October Car Of The Month 1973 Porsche 911

Concours Auto Salon’s “October Car Of The Month” is this stunning orange 1973 Porsche 911.

1973 Porsche

The orange color really ties in with the pumpkin theme this month.

The owner brought the car to us in really great condition.  He wasn’t looking for a full detail like most of our customers but  wanted a general clean up with a good hand waxing.  He was going to show the car at the local “Cars And Coffee”  held in the Vineyard shopping center on Blanco and 1604. He felt that a little extra shine from Concours Auto Salon would really help the car show well.

Concours Auto Salon washed the entire vehicle with Optimum’s No Rinse washing system.  Applied a special hand glaze and finally hand applied Zymol Concours paste wax.  These two products were applied over the entire vehicle including the door jambs as well as under the front trunk and engine cover.  All the chrome was polished with Optimum Metal Polish and tires were dressed with Optimum Tire Shine.

All that was necessary for the interior was a good vacuum and a wipe down of all the hard and soft surfaces.

The specs for the Carrera are as follows.

Porsche Interior

  • 1973 T Non Sunroof Coupe
  • Factory Tangerine color (2323)
  • 2.7 Mechanical Fuel injected RS spec Motor (7R case) with RS MFI Pump
  • 4 Factory 911 R wheels just refinished in original 911R livery with new rubber
  • Gearbox built by Jeff Gamroth with Quaiff LSD with Wevo shifter
  • Bilstein HD shocks with 21mm front and 27 mm rear drilled torsion bars
  • Upgraded SC brakes with cool kit and all new pads
  • Interior contains RS Lightweight style carpet and door panels with ST seats, vinyl with cord inserts
  • 10K tach with Momo steering wheel with correct (vintage) Momo hub
  • Refinished perfect  hood crest

    1973 Porsche Fuel Injection

Carrera 911

The fact that this Porsche has an RS 6 cylinder motor with working mechanical fuel injection sets it apart from regular Porsche’s from 1973 and the European bumpers give it a really clean look.

All of us at Concours Auto Salon would like to thank the owner for allowing and trusting us to work on his vehicle.

We Had A Great Auto Detailing Get Together In San Antonio!

October 14th has come and gone.  If you didn’t make it to Concours Auto Salon and meet Mike Phillips From Autogeek and the other fantastic people in attendance you missed out.

From left to right Ron Mike and Anthony

It was picture perfect auto detailing weather in San Antonio.  The air was cool and guest began showing up early at 6:30 pm.  We had a couple of long haul attendees Marco from Corpus Christi and Cosmin from Austin.  Soft Drinks fruit and Pizza were served to any one who was hungry.  When Mike showed up I was really surprised to see him just walk up to people, introduce himself and start talking shop! What a “Car Geek”

Roger, one of our guest surprised Mike with a David Robinson Jersey.  When Mike returned home he promptly hung it on the wall of his office for all to see.  We really like Roger and his generosity toward mike is just a small sample of his kindness and big heart.

Mike was kind enough to share the things he and autogeek had been doing for Operation Comfort here in San Antonio.  Mike told quite a few stories about his life experiences the vehicles he has owned and how he was hired to work for Meguiars and the other big name company’s that have tried to hire him.  I really think that mike is in the perfect place now as the front man for Autogeek.  With all the great projects mike was telling us about it sounds like you will see him more often promoting the  quality products offered at autogeek.net on your local cable channels.

Every one had a great time talking cars, detailing them and making new friends.  It’s nice to share and listen to others peoples experiences detailing cars and seeing the wonderful work they preform on their personal vehicles.

Anthony and I would like to thank each and every person for coming to our humble shop.  Your all welcome to come back and hang out any time you want.  We may do some type of detailing clinic after the first of the year so stay connected with us via the concours website or our facebook page.

If you would like to see some pictures of the event go to autogeek.net Mike was kind enough to post some there.

The Benefits Of Having Your Windows Tinted

For many, tinted windows are best left to teenagers and those who would like to remain incognito.  In truth, tinted windows serve a very important function in protecting you and your car from the damaging rays of the sun.  Having tinted windows also helps conceal the contents of your interior from criminals.   The film used for tinted windows is a polyester  substrate with a scratch resistant coating on one side and a clear mounting adhesive on the other.

The benefits  of tinted windows are huge.  The sun can be intense in San Antonio in the summer.  Proper window Tint can  block 63% of the sun’s heat and a whopping 99.9% of damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Not only does tint protect the interior and upholstery of the vehicle, but it also protect your eyes from glare and eyestrain and your skin from sun damage. Window film also makes your vehicle’s glass safer by holding shattered glass in place.

Decrease Heat
Today’s window film can provide up to 63%* solar energy rejection versus untreated automotive glass. A cooler interior provides more comfort, and can significantly reduce air conditioning usage, thus extending the life of AC systems and improving gas mileage.

