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About eldavo69

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  • Birthday 09/29/1980

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  1. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Budget is £5k. £2k on machining. £1500 parts £1500 labour Total so far after breakfast is £550, ARP headstuds and fasteners plus a new lighter flywheel with an Audi-pattern 60-2 tooth timing gear machined into it alongside the starter ring.
  2. 2006 987 Boxster 2.7

    Just had the Boxster MOT-ed and had all the service advisory notices attended to. Replacement aircon condensers, new brake pipes and exhaust clamps, etc. Another reasonably significant bill but at least now I know that it wants for nothing. Just need to give it a good hoover out and a clean . . . ready for its new owner!
  3. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    June came and went. The head is still attached to the car although I’ve removed a lot of other bits Done very little with it due to time/work/illness and a brilliant 911. What I do know is that cylinder 4 is badly scored, perhaps from a broken piston ring. Car is going to my Indys in a couple of weeks (on a flatbed) and they’ll drop and strip the engine. Block will go to Serdi for them to bore out the cylinders and press in dry liners and the head will go to Rob Walker engineering for a complete overhaul.
  4. Mutt Motorcycles

    I’m really liking the look of the Mutt RS13-250 as something to have a bit of fun bobbing about on. I know they use a Chinese version of an aeons old Japanese engine and 250cc isn’t much but for the money and as an occasional plaything I think they look great VFM. https://muttmotorcycles.com/pages/mutt-rs-13-250 Any of the proper bike riders have an opinion on them?
  5. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    I had a day off and some time to spare so decided to fit some bumper mesh to protect the radiators and aircon condensers. Due to their location they get stuffed up with leaves and dirt and rot out - the previous owner had replaced the aircon condensers for this exact reason - so I figured it made sense to whip the bumper off, give everything a clean out and fit some mesh to the back of the bumper. ZunSport makes a kit that just clips in from the front of the bumper but it’s about £160 and sticks out like a particularly ugly sore thumb. Far more subtle if you put some mesh in behind the bumper - and far cheaper, less than £30 all in for the bits. There are thick black plastic tabs around the cutouts that you can screw into without fear of damaging the actual bumper so it was a relatively quick and straightforward job! Took the opportunity to remove the front arch liners and clean them up and everything behind too - then even some trim gel on the air ducts you’ll never see - just because.
  6. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Removed the fuel rail, distributor, drive belt and cam tower, replaced the gasket with a standard one and buttoned it all back up. Found a slight coolant leak from one of my new hoses too, replaced the jubilee clip and all sorted. Still running like crap, with massive oil blow-by. Seems to be running on 3 cylinders which would explain the huge overfuelling if one injector is spunking all it’s fuel down the exhaust. Pulled the plugs, yup - plugs 1,2 and 3 and black and oily, plug 4 looks like it’s done nothing. Compression tested all 4 cylinders and there is no compression on cylinder 4 - uh-oh. Best case scenario is a top-end rebuild/valve job, worst case (accounting for the oil blow-by) is knackered piston rings/damaged bore liner. Will take the head off in June and investigate then, that’ll give me a better idea of what to do next as well as give me choices of dropping the sump to remove the pistons or dropping the whole engine and doing a full rebuild on a stand (which sounds scary/expensive but also something I’d quite like to do - albeit planned for and in a couple of years)!
  7. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    Also whipped the headlights out (looks drastic, takes about 30secs each side) and gave them a light polish with some AG glass polish and Menzerna Final Finish - not bad for 90k miles and 16 years! Gave it a quick wipe over and polish with AG SRP then some Chemical Guys Wet Mirror Finish that I had lying about - seems to bead well. Needs a full machine polish and some Gtechniq but that can wait. Also added a rubber EZ-lip to the bottom of the front bumper the other week, looks good (in my eyes) and is obviously creating so much downforce I can park the car upside down now - these photo uploads, grrrr.
  8. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    I’m off to the Nürburgring at the end of the week, so thought I’d give the car a going over. Since fitting the spacers I’d had a little bit of steering wheel vibration at motorway speeds so I pulled the front wheels off and wire brushed all the mating surfaces as there was a bit of crud on them - now sat perfectly true (got the micrometer out) so hopefully solved. Of course, with the wheels off it seemed daft not to give them a proper clean, de-tar, polish and sealed with Gtechniq and popped some new centre caps in (crests to the valves of course) as the old ones had gone a darker colour. Gave all the arches a clean up while I was in there and put some cavity wax on any exposed metal. Then on to the rears, same drill on the wheels but also removed the arch liners (3 10mm plastic nuts and pull) and cleaned the muck off the back of them. There are plastic rear sill trims on either side too and one wasn’t flush at the leading edge. This could mean it’s bent, full of crud or hiding a load of rust so that had to come off too. The metalwork was in perfect condition underneath, the trim was just a bit bent. There was quite a lot of dusty dirt in the back of the trim and when wet this would be sat against the metal at the end of the sill so well worth removing these for a clean out annually (I’m looking at you Patently). And then (because it’s me and the Mrs and Child were STILL at the MetroCentre) I cavity waxed all the rear arch and back of the sill before refitting the liners and plastics. I was just about to put the last wheel back on when the ice cream van stopped at the end of my drive, and then the rest of the family got home 10mins later - perfect timing! *bloody picture uploads, that’s one way to make sure your ice cream doesn’t drip onto your hand!
  9. BMW Finance Discounts

    Is it still on “delivery mileage” or have you used it?
  10. RS3 - Saloon!

    TwinSpark didn’t so much do a U-turn as reverse park it up a grass banking off a damp roundabout on the test drive.
  11. RS3 - Saloon!

    Who remembers when TwinSpark test drove a Honda S2000? (Before ultimately buying a Boxster with the wrong engine and wrong transmission)
  12. 2006 987 Boxster 2.7

    I found this for you Patently:
  13. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    Managed to get the Bank Holiday afternoon all to myself so set about stripping the seats and centre console out of the car to fit the wiring looms I had already made up for retrofitting the heated seats. The switches are supposed to go in the “batwing” just in front of the gearstick but I wasn’t keen on putting them there. I had considered getting rid of a couple of switch blanks on the “horseshoe” either side of the radio but eventually decided to put them where the rear window switches go on the cabrio. This is where they are on a 986 Boxster so I bought the Boxster parts so that the diagram orientation was correct. Those blanks annoy me more than any others so it seemed a good enough reason to get rid. Install was slow but straightforward, running wiring looms down the sills and under the dashboard meant getting myself in some tricky positions upside down with not much room to work. 6 hours later everything was back together and working for when the weather no doubt goes freezing again shortly!
  14. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Nope - 996 electronics are much more modern and happily do their own thing with a hot wire MAF. This ECU would be overkill on a standard 944T but really supports the modifications I’ve made. Annoyingly, the cam gasket I used is an uprated multi layer steel one but they sometimes have sealing issues. Am still having a small oil weep from one corner of the cam tower so will whip it back off and change to a standard gasket that I already have.
  15. 2006 987 Boxster 2.7

    The service intervals on a Boxster are every 2 years, alternating between major and minor. The intervals on other things are every 4 years, 6 years and 12 years. Our Boxster is 12 this year therefore we had the perfect storm of the 2, 4, 6 and 12 year service items all arriving together - add in the waterpump and a couple of “while you’re in there jobs” and you get a £1000+ bill. All things considered, given that it will only need an interim oil service in 2 years that’s not bad going - makes you question how many “cheap” Boxsters are getting maintained the way they should be.