Porsche Body Tuning & Supervision

 

 

The two areas GP attends regarding body works:

1.) Aesthetic and aerodynamic tuning. The changing and/or adjusting of body panels, air dams, wheels, and spoilers. There are any number of aftermarket body parts to achieve the look and performance you're interested in. 

          

      

Blue Porsche front hood showing paint blistering
Blue Porsche front hood that has been correctly painted

Above: Hood seen at left suffers a poor prior prep and paint job. Same blistering appears all around the car but the hood is the worst of it. Speaking with the owner, I know returning to the P&B shop that did this work is out of the question---his experience with that shop was terrible. (Does it even make sense to go back to the shop that did this sort of work? Not in my opinion.) At right, I solved my customer's hood problem with a different body shop who I know did the job correctly because of my reputation and oversight. A lifetime warranty is provided. And walking away on good terms means that warranty means something to the owner.

Below: Porsche getting a rear-end-only refinishing. To match new paint color to existing, old paint requires a body shop with genuine skill. Paint codes are only a "starting point" as color worn by a car can fade over time. Formula modifications are made and tested until an excellent match between old and new colors are achieved. The color match in this case---old to new paint---on this Porsche is excellent. Compliments to Renier for the meticulousness paint work achieved on this 930's body.

Targa cap has been sand blasted on all sides, then powder coated in a satin black finish. New emblem completes this body part for re-installation.

Porche's hood having been coated with zinc chromate then sanded to check the surface. This media is used by the aircraft industry to protect aircraft metal from surface deterioration.

PORSCHE FACT:

Porsche's original model 356's body was designed by Porsche employee Erwin Komenda. First made in Austria, the premier 356 was road certified on June 8,1948. Then entered in a race in Innsbruck, the 356 won that race in its class and the beginnings of the Porsche racing brand began. Early 356 bodies made in Gmund were hand crafted out of aluminum. When the company moved to Zuffenhausen, the 356 was steel-bodied. Early 356 models with aluminum bodies are referred to as "prototypes."

2.) Body also refers to "paint & body" (P&B) work. GP AutoWerks does NOT do P&B work. Instead, GP serves two roles in this area: a.) As a quality assurance supervisor for Porsche owners that prefer not to deal with the intricacies of P&B work. b.) GP preps a car or body parts for the paint & body shop that will do the P&B work. In either case, GP can assume responsibility to fine tune body parts once P&B is completed to ensure Porsche fit standards being satisfied.

        Does it cost you more for GP assuming responsibility for quality assurance? If you value your sanity and only want to see your Porsche in good order when all's said and done... GP body work supervision is a bargain you'll value.

        For older Porsches, it's increasingly difficult to find body shops willing to work on these fine cars no matter their condition. There are any number of reasons given but bottom line: older cars are not profitable for most paint & body shops to deal with. Reason: nuts, bolts, and body panels may be rusted or modified making disassembly and more so reassembly more time consuming than standards allow. In other words, insurance companies don't cover the attention required of older Porsches---any older cars for that matter.

         If there's an insurance claim being dealt with, be sure at the outset that all parties are agreeable to the repairs required. Later, a "supplement" may be called for if damages not found initially are discovered.

NOTE: It's an intelligent practice to have photos of your entire Porsche in a secure location. If there's ever any question as to the status of your car, you'll have it. More, if your car's involved in an accident and now in for body repairs, take photos of the entire car---inside & out---doing so in front of the body shop manager. He or she will then know there's a conditional record of your car. Chances are there'll be more experienced individuals attending your car. When body work is completed, inspect the ENTIRE car before payment. It's not unusual for body shops to make repairs while at the same time doing damage. This is increasingly prevalent as body shops hire & task inexperienced workers.

      

Body / flares, wheels and duck tail have been added to this "RSR Clone."

Owner's 911 door was suffering from rust in typical places. Replacement door in good form is had from salvage yard at a reasonable price. Before an investment in refinishing, it's essential to make sure the door fits the owner's car. (Never assume a salvaged part fits before it actually does. There's no telling what a used part has experienced, particularly body parts.) With fit confirmed, the door heads to P&B. The door does not leave the paint & body shop, and payment is not made by the customer before the door's inspected. Upon approval, the door returns to GP for final installation.

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Below: Inside a Porsche's right rear fender well. Multiple oil leaks on the right side of the car, in particular the "S" hose, have been left unattended. Result: a layer of "elephant skin" 3/8" thick lining the inside of this body area and on the chassis. Entire well was pressure cleaned. Body shed a few pounds of needless weight in the process and repairs to the oil system were made.

VIDEO BY: PORSCHE®

 
 
Porsche® 2020 911  (992) -
Development
 

Video presentation courtesy of Porsche N.A. Permission on file.

Top photo shows Porsche 930 turbo stone guard incorrectly installed. Bottom photo is stone guard in correct position---30mm from lip edge of wheel well.

Porsche 930 with partial paint refinishing.

Few paint & body shops will accept the challenge of matching new colors to old. Those that do and do it with genuine skill are proven artisans in their field. 

PHOTO CREDIT: PORSCHE ARCHIVES

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