"The Golden T" - She's got Personality

Okay, this car may not be the prettiest classic long hood 911, but we love it because of it's  "personality."

In 1972 Porsche explored and tested improvements and balancing of the 911 chassis. For instance, where to put the oil reservoir? Are two batteries better than one? Is fuel injection the way of the future?

Note the access panel above the rear wheel? That's for oil, not gasoline. Very important distinction. A one year only feature. 

Note the access panel above the rear wheel? That's for oil, not gasoline. Very important distinction. A one year only feature. 

Before '72, Porsche was having a bit of a PR issue with the tricky handling of the rear engine design.  An experienced driver could keep the vehicle in control, but the company still had issues with people spinning their cars.

As part of the fix and an improvement Porsche moved the oil reservoir to a space in front of the right rear wheel and, as you can see in the photograph, added an access panel in the rear right quarter. 

Surprisingly this change was a one year only improvement in chassis balance. Porsche reverts the oil panel to its original position the next year (1973), and would again move the reservoir in front of the front wheel in later years. Reasons for the sudden disappearance after '72 vary between what seems like automotive folklore and probable truth (we think the folklore is way more fun).

At the time, gas stations were often full-service. If an attendant was unfamiliar with 911's, he or she might mistake the oil panel for a fuel door and flood the oil reservoir with gasoline. Obviously, that would be a problem.

The idea behind the two battery setup was to position the batteries in the front one at each corner to balance the weight. There may have been other improvements for this design direction, but owner did not like having to maintain and replace the two batteries. 

Right now, we've got the engine out for some love and care. Fixing some oil leaks and need maintenance, as well as detailing. 

2.4 L  


Re-inserting the timing belt tensioner. These were tricky as the pin can compress, but doesn't have a locking mechanism. Later models allow for compression and add an insertable rod to keep the pin compressed.

The classic Porsche Mechanical fuel injection (MFI) system. Somewhat tricky to tune, but a ton of fun when it's just right, and you know we've got ours just right.

The classic Porsche Mechanical fuel injection (MFI) system. Somewhat tricky to tune, but a ton of fun when it's just right, and you know we've got ours just right.

We look forward to having the motor back in the car so we can get out and drive. Some more photos of the Golden T. It isn't perfect but we love this car.