Joe Wil­liams

Wey­mouth, UK @joewil­liams85

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912 Model 1967 Year April 2017 Ac­quired

No one likes a leaky rear main seal… when they get to a cer­tain age they strug­gle to hold their flu­ids and end up leav­ing their mark ev­ery­where they go. I’m sure many can sym­pa­thise and share the same em­bar­rass­ing is­sue. Well I’m happy to re­port there is a fix, and it’s more day surgery than heart surgery. If I’ve lost you al­ready or you’re just won­der­ing what I’m bab­bling on about then I’ll share the in­ti­ma­cies of my lit­tle prob­lem and what I’ve done to fix it.

So the rear main seal re­lies on mat­ing up to the neck on the fly­wheel to get a good seal. Over time and with years of abuse and of­ten poor main­te­nance the fly­wheel wears a groove which lets oil past. The easy op­tion would be to re­place the fly­wheel, but un­for­tu­nately they aren’t avail­able new any­more. Luck­ily a clever lit­tle com­pany has cre­ated the speedy sleeve which presses on to the fly­wheel neck to give a new and per­fect sur­face for the rear main seal to run on.

So the 912 checked into ZRS En­gi­neer­ing to drop the en­gine and

’box to split them to get ac­cess to the fly­wheel. Though the fly­wheel was in good shape and the clutch looked new there was some wear ex­actly where that rear main seal sits. Prob­lem found and cure de­ployed, back to­gether she went.

There is a re­peat­ing pat­tern here… ev­ery time I get any­thing done on the car I can’t help but ask to have a cou­ple of other bits looked at! I run twin We­ber carbs which came with car – this is a pop­u­lar con­ver­sion to get away from the old Solexs. They do re­quire some set­ting up, and on in­spec­tion it looked like mine had been chucked on and ne­glected. =

The link­age wasn’t par­tic­u­larly well ad­justed, the stops were off and there was a lit­tle leak on one side. On closer in­spec­tion they needed a good clean up, ser­vice and maybe a light re­build. As with ev­ery­thing I’ve en­trusted Matt to deal with he em­barked on a full strip down, clean, re­build and ser­vice, also re­plac­ing the in­ter­nal fil­ters and seals.

Some other gen­eral bits were done, a weep­ing dizzy seal swapped out and a check on the valve gaps for good mea­sure. With the en­gine and gear­box mated back to­gether the whole driv­e­train was re­in­stalled. The carbs were bal­anced per­fectly and new springs on the throt­tle ca­ble and pedal re­turn have made it much smoother un­der foot. Af­ter run­ning the en­gine for a cou­ple of hours, there wasn’t a drop of oil!

On to what could be the last cou­ple of ad­ven­tures of the year. A few of us like-minded Porsche geeks on the South Coast try to get to­gether ev­ery cou­ple of months for a catch up and a few hours chat that would put most peo­ple to sleep! I’m not sure how the lo­ca­tion was cho­sen but we ended up in an In­dian restau­rant in Stock­bridge which started with a great evening drive up and across the Dorset coun­try­side.

I jumped a lift in a friend’s 997.1

C4S with a great lit­tle con­voy in­clud­ing a show-win­ning 3.2 Car­rera, a 996.1 C4 con­verted to 2WD, a 991.1 GT3

RS and a 991.2 GT3. We have sim­i­lar con­ver­sa­tions but al­ways seem to come up with dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios… if you had to pick only one 911 which one would it be? What is the ul­ti­mate all-rounder? When will they re­lease the Speed­ster? How do you get on ‘The List’? Have you seen Moby Dick? Where are we go­ing for next year’s Euro trip? You get the idea! I love the fact that Porsche can bring to­gether such a var­ied group, all with dif­fer­ent ex­pec­ta­tions of what they want from their cars. What’s im­por­tant to one has no rel­e­vance to an­other, but with a com­mon theme that we all en­joy.

What did come from our group get-to­gether was a last lit­tle morn­ing blast be­fore the weather turns and the light dis­ap­pears. The fol­low­ing Sun­day morn­ing saw three coun­ties, three hours and six cars, fol­lowed by break­fast in the New For­est! All be­fore most peo­ple have rolled out of bed. Six o’clock nor­mally only hap­pens once a day for me so it’s al­ways an ef­fort to make these early morn­ing meets, but ev­ery time it re­minds me how re­ward­ing a de­cent drive on empty roads re­ally is. With the 912 all back to­gether it seemed like the ideal test run.

Start­ing in Dorset, head­ing up to Wilt­shire and fin­ish­ing across in Hamp­shire all via great twisty coun­try lanes on a cool Oc­to­ber morn­ing is hard to beat. It was a bit damp and the roads were pretty greasy, which made for an in­ter­est­ing yet fun drive out. By chance we had a pretty much all-white car turn out which was a novel sight given this month’s ar­ti­cle on The White Col­lec­tion.

Our driv­ing pack leader rolled out his 996 GT3 RS, with an­other two 991 Gen2 man­ual GT3S, a fast road set-up 996 and me play­ing catch up in the lit­tle 912! As luck would have it con­di­tions quite suited the old girl; light, nim­ble and with a bit of new poke she held her own while the mus­cle strug­gled to put down the power. I did have a lit­tle swap into one of the new GT3S, and 9,000rpm with that man­ual box is ad­dic­tive, but af­ter a nice break­fast stop and a bit of a nat­ter I re­alised that I’d prob­a­bly had the most fun. It’s such a re­ward­ing lit­tle car that makes you work for it, but gives back in abun­dance.

I for­got to men­tion, af­ter all that en­gine and carb fet­tling, it’s run­ning like a dream – pulling harder, revving faster and gen­er­ally much smoother. A no­tice­able im­prove­ment!

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