Had this 951 in last week for a timing belt retension and A/C charge. Pulling apart the front end to tension the belt. The bottom bolt on timing belt cover was crossthreaded (or too long going out the back of the cover and cross threading), so for fear of breaking the cover, I opted to just tension through the top half. Using a special offset wrench to tension the timing belt. Then it was on to the A/C. A used …

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Our web and marketing expert keeps telling me I have to be more “search orientated correct” in my blog title posts. In fact, I was told this as he held a nice big burger from Paul’s drive in under my nose. Everyone around here seems to think I am motivated by food for some reason (Send all Ho-ho’s, french fries, and donuts to the shop to my attention…I don’t eat foods that begin with the letter M (namely the big …

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Been trying to get on top of the body work in preparation for paint. Not a lot of fun work 😉 Reassembled and aligned the hood so I could install the hood pins. All old factory latch components have been removed. Using the headlight mounting points, I welded some pipe to a piece of flat iron with two holes for the mounts, then welded a nut to the top that the adjustable pin threads into. Since the retaining nuts on …

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Had this little 951 towed into the shop the other day for a no start. Owner was trying to diagnose a cranking, but not firing issue when everything locked up solid. First thing we had to do was the replace the locked up starter. Enough cranking must have overheated it and locked it solid. Since there was no tach bounce and the owner had installed new reference sensors and DME relay, the first thing to try was the DME. Popped …

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Went down to storage on Friday to bring back a track car for the season. Since the LSx project is unfinished, and the M3 is now with it’s new owner, I need a car to drive! And what a great car it is! Last year the clutch came apart on me at HPT, so on the schedule is a clutch job, fluids change, and a better set of shoes. Poor thing has been sitting in the corner since the clutch …

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944 Turbo PPI

Mar 11 2012 wes Editorial 5 Comments

Guy from Houston found us online and wanted a PPI on this 180K 1986 944 Turbo.  His plan was to fly in and drive home.  Car just had a local P-car shop help with an engine “rebuild” and minor service.  Car drove out very nice, made boost quickly,  great sound from a Lindsey exhaust. Pretty clean little car but not a ride to take off cross-country in as she sat.  First thing noted on compression test was that “rebuilt engine” …

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Odds and Ends

Today I started gutting this 1987 951 to start it’s transformation into a track car. We aren’t going to go full boat crazy with this in regards to gutting it, because this track car will still drive to the events under it’s own power! So we will keep things like the radio, etc for those 4 hour trips. Full leather interior….bye bye. Seats out so I can get some of the sound deadening out under the carpet. This big heavy …

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This low mileage 951 suffered what all 25 year old cars do….worn out shocks and struts. Most people don’t notice the effects of weak shock absorbers. I notice it right away when getting in the car and the car feels overly floaty on the road. Not how a Porsche should feel. So it was time to ditch the junk Sachs/Boge shocks and upgrade to some Koni’s. Shiny new Koni’s 🙂 Old front struts. The old dust bellows and bump stops …

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It will be a slow process as time and discretionary spending isn’t really plentiful these days, but I need to get back to having a personal project again. Many have watched the Dragon transform over the years, and a couple years after shelling the motor at HPT, it got shoved aside and forgotten. After campaigning the M3 for a sessions, I started to realize that step down just wasn’t going to work. Something had to be done….but what. What could …

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Have you noticed your Porsche just isn’t up to the task any more? Are you ready to take it for a spin on a curvy road, but yet it just isn’t ever in the mood? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone, and we can help. This is a problem that faces many middle aged Porsches out there today, but most of them are just too ashamed to talk about it. Talking with your Porsche about ED may not be easy, but …

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