Project: 73 RSR Tribute with 3.4T

After searching for several months for that perfect backdate project car, we came across a 1975 Carrera that had been converted to a Slantnose by a SoCal dealership in the late 80’s. Being a California car, this chassis was rust free and a great starting point for what was to come. In addition to the rust free chassis the car also had the entire drivetrain from a 79 930. After a few more questions we learned the car had been serviced by our friends at Poudre Sports Cars in Denver, Colorado. A phone call yielded the details; the engine had been built two years prior and the parts list included JE pistons, LN cylinders, ARP head studs, topped with a K27 Turbo. Between the chassis and engine build we settled on this car as being the perfect candidate for our project and had the car dropped back off at Poudre Sports Cars so that it could be shipped over to us in Vermont.

Our project was a slantnose 911 before we got it

That famous slantnose front end

Upon arrival at the Rennline shop, we spent some time sorting a few small issues and putting some miles on the engine to ensure everything was running correctly and up to snuff. Thanks to Poudre’s top notch work, this was a short process and within no time the car was shedding its sheet metal in preparation for a complete restoration. A full array of early body panels were sourced and the slantnose parts were removed in preparation for the long hood conversion.

Removing the front end and all the slant nose body work

The beginning of adding backdate bodywork

We are never ones to miss the opportunity to develop fresh parts for the Rennline catalog, and this project was the perfect chance to so some applied product development. First up was an RSR Style Strut brace which features dimple-died strut tower reinforcements to all but eliminate flex between the strut towers and caused by the forces transferred though the shocks themselves to the top mounts. Next up we jigged the new long hood on one of our water jets and wrote a CNC program to cut a hole for our new Center Hood Gas Filler. This piece is machined from billet aluminum right here in Vermont and is the perfect compliment to this or any 911 project.

RSR style weld in strut tower bar

Getting ready for paint with lots of bodywork

Using the water jet to cut a hole for our billet gas cap

 

With the extensive amount of body work needed for the backdate, we employed a hydraulic rotisserie that was custom built by one of our close friends with assistance from our CNC tooling centers. As anyone who has restored a car can tell you, removing factory undercoating is one of the worst tasks. This was made worlds easier with the rotisserie, and we tapped our catalog for some of Wurth’s OEM quality SKS Stoneguard to coat the entire under body. This included the engine bay and entire floor which was body-matched after the Wurth products were applied.

911 on a rotisserie getting undercoat applied

Custom metal work to add large rear fender flares

Next up was the rolling gear- the suspension was all in decent shape, but a combination of old rubber and the fact that we can never leave well enough alone meant that a complete overhaul was in store. The entire suspension and steering systems were stripped down bare nuts and bolts status, and every last nut, washer and bracket were media blasted and sent for OEM equilivant yellow Zinc plating. Since Aluminum can’t be zinc plated, and those parts weren’t coated from the factory anyway they were media blasted and clear coated both to maintain the clean look of the raw aluminum and to make cleaning easier in the future.

Zinc plated parts look like brand new

With all the suspension looking brand new, we threw the book at it: Rennline HD parts everywhere, including de-cambered ball joints for increased camber, strut mounts, trailing arm bushings, spring plate bushings, and control arm bushings to name a few. With their rubber construction and higher than factory durometer composition these parts are perfect for significantly increasing the handling capabilities of these old cars without drawbacks associated with typical aftermarket bushings. See our other RennBlog posts and our online catalog for more information about this awesome product line!

Rennline Decambered ball joint in powder coated control armRennline HD Trailing Arm Bushings

This project is moving quickly now, you can see a couple teasers of the finished body work on Instagram in our profile @Rennline or on Facebook by searching Rennline Inc. We will update the RennBlog as progress is made, and this former slant nose finishes budding into the beautiful backdate we have been envisioning since the start!

 

Our project leaving the Rennline shop for the paint shop

The first glimpse of our now gray 911 back in the shop from paint

 

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Lug Stud Conversions – Porsche, VW & Audi Spacers, Studs, Wheel Bolts and Hardware

VW, Audi and Porsche love their wheel bolts, but do you? If not, convert to lug studs with one of our Rennline Competition Lug Stud Conversion Kits! We have added R13 Ball Seat Lug Nuts specifically sized for factory Volkswagen and Audi wheels and many aftermarket wheels to allow for a greater range of fitments. Of course, our classic R14 Ball Seat Lug Nuts for Porsche fitment wheels are still an option with any kit. We have also partnered with Adaptec Speedware and now offer their entire line of off the shelf and custom spacers and adapters, making Rennline.com your one stop shop for wheel hardware!

Rennline wheel studs and lug nuts, Adaptec spacers

Our proprietary studs are precision machined and fully certified to ISO standards making them true race-grade parts; just ask TyrolSport who runs one of our Competition Stud Conversion Kits on their track day Golf R. Available in 35mm length for 5mm or smaller spacers, 45mm length for up to 15mm spacers or 60mm length for 20mm+ spacers, a stud conversion will let you run the spacers you need while making wheel changes a breeze. Our lug nuts are made from steel making them a perfect compliment for our stud kits, or perfect replacement parts for soft factory Porsche aluminum lug nuts with minimal weight penalty.
Rennline Wheel Hardware studs and nuts

Adaptec Speedware has earned a reputation for being the best in the business thanks to their high standards of quality and finish in addition to their lifetime warranty. All spacers and adapters are machined from USA-sourced T5 aluminum right here in the USA which means you get the highest quality product possible and that custom parts are no problem. Please contact us if you need a size you do not need listed- whether you need to a bit more clearance for those new track wheels, or are just shooting for that perfect fitment, you can trust that Rennline and Adaptec Speedware have you covered.

