eldavo69

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  1. 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?
  2. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    The golden rules of car buying: 1: Don’t buy the first one you see 2: Have a decent test drive 3: Make sure everything works Yeah, so I ignored all of those. 1: Both the 944T and the Boxster were the first ones I looked at so it made sense that this 911 was the same. I don’t like to waste mine or sellers time, I have a good idea what I’m looking for, I do lots of research, ask lots of questions and then do a thorough inspection. Yes, I’m that guy who views a car with a jack, paint thickness gauge and a laptop with a Bluetooth OBD plug. 2: Didn’t test drive the car at all, in fact only ran the engine for 2 minutes. The caveat is that this car had brand new M030 sports suspension, ARBs, droplinks and bushes from Porsche Teesside 107 miles ago and (with the owner’s permission) I spoke to the respected local Indy who’s looked after the car for the last 4 years at length. 3: Check engine light was on, I knew the fault and the diagnosis from the Indy - car was booked in to be fixed the following week and would then be for sale. I scanned the fault code anyway and did my own research to be totally sure. Spoke to my own Indy, worked out a cost to repair plus some “while you’re in there jobs”, agreed to take the car in it’s broken state for a reduction of what the work would cost the owner plus 1/3rd on top slush fund. My cost to repair will be half what his would be so happy days, 5 days later I’m sat in his lounge, drinking tea, eating cakes, watching the darts and waiting for a money transfer to clear while a mate straps the car onto the trailer. I’ve also acquired the old suspension for my mate as it’s better than his, £100’s worth of Millers Nanodrive oil, a 996 workshop manual and a touch-up paint set for the car I spotted on a shelf. Car is currently at my Indy’s and with any luck will be on my drive in a week or so.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)!
  5. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Well, as my 1988 944 2.7 died a death the replacement arrived last Friday, a 1988 944 Turbo S. The Turbo S had the lighter weight of the earlier 220bhp Turbo but came with medium black Brembo brakes, M030 suspension and 250bhp. This one has KW Clubsport suspension, 968 M030 roll bars front and rear, a boost enhancer, no interior and Michelin Pilot Cup tyres. There is an enormous folder of receipts right back to the original invoice for £42k and the car has been used as a trackday car but with no expense spared. The receipt from last year for £400 at Ninemeister for corner weighting and geometry tells you that! However, my plan is to convert it to a fast road spec rather than all out track weapon. I'll be putting a little bit of weight back in (and no I don't mean me) but will tweak the power to compensate too. Here she is in the advert: [ATTACH]47085[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]47086[/ATTACH] And sat on my drive next to the 2.7: [ATTACH]47087[/ATTACH] The 2.7 is lowered but this is really low: [ATTACH]47088[/ATTACH] The first job was to remove the fixed bucket seat as it needed moving backwards for me anyway: [ATTACH]47089[/ATTACH] You can see a bit of the sound deadening glue remains. The sound deadening weighs about 25-30 kilos and is a nightmare to remove so I'm quite happy someone else has done the hard work. The carpets weigh very little in comparison so they'll be going back in to provide some noise reduction and also look a bit better: [ATTACH]47090[/ATTACH] Seat and mounts removed, now to get this stucco aluminium plate out too: [ATTACH]47091[/ATTACH] Oh joy of joys, it's stuck down with Tiger Seal, a job for Mr Crowbar, Mr Chisel and Mr BFH: [ATTACH]47092[/ATTACH] Yay, out and scraping the Tiger Seal off: [ATTACH]47093[/ATTACH] Just needs a Hoover and a degrease: [ATTACH]47094[/ATTACH] Meanwhile, the guy that bought my 2.7 gave me a set of carpets in good nick but they were Burgundy: [ATTACH]47095[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]47096[/ATTACH] First spray coat of black carpet dye done, it'll need another to be passable: [ATTACH]47097[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]47098[/ATTACH] Now to attack the windows. The electric window mechanisms had been swapped out for manual ones. I've got the electric ones but they weigh a ton so I'll stick with the very lightweight manual ones. Plexi-glass windows had also been fitted but they were too narrow for the window channels and were flexible so if open when moving they popped out a bit and wouldn't go back in properly. There are also 2 positions to mount the window winder, one allows the window to go all the way down but fouls the dashboard with the door shut. The other position clears the dashboard but the window stays sticking up an inch when "fully" open. They were in the first position and I figured I'd rather them stick up an inch than have to open the door every time I wanted to open the window! The door cards had been removed and black ABS plastic cut to shape. I have plans here for fibreglass or carbon door cards so watch this space. Anyway here is the driver's door with plexi-glass window: [ATTACH]47099[/ATTACH] Door card removed: [ATTACH]47100[/ATTACH] 2 positions for the winder mechanism, needs to be in the lower bolt holes: [ATTACH]47101[/ATTACH] Removed the mechanism and the window, swapped the runner back onto the proper glass window and put it all back together. Just need to do the other side and get some lightweight door cards. Here is the 2.7 being towed away to its new home ready for an engine swap: [ATTACH]47102[/ATTACH] Finally, removed the footrest and accelerator to test fit the carpets. Just need to pick up some spray glue and start to get them refitted once each section has been dyed: [ATTACH]47103[/ATTACH]
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. BMW Finance Discounts

    Is it still on “delivery mileage” or have you used it?
  9. 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.
  10. RS3 - Saloon!

