944 Strosek wide body repainting & short introduction

  • Hello from Austria,


    my name is Robin, I'm 26 years old and car sick. Joking aside, I'm about to start repainting our 944 Strosek widebody with my father, so I've been doing some intensive research on dismantling/parts supply etc. and have therefore registered here today.


    Attached are a few pictures of the car, it has been in my father's possession since 2008 and has run a verifiable 65,000km, and is actually technically in top condition, there is also no rust, the reason for the paint job is actually only various cracks in the widenings and the few different shades of red it already has. In the 16 years we have driven about 3000km and it was also not registered (because unfortunately the luxury problem of far too many cars). Now to repaint it and generally freshen it up where necessary, then actually register it and go to a few meetings etc --> that's the plan.

    And finally, a very topical question: Will any 944 or perhaps even the 924 windshield fit? Where is the best place to buy one? Does anyone even have a part number? It should definitely be one with a green wedge.


    I look forward to a nice exchange and some help with the one or other question that will surely come up 😅

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  • Hello,

    great project and nice base!

    1. roof moldings and windshield frames are not entirely uncritical in a full paint job.

    2. if the vehicle is painted in a two-coat paint (base coat + clear coat), you can omit parts (e.g. the roof) and match the color! It won't be noticeable later!

    3. despite the low mileage, look very carefully for rust now!

    4. cracks: All ends of cracks must be drilled out with a three millimeter drill bit to prevent further cracking. Grind the crack into a V-shape using a Dremel.

    Förch offers a hard joint filler L274 - although it is expensive (only available from specialist dealers), it is excellent for exactly this type of repair. GRP or GRP on sheet metal - WITHOUT cracking. I've already repaired a few things with it and it really holds.

    5. do you have a really good painter on hand? They are not keen on such "projects".

    6. side windows, mirrors, headlight covers etc. I would remove them for painting.

    If you have any questions, just let me know - I only do this as a hobby and only for myself, but I'm not completely inexperienced.


    Greetings Stefan

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    alte Porsches:
    911S Ex US '76 mit Umbau auf 3,2l 207PS (Motor 930/21 mit Getriebe 915/68) - Silbermetallic, Schiebedach

    911SC Targa Ex US '81 3,0l 179PS (Motor 930/16 mit Getriebe 915/63) - Weinrotmetallic

    944/1 Targa '84 2,5l 163PS - Platinmetallic (bis 03/2017)

  • Thanks for your opinion


    In what way do you mean roof rails and window frames are not completely "uncritical"?


    Cracks haven't really changed in the 16 years we've owned the car, so I'm reasonably optimistic about them, they're treated as they should be, but well, maybe one will come back at some point, you almost have to expect it.


    The painter has 20 years of experience and has already done a few projects for friends, where I know the result, which should actually fit.


    I would remove everything where the cost/benefit is reasonably worthwhile, you can get side window seals relatively cheaply, I would definitely remove them yes.

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  • Hello,

    Roof rails can be easily damaged during removal, as can the frame of the glued-in windshield. The rear side windows are "classically" fitted with rubber seals - easy to remove and refit.
    From the sound of it, the vehicle has been standing in a building for quite a long time and has only been moved a little overall.
    Re-cracking can occur during commissioning and the associated "movement" of the body parts and the temperature changes in sunlight (different linear expansion of GRP and steel) - but that's the way it is.

    It's good to have a good painter!
    Greetings Stefan

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    alte Porsches:
    911S Ex US '76 mit Umbau auf 3,2l 207PS (Motor 930/21 mit Getriebe 915/68) - Silbermetallic, Schiebedach

    911SC Targa Ex US '81 3,0l 179PS (Motor 930/16 mit Getriebe 915/63) - Weinrotmetallic

    944/1 Targa '84 2,5l 163PS - Platinmetallic (bis 03/2017)

  • Can you still get the moldings and the window frame or is that already critical?


    Yes, it's been in the garage, but has still seen a longer ride and some sun at least every 2 years :D

    But as I said, I think you have to expect that one or the other will come back

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  • Hi Robin,

    that looks great, do you have a picture from behind ?

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