To make life more interesting, Mayo and Zim split in 1984. Mayo suddenly found himself unemployed, owing child support, making payments on the ’72 S, and getting married again. He did the only thing he could think of—he opened his own business named Mayo Performance in a rental space in the same town.
That’s when a 1967 911 S showed up.
“I first saw it at the Zim/Mayo shop in 1983. It had come in for a repaint and engine rebuild,” remembers Mayo. “The owner was looking for a little more power, so I installed 906 cams in the 2.0-liter motor. Not a wise choice for a street car actually, but hey, I was young and foolish back then! The customer then decided to help the ‘restoration’ along by having the body sandblasted. This, of course, severely warped every panel. All that was left in usable condition were the roof and doors.”
Fortunately that 1967 911 S, #306747S, had always been a Ft. Worth car, so it lacked rust. The front suspension pan was the only section of the chassis to be replaced due to the usual battery venting. Although the car was originally Light Ivory, the customer decided to have it painted Marathon Blue Metallic, a ’73-74 914 color.
For various reasons, the owner never got around to reassembling his ’67 S. It sat for a dozen years, then he went missing for another dozen. In 2008 Mayo finally tracked down the owner and convinced him to sell it for $26,000. “I picked the car up the next day before he could change his mind. The paint had some dings and scratches from being moved around, but it cleaned up well enough that I didn’t need to refinish it,” Mayo reports.
Since the original bumpers, seats, and all attaching hardware were missing, Mayo decided his ’67 S rebuild would be more competition based than correct stock. Mayo had been saving up parts for just such an occasion. He had a pair of Fuchs 7R wheels, a ’69-71 S oil thermostat set-up, fiberglass bumpers and hood, and he ordered 911 R and Nürburgring replica seats from GTS Classics in Austin. Rather than worrying about trying to match the 25-year-old paint, he had the bumpers and lids painted Gulf Orange for a late ’60s to early ’70s theme.
By the time all the panels were assembled, Mayo was rapidly approaching his deadline of taking the ’67 S to Savannah, Georgia’s PCA Parade in August, 2011. He still needed to finish the upholstery, install a front oil cooler, and refurbish the suspension. “I replaced all the bushings with standard rubber, including the steering coupler. Since this car would be used for long trips, I didn’t want the noise and harshness of harder pieces. I also intended to autocross, so I just stiffened the rear. It now has 26mm Turbo rear torsion bars along with a 15mm rear sway bar. The front suspension is stock 18mm torsion and 15mm sway bars.”