CPR Certified Restoration (Ground-Up Restoration)
CPR Classic is proud to offer a class of restoration, after 40+ years of restoration work on early (65 to 73) Long Hood cars and all models of 356s, which addresses every nut and bolt on the car. We have learned there are many versions of the "Fully Restored" cars out there. Frankly in most cases they have been made pretty but few seem to address the real problems, which are that these 39 to 47 year old cars were never meant to last anywhere near this long. Simply due to their age, most of these cars need some form of restoration.
Porsche clearly takes the position that they never thought these cars would be around after 25 years, let alone this long, which speaks volumes of the quality that originally went into these cars. Porsche has recognized this and is now offering factory restorations for these cars in Germany at prices exceeding 200,000 USD for the same quality as found at CPR. To this end Porsche is now remanufacturing a great number of parts which for many years have not been available. Currently over 85% of the parts used by CPR are factory original or OEM original. CPR Classic (CPR) is offering a Remanufactured Quality Restoration.
Each car is stripped to the bare tub removing all component parts. The car is then placed on a rotisserie. The body and all removed panels are stripped to bare metal and restored or replaced to the original factory quality prior to any application of protective coatings or paint. To prevent future rust issues black etching primer is applied to all surfaces, the tub and all panels are then coated with epoxy primer to all metal surfaces and blocked. Fenders and doors are then reinstalled on the body. All gaps are adjusted to factory standards and then a hardened second primer is then applied, blocked and then reapplied until all panels fit perfectly and the body is arrow straight.
The panels are once again removed and the tub and all panels and bumpers are sealed using the latest in low-VOC etching primers that are environmentally friendly. The panels and tub are re-undercoated using the latest hard finish undercoating product from Wurth GMBH (Porsche's original coating manufacturer). The complete bottom of the car is then refinished in body color or Satin Black DCC depending on what was original for the specific model year, or as color preferred by the client.
The tub is then transferred to a CPR engineered body jig. The complete bottom of the tub is then masked and the tub and all exterior panels are refinished with Glasurit single-stage 22 line for solid colors and Glasurit 2-stage for metallic colors in our state-of-the-art Binks down draft heated booth.
The tub and all panels are then baked in our Binks oven assuring a quality chip resistant finish. The tub and all panels are then color sanded with 1000 grit, then 1500 grit and then buffed to a mirror finish.
All hardware is either replaced or replated with gold-colored or silver-colored zinc coating as appropriate. Complete front axle and rear axle assemblies are powder coated and all bushings, bearings, seals, brakes, rotors, calipers, and brake lines are replaced or restored to factory new or better standards.
Factory original wheels are sent to Al Reed and restored to new factory original finish and 5 new period correct radials are installed.
All interiors are restored completely to factory new standards by one of the top three Porsche specialty interior shops in California, or a company of the client's choosing.
The complete power train is overhauled as needed including ignition system, fuel system, engine, transmission, and clutch assembly to new standards. All bright work is polished, restored or replaced. The exhaust system (including heater boxes) is restored or replaced based on condition. All engine seals are replaced with Porsche factory new parts and all hardware is replated or replaced. All body seals are replaced with Porsche factory new or OEM equivalent seals. All bulbs and fuses are replaced and light assemblies are restored or replaced based on condition. All wiring is inspected and tested and we replace any worn or defective wiring or connectors with factory new.
Literally every part of the car is addressed. To do a restoration that is this complete on one car at a time has been very costly and could take years to complete. We here at CPR Classic, by approaching this strictly as a remanufacturing process, do basically the same work on a number of cars at the same time which allows us to purchase the needed parts and materials in volume from Porsche and other venders. It also affords us the ability to employ specialists dedicated to their area of expertise so that each workman is repeatedly performing the same process. Practice makes perfect!
CPR Certified restorations start at $100,000 for a car not needing metal work, and go up from there. All billing for these restorations is done on a time and materials basis. We encourage you to contact us, and we will be glad to provide you with an estimate.