R13 v R14 ball seat lug nuts

The next time you need to make adjustments to your wheel fitment, just give us a call or hit www.Rennline.com for a full selection of our wheel hardware offerings. We also carry a full line of press-in style lug studs for early Porsches in four different lengths! We have made it easy to get the correct studs and nuts for your Porsche, Audi, VW and more! Loose your wheel bolts and enjoy the simplicity and change your wheel studs in less time, with less frustration!

Rennline has an extensive line of Wheel Hardware

964 Turbo: Bushings and Coilovers

It has been a while since we updated everyone on the beautiful 964 Turbo barn find that Rennline owner Paul was able to recover in North Carolina. The 964 Turbo is continuing to rise both in desirability and value; the last of the Turbos to feature truly classic 911 styling, but were limited by Porsche’s budget at the time which. The result? For a long time the 964 was relegated to the “not so desirable Porsche” category. Fiendishly complex and technically advanced, the original 1989 964 C4 was Suttgart’s way of showcasing the technology developed with the legendary 959. C2 models followed for 1990, and a myriad of variants became available in the following years, however this would be the last of the legendary Turbo line not to be all wheel driven.

Classic 911 with 964 Turbo in Rennline shop

This particular 964 was parked years ago due to a leaky brake caliper of all things. The then-owner decided that lack of use and cost of repairs was enough to justify some downtime. ‘Some downtime’ turned into years, which turned into full fledged abandonment, and that is about where our story picked up last installment. This meant that there was plenty of work to be done. As many will tell you, a car sitting deteriorates much faster than one being driven, so there have been a number of time related issues that needed addressing. First up was the front suspension, which not only featured a plethora of dry rotted rubber bushings, but also steel bolts that were corroded and frozen into the aluminum subframe. The result was that we had to remove the driver’s side front subframe just to remove what remained of the bolt!

964 turbo receiving a minor restoration

With all of the front suspension bits finally freed up, we went about burning out the rubber bushings, cutting out the residual races where necessary, and pressing in a fresh assortment of Rennline HD bushings. Our High Density (HD) line of bushings feature rubber construction to avoid annoying squeaks and groans typical of aftermarket poly and delrin bushings, but feature stiffer durometer even compared to OE RS or similar parts. This means you get the performance increase of a stiffer, more responsive chassis without dealing with the extra NVH, squeaks and creaks associated with most aftermarket solutions. The installation of the front suspension bits went smoothly as expected, simply pressing into the control arms just like factory bushings. Thankfully it was less stinky than the process of removing the old bushings!

Pressing new bushings into 964 control arms

We are not known for leaving things “well enough,” so while the car was in the air and the front suspension was totally disassembled a set of Bilstein PSS10 coilovers found their way into the mix. PSS9/10s are widely known for their high-quality, rebuild-able design, adjustability and performance during track and spirited driving. Based on our past experience, we deemed these the best fit for the kind of roads and driving this Turbo will see. We paired these coilovers with a set of our Rennline Adjustable Camber Plates in the front and Monoball Strut Mounts in the rear. This will ensure that we are able to maximize the benefits of increased stiffness added by our High Density suspension bushings. Further, this will allow us to dial in appropriate camber settings when we get around to taking this thing to the track, and will ensure minimal suspension geometry changes during hard driving.

Rennline camber plates with Bilstein PSS10 coilovers

With the front end back together and the car on the ground it was time to get it moving under its own power for the first times since it came to the Rennline shop. When it first arrived, the first items on the docket were to drain the 5-10 year old gas, change the fuel filter, pump, plugs and wires. With this basic tuneup and a little futzing we got it fired up and settled into a nice, even idle with no smoke or strange smells coming from the exhaust. With the car on the ground we finally had a chance to give it a serious test!

Rennline camber plates and Bilstein coilovers in our 964 turbo

Unfortunately, the brakes that originally caused the car to be parked have since deteriorated further. This meant that a single front caliper leak has developed into a front and opposing rear rendering the car able to brake but not able to do so quickly or exceedingly effectively. Despite this limiting factor the 964 made its first laps around the industrial park under its own power! The engine, it turns out, is indeed nice and strong, giving solid off boost response and a mid range without hiccups or misfires. The turbo spools up nicely and makes target boost levels in typical early-turbo style: plenty of it but after a deep breath to spool.

964 turbo first drive

All in all we are extremely pleased with this project’s progression. It is a back-burner barn find that has provided a relaxed and enjoyable series of projects. Without a deadline and with all the other things going on in the shop we are taking our time with this one and having fun! That said, we are looking towards the 2016 season for the debut of this thing at some or our local New England track events!

964 turbo cooling down after first drive