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A Porsche 911 RST Clone Built for Night Time Solitude

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
November 10, 2014
35 comments

Owner and Photographer: Bjørn Baadsvik

Year, Make, and Model: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RST

Location: Sandefjord, Norway

Since the day I discovered the differences among cars, I’ve had my eye on a Porsche 911 Turbo (930). At the age of fifteen I got my first car, a VW bug that I modified inside and out with a tailored interior, rebuilt suspension, and engine. But my thoughts were still pinned to the 930. At the age of twenty I took my first step towards my dream and purchased a 1982 limited edition, black 911 SC. Since then, I have always had a Porsche in my garage and by the time I turned twenty-five I had a Meteor Gray 930. After owning my dream car for five years I wanted to go back to Porsche’s roots. After selling the 930, I purchased a 356B T6 Super Cabriolet and restored it to its original spec.

A while after, I sold my first VW bug and purchased a 1969 911 T. I found the 911 in Florida at a restoration shop that was shrinking its business, needless to say the 911 needed body work. I spent more than two years refurbishing and modifying the 911 T with period correct parts. I wanted to build a replica 1973 RST with GULF colors. The car I got had a freshly rebuilt 2.7 L Carerra engine installed with modifications that helped prevent the tension bolt from pulling out from the casing, the casing collapsing, and the engine from running hot. The engine was tuned up to approximately 200 BHP with two 40mm triple-barrel carburetors. I upgraded the suspension to adjustable Koni shocks front and rear, and installed “S” brakes and ceramic pads with ventilated rotors. I used RSR anti-roll bars front and rear, lowered the car with a bump steer kit installed, overhauled the steering rack, used an RS lightweight kit for the front and rear bumper, saved weight by pulling the insulation, installed a fresh interior including headliner, floor mats, and all-new rubber seals on windows and doors. All of the rust was removed and panels welded before painting, and RS steel flares completed the rear.

Living in Sandefjord, Norway makes it very easy to pull the car out of the garage and just drive. There are so many roads to choose from and you’ll never get tired of driving around for hours. The sound of acceleration and the direct feel you get from an early 911 is like nothing else, it’s intoxicating! Everywhere I go, regardless of their age, people are always taking pictures or video of the car, and at the gas station there’s always someone looking and wanting to talk. Most of the time I take the car out at night, alone, and I stay off the main roads, enjoying my solitude. I listen to the engine roar and feel the surface of the road through the steering wheel and my spine. There is no feeling that I enjoy more than the that of mastering a fully mechanical car that I mostly refurbished myself.

I also have three daughters who ask me to take The GULF out for a spin, or take the 356 out to get the wind in their hair. I’m not too hard to convince, and am more than happy to go out, and share my passion with them.

During the winter I do maintenance and prepare the cars for next year. In the garage I have all the tools necessary for preparing pristine cars for the coming spring: I have welding equipment, a lift, a sand blaster, an engine stand, lubricants, and tools.

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Andreas Lavesson
Andreas Lavesson

I was hoping to stay out of tis whole debacle, but I’ve had enough. Refrain from posting from “Everyone” or whatever. It might seem like it in your world, but how fucking dare you people claim you’re voicing everyone’s opinion? If you want to show how big and bad you are, by calling someone out, at least have he balls to stand by your comments and don’t hide behind “Citizens”, “Everyone” or what have you.

Samir Shirazi
Samir Shirazi

that engine itself could be used as an sculpture.

Andreas Lavesson
Andreas Lavesson

That is quite a nice collection. Round it off with a 964 and it would be complete in my opinion (since buying an original 904 is out of the question for most of us). Truly inspiring story and it’s nice to see someone that does all the work himself. Don’t get me wrong, sending it off to the shop with a bag of money is fine too. Not everyone is mechanically inclined or fascinated. However, being that myself, I always appreciate my fellow wrenching enthusiasts. Also nice to see cars from Scandinavia, there are too few classics out on our… Read more »

Stephen Fitzgerald
Stephen Fitzgerald

Guys guys guys, and gals too. I’ve figured it out! TJ Martin is really just Yoav trolling all of us and having a laugh at our expense. Well played Yoav! You win this round.

Now… how about banning your alter-ego? 😉

Yoav Gilad
Yoav Gilad

“And I would’ve gotten away with it too, if not for you meddling kids!”

No, I am not TJ Martin and while some people can be a bit curmudgeon-y (I myself am), I’d implore everybody to take it easy on a guy whose perspective differs, especially those who take issue with him preemptively as on another recent post. Live and let live. #CommentTastefully

Adrian Fowles
Adrian Fowles

Your website… your decision… your loss (of readers)

Bjørn
Bjørn

Thanks to Petrolicious for all stories published, and I appreciate all constructive feedback on my cars.

Regards
Bjørn

RandyP63
RandyP63

I love this car for two reasons. One, the skill that was required to build such a vehicle, two, it gets under the skin of the resident vinegar and water bag known here as TJ. Hey, TJ, you more than likely do not possess any of the skills to pull off such a feat. Wait, let me express it as only you are capable in your Colorado 420 style……..oh…sheesh well I could do soooo much better. You are a true Richard Cranium.

rob
rob

I totally agree with Ae Neuman.I wish I had the talent,patience,money and a garage to accomplish what Bjorn has created.
Very well done.
Screw TJ Martin.

