If you recall waaaaay back earlier this spring I dropped the motor out of a 996TT that needed cam work. Well we are finally ready to shove it back in. It has been sitting on the back burner with no real hurry to get it going, but with a short break in my schedule, I figured we had better get it back in the car and running again. Motor on the table. Need to swap out the RMS quick before …

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Our long 86 turbo project left for home today. The car has been done for some time now, but I wanted to put a few miles on it before sending it on it’s way to make sure things were holding up. After getting back from RA on Wednesday, I was able to get some seat time with it and give it the check ride. There are still a bunch of little items that need to be addressed with the car, …

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This little girl has been having occasional accidents in the garage at night. Sometimes it sleeps through the night just fine, and other times it pees on the floor (a lot). And since it is aircooled, there is really only one liquid to leak out, and that is oil. I had a sneaking suspicion I knew what it was, but I wanted to pull a valve cover to confirm. Confirm I did. The area of the leak….no good. With the …

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951 Radiator

Dave dropped off his 951S to have me go through the cooling system. The car was starting to get fairly hot in stop and go traffic in our lovely 100 degree heat, so it was time to do some preventative maintenance on the front end. We decided it was best to replace the 25 year old radiator and any associated hoses to get the car cooling as optimally as possible. The car was hitting the top white line of the …

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Last Monday/Tuesday we made the annual trip to Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI for the Nordstern region PCA DE. A fantastic event that we look forward to every year. It is always nice to escape the 100 degree Kansas heat to head north to a more suitable climate! Typically we head up Sunday morning and make the 10 hour trip up. Run Monday and Tuesday, and head for home Tuesday evening, putting us into KC early Wednesday morning. We …

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With the holiday schedule messing up parts delivery, I finally got the parts in today for the 944T that we have been addressing a coolant leak on. Installed the new cooler auxillary fan switch (75c) And got the top coolant nipple replaced. After warming it up and a quick test drive, I think we have the coolant issue fixed. Last night after my stranded event, I pulled apart the devil car and went after the fuel pump. Sure enough, the …

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944T Part 6:

Well everything was going good, got the car back together, idled numerous times to burp the coolant and burn off any excess old oil and such off the headers. A nice leisurely test drive this morning around the block….2 blocks from home, round the corner….blap, it dies. This stuff can never happen to me when Val is home so I could tow it home easily, lol. Looks like the fuel pump took a poop. After a couple of hours of …

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Had a mystery coolant leak in this 951 🙂 Typically when a you start finding coolant on the driver’s side or around the front of the car on a 944, there are a couple of quick (and likely) spots to check. The first one is the coolant port on the radiator for the small expansion tank hose. This is just a screw in fitting with a paper gasket. Over time the gasket will shrink, or the plastic will become brittle, …

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944T Part 5:

Well, got the head back from the machine shop on Friday. Got everything prepped and ready to go, then went to clean the surface of the block for the new headgasket and made a startling discovery. If you remember, we had an issue with the waterpump where the coolant had eaten into the mounting surface of the pump (on the block). Well I started cleaning the block surface, and found the same issue on the number 1 cylinder, and it …

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DE in 1 week! Our annual pilgrimage takes us to the Northstern Region’s HPDE at Road America. We have been doing this for many years, and wouldn’t miss it! We even talked a few people into heading up with us. This 996C4S needed a new set of brakes and a brake flush before heading north, but I knocked it out today and it is ready to roll. Front brakes coming apart. And some fresh pads 🙂 Repeat in the rear, …

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