    Who remembers when TwinSpark test drove a Honda S2000? (Before ultimately buying a Boxster with the wrong engine and wrong transmission)
  11. 2006 987 Boxster 2.7

    I found this for you Patently:
  12. 2006 987 Boxster 2.7

    After selling the MX-5 to Daz, the garage didn't stay empty for long and we had a 987 Boxster 2.7 delivered (literally - dealer left it on the drive and posted all the paperwork through the letterbox while I was at work) yesterday. It was quite nice coming home to this: Spec is: 06 Boxster 2.7 - Arctic Silver Blue Hood 987.1 Boxster S wheels Blue interior with full leather seats Heated seats Cruise control Wind deflector CD changer Car is all original paintwork with no dints (for now - this is going to be MrsEldavo's DD come August). 55k miles with full Porsche and Porsche Independent service history right down to the £850-worth of N-spec tyres fitted 6 months ago. Dean at D&G Porsche and Prestige did a full pre-purchase inspection for me too as well as a minor service that was due before collection. The plan is for this to be my wife's daily once her leased Nissna Leaf goes back in August and after that we'll run it until she needs something more practical/gets bored and then it'll probably stay as a weekend toy. The corroded exhaust flanges were attended to and replaced by D&G whilst it was in for servicing as wel as a sticking fan being fixed and the roof being retensioned and seated correctly. Despite this car being "for my wife" - we all know what I'm like and it will also be a pet project of mine so there's no point me even pretending that won't happen. There are a couple of areas I need/want to address: Roof needs a damn good clean, colour and reseal. Brake calipers need painting, either back to original black or red. Brake disc bells need painting silver as they're a bit corroded. Wheel bolts are scruffy and need a light dusting of paint. Whole car needs a proper machine polish. Exhaust needs some wire wool and Autosol to reach NNMM standards. Interior leather needs cleaning and some wear and marks need attending to. Replacement of head unit with modern Nav system and Bluetooth- reversing camera looks likely too. But first and foremost . . . The interior rear view mirror is missing, I've ordered one from Porsche and the supplying dealer has agreed to reimburse me!
  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.
  16. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    Oh yes - this sounds nice, best way to describe it is a harder edge to the exhaust note under load. No resonance, no drone - I’ve been advised to get a remap to bring everything together, will need to do my research on that as the benefits on a NA engine are slight. Had a wheel alignment done gratis too - a couple of tweaks to bring it into line after fitting the spacers and some potholes. £100’s worth of Titanium studs, bolts and washers with £20’s worth of K-nuts.
  17. Insurance costs?

    Pah - £196 for the Boxster for 2 drivers and business use for the Mrs but an extra £414 for the A200d on the same policy.
  18. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Back together and running like a dog - supper rich and constantly on the edge of a misfire. Borrowed a Smoke Tester from my Porsche Indy’s - it generates a harmless smoke and you hook it up to an airline to pressurise the system to find leaks in the intake and vacuum system. Handily I have a compressor tucked away in the garage and a retractable air line on the wall - naturally. Found a split hose under the throttle body and a leaking vacuum manifold - both now sorted and running improved a bit. Pulled the plug leads and they weren’t in great condition, fitted some new Bosch plugs and new Beru leads and everything “seems” ok now - needs a decent run out to test it, then an MOT. Opened up the ECU and made a couple of changes to enable the boost gauge on the dashboard, need to add a switch into the case to toggle between Bluetooth connection for the Head Unit and wired for the laptop as the Bluetooth is a bit flakey and drops out every now and then - not ideal when tuning and burning the config file to the ECU!!!
  19. 2006 987 Boxster 2.7

    Boxster is going in for a service when the 911 is finished this week (pick one up, drop one off) and it’s bloody typical that it’s got a problem. Noticed a graunchy sound under low load that went with a dip of the clutch or a bit of throttle - thought it was the gearbox! Got under the car with it running and the sound is coming from the waterpump area, there’s also a slight coolant leak and the coolant level has dropped - pretty conclusive then! Spoke to the garage who laughed and said “they all do that eventually,” then told me they keep 5 waterpumps on the shelf at any one time it’s that common. Sounds like the cost of the service has jumped a couple of hundred quid - but apart from that it’s absolutely spot on and has needed nothing. Interestingly - having disconnected the battery for a while while doing the door card (with my head right next to the airbag), the heated seats now don’t work. Apparently if the battery is disconnected too long then they lose the coding and have to be redone via the OBD, garage will re-enable them for nowt while the car is in there but there are stories of Porsche charging up to £100 for the privilege, worth remembering.
  20. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    Dropped the car off yesterday for the manifolds to be fitted. All the titanium hardware had just arrived too. It’s nice and light - predictably. It shouldn’t resemble Spongebob’s Door Knocker after 5 minutes either!
  21. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    Is that VAT-registered though?
  22. 2002 996.2 3.6 Coupe

    Actually . . . I may have all the spare bits to do another one and am down at the office in a month. If you’re about it’s a quick job and then we can go to that dodgy non-vat registered Thai place again.
  23. Post a pic of your car

    Dropping coolant all over the track - we’ve all been there! Plans sound good - a mate dropped a Type-R engine into his.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.