Greg Maissen, Past President, Redwood Region and Hi Tec Employee
On a unseasonably warm and sunny winter day, 40 plus PCA members
along with a dozen or so soon to be PCA members came out for a tech
session at Hi Tec Automotive.
The morning started off with plenty of good food and coffee to help jump
start navigating ones way through all the rare and unique Porsches on
hand ranging from vintage 356s to new Redwood Region member Craig Todd's
race prepped 997.2 GT3. RR member Mike Beavers was scheduled to bring
his new 991 GT3 to the tech session, but Porsche instructed him not to
drive his car as it seems that a handful of 991 GT3s have caught on fire
and as of now Porsche is not conclusive as to the cause.
After admiring all of the hardware parked around the building, everyone
gathered inside the shop where Deven Wailes introduced himself and the
Hi Tec crew. Deven then proceeded to give a tutorial on an incredible
1959 356 Polopolous Porsche that was on loan from one of our customers.
The "Polo" Porsches are primarily known as the engine that started life
as a 6 cylinder 911 with 2 cylinders removed making it into a 4
cylinder; commonly known as a "Polo 4". It weighs 100 pounds less than
the six, has twice the power of the original four and is very reliable.
This particular Polo also had a 911 drive train and suspension which
required the rear fenders to be widened to accommodate the track of the
car. This car drives and handles unlike any 356. I was fortunate enough
to be able to drive this special car. At first shifting a 901 5-speed
transmission in a 356 seems alien, but with the way the engine revs it
all fits together. The suspension completely transforms the car, which
of course is most appreciated in the turns. This is a very sophisticated
hot rod with a very sophisticated price tag.
A 2010 Boxster Spyder was next put on the lift to demonstrate what is
involved in a thorough mechanical inspection. This particular Spyder
just had the exhaust replaced with a titanium Remus sport exhaust
system. Many members were impressed with the sound it produced; it
reminded them of finely tuned race car.
Next up, Deven had a 996 manual transmission on the stand and
demonstrated that indeed you can rebuild them rather than having to
spend twice as much to outright replace one, as is recommended by
Porsche. A sigh of relief could be heard from the crowd.
We then went next door to our expanded location known as Hi Tec 2 to see
Tom Edwards' beautiful black '67 911S; Tom's car was put on the lift for
a inspection. Dana Wailes then instructed the group on many technical
matters one of which was the over dramatized IMS failure ( Intermediate
Shaft Bearing). For many in the group it was reassuring to properly
understand how a failure can occur and what measures can be taken before
and after an incident.
As things began to wind down the consensus was that everyone had a great
time with lots of information, cars and food shared. A special thank you
to Holger Seibert for bringing authentic German pretzles from Pure Grain