigen CINEMATIC-VIDEO zum Porsche 911E Targa, zeige ich was mit der Sony a6300 (Kit-Objektiv) in Kombination mit der Inspire 1, GoPro Hero 4 und Edelkrone Slider so möglich ist.”

which means

In my current CINEMATIC-VIDEO to the Porsche 911E Targa, I show what is possible with the Sony a6300 (kit lens) in combination with the Inspire 1, GoPro Hero 4 and Edelkrone slider.”

Moving to Vegas – Cayenne, 911 and Daytona

Driving through Arkansas… a huge chunk of road debris (and I mean huge – it looked like an axle from a car) bounced up from the car in front and smashed into the rental truck.

Towing the 911 at pretty much top speed (within the speed limit officer #honest) there wasn’t much to do in that split second other than grit my teeth….

this was the aftermath….


How to rebuild a Porsche 911 SC Engine

So, coming this summer (like all good blockbuster movies) it’s time to start the engine rebuild on the Targa.

I found a great rebuild wizard over at Pelican Parts listing each step and even with links to the parts that need to be bought. Clearly intimidating for a novice brown-thumbed garage buffoon like myself but quite exciting. I have to spend a lot of time consuming these instructions to see if I am up to the gig!

These steps are:


Step 1:
Knowledge Base

In this particular step, I tell you about the informational resources that I recommend you acquire prior to performing your rebuild.  Information is key to success, particularly when performing a 911 engine rebuild.  With the proper knowledge, you can avoid some very common and potentially costly mistakes.

Step 2:
Your Toolbox

Also of paramount importance is the use of the right tool for the job.  I’m a firm advocate of doing the work yourself.   However, if you don’t have the correct tool for the job, there is a chance that you may end up with shoddy work, resulting in a poor-running and leaky engine.  Using the proper tool for the job and not taking unnecessary short-cuts is a principle I stand by whether you’re working on your car or around the house.

Step 3:
Materials Required

There are a few special materials, glues and sealants that I have found to work very well in 911 engine rebuilds.  In this step, I discuss some details about each, and where they are required in your engine.

Step 4:
Gasket Sets
& Hardware Sets

The good thing about gasket sets is that they cover just about every little rubber gasket that you need – regardless of whether you are rebuilding the top end or are tearing apart the entire engine.  In this section, I give a brief description of what’s in the gasket sets and how each gasket fits into your engine rebuild.

Step 5:
Bottom End Assembly

Finally, we begin to tackle the actual rebuild process.  There are many parts on the bottom end that need to be replaced.   Some can be reused as well, and I detail which ones you might want to replace for extra assurance.

Step 6:
Pistons & Cylinders

Pistons and cylinders are very important parts to inspect and replace if worn out.  Along with the P&Cs, this section addresses the infamous head stud issue, and which studs you should use in your rebuild.

Step 7:
Cylinder Heads

Although most people leave the cylinder heads to the care of their trusted machine shop, in this section we detail the parts that comprise the cylinder heads.  Springs, valves, and guides are detailed within Step 7.

Step 8:
Camshaft Housings

The camshaft housings, sometimes referred to as the cam towers, contain the rocker arms, and sit on top of the heads.  Rocker arm parts, valve adjustment screws and camshafts are discussed in Step 8.

Step 9:
Chains & Tensioners

Porsche 911 engines have had many problems with chain tensioners over the years.  Failure of a chain tensioner can lead to complete destruction of your engine.  Step 9 reviews the various chain tensioner upgrades and enhancements that Porsche has developed over the years to make the 911 engine more reliable.

Step 10:
Finishing Up the
Long Block

When the long block is all sealed up, there are a few goodies that should be installed in the final steps.   These are discussed here in Step 10.

Step 11:
Fuel Injection &

While I can’t go into the details of every variation of fuel system used on the 911 engine, this particular section reviews the common components that you should replace while you have access to the fuel injection and other areas on the top of the engine.

Step 12:
Exhaust &
Oil Lines

Nothing looks better on your newly rebuilt engine than a new stainless steel muffler or heat exchangers.   In addition to overhauling exhaust components, you should replace oil lines that are cracked and old, along with a few other items like motor mounts.


Well, there you have it.

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