Due to the subsequent damage,Griffin felt he had no choice but to remove the front end from the shock towers forward and then weld a donor front clip in its place.He purchased a $350 parts car from Kentucky, and from that he pulled the front fenders, front valance, and the gas tank.He hand-tooled the Turbo’s nose panel back into shape and found its original bumper to be salvageable, as well. Everything else at the front of the car remained original, “…the hood, even the radiator.One of the nice things is that this is still a numbers matching car,”Griffin boasts.
Continuing, he notes “the fuel system was absolutely trashed.”Varnish had to be cleaned from the fuel pump, fuel lines, fuel injectors…“The fuel distributor, I actually took it apart and cleaned every component inside.”The control-pressure regulator was disassembled and cleaned; even the frequency valve was clogged with varnish.
New crankshaft seals and a new timing belt were installed, along with spark plugs and the distributor cap and rotor.“I went ahead and, just because it was 30 years old, put a new head gasket in it, even though I’d never heard the car run,” he adds. Stainless-steel brake lines were installed next.Griffin rebuilt all four brake calipers, installed new brake pads, and repacked the front wheel bearings. He then refinished all four road wheels. Using baking soda with a handheld sandblaster, he blasted the wheels and repainted them in their original color. To them, he mounted a new set of VR-rated tires.
Griffin painted the car from the doors forward. But he says the rest of the car’s paint was cause for concern, too. “I went through countless man-hours trying to scour and clean to the original white,” he explains.After sitting for ten years—with many of those at a body shop—the paint had primers and other paints impregnated into it.He tried standard polishing compounds, but they couldn’t get the white bright enough.
“Then I got to thinking back to when I was a kid,” says Griffin.“ They made this stuff called Westley’s Bleach that was used on whitewalls. I ended up washing the car with Westley’s and literally bleached the white paint.”That finally cleaned it to the point where Griffin could use a polishing compound to bring everything back to a brilliant shine. The original 924 Turbo and Porsche stickers were retained, with their years of patina.
“So the car is pretty much as original as I could get it, with the exception of the paint work and the front fenders,” concludes Griffin about the car’s exterior.
Turning to the interior, Griffin employed more ingenuity in returning the dashboard to reasonable shape. He used a combination of epoxy glue, plastic automotive body filler, and spray-on Rhino truck bed liner (because it’s sandable) to repair the cracked plastic. Then he hand painted and airbrushed it to give it a look of synthetic leather. Smiling, he says, “I made my best attempt, and even though it’s not perfect, from five feet away, you can hardly tell.”