Blauer Schlingel zu Blauer Engel 03

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Prep 3 7 Oct 2022

Prep continues. Moves into the paint booth.

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Blauer Schlingel zu Blauer Engel 02

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Screen shots …

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Porsche Prep 2

5 Oct 2022

In a video call we discussed the paint chips on the nose of the car. I suggested glazing putty to fill them. Britt’s wife, Chris didn’t like that idea.

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Next day 6 Oct 2022:

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Blauer Schlingel zu Blauer Engel 01

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Parts …

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4 Oct 2022

Following a battery charge and jump, it took a push start to get the motor running. Not surprising seeing as it was dropped off on 10 June.

Initial disassembly and sanding commences.

30 minute video call discussing needed parts and questioning how to remove the front badge.

Chat from Jim to Britt:

Since the 944 emplem doesn’t go back on until after cured paint, I’m going to hold off ordering it knowing that there’ll be other stuff that will be needed from Pelican Parts. Once it goes over $100 it’s free shipping. I’ll get the tail light gaskets into the mail tomorrow. Need door handle & mirror base gaskets too I’ll bet.

Parts order placed:

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A quick update

I have about 100 photos to go through to document the entire prep process for Lawrence, but for now, here’s a quick update:

It’ll be rolled out of the booth later today for a photo session.


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Post-Covid Sightings This Week

Haven’t been seeing many Porsches in the wild this year (only one this week).  I’ve been trying to regain my normal walking regimen of 6 – 8 miles or more per day before I fell  victim to the plague.  Long covid recovery now — about 2 miles per day, sometimes nearly 3 (with assist of walking stick & wife at my side).  Here are some quick grabs of early morning sightings along our way over the past three or four days.





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A Memory From 2013

Herman takes the grandkids for a spin:

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Lady in Waiting …

… for the transition to Der  blaue Engel.  Marlene Dietrich would be excited.

(photo: J. Arnott)

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A Dim Blast From The Past (1968)

Self-Portrait by Lawrence – Los Angeles 1968

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A new direction for next winter?

Maybe we’ll do something different for next winter.

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Little Wheel Spin and Spin

Big wheels turn around and around. (Apologies to Buffy.)

Wheels – Should be easy, right? Some folks prefer Phone Dials, some Fuchs. Me? I think that the Cookie Cutters are the better looking wheel on the 924/944 series. That being said, after I acquired a set of Toyo Observe G3s for winter tires, I started a search for an okay set of Cookies. Only okay because after all, they’re going to be the ‘winter wheels.’

It seems that they’re really easy to find until you’re looking for a set. There are lots of them around. In Georgia, Alabama, New York, Michigan. Suddenly the low cost ain’t so low when you price out shipping clear across the US of A. So I tasked my friends at the local boneyard to find me a set. $400 and a couple weeks later they’re in the shop.

The first thing we notice is that one is a little less than round. Like about 5 mm less. So after investigating straightening ($125), we take it back. They can find me another one.

On to the other three. There’s a video on the YouTube showing how to do it. First thing is to get the tooling. “The Spinna” is a roller frame to allow one to easily spin the wheel while you’re polishing. Google that name and I find nothing so the solution is to build one myself.

I find that conveyor rollers are cheap. Like REALLY cheap. (2) 11.5 inch long rollers, 4′ of 2×2 steel angle and an hour on the drill press and I got my very own “Spinna.” For $30.

Then we start to cleanup. The first step is a liberal application of paint stripper. It turns out that they no longer make Methyl Chloride stripper (something about silly EPA rules or some such) so that means that the first application and scraping was followed with about three more liberal applications. Then a bunch more scraping and scrubbing. Methyl Chloride was easier. Brush it on, hose it off, kill the weeds. Forever.

After removing the majority of the paint and clearcoat, it was on to the actual polishing. (The red is powdercoat. It won’t come off without heat or professional stripping so it’ll just get painted over.) First wet sand with 220 followed by 400, 600 and then fine Scotchbrite. We mostly ignored the curb rash as these are ‘winter wheels’ and we’ll just put the rashed ones on the off-side. After about 3 or 4 hours, we got out the Mother’s Mag Polish.


I learned a really neat trick from the above mentioned vid. Use sandpaper to trim the masking tape. It works slick.

Then paint with matte finish black farm implement enamel and we end up with:


And the fourth wheel? Here’s the first replacement:

That’s deep corrosion. It will not ‘polish’ out and I don’t have a lathe big enough to machine it out. They’re looking for another. And it’s beginning to snow.

The winter tires are on the Phone Dials. Probably put the summer tires on the Cookies.

The plan is to paint over the primer in the Spring. I spoke with the painter last night. He said that he’s looking forward to the job. (He did body and paint for Beverly Hills Porsche in an earlier life.) The labor’s about half paid for so far.


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