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About eldavo69

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    I owe Milo £45
  • Birthday 09/29/1980

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  1. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    New header tank and hoses fitted, I rationalised the air intake pipework a little to remove an extra couple of joins. Filter now sits in the space between the bumper and the wing hidden behind the arch liner receiving nice cold air. Everything fully reassembled and the final flourish is a new distributor sticker - what you didn’t think I’d remove all those bits without cleaning and painting them did you? I have a new intercooler pipe sticker too, so will be fitting that when I’ve painted the pipe as it looks a bit scraggy next to everything else now.
  2. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    I’d noticed a slight blow from the exhaust manifold too, with the cam tower off access to the manifolds was “easier”. I say that as you have to double-nut the studs and remove them from the head as there isn’t enough room to get the manifolds off in situ. If s stud breaks then you have to remove the cylinder head and get s machine shop to get it out due to the lack of access. Luckily (or probably due to the oil leak) all the studs came off no problem in 15 mins - the six bolts holding the bottom of the manifold to the crossover pipe took me a further hour to remove, access was tight and they needed 2 grunts of effort to free off. Manifold off, problem was clear to see, one inlet was cracked and the other had actually broken! Dropped it off at a local Exhaust Repair Specialist to be welded up as it’s made of Inconel Alloy - no such thing as cost savings in the 80’s it would seem, Porsche were a proper engineering firm back then.
  3. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Got some new shiny shiny bits to fit too, a new expansion header tank that I bought myself for Xmas (£200!!!) and a set of silicon radiator hoses to replace all the crusty old perished rubber ones:
  4. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    I got the car back a couple of weeks ago and it’s been busy busy since then. A few snagging jobs that it’ll have to go back to the body shop for but until then the main focus was in getting it started. Starter motor was making a horrible noise and turning over slowly so I removed that - it’s at the very bottom and back of the engine, an easy job of it wasn’t for all the heatshields in the way. Took it to the guy who refurbed my alternator, he stripped it down re-lubed it and reassembled it for no charge. It’s running faster and quieter now, the horrible noise was a copper washer I had dropped down the back of the flywheel when doing the reference sensor gaps and it was just bouncing around a bit - oops! Chucked some new spark plugs in and it fired into life, although still super rich (AFR around 10 for those who understand such stuff). It’s been said that these cars and engines don’t like being stood around a while, I guess that’s true as oil was dripping from the cam gasket seal onto the exhaust manifolds and billowing white smoke. Fuel rail off, distributor off, timing belt covers and timing belt off, then remove cam tower trying not to drop the hydraulic lifters everywhere - a couple of hours later and it looked like this:
  5. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    There is something called a Helmholz resonator built into the airbox- it’s basically a sealed enclosure that has an opening to the air inlet. As air passes across the opening it produces a tone in the same way as blowing across a bottle does, this tone is the opposite sound wave to low speed induction noise and therefore cancels out some of this for low speed drive-by noise reduction. Removing the resonator and capping it off frees up a bit more induction noise but more importantly the resonator blocks off about 1/3rd of the air filter. The filter has already been replaced with a BMC one which is the usual supporting modification so it was a no brainer to remove the resonator, cap the hole and fit a replacement silicon inlet hose without the resonator outlet. Total cost - £30, benefits - bit of induction growl and a useful 1/2 litre extra air in.
  6. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    The previous owner fitted some 200 cell sport cats and some Dansk Stainless Sport Backboxes. The third and final part of the exhaust system is the manifolds themselves but they’re often a nightmare to fit - out of the 12 bolts holding the 2 manifolds on, it’s common for most (if not all of them) to snap in the head. They then need drilling out and potentially helicoiling - this can end up adding 4-6hours labour onto a 1 hour job. Luckily, when I had the tappets replaced, one of the exhaust manifolds had to be removed and came off with no snapped bolts - so I’m halfway in the clear. I was talking to my Porsche Indys about how people are fitting Titanium studs and K-Nuts to hold the manifolds on rather than the steel bolts. They told me that it’s such a problem for them that they’ve invested £600 in a special drilling jig and kit for removing the snapped bolts and offering titanium fixings as an option would be beneficial for them. They've now sourced a bulk supplier of the titanium fittings and have offered to do my car for the cost of the parts only as they’ll do a write-up and some pictures for their website. Sounds good to me - might as well change those rusty old bog standard manifolds for some nice equal-length stainless ones at the same time right? Being fitted in a couple of weeks.
  7. 2006 987 Boxster 2.7

    Much overdue update - Boxster hasn’t missed a beat and was my backup car for a few Porsche Club runs and weekends away last year while the Twbo was being cut apart. I even used it as my daily driver for a couple of weeks in December after selling the Octavia vRS (that I bought off my old company when I was made redundant) before my new company car arrived in January. Since the 944 has been back, the Boxster has been kicked out of the garage and sits on the drive. I was rooting about in it last week sanding the handbrake down and respraying the leather sealant on it when I noticed the bottom of the driver’s door card was damp - below the armrest in carpet on the 997/987 cars just like the 996/986 ones. I’d removed the door card last year to fit some of the extended leather parts - pull handle and armrest lid and I must have disturbed the water membrane. As it was, I didn’t really like the leather bits so took the doorcard off tonight when I got home from work. Changed the handle and lid over and had a look at the water membrane. It’s sheet steel with a foam gasket that sits against the door and when I’d previously removed the door card I’d pulled it away slightly at the bottom. A common issue according to t’internet and an easy fix with some flexible sealant too. Door card back on, checked the tyre pressures, started her up (my god was it tappety from standing unused), roof down, a gentle trundle down the road with some heavy braking to clear the discs, up to temperature, a quick 15 minute blast round some favourite twisties and then home with her purring away quietly. Its not particularly fast (240bhp and needs some revs) but the combination of that revvy flat 6 and the 5 speed gearbox rather than the shorter 6 speed really suits the car and encourages you to let it sing. Love it!
  8. Gibson Motorsport

    And the “toy box” - although the 356 and the Spider are replicas - everything else was very real though!
  9. Gibson Motorsport

    Paul Gibson of Gibson Motorsport is a friend of our Regional Porsche Club and lends us his 918 for our annual show. He invited abround 30 club members to his race team premises earlier this year and between him and his son Dan gave us the full tour - the workshops, the garage, driver training suite and we each got a go on their £100k simulator . . . after copious amounts of coffee and bacon sandwiches first. They race 3-4 historic cars, Lolas, Chevron and a Cobra replica as well as manufacture and race their own single-seaters - about £35k per season for arrive and drive apparently MrP! Any questions ask away, otherwise I’ll let the pics do the talking:
  10. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    Monkey still has his “ITV Digital” (remember that short-lived bit of tech) tag in his ear.
  11. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    With the seats out and the nail brush to hand, I couldn’t resist the stripes. I’ve got all the parts for the heated seat retrofit now so am just making up some wiring looms too. Am much happier with the interior, it definitely updates it compared to the ruffled leather.
  12. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    They got a proper clean, hot water, microfibres, nail brush, sticky stuff remover gel, Gliptone cleaner and AG Leather Balm (prefer the Gliptone stuff as it’s a less glossy finish but had run out). Very happy with how they came out when given a final buff.
  13. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    Picked up the replacement rear seats, they were filthy and sticky, etc. Factored that into the price and got to work. The blue on the seat bases is the reflection of blue skies through the kitchen windows - wow!
  14. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    Took me all of 10mins to make myself a GT3.
  15. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    I think we’ve established that his usual bedtime is 7pm so probably was to him.