The latest classic Porsche to grace our fabrication workshop is this smart little Tangerine Targa. Previously used as a rally car on regularity events and the like, the car has found a new home, and is retiring from competition to a comfortable life as boulevard cruiser and touring transport.
The photo shows the Targa on one of the two Celette chassis restoration jigs here at Wardington. Tuthill Porsche insists on doing restorative metalwork on a chassis jig with clamps specifically designed to suit the 911, for two main reasons.
First, the jig will check the chassis alignment and accuracy of any previous repairs. It is not unknown for an allegedly undamaged car to come to us for rust repair and fail to line up on the jig. Many classic Porsche 911s have a hidden past that only shows up under careful scrutiny.
The second and perhaps more important reason to use jigs in chassis repair is for structural integrity. While these cars are old, they were carefully constructed for strength with light weight. Cutting metal out of them without supporting the surrounding bodyshell can lead to chassis distortion.
A chassis jig is the only way to guard against shell movement and distortion, especially on something like a Targa, where there is no rigidity to call on from a metal roof panel. This Targa had new sills fitted while sitting on a jig and will not have moved a millimetre out of original alignment. Using a chassis jig is the best way to protect monocoque integrity when addressing rust and body repairs on classic Porsche.
Got some rust you need fixing? Call Tuthill Porsche on 01295 750 514 and let us help you repair your classic Porsche. We’ve done more than a few!