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: The Porsche Project- Almost 50 years in the

04-13-2012, 11:07 AM
Allright, this may be a boring story for some, but here it is anyway. The first part is as it has always been told to me...

In 1963 my dad, an Air Force Captain and navigator on B-57's, was stationed at Spangdhalem AFB in Germany. He was driving a '62 Porsche Speedster that he had purchased new in California and had shipped to Germany. For maintenance ho drove off base to the Porsche dealer. As he waited around for an oil change he looked at all of the showroom cars the dealership had. I sales girl walked up and started talking to him about all the new models.

When he got back to the base he told his best friend and pilot, Jeff, that he had fallen for a slaes girl at the dealership. After a few weeks he got the nuts to go back and talk to her again. Apparently he didn't have much game because he wound up driving out of the dealership with a new Porsche 356B Coupe and no date! He learned a few things: 1. The sales girl was actually the owner of the dealership. 2. She was still married although not living with her husband and trying to get a divorce. Not an easy task in Germany in 1963. 3. She was a very good salesperson!

Anyway this went on for several years resulting in him buying a 1964 Porsche Targa as well! Dad and Jeff got sent to Vietnam and came back in 1967 both with Purple Hearts and Distinguished Flying Crosses. When dad looked up the "Porsche Queen" as everyone called her he found out her divorce was under way. They started hanging out more and more and after a few more trips to Vietnam and the divorce being finalized they got Married in May of 1971. In December of 1972 dad's plane was shot down over Cambodia and he broke his back in several places. Jeff wasn't flying with him as dad had volunteered an extra mission to get home to mom a week earlier. Good thing because the pilot didn't survive the crash landing. I came along in May of 1973. Dad is doing fine now after several surgeries even into the 80's!

So that brings us back to the cars. The Speedster was crashed and totaled by my aunt who picked it up in L.A. in 1975 and thought it would be fun to see how fast it went in HWY 101 near Carmel! Still bad blood between them for that one. The Targa was sold and Mom got a BMW before they came back to the States. Which leaves the 356B Coupe. Dad kept the car but unable to work on it and REALLY unable in the 90's to take it to a dealership, it sat in the garage after the engine blew about 1991.

In 1991 I left for the Air Force and wound up getting stationed in Germany at Ramstein AFB about 120Km from Spangdahlem AFB where mom and dad had met. The dealership is still there BTW but at that time they sold Audi's and VW's. I got back to the States in 1995 and was stationed at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS until my time ended 1997. All this time I asked about the Porsche and what he planned to do with it. He would say; "Well, I guess it's going to be up to you at some point."

Well, "some point" was apparently Summer 2011. Dad calls me one day and says; "Hey, the Porsche is sitting at (a buddy's) house and i think it really needs to get fixed up. Try to find somebody that can do it." Turns out, the buddy, who I would still like to bitch slap left the car outside from 2005 until 2011. He told dad he was storing it in his garage and even charging him for it! So, I had it picked up and taken to a garage that specializes in restorations. Here are some pics of the cars. I will post more when I have more as the work goes on.

The Trinity from L to R: Targa, Coupe, Speedster

Mom with the Targa in the 70's.

Dad and I (don't even comment on the get-up!). Me standing on Mom's 1973 BMW Bavaria with the 356B Coupe in the back in front of our house in Spangdahlem 1974.

The 356B after beng picked up from the buddy's house.

Roughly waht it will look like when we are done.

The new boxer engine is complete and it's at the body shop now...more to come...

04-13-2012, 11:28 AM
BAD ASS, can we come and have rides when it is ready?

04-13-2012, 11:36 AM
I can't wait until I get home to see the pictures.

That is a very nice story. These vehicles should never leave your family.

04-13-2012, 02:15 PM
Very cool story......luck to you and it will be awesome when it gets done!

04-13-2012, 09:25 PM
BAD ASS, can we come and have rides when it is ready?

Any time!

04-13-2012, 09:40 PM
Just for fun...

Dad and Jeff are still best friends today!

04-13-2012, 10:09 PM
Sweet car sweeter story thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

04-18-2012, 01:41 AM
Subscribed! Great story, awesome project! Not a Porsche man myself, but I have tons of love and respect for the work that old sheet metal did to create some of the great cars of today. :)

Dr. Nick
04-18-2012, 11:48 AM
Amazing! I'm such a fan of the early Porsche models. My dream garage has a 56 Speedster, a 58 Jaguar XK150 convertible and a 300SL Gullwing Mercedes in it.

04-18-2012, 11:55 AM
Very cool story!
Those cars are awesome and I look forward to hearing about the progress.

04-18-2012, 12:10 PM
1 boxer engine. Weber carbs have arrived as well. Just waiting on the body shop now.

04-19-2012, 01:43 AM
Awesome story....I owned a 1969 912 for a few years. It had the soul of a I miss that car!

04-20-2012, 12:15 AM
Gotta love those Boxer engines :) I'm a little Subaru-biased, though haha. Can't wait for more updates! Are you going to build up the engine at all?

04-20-2012, 10:52 AM
Gotta love those Boxer engines :) I'm a little Subaru-biased, though haha. Can't wait for more updates! Are you going to build up the engine at all?

No I don't have time to put any of it together. I'm hoping the body work will be done by the end of the month and they can start installing the engine and wiring then the interior.

04-20-2012, 11:01 AM
You're going to get so much enjoyment out of that machine. Even without the emotional connection it is just an outstanding car. Not sure if you've already found it or not but there is a forum called PelicanParts that has a huge community of enthusiasts and some really good "old school" knowledge on there. I've been a member nearly 15 years and have learned so much there.