Had this Audi S6 wagon come in after a visit to the local Audi dealer for a vibration at 75mph. After balancing and aligning the car, it still had the vibration, so they found a few bad bushings and tie rods in the front suspension. A quick quote for about $2500 and the customer walked. This is not an unusual story with the front suspension on Audis. There are 8 control arms with bushings/ball joints, plus the tie rods. My …

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With the motor freshly rebuilt and running, we were still having a hard time starting the car which had not really changed since before the rebuild. The 73.5 911 used a 1 year only warm up regulator which helps the engine start when cold. Unfortunately, unlike the later model WUR’s, they are not rebuild able once they fail, and finding a good one is nearly impossible. Thus we decided to update to a 109 style WUR like the later 911’s. …

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Had this little turbo come into the shop the other day for a little revenue generation protection. The Escort 9500ci is a unit that we have installed numerous times and I think it is a really great unit. It takes about a full day to install, but is pretty straight forward. Lots of wires to run! First thing to do is to pull the front bumper off and install the laser shifting heads and radar detector. I like to mount …

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Had this big Turbo S project from a few years ago come in for annual maintenance and spark plugs 🙂 A few Turbos in the house. 997.2, 997.1, 996, and 930 🙂 Fabspeed stuff holding up well! Once the bumper cover is off, you have to remove the intercooler assemblies. At that point you can kind of see the coil packs 🙂 It takes small hands at this point unless you want to partially drop the motor, which I don’t …

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We have had this car in the shop for a few weeks going through some age related maintenance. This is a very interesting car. Normally we see 911SC’s come in with a lot of miles on the cars and in typical 30 year old condition. This car is not one of them. This is a one owner, 6k mile 911SC. No, that isn’t a typo. Unfortunately, this throws a bit of a wrench in my plans on how to handle …

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It has been a little while since I updated the 911T post. You might remember a few pictures: We needed to finish off a few things. The body had a few areas that needed attention, one being a few very minor rust areas, and the big thing was repairing a color change that was likely done at Maaco in the 80’s. The car was originally a gold color which would be super cool today, but in the 80’s everyone wanted …

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As I eluded to a few posts ago, I had a little coolant leak to fix on the 997TT. Step 1: Remove engine. This reads just like a Chilton’s manual eh? If you were about an inch tall, you could walk into that cave there under the cooler and get to the leaking coolant pipes! Since I am not an inch tall, I have to remove a lot of stuff from the top of the motor to get to the …

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With the race season finally behind us, I can get caught up on some tow vehicle maintenance. MiniMoo was starting to get a heck of an exhaust leak under load, and the 6.0L GM engines are notorious for busting exhaust manifold studs. Turns out I had 3 on one side and 1 on the other that are snapped off. The factory uses a bolt with a smaller than normal head for some reason which is why they typically break. These …

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Had this nice 997.2 come into the shop for a OE GT3 shifter upgrade. This particular shifter only slightly shortens the throw, but makes the throw much more precise, which makes for much smoother shifting. It also has metal bushings versus the plastic bushings that can fail in the regular shift units. While the 997 SSK is a decent short throw shifter, I feel it is also a little hard on the transmissions, and easier to miss getting the shifter …

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After finishing the big IMS/RMS/M030/Brake issues with the 996 C4, I noticed it had low oil pressure when starting, and the when driving never really got much above 3 bar. There is a common issue happening with these cars, a broken oil pressure valve spring. If the car is extremely noisy on start up, your spring may be breaking or broken. How it looked when I removed it from the engine. About as half as long as it should be! …

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