Reduce Fading
Automotive window film blocks 99% or more of harmful UV rays while also significantly reducing heat.  Reducing these two primary causes of fading helps to protect and extend the life of all of your vehicle’s interior including seats, carpets, wood trim and dashboard.

Diminish Health Risks
Exposure to UV rays from the sun is known to pose potential health risks for your eyes and skin.  Window film provides an effective “sunscreen” for you against the harmful effects of the sun.

Cut Hazardous Glare
Glare from the sun or headlights at night can blind your vision when on the road.  This dangerous condition can be greatly reduced by tinting your vehicle’s side and rear windows.

Increase Safety & Security
Thicker “automotive protection” films can provide an extra level of safety in case of an accident, and security for your possessions from smash-and-grab car theft.

Enhance Appearance
There’s a variety of window film products to suit any type of car, truck or SUV.  From virtually invisible films to darker colors, there’s a range of shades to give you the look you want.

It’s Fast & Easy
Professional installation is quick and simple.  Most vehicles can be tinted in 1 to 2 hours.  Call Concours Auto Salon to set up an appointment.

Not all window tint installations are the same.  Preparation is the key to a good install. You could use the most expensive film produced but if you fail to prepare the glass properly it really won’t matter.  At Concours Auto Salon we triple clean all the glass weather the vehicle is new or 10 years old they are all prepared the same.  This means proper adhesion as well as an installation that has no dirt particles between the glass and film.

October Is Car Care Aware Month

You change your oil and have your car serviced by a mechanic on a regular basis. So… why not have your cars paint finish cared for by a professional shop like Concours Auto Salon San Antonio

It’s no surprise that regular maintenance of your cars finish will help keep it looking newer longer.  Proper care and maintenance will increase it’s sale or trade in price when the time come to get a new vehicle.

What is the importance professional cleaning and polishing?
Over the past decade, car manufacturers have developed different paint systems to improve durability. In the 1980’s domestic cars had conventional finishes, that is, a pigmented enamel coat on top of the primer. Today, 96% of all new cars have a base coat/clear coat finish, which is comprised of a thin color coat covered by a clear acrylic or enamelProper matinance of your car's paint urethane coat. This clear coat finish is only 2 mils thick—about the thickness of an ordinary plastic trash bag. Daily wear and tear on a car’s clear coat finish may leave it with swirl marks or signs of oxidation. To the eye, it means a dull and hazy looking appearance. This is sometimes referred to as “clear coat haze.” The professionals at Concours Auto Salon understand and know when it is necessary to polish the haze of halos and swirls away and then protect the finish with a high quality wax.

Why should I have my car cleaned and polished?
Your car’s finish provides more than beauty. It protects the metal from corrosion.  Over time, a car’s paint erodes due to the effects of sunlight, UV radiation, acid rain, salt, dirt, and air pollution.  Have your car polished and waxed every 6 months at Concours Auto Salon. More frequent waxes are needed if your car is red, black or white because these colors are more susceptible to acid rain and UV rays.

Maintenance
Frequent washing (once a week) and vehicle polishing (once every 6 months) go a long ways towards protecting your investment. Keeping your vehicle consistently clean clears away the buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt that may attack your car’s finish. In areas of the country that experience the use of road salt in winter months, frequent washing can also reduce the corrosive effects of salt that cause body rust-through.

One of the most critical times to wash your vehicle is immediately after a rainfall because of the ill effects of acid rain. Even though the water evaporates, the acid stays behind and can eat into your vehicle’s finish. While you may not be able to prevent acid rain, you can prevent it from ruining your vehicle’s finish by frequent washing and polishing.

Foreign materials like tar, tree sap, and acid rain can stain newer paint finishes. The longer these sit on the car’s surface, the more difficult they become to remove and the more likely they are to cause damage. If you see any signs of this bring your car to Concours Auto Salon as soon a possible.


Mike Phillips and Autogeek Come To Concours Auto Salon

On October 14th from approximately 7:00pm to 10:00pm Mike Phillips from AutoGeek.net will be at Concours Auto Salon. Mike will be in San Antonio, Texas teaching an Advanced Class for Operation Comfort for their Automotivatoin Program.  This will be an informal gathering and a chance to meet people from the San Antonio area who have the same passion for cars as your self.

Mike Phillips is a world famous auto enthusiast and automotive finish care expert and has several how to videos available for viewing on the autogeek.net youtube channel.  Mike can also be seen on the Speed Channels Two Guyssmooth paint concours auto salon Garage and Autogeeks Show Car Garage.

This will be a casual time for meeting and greeting old and new friends. There will be machine polishers Vapor Steamers and everything related to detailing on hand. Mike, Anthony or Ron will be glad to answer any questions, share tips and show techniques for detailing cars. Ron will be providing Paintless Dent Removal demonstrations for any one interested in this.

Mike, Anthony and Ron love meeting new people and talking cars and detailing so if you live in the area come on over to Concours Auto Salon and say hi.

If you need directions or any further information use the contact us page for a map of the location or a phone number to Concours Auto Salon.

Food and beverages will be on hand.