Wednesday, March 14, 2012


When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it's not, hmmm, boy. -Jacky Handey

So, I have been working non stop for the last two months on client reviews.  I finally saw an opening in the schedule to take a much needed personal day today, 3-14.  Great timing too, because there isn't a could in the sky and it should be 75 degrees out.  So, I am going to celebrate "Pi day" by taking care of some much needed things.  First i need to ship off some items people have purchased from me.  I am also hoping to receive some items I have purchased today too.  Then after that it's garage time, as well as a trip to the park for Dos Dingos de la Muerte (aka: my bulldog Blue, and my fiance's weinerspaz Pepper).   I really need to spend some QT with them. 
 I also have a feeling a dram of Glenlivet will be in order at the end of the day.   

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sailin' 'Cross the Devils Sea

Last week I made a post discussing some changes coming up.  I wanted to give a little more insight into the madness -lets call it project Group 2.  Back in the day there were two classes in rallying, under FIA rules.  The first is called Group 1.  This, as discussed in my previous post about 912s in Motorsports History is pretty much a bone stock class (down to the interior), with the exception of lighting and tires.  That is pretty much where Fritz currently sits.  My plan is to take it to the next level, loosely based on Group 2 rules. Many have done the RS, R, TR, RSR clones, and I have wanted to buck the trend with my rally car approach for a while now.  Many of these are ideas I have had for about 10 years now, and have grown and developed over that time. 

New period buckets have arrived this week, and i picked up a replica roll bar for a 911 R/TR/ST/RS/RSR a few years ago at the Stoddard Swap Meet from Dave Conklin.  An overhaul of the entire suspension will be carried out this spring.  A brake overhaul is planned in the nearish future, as well as a redo of the interior.   Included in this venture will be all kind of cool period correct rally items.. equipment, period tools, accessories and items picked up along the way as satanic details to finish out the car. 

There are a lot of great ideas.. some will be implemented, and others will not.  Inspiration is coming from period 911 and 912 rally cars as well as other cars on the early 911S forum, specifically those of Chris Nielsen, Mike DiLeo, and Bob Tilton. Many will be new takes on old ideas, some will be new ideas, and some will be old details not seen since back in the day. 

Some things will be factory based ideas, but most will be taken form the point of view that Fritz would have been driven by a privateer rallying a 912 in smaller, less famous rallies than say Monte Carlo (after all.. it's a 912... the budget rally Porsche!).  Needless to say, if it was period correct, it could be fair game. 

It will be interesting to see how everything turns out, which ideas I keep and which ones I disregard.  Needless to say, everyone will find out the specifics and devilish details of the build in the coming months. 

image courtesy of Dave Conklin

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Factory Delivery

On June 16, 1967, George Vaccaro picked up his 67 Slate Grey 912 coupe.  He still owns it today and winning concourse and driving it all over northern California. 

He recently posted 8mm video of that day.  Enjoy a little slice of early 9 series history.

Stay Tuned..

Some changes coming to Fritz soon...  a lot of great ideas in the works.  I am really excited about them and want to share them, but i really have to keep it a secret for now.   Only time will tell what madness I have in store..

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Missy Draws

Well, my better half has finally found an outlet for her creative side -her own blog!  Missy graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design with a degree in Time Based Media Studies (Animation).  For many reasons, she later decided not to go into her field of study, however; that has never stopped her creative streak.  She now finally has a place to display her talent and her humor, in her blog: Missy Draws Cartoons and Conclusions.   Much of it is based on stuff that happens or discussions we have in real life..  her drawings are fantastic and her stories hilarious.  I highly recommend checking it out.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Back Where It All Begins

Well, work is still kicking my butt.. after this week I will hopefully have one more review to do, and then I can breath a bit. 

I have been working crazy hours, and had to put parting out the 67 on hiatus because i had no energy after work to work on it.  I am still shipping out stuff i have already sold on weekends, just haven't posted anything new for sale in a while. It's been just about impossible to do anything with it during the week due to sheer exhaustion.  Hopefully once i wrap these reviews up I can have a life again after work, and sell the last of it.  In the mean time, I have been plotting some crazy ideas for Fritz.  The new suspension is a no brainer and obvious.  I have a few other tricks up my sleeve, which everyone will either find really interesting, or hate.  I am very excited though and cannot wait to dive into these projects and to do write ups about them. 

In the mean time, with little to really discuss or get into, I present, for your enjoyment:  Made By Hand.. a walk through the Porsche factory as they create a 356 from start to finish!