Welcome to Heavy Metal Affliction, ForzaMotorsport.net’s
presentation of radical rides, builds in progress, dream projects, and barn
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Heavy Metal Affliction can be defined as: the enduring need
and passion to seek out, purchase, and fix-up cars that speak to us, without
regard for investment value or resale.
This month is all about Porsche. In preparation for the
upcoming release of the Porsche Expansion Pack for Forza Motorsport 4 we are going to celebrate
Porsche by covering my 1978 Porsche 911 SC and a really cool Porsche show I
attended last Sunday. Porsche, Porsche, Porsche! It’s like something out of the
Brady Bunch, only way cooler!
Porsche 911 SC
I have always wanted a Porsche 911. I almost owned a project
1972 911S, was making payments on it, but was also focused on a VW Karmann Ghia
project, the boat I lived on, and a daily driver I owned as well. All that and
no garage made me temporarily shelve the 911. But I knew someday it would
happen. So, the 63rd (and most recent) vehicle I have owned is also
Last fall when I closed up my little tractor and dump truck
business, I had trouble selling my truck. I was told that it was “too nice.”
While I took that as a compliment, the fact is I was trying to sell it without
losing my tail. After a few offers that did not meet the bar, I added “Will
trade for Porsche 911 of equal value,” to my Craigslist ad almost as a joke,
but thought, “Who knows? Anything can happen.”
As I was returning from a motorcycle trip to Going to the
Sun Road in Montana’s Glacier National Park, I got a voicemail from a gentleman
that had a 1978 911 SC he wanted to show me and see if we could work something
out. I phoned him and we met in a parking lot and showed each other our rides.
I feigned a lack of excitement but this was exactly what I wanted, so long as
it was cherry and didn’t need any work. He loved my upgraded 2001 Ford F-350
4X4 7.3 diesel dump truck. It was just up to me to make the call.
When I saw the car was red, with black interior and a
sunroof I was already sold, but had to be prudent and make sure it was sound. He
let the car sell itself. We took it for a test drive on the highway where the
owner said, “Do whatever you want, you can’t hurt it.” I realized quickly that
this car would take some learning to drive and shift properly, but nonetheless
we saw 110mph in short order. The car ran out sweetly and gave me no cause for
concern. Why was he selling it? The man owned sixteen exotics, including five
Porsches. This one just wasn’t getting driven much and a dump truck would be a
useful tool in caring for his property. So we worked out a deal, which put some
money in my pocket and made me a proud new 911 owner.
The car is a 1978 911 SC (Super Carrera) sunroof coupe. It
is a five-speed connected to a 3.0-liter air-cooled flat six that makes around
180 horsepower. It’s no rocket ship but is plenty fast with a top speed of around
140mph. The car has been euro-lowered and is very stiff; needless to say it
sticks to pavement like Super Glue. It has Kinesis two-piece wheels mounted to
very low profile Bridgestone Potenza tires. Mechanically it is pretty much
stock but has upgraded cam chain tensioners and the catalytic converter has
been removed. The air conditioning has also been disabled. 1978 was the first
year of the SC and the first year of the new 3.0-liter engine. These engines are known as “bulletproof” and
are known to go more than 300,000 miles when properly maintained.
The interior has been upgraded with leather four-point
racing seats, and a Sparco pedal, shifter, and steering wheel kit. It has an
early nineties three-disc Alpine deck with separates and an amplifier. But the
sweetest sound is that flat six out back.
I have done a lot of TLC on this car, fixing little details,
bringing the paint up to its potential, and of course, driving it. My girlfriend
and I took it on a road trip across the state to drive one of the 15 best roads
in America just outside Clarkston, WA. We put about 700 miles on it that
weekend and the car performed flawlessly.
My future plans for it include new tires, probably Hankook,
new plugs, and new front brakes. Not really anything big aside from take care
of it and do some lapping in the summer months at Pacific Raceways.
Porsche Show at XXX
The XXX Root Beer in
Issaquah, WA is one of two remaining drive-ins in what was once a national
chain. In my opinion, they make the best Root Beer around and offer food so
good there is a warning on the door. Every weekend they host a car show with a
I was fortunate enough to participate in the Porsche show
they held last Sunday. There were all kinds of Porsches there from all original
Speedsters to the latest 911 GT3.
The show was supposed to start at 8 a.m. but the weather
wasn’t ideal so the lot didn’t fill up until around 10:30. I got there just
after eight and had ample time to chat with a couple other early arrivers and
of almost all the cars. There’s also a video
I shot while walking around the event.
There was a 928 club that brought about 15 cars, a great
group of 914/6’s. There was even a 914/8 that had a Corvette LS1 motor stuffed
into it. I think the rarest car I saw was a 911 RSR.
One of my favorite recurring moments is when folks leave and
you hear them accelerating on the freeway onramp that is right behind XXX. "It’s
beautiful music, as can only be performed by Porsches.”
That’s it for this week’s Heavy Metal Affliction. Do you
have a sweet ride that you would like to share? Know of one? Post about it in