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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Quiet Week:

It’s been a quiet week around here going into the holiday weekend. It is definitely July in Kansas and the heat and humidity is unbearable, lol. I definitely do better in the winter than in the summer. Last Sunday we took Aristocrat Motors up on a breakfast offer and attended the Art of the Car show here in Kansas City. This is quite a spectacle of old iron, placed in a beautiful setting. We drank Momosas on the patio over …

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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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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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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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Before heading out of town I was able to almost get the 944 back up and running. Just waiting on a set of spark plug wires and we should be able to fire this thing up. Cam tower reassembled and ready for install. And back on the car: Oil cooler housing removed from the car and ready for some cleaning. New seals on the internal cooler: And the block cleaned up and ready for install of the cooler and housing: …

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The latest round on the 944 finally showed some progress at the end of the day. The cam tower apart and ready to reseal. Waiting on one small cam plug before I can start reassembly. The front cam housing spacer sleeve wasn’t looking too good. Trying to make progress on the water pump. In all the years I have sold and installed 100’s of reman water pumps, I have seen 2 bad out of the box pumps. They both came …

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944 Oil Leaks

Been an odd week of little service stuff here and there, nothing too important to speak of. Car is back together, and I am waiting on the ECU which is still at VF. They said GIAC’s servers were down and could not generate a file for the ECU and they were waiting on that…..hmmmm. I know all the tricks in this industry…….good to know somethings never change in this business. So, it is on to a 944 to address some …

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Got the 944 clutch finished up yesterday and sent it and the gray 911 on their way. Once I got the transaxle put back in and buttoned up the shifter, it was ready for a test drive. Car drove great, another 944 clutch under the belt. With cars leaving, the basic law of the universe states that others must come in to replace them, so on to the next project. This one is a bit of a head shaker for …

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