We'll begin this story by telling you it will be incomplete. It'll be incomplete because while we're proud of our boy Ryan Hoegner from Eibach Springs for actualizing a pretty cool car guy fantasy—namely getting his Porsche, a now beautiful 1982 911 SC, featured in the company's SEMA booth—we also have a somewhat detailed story of how the project came together in the queue, initiated by chapter zero we published a little over a year ago. So you can understand why we don't want to give the whole thing away just yet.
No doubt, the eye-catching element that first draws you into Hoegner's 911 is the gooey, wet-looking "Olive Grun" (loosely translated from German as "Olive Green") paint that it's coated in, a job expertly executed by William Galan, otherwise known as WillyWerx. Galan specializes in auto body, restoration, paint, fiberglass, and similar custom work, and managed to mix up a color that matches a hue Porsche used on some of its 911s in the 1970s. The look is complemented by a spare interior and equally simple exterior, which allowed parts like the Sparco QRT Performance seats inside and Fifteen52 x Magnus Walker Outlaw 003 wheels shod in Toyo R888 rubber outside to really shine. WillyWerx also painted other miscellaneous parts—like the custom-colored fan shroud in the engine bay—and brought still other parts back to life through processes like media blasting and zinc plating.
As they say, no panel was left untouched, and doing a fat chunk of that touching was the talented team at Sleepers Speed Shop in Costa Mesa, Calif. The Porsche shop broke down the barn find to its most basic components to send out to project partners like WillyWerx, as well as perform much of the most important restoring, like rebuilding the engine, and really did the majority of the heavy lifting on its reconstruction. What they couldn't get by other means they would often fabricate in house, thanks to fabricators Danny Oda and Design Craft Fabrication's Gary Castillo. The AEM fuel filter mount, catch can, seat slider adapters, ignition coil aluminum tabs, front trunk brace, header-back exhaust to a 997 GT3 muffler, and roll bar are just some of the one-off contributions pulled out of thin air by the Sleepers squad.
Where once there were torsion bars and old suspension parts, Eibach developed a custom coilover system and anti-roll bars to replace them and we surmise eventually sell one day. And as mentioned above, the engine that went back into the SC is a buffer version of the one that came out, with Carrillo rods, JE pistons, ported heads, Web cams, individual throttle bodies, and more. An AEM Infinity is in place for engine management, and to tie all the new bells and whistles together and get them to work together properly, RyWire Motorsport Electronics was tapped to develop a custom wiring harness, which meant updating the mill with a handful of sensors and triggers.
As we said earlier, this tale isn't over, at least for us—we don't know what else Hoegner has up his sleeve for his outlaw restomod 911. It was hard to get hold of him when his project kicked into overdrive in the run up to SEMA, and at SEMA he was busy balancing work life in the booth with the probably scores of new fans he just made via the Porsche. As they say, watch this space; we'll have much more on the build up of this beautifully balanced 911 SC.