This last weekend we wrapped up the race season for the year and will starting sorting the cars out for next year. We had a couple great events to finish it off, including NASA @ KS Speedway, and WRL @ Hallett. KS Speedway is always a fun event, I placed 1st in class (and 2nd overall in a 27 car field) in ST3 in the first race, but had to quite the 2nd race early when a tire started coming …

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Had this 2004 in the shop a few weeks ago due to a bad clutch, so we took the opportunity to go through the car (70k miles) and get everything up in tip top shape. Gotta laugh, but the owner’s son has killed two clutches in spectacular fashion with their cars, so now he has earned a nickname 😉 It’s all good, stuff happens, and with 70k on the clock, it was nearing replacement anyway. Since I knew we would …

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Hooked up BWT to the trailer on Thursday and headed down to Oklahoma City to Oklahoma Foreign auto parts to pick up some much needed parts. Probably not good to get spoiled driving a brand new rig that can roast the tires with a 24 foot trailer behind it. It just don’t care what is behind it. HP sells cars, torque wins races 🙂 Jager ready to roll! 5 down, 5 back, and a few hanging out at OK foreign. …

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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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After the Boxster was done, the next patient was put on the table. This guy also had a horrible howl from the front end. With 197k miles on the clock, I was really worried it might be something in the differential. After stripping off the brake caliper and rotor, I was able to spin the front hub, but with all the 4wd stuff also turning, I wasn’t 100% positive. There was definitely a crunchy hang up in the system somewhere. …

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Took some time today to tear down this M96 motor to show you the internals of the 996/Boxster Engine: On the stand ready for dis assembly. First thing we do is pop the cam plugs out of the end of the cam housings so we can see the orientation of the camshafts. Starting with bank 1, the intake camshaft notch should be pointed outward when the crank is at TDC. If it is not, rotation 360 degrees and it should …

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Feb 13 2012 porschedoc 968 1 Comment

CAR IS SOLD The following are the results of inspection on Mark Sherwood’s 968 for those following the Rennlist and KCWS posts. Mark unfortunately has recently passed away and his family is selling the vehicle. For interested buyers, please contact Chris McIntyre via email at (Chris at Merrillcompanies.com) PRICE: Updated to reflect the price I have been told. The fellow who financed Mark would like 7800 for the car, 7500 would likely take it. Anything below 7k will likely lead …

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I wrote this article a few years ago and posted it over at the old Porsche Forums/German Auto Forums, and I still get a lot of emails every week about it.  Essentially, the same questions were popping up over and over, so I compiled some information related to my experiences working on 996’s. Pre Purchase Inspection: I can not recommend a PPI enough, unless you are a professional Porsche mechanic. Typically they run from $150-500, and is money well spent. …

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Every year auto dealers and manufacturers present their shiny new wares to the public at the Kansas City Auto Show. We headed down again this year to see what was new! I still cringe to think of the number of people, kids, etc that climb through these cars, many with no respect for the car, lol. Feel bad for the people buying these examples! Most of the cars there were…well….appliances IMHO. There are a lot of cool technology packages and …

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Knocked out a couple of cars today.  Had a Boxster come in for bank 2 oxygen sensors, which were replaced quickly, and it was back on the road.  Then it was off to save another stripped wheel lug thread on a buddy who was switching track tires for a trip to MAM. Then I had a 996TT come back in from last week so we could do some more work.  The clutch hydraulic accumulator had failed which causes a really …

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