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

this is a wonderful car !
the owner should be applauded for his passion.
i only wish i had the skill (and inclination) to do something a project like this.
😉

Sean
Sean

As long as he’s not trying to turn the car into something completely different, then whatever he decides to do is fair game. It is not like he is trying to turn an MR2 into a Ferrari.

b Bop
b Bop

It’s truly heartening to see that others are also standing up against “Mr Eclectic” (TJ Martin) This man is just a tragic personality that is in desperate need of attention. Maybe the Petro guys can give him his own page where he can post his miserable comments to his hearts content and none of us need to be subjected to his crap. By the way, where can I sign up for Citizens Against TJ Martin ?

tm
tm

I really enjoyed the article, the cars and the fact that people still take pleasure in driving, especially real cars. This guy could have any normal sports car on his garage, a recent carrera like thousands of others. Yet he has two unique cars, two classic cars that he enjoys repairing and driving.
Some people want to come and pass comment on what another individual chose to do with his time, effort and money – who cares about their opinion. Well done Bjørn, great cars and great spirit.

Guest (Citizens Against TJ Martin)
Guest (Citizens Against TJ Martin)

Another morning of coming on this site prepared to get my fix of vintage cars and bask in the passion of other gearheads, only to come away feeling annoyed and mentally violated because of one TJ Martin.

Err, in my opinion I think ________ like TJ Martin are getting played out on this site. So when are we going to start bashing the Martini Racing livery?

TJ Martin
TJ Martin

@ Nate & ML – So ‘ passion ‘ now equates to copying and clones not to mention overusing a paint scheme that has been taken to the extremes to the point of irrelevancy ? Did I miss out on something ? Has hipster revisionism now found its way into the dictionary as well ? Or is that just some pathetic tactic used to justify a complete lack of originality and creativity ? If so .. then the world of cars has become even more irrelevant than I previously thought . Which really is too bad in my opinion .… Read more »

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Not liking clones or tributes in general is an entirely reasonable opinion (not one I share but a reasonable opinion nevertheless). Calling an individuals car crap is not called for, especially when the workmanship appears to be of a very high standard.

As to revisionist history of Ferrari I believe you are the one who has twice claimed on this site that Ferrari has never made a profit despite the fact their publicly available audited [url=”http://www.fcagroup.com/en-US/investor_relations/financial_reports/FiatDocuments/Bilanci/2013/2013_annual_report.pdf?redirectFromFiatspa=1″] accounts[/url] as part of FCA say otherwise.

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

sidebar – how do you edit comments ?

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

There’s an edit function on the ‘cog’ at the top of the text box.

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

there is ?
i have no cog
🙁

Everyone On This Site
Everyone On This Site

I’m not even going to voice my opinion because that will fly over your head too. People like you are why I don’t bring my car to any events. Your self-righteous persona has no place on this site, which is supposed to be pure car bliss. All of your problems with this car are your opinion. I don’t even like 911’s but I came on here and appreciated what I saw. I once knew a guy who collected Geo Metro’s and was trying to track down a convertible model to finish off his collection. So is this guy an idiot… Read more »

Brompty
Brompty

All this vitriol is starting to ruin my enjoyment of Petrolicious. Just pure enjoyment of someone else car is why I came here in the first place; there are loads of other sites where every single submission descends into an argument. Please stop.

TJ Martin
TJ Martin

This is one trend I truly wish would go the way of the Dodo bird . Creating ‘ authentic ‘ nostalgia clones … and even worse .. painting them in one ‘ tribute ‘ color scheme or another . The ubiquitous ‘ Gulf ‘ color [ colour for you Brits on site ] scheme becoming the single most over used and abused color scheme in M/C’s , Cars and even for the love of Pete [ who ever the ____ Pete is ] on goram bicycles these days ! Come on people ! Get a freaking goram clue … as… Read more »

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

That’s totally uncalled for TJ. The story is of an owner who has rebuilt their 911 the way they want it, it’s not some restoration shop trying to plug their business. Perhaps it’s not to your taste, and to be honest I probably won’t choose Gulf colours these days either, but you can appreciate the work that has gone into bringing this Porsche back from the dead.
Perhaps instead on critiquing everything you should offer up something of your own so readers of this site can have an opinion on your cars?

Nate
Nate

I think the point of this site flew way above your head. It isn’t about custom builds, its about passionate builds. This guy didn’t build a “replica” and isn’t trying to “deceive” anybody. It is simply a well done tribute car built the way he wanted it. Whether or not you feel the gulf livery is played out doesn’t matter, it still looks good on the car.

Nate
Nate

I think the point of this site flew way above your head. It isn’t about custom builds, its about passionate builds. This guy didn’t build a “replica” and isn’t trying to “deceive” anybody. It is simply a well done tribute car built the way he wanted it. Whether or not you feel the gulf livery is played out doesn’t matter, it still looks good on the car.

Tony Edwards
Tony Edwards

Not sure why you feel the need to crap on this just because it isn’t your cup of tea. Personally I think the car looks great, but if I didn’t I wouldn’t be talking trash about it – I would just move on.

braunwagen
braunwagen

Wow this is certainly stunning. But really, all this website covers is 911’s its getting played out.

jg
jg

ok, you’re up next. What do have to offer

Rasmus Vind
Rasmus Vind

There can never be to many stories, videos or pictures of 911’s!

TJ Martin
TJ Martin

Though in most cases I’d agree … when it come to ___ like this … yes .. there really can be too many Porsche /911 stories and videos .

Pierro
Pierro

I think it’s about time to show off my Panda 4×4 ! (This will make Afshin smile !)

Rob
Rob

Great job on the gulf color representation.
Would of also like to of seen more of the 356 also.
I’m a huge Porsche enthusiast.
Great job Petrolicious.
I would love to see video of the Gulf 911 in action.
Thank you for sharing.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

This car looks beastly and I’m sure it sounds like one too. The Gulf Oil colors always seem to look good on most cars

TJ Martin
TJ Martin

No … actually the ‘ Gulf ‘ colors are getting rather old and mundane … and rapidly approaching the inane because of all the excess and abuse of the paint scheme .

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

Im sure old and mundane could apply to you as well