No More Miami Vice Rockers!

I had to leave town for most of this week on a business trip which gave me the perfect opportunity to leave my car in the capable hands of Mark from Eurotech Bodywerkes.  The task was simple but critical.  Remove those boxed rocker panels that to me scream Miami Vice and put back the standard 930 rocker panels.  Mark did an amazing job and the car is back the way it was meant to be!  Now I have nothing against boxed rockers on an appropriate car, like the late 70s slantnose that was sitting next to me in this photo:

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Ahhhh!  It’s such a relief to get the standard 930 rocker panels back on the car.  I’ll leave boxed rockers to the slantnose cars.

And here is a reminder of what the car looked like from a similar angle with the boxed rockers:

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They Didn’t Forecast This

It’s been hot and sunny in Seattle this week and I went to bed with a forecast of slightly cooler but sunny weather for today. I hit the garage in the morning, put the top down, snap on my top cover and head out for my morning commute. West Seattle is a tad gray but not too bad. The temp is nice enough but with a slight chill, giving me an excuse to see how my heat works. It works a heck of a lot better than my AC 🙂 After going through the Mount Baker Tunnel expecting to see blue skies, blue water and Mt. Rainier I’m greeted with this:

weatheronthewayDark skies above me and even darker skies ahead! Rather than pull over and put the top up I step on the gas pedal and decide to race the rain. I’m happy to say that I was pulling into my building’s garage as the first raindrops fell and for today I beat the rain. That isn’t always likely to happen living here in Seattle.

My First Drive

We got back from vacation at 1 am and if it wasn’t for my two exhausted young children and even more exhausted wife I would have been tempted to go out for a late night cruise.  Instead I simply put my eyes on the car for the first time in person and went to bed.

Five very short hours later my alarm went off and it was time to head to work.  For the first time in a long time I was looking forward to my long commute.  I quickly put on my license plates, got inside the car and started off on my first drive!  A few initial impressions:

  • I really should have taken more time to get familiar with the car before hitting the road because simple things like mirror adjustments and climate control are still a complete mystery to me.
  • I think the car has a nice aftermarket stereo but who cares…the sound of that engine is better than anything coming through the speakers.
  • This car is tight.  It feels news, shifts smoothly and runs like a dream.  I’m sure I’ll experience my share of issues but for now it’s like driving a very old new car.
  • I honestly forgot how hard it is to do slow speed maneuvering in a car without power steering.  Backing out of my garage was a nice little workout!
  • That smell…I missed that smell.  It’s different from my older SC but still an amazing combination of oil, fuel and leather.  Unmistakably Porsche.
  • It’s so much fun to drive that I almost blew past my exit and headed for a drive in the mountains.  But that’s for another day.

 

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Taking a rest after a fun drive to the office!

Safe and sound

Thanks to Holt for prepping the car so well and for Image Auto Group trucking it across the country.  It arrived safe and sound.  Our street was too small for the giant semi so they unloaded on a main street and drove it in.  Time to start having some fun!

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Quick snapshot of it coming around the corner

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Tucked away in its new home

The first project will be a drive to Eurotech Bodywerkes to get the boxed rocker panels off the car and put the standard 930 rockers on.  The boxed rockers are too Miami Vice for me and I think the standard rockers accentuate the aggressive curves a lot better.  If anyone is looking for a set of boxed rockers for their own project just let me know.