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nothingbutgt3 12-25-2018 08:19 AM

Project Limoncella - Restoring 993 into a CUP/RSR 1:1 tribute
Good morning Rennlisters and Merry Christmas from Tuscany,
I recently bought a yellow car, that has flown into a river and remained there for 4 and half years: the car was full of mud, silt and clay and everything you can imagine carried into a swollen river, that passes through a city with many chemical and industrial buildings.
At first I decided to buy it just to have the chance of taking the transmission unit, a G50.21.02, since the car is a row 993 carrera m.y. 95 with LSD - code 220 - detail I got from the chassis number: in my mind there was the idea of installing that unit onto my other 993, a row m.y. 96, with g50.20.02, long gearbox ratios.

In order to transport the car it has been necessary to take out approximately 1100 kg of mud from the car, which thing I did by myself during a very long, and as dry and sunny as a spaghetti western scene, summer day of July.

The car was literally fulfilled of mud, debris, pieces of plastic, small wood piece: I also found some tenants, such as still living shells and freshwater shrimps. A-MA-ZING
(I leave the smell while removing that stuff being inside that “stuff” to your imagination)

After that long day, arriving at my parents home, where I could have enough space to continue the de-muddling job: day by day, removing the mud and clay, to dispose of it as special waste in plastic bags.
Every single time I approached the car, I thought the same: and now, how can I do? Not sure I can find the way to do this...

Believe me, the door both locked, the rear lid and front bonnet, locked and full of .... everything you imagine to do in order to open those compartments, while the cable are gone, literally destroyed by corrosion, and the mechanism are totally cemented, forget it.

I had to approach the problems one by one, otherwise was too much to substain psychologically: so I started first from the front bonnet...I didn’t want to cut it, I didn’t want to cut the locking parts...finally, looking at the pet and making a comparison (you notice things you need only if and when you need it) I saw that the hook is fixed to the bonnet with just two small bolt nuts: here we go, I thought, small wrench(we name it “chiave inglese”) and lot of patience, finally the bonnet opened by himself like an “apriti sesamo” of Aladin Lamp, because the two piston were still doing their job really well!

The front luggage compartment was full of, again, s..t, such a pleasure and satisfaction to free another part of the car and discover its conditions.

The same procedure for the rear lid, this time seeing the engine full of to remove it all, with the engine still there!

it is such a long process I’ve been through so far, and I am not even half of the way to restore the chassis the way it myust become in my mind...

I was moved when I saw the sticker with the optional codes still attached to the hood and readable!
German quality ... even paper, ink and quality glue!

Regarding this, what color represents the L998 color option?

gavonder 12-25-2018 10:50 AM

Wow! I don't know what else to say. That is quite a job, and crazy. Good luck to you. As far as the color code, it looks like a non-metallic, special order paint to sample.

AOW162435 12-25-2018 11:10 AM

Wow! So the car was submerged in a river for 4 years?

Let me be the first to say that I'm jealous. Would love to acquire a somewhat bruised example like this.


LimeyBoy 12-25-2018 11:26 AM

Merry Christmas and Wow!
Looking from afar and not being the one having to scrape all the s..t out, I love this. Please keep us up to date with your progress and more photos!

nile13 12-25-2018 12:00 PM

Does 993 make a good shrimpin' boat, captain?

uniquenamehere 12-25-2018 12:00 PM

This makes me both happy and sad to see this. I hope you bring life back to it!

nothingbutgt3 12-25-2018 12:05 PM

let me be the first to say that I'm jealous. Would love to acquire a somewhat bruised example like this.
after such a comment, I don’t feel lonely - in my crazyness - anymore

The few ones I talked about this project, started looking at me like a very out of mind person...

I think L998 means paint to sample option, which in this case, was, from what I can desume so far, the “Lime Yellow” color, code L10W - LM1A.
Before painting it, I will ask for the Certificate at my local Porsche dealer, to have the pedigree of the car.
The sticker’s still there
It is still visible just a part of something like a 0 or a 9 before the W a then 9 and a 1, that I don’t know what they mean.

It is something more or less being a 993 archeologist :)

Foxman 12-25-2018 12:08 PM

Great find, ambitious project, subscribed! Great to see someone trying to restore this car. Merry Christmas!

95_993 12-25-2018 12:37 PM

"Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it."-Bubba

993pbug 12-25-2018 12:51 PM

It will be fun to follow your progress - congrats on the dedication to do the project. I am admittedly jealous! Look at it this way: after surviving all of the s..t shoveling, the rest will be easy!!

Is anyone as surprised as I am that the car was just left in the river for 4 1/2 years? Iím shocked someone didnít get it sooner!

Chuck W. 12-25-2018 01:01 PM

If you presented this anywhere else they would set up an intervention and try to talk you out of it. Here..... we nod our heads and say go for it. Wow.... this will be a wild one.

And, your options;

Code Option Description

030 Sport Group
220 Locking differential
224 Active Brake Differential
233 Original tires, Pirelli
298 Prepared for unleaded fuel, manual transmission
437 Comfort seat left
438 Comfort seat right
573 Air conditioner

nothingbutgt3 12-25-2018 01:16 PM

Is anyone as surprised as I am that the car was just left in the river for 4 1/2 years? I’m shocked someone didn’t get it sooner!
Exactly: but there is a reason why this happened.

The car went down into a river during a very torrential rain, so the river that usually is 3 meters depth, it was 10 or more, because the accident happened in a point of the river where the width is much smaller, and the banks of the river are high because the path of the river must pass through an inhabited area, becoming practically like a duct channel.

When the car flew down into the water, the owner/driver was barely able to save himself only because is a very trained swimmer, because the drift was very strong and the water was mixed with mud and debris.
The car sank and no longer re-emerged until the spring of this year: as soon as it re-emerged, it was pulled out.

Since then, everything that has been extracted from the car has been disposed of as special waste: even the mud, definitely mixed with pollutants, has been disposed of in landfills.
I have done everything possible to respect the environment, since the car came into my possession, and before it was not possible to act differently, not being possible for the owner to establish where it was finished. The Bisenzio river, not far from the point of the accident, enters the Arno river, which is 5 meters deep even in the lean periods. So the car could be finished literally everywhere.
This is the way it was

I think this is part of the charm of this discovery, especially because, apart from the damage to the car, the owner / driver managed to save himself.
Bubba Gump

Mark in Baltimore 12-25-2018 01:27 PM

Crazy story. You, sir, have some serious cojones to want to restore this car. I applaud you and look forward to this journey.

rcg412 12-25-2018 01:38 PM

Wow... subscribed

nile13 12-25-2018 01:39 PM

Chuck is very right. We are all nodding our heads in disbelief and approval. To me, this is beyond cool, actually. the whole story - "one dark and stormy night", the stop-frame of a car mid-air above the water, the find, the restoration... Love it!

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