Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Reader Ride: 1982 Porsche 911SC

Time for another edition of DT's questionably named Reader Ride feature which was originally called Reader Rides, and alternatively Reader's Ride or Reader's Rides, but like a hungry bear in a campground -- tense don't matter. Anyway, we've decided to standardize on Reader Ride and this one is a winner -- reader Tamas' 1982 Porsche 911SC.

Year / Make / Model / Trim ?
1982 Porsche 911SC


How long have you owned it?
I have owned it for 7 years. I was 21 when I bought it. This was my first real car, whatever car I had before it doesn't count.



Why did you buy it? 
Well when we were in high school back in Romania, me and my friend used to play NFS porsche 2000. After I moved to the states a friend of mine/former neighbor asked me if I wanna go for a shotgun ride on Mulholland. I did. Derek's car was a 82 SC and it was setup for auto x. Derek being a class winner also added to the fun factor(yes I was screaming). Fast forward I sold my 93 RX7 and my Tahoe the same week and bought my 82 911SC.



What do you use it for (commute, fun, racing...etc)?
I can say I use it for everything. Been on most of the tracks here on the West Coast, I drive it daily when I get the bug, vintage rallies, weekend getaways, canyon rides, and grocery getting.



Is it stock or modified? If modified, please list some modifications. 
It's modified. I guess the most significant modifications are all performance oriented.
I had the motor torn down and rebuilt.
High compression, 3.6L cams, cat bypass, M&K muffler, rsr aluminum flywheel. Transmission reworked with wevo shifter, beefed up suspension 22/28 torsion bars, 21 smart racing through body front sway and turbo rear sway bar. There are more visual and smaller mods like the reversed vipers, backdated heater, amber lights, prototipo wheel, turbo seats, factory style RS rollbar and 5 point harness.

What was the most memorable day in your car (proposed to wife, 3rd child born in back seat...etc)?There are many great memories. I guess the one worth mentioning is the one when I got the car impounded and I almost got arrested. It happened on the last day of Targa California last year. Officer Gomez took my car and left me and my navigator in front of IHOP 100 miles from home at 10pm hungry and tired.



What was the most catastrophic failure of parts/components?
Well I caught my transmission before it grenaded, but I did manage to break a piston on Willow Springs. Hence the engine tear down and mods.

What makes you want to keep owning this car?
I owned and driven many cars. But anytime I get behind the wheel of the SC  its like I'm home. It fits me like a glow. I love the smell of gas, oil and leather in the cabin. I love that mechanical engine sound. I like the fact that its a difficult car to drive, that it challenges me, that it constantly tries to kill me.

Will you ever sell it?
I would rephrase that question to would you ever sell it? And the answer would be no. I think these 911s were made to last a lifetime. After all these years it still can surprise me and that's why I'm still in love with it.

Here are some photos from different periods of time. First is the current one.



Ed- This looks like an awesome combination of daily driver, track rat, and clean classic.

Got your own ride and want to share? Send us some pics. You can just free form your words, or follow this questionaire.

Year / Make / Model / Trim ?
How long have you owned it?
Why did you buy it?
What do you use it for (commute, fun, racing...etc)?
Is it stock or modified? If modified, please list some modifications.
What was the most memorable day in your car (proposed to wife, 3rd child born in back seat...etc)?
What was the most catastrophic failure of parts/components?
What makes you want to keep owning this car?
Will you ever sell it?

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16 comments:

  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamJune 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    I'm starting to get the impression that we aren't all as collectively broke as the site theme might suggest.

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    1. Not exactly broke, but I am a cheapskate. Total outlay for my two daily turismos, including the court ordered restitution (by the drunk guy, not me): well under $3000

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  2. NFS: Porsche Unleashed was my favorite game as a youngster and definitely kick-started my Porschephilia. Great to see an SC in its natural habitat!
    Also, like a hungry bear in a campground -- tense don't matter. I lol'd.

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  3. Almost arrested and car impounded? That's a pretty big deal! If you don't mind me asking, do care to elaborate?

    Beautiful 911! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yeah, you can't leave that story half-finished!

      + 1 on nice car, thanks for sharing on DT.

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  4. I'm the Derek mentioned, and Tamas' SC is really well done. Also, that's my white SC in a couple of the pics.

    At first I thought Tamas was selling his SC! Relieved that is not the case.

    And while I understand Fleetwood's comment about being collectively broke, it should be known that Tamas has worked his way up from nothing. I remember when he started out flipping Miatas and whatever else was around, and now he's one of the go-to vintage 911 and everything else automotive guys in LA. He's worked his ass off to get where he is.

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    1. Fleetwood T. BroughamJune 24, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      @Derek....to clarify, no ill will was intended or implied with that statement at all...I like to see people doing well. I was just chuckling to myself that while we don't all sit around smelling our own farts like on BaT, we also aren't all driving $1500 Saab EMS's because we have no other choice. I like the frugal approach. cheers!

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    2. No worries... no ill will taken really. Just more of an inspirational message to all that love classics. Cheers to you, sir.

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    3. I did find myself wondering in what year he turned 21, as that could drastically affect the price paid. Mainly I'm wondering why I'm 34 and the same car is on my birthday list for when I turn 40.

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    4. Fleetwood T. BroughamJune 26, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      No doubt Boz, although if the current rate of 911 inflation continues, you will be cross-shopping a 911 SC against a McLaren F1 in 6 years.

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  5. Cool video of Tamas and his 911 during Targa California 1013. @ about 2:20 you see the car impounded

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  6. here : http://vimeo.com/64859545

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    1. He seems upset. Haha! (Really though, that sucked.)

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    2. Ah, well, that answers my question then. Passing on a double yellow, speeding, etc. Second ticket impound though... that's BS. The officer probably saw Porsche and the fact that he was a long way from home and saw $$ signs.

      I've been a passenger in situations like that where the driver was caught criminal speeding and they said that they were taking/cutting the license of the driver, but as long as I took over driving duties (and slowed the !@#$ down), they wouldn't impound the car... unless they determined there was something illegal about the car (non-CARB/BAR/DOT compliant parts, etc).

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  7. I love it, well done and nicely built!

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  8. Sweet ride!

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