964 Finished

Got the parts in yesterday and was able to get the track car wrapped up and back on the road. After getting the new thermostat in place, we finally got hot oil up to the coolers and the temp gauge was running where it should. I disconnected the front sensor to default the fan to high as most of this car’s operating time will be one track or sitting on grid. This will help with cooling down after coming in …

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After running the car at MAM last weekend, we started getting hot at the end of our last session on Saturday. We loaded up and headed home as planned, and today I picked the car back up to start going through it for our event at Road America in a few weeks. Up and ready to go. First things first was to figure out why our cooling fans were not coming on for the oil cooler. Then tackle getting some …

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944T Part 4:

Took some time this weekend to get the head cleaned up and ready for the machine shop. My initial thought was to put in valve seals and slap it back on, but after seeing some very slight coolant erosion in the face, I decided it was best to have the head resurfaced to clean up anything that my cause an issue. Dropped it off this morning, so hopefully will have that back in a few days. Head off the car. …

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Well with the roofers blocking access to the garage, I needed to knock out a little 996 work. A simple oil change, resetting an airbag light, and finding a faulty brake pad sensor were on the list: Redneck oil change 🙂 And then it was on to find the bad sensor. Of course it couldn’t be obvious, and of course it couldn’t be the any of the first 3 wheels I tried. It had to be the last one. Turns …

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Got the car buttoned up yesterday and thought we were going to be good to go. The problem with these really really low mile cars is that once you start driving them, stuff starts failing faster than you can fix it. On the initial warm up, I kept getting a puff of smoke off the passenger side of the engine. When it didn’t stop after a few minutes, I looked underneath and found the head gasket was leaking externally onto …

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I got the 951 up in the air today and started poking around a little more. Always exciting to see what you will run into next. My plan was to retension the belts to the correct spec, then start on the headers. Ummmm not so much. ROFL. Some people shouldn’t work on cars they aren’t familiar with, lol. We all have our moments, but this is AWESOME! Some things put a big smile on my face. Needless to say, this …

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After I got the alternator done in the Boxster, I got a call on another Boxster that was having intermittent start issues. I packed up some tools, grabbed a spare ignition switch, and headed north. And the patient tucked safely in it’s garage. And the culprit….the notorious ignition switch. Older 944 and 911 owners always keep a spare DME relay in the glove box for imminent failure. Boxster and 996 owners should carry a spare ignition switch, lol. New switch …

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Had a busy tow day yesterday, lol. Had this Boxster S come in yesterday with a bad alternator. Picked up the part and got to work this morning. Getting into the front access panel. Note the top cover really doesn’t have to come off, you just need to pull the speaker box to get to the carpet clips. And the alternator in the top left corner. Now the fun. Two bolts and the belt come off, then you get to …

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Something you don’t see every day anymore. A 1 owner, 12k mile 1986 944 turbo. She started having fits after sitting for a number of years, so time to go through it and see what we can figure out. Another shop went through the timing belt and such, and now we have a no start. I know, I was thinking the same thing, but looks like the T-belt is ok 😉 She’s a beut Clark…..The tow truck driver dumped it …

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Road Trip!

Thursday morning we headed north to Watertown, SD to pick up a race car for a friend. A 1990 964 C4, multiple podium PCA class winner 🙂 Thursday night we got into town, gave the car a quick run down, and loaded her on the trailer. Before leaving town though, we were treated to supper on the lake. And when you are in South Dakota….you eat Walleye 😉 Mmmmm On the way back to KC, it would be foolish to …

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