I’ll admit, I don’t read a lot of books.  My reading typically consists of reading and giving technical advise out on the various Porsche forums out there (PorscheDoc or karl2bdc on most the major boards).  If not there, I usually have an issue of Excellence, Pano, European Car, etc laying around that I nose through.  Quite honestly, after college and grad school, I really lost any desire to hold a book, let alone bury my nose in it, but I …

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After 20 years, sometimes nagging electrical issues start to rear their head.  Even though this was a sub 40k mile 930, the turn signals were having problems.  In a fairly common failure, when the headlights were on and you used the turn signal, the brights would turn on.  This is due to bent armatures in the switch.  Now there are two ways to repair this.  One, is to go in and to attempt to rebend the arms so the high …

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Knocked out a few cars today in the 95 degree heat 🙂  Thankfully, between the cooler morning hours and the garage, I stayed fairly cool.  Tomorrows project….plumbing an ac vent into the garage….muhahaha.  Should be a nice short term fix until I install a separate AC unit for the garage. Forgot the camera, but this morning knocked out an ignition switch on a boxster along with an oil change.  Down the road it went….. Then I had an oil change …

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Have a car in today for a turbo and ecu upgrade.  2002 996TT with 70k+ miles on it.  The old turbos are starting to show signs of leakage, so time to upgrade to a little more power.  Turbos and programming came from Tony at EPL. First thing to do is to raise up the rear of the car and get it supported on jackstands safely.  I always block the front wheels as well, since your drivewheels and parking brake wheels …

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A few videos from the June DE at Heartland Park.  (I am working on getting them up, some are still processing so you might have to wait a few minutes) Having fun with the Pink Pig (SP1)  Not sure why the window doesn’t show up, but the link is good if you copy and paste in the browser. Having some fun until I blew an intercooler hose:

One of the biggest problems you might face in a race car in the summer heat is over heating.  I’m not talking over heating of the car, but instead overheating of the driver.  In the summer months when temperatures can get to 100 degrees, finding yourself in a metal box with no AC for 20 minutes to an hour at a time, means being stuck in a heat sink with no way to cool down.   Over heating the body leads …

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With the 2009 track season underway, people are starting to pull the cars out of winter storage and getting them ready for the street and track.  What are some things you need to pay attention to when heading to the track?  Well there are a lot, all of which are covered on your tech inspection form for your event.  Having a qualified shop check the car over and give their signature of approval before an event is a very good …

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While the last club race and DE was a fun event, i lost a motor at the same time.  Sometime came loose in the #1 cylinder, but I won’t exactly know what until I tear the engine down.  Luckily, I have a spare sitting on a stand nearly ready to go, so today I got around to dropping the old engine out and prepping the new one for install. Sans lift, you must get the front of the car elevated …

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What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection, and why would you want one?  The names says it all.  An inspection made before purchasing a car, to help point out the pro’s and con’s of the car you are about to purchase.  The inspection should be done by someone who really knows the car being inspected.  In other words, having a Honda mechanic inspect a Porsche, might not be the best idea.  He might catch some obvious things that need attention, but might …

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Knocked out a corner balance on a track prepped 997S today.  The car was set up pretty good last year, but this year the owner decided to pull the supercharger off, and remove the A/C to make a lighter car, which of course messed up our weight distributions on the car.  Scales showed the car came in just under 3050lbs. What is the purpose of corner balancing? Corner balancing is the process of shifting the weight carried by each wheel …

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