Will it Run? A Porsche 911 in a Saltwater Flood

https://www.youtube.com/embed/NT9eTUYhRAM

For our Thursday video, we take a look at YouTube channel Mustie1, a man who loves to tinker on all things mechanical—especially air-cooled Volkswagens. In this video he's helping out a friend who had received a free(!) 1979 Porsche 911 Targa after it suffered through a saltwater flood. Can they get it going?

Aspen
Aspen HalfDork
10/10/19 3:40 p.m.

I have been watching a bunch of Mustie1 videos lately, very entertaining. 

I have to wonder why they are bothering with this "free" porsche.  It's got over 200k miles and will need a whole new interior and will likely continue to have many issues as the wiring corrodes.  And its a targa.

slowbird
slowbird HalfDork
10/10/19 3:55 p.m.

Maybe they should convert it to water-cooled. Salt water-cooled. cheeky

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
10/10/19 4:01 p.m.
Aspen said:

I have been watching a bunch of Mustie1 videos lately, very entertaining. 

I have to wonder why they are bothering with this "free" porsche.  It's got over 200k miles and will need a whole new interior and will likely continue to have many issues as the wiring corrodes.  And its a targa.

umm, sign me up for the next 911 you are giving away for free because it is too much work!

AAZCD
AAZCD HalfDork
10/10/19 4:29 p.m.

Amatures. I'd start by pulling the major components out and powerwashing it all. I hate moldy interiors.

rustybugkiller
rustybugkiller HalfDork
10/10/19 5:37 p.m.

Id love to have a free 911 like that.  Refresh the motor and transfer it to my 914

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
10/10/19 6:03 p.m.
AAZCD said:

Amatures. I'd start by pulling the major components out and powerwashing it all. I hate moldy interiors.

It's a 3 part series...

Aspen
Aspen HalfDork
10/11/19 10:56 a.m.

In reply to Robbie :

The effort and $$ spent will not equal the end product.  They are a long way away from a decent driver.  It was also still be a salvage car.

Better to sell off the good parts and put the time and $$ into a nicer unflooded car with a blown engine.

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS Dork
10/11/19 12:16 p.m.

One its an aircooled Porsche so it's worth quite a bit.  Two all of these clowns on youtube apparently do quite well in the dollar department.  I'm not watching, but I'm totally sure it's worth it $$$$$$.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 UltimaDork
10/11/19 12:49 p.m.

Wow.  The only free car I ever scored was a late 80's Chrysler LeBaron Coupe.  Cool car, but not as cool as an air-cooled 911.

On the plus side, the LeBaron had never been swimming in the ocean.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
10/11/19 1:01 p.m.
Aspen said:

I have been watching a bunch of Mustie1 videos lately, very entertaining. 

I have to wonder why they are bothering with this "free" porsche.  It's got over 200k miles and will need a whole new interior and will likely continue to have many issues as the wiring corrodes.  And its a targa.

It was in salt water, not acid.  You can rinse all of that water out, and get all of the salt along with it.  And it also takes some time for corrosion to happen.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia HalfDork
10/11/19 1:36 p.m.

That year of 911 was galvanized , so it's pretty rustproof if you catch it early , 

Worst thing it expensive motor and tranny parts ,

We were talking about that the other day before this was posted on what we would do if we sank a Ampicar !

 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
10/11/19 3:17 p.m.

In reply to Aspen :

If regular people built cars to make money, no one would ever build cars. Passion, intrest, and ingenuity do not have monetary value. 

 By your rational, things like the Challenge shouldn't exist because it's not worth it. But it does.  People restore wierd, valueless things all the time. Don't sweat it.

06HHR
06HHR Dork
10/11/19 3:27 p.m.

It's an air cooled Porsche, it's far from valueless...  The rules are different for air cooled Porsches.  This is a Porsche restorer's backyard.  If is has a VIN tag on it, someone will restore it.

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
10/11/19 3:37 p.m.

One doesn't climb Everest for any rational need. One does it because it's a challenge. A test of skill and endurance.  This 911 represents a similar challenge, for slightly less money. 

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
10/11/19 4:05 p.m.

Watching all 3 parts (so far) it turned out like I expected.  Clean the heck out of it, and everything works (as before the floodS- there were two, apparently)- and in the process of debugging it they figured out why it wasn't running great before.  Now it's almost there.

Even with crappy steel, I'd take an Alfa that was flooded like that.  Lots and lots of clean up work, but it's more that than fixing stuff.  And one would have to plan on trashing all of the fluids, regardless.

Before buying new interior, I'd also experiment with power cleaning everything.  And take all of the covers off the seats- just to see if it can be cleaned.  The one part of the car that is likely never to be revived are the door cards and rear panels- since they tend to be made of a paper like material.

Again, it was in salt water, not acid.  It's not just going to fall apart being wet.  Some of us expose our cars every year to those conditions, and they survive.

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