On Thursday I made a little a visit to Historika to check on the status of #503. The car is still in metalwork but that is nearing completion now. The 100 litre fuel tank is almost finished fabrication too.

  

The all important #503 markings on inner dash and on rear deck are all present and correct, which is a nice touch. Some parts needed more work than others but it’s very straight despite having a slight crunch in the front at some point during its history. The hood has a lot of bondo – something that lots of American cars suffer from, but Historika are on top of the case and sorting it out.

 
The Sports Purpose direction has led me to add a rear cage and Schroth harness. The cage means I won’t be able to get both boys in the back – but the cage is an important addition for safety and overall aesthetic. The rear parcel shelf is mostly new…
  
The rear deck lid has had the traditional hinges removed and 911R external hinges added. Such a nice detail.

  
The Weber carbs have been completely reconditioned and they were returned last week. They look so good. Engineering art.

 

The engine is in the engine bay and needs a REALLY good clean. I would estimate that there’s 25 years of grime there as that was when Andial rebuilt this matching numbers power unit. The gaskets look hideous too – not a genuine Porsche part that’s for sure. All this will be sorted by Historika though, so I’m very relaxed. After the clean, it’ll get a major service and should then be good to drop back in.

  
Just today, we’ve been talking to Seattle Speedometers about a partnership with Club Mulholland. That partnership will allow us to provide completely bespoke dials for our builds and members cars. The first test piece will be for this SWB – CMR001. This piece of branding will be added to the original period-correct dash clock. The Heuer detail will be nice as it’ll match the pair of Heuer dash clocks that are being fitted as part of the build – it’ll also have the Heuer branding on the outside of the car.

  
This final image is a quick render of how the SWB will look when completed. Scheifergrau is the colour. Hoping it’ll be ready by late July as there’s stay her fine event later in the year that she needs to be at!