If you follow the blog, you know that PPI stands for PRE purchase inspection…..well this is another POST purchase inspection, aka “The Heart breaker.” This car came in for basically an evaluation of what the car needed, and what plan of action to take. I noticed the upgraded turbo was puking oil, and the intercooler was in need of replacement, but the owner said the car smoked on both start up and while driving, so I figured we had better …

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This 996 showed up this last week to install a customer supplied M030 suspension (shocks/sway bars/springs). While I have no problem install factory parts in this case, once I got the car on the lift, I noticed we had a lot of other stuff that was in dire need of repair first. I often like to check out the car before recommending parts replacements, as some times there are more dire items that need replacement. A lot of expensive Porsche …

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I’m not really sure what else to call it really. Unfortunately in the coming years, we are going to be seeing a lot of this stuff happening. This is one of the reasons I highly stress a PRE purchase inspection before buying a used Porsche, especially a water cooled one. With Boxster and 996 prices at an all time low, many uninformed people are buying these cars up without knowing the real cost of ownership and potential for major expense …

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Well….not much has been going on with the 911T project. Machine shop is slow, so the motor rebuild isn’t done yet. I hear the lower end is together though, so we are making some progress. The car came back from paint and looks incredible. With the glass still out, I took the opportunity to pull the dash so we could replace the center speaker. In the early 70s, many of the 911’s had dash issues. The original dash had a …

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We were down for the PCA club race in early October, and on a whim stopped in Joplin and picked up a car for a customer. A 1979 911SC that has had a lot of work put into it, was picked up at a good price. A fairly fresh paint job and engine/transmission rebuild, suspension work, etc meant a lot of the big ticket stuff was already done. We stopped in Joplin on the way back home, took possession of …

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While at times it seemed so far away, the middle of October came before we knew it, and we were headed up to Road America for the Chump Car Central Region “Chumpianship.” We had qualified at Brainerd for this race by 6 seconds……that’s right time does matter in these long endurance races. Of course then we qualified again at High Plains Raceway later in the year, and of course we were stoked to go! RA is one of our favorite …

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That’s right….chumpianship. With great finishes at BIR and HPR, Car 54 Where Are You is qualified for the Chumpianship at Road America here in a few weeks. Trying to get the car prepped to hold up for such a prestigious event isn’t easy. No one wants to haul 10 hours each way and have the car break down, so I am going the distance on making sure this thing is ready to go. One of the major issues with E36 …

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One big problem with highly modified high hp GTR’s on the track are the oil/water cooling temps getting out of control. With the new motor in the car, some things were changed to help with the cooling, but the car was still getting hot. So we added a few more things hoping to get the temps down another 20 degrees or so. First we added a carbon fiber hood which is not only lighter (this pig needs all the help …

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Finally seeing the end in sight for a little while anyway. With a HPDE/Club race coming up this weekend, I finally got the car corner balanced, aligned, and the rear trunk lid secured. We also had the wrap crew come out and get the car looking like a race car. Today we will load it up, head to the track for some final tuning, and then bring it back and finish the cage this winter in preparation for racing next …

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Ever driven a 6-volt 356 with sealed beam lights at night?  You usually end up hoping for a clear night and a full moon.  Here we’re doing the popular fix that Joe Leoni started.  I don’t think you can buy the kits from him anymore but any good 356 guy can do it for you. I usually mark on masking tape where these are going before I put them in.  It is very easy to get those wires confused once …

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