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    I love that in the face of potentially serious deal-breaking faults on a not-particularly-cheap-to-fix car, PF has never strayed from the question of when mods will be carried out

    Never change!
    Originally posted by Jim
    I feel that rules are important as without rules there is no cheating and cheating is a vital part of drag racing.

    Originally posted by elfturbomax
    What has happened to PF? It seems to be diesel love now days. Maybe the name should be changed to Particulate Forums.



      Plan was, my mates Peter and Fred would meet at mine. I would hitch a ride up with one of them and hopefully be able to drive the 911 home!

      Andrew was out running errands so we decided it was only right to stop for McDonald's.

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      Once at Andrew's we swiftly began ripping out the interior. Thankfully Andrew had ripped out his Boxster interior out not too long ago so it was a rather painless experience.


      It took about 20 minutes to remove the centre console, it was really quite easy. Fitting the tool was a breeze and barely worth writing about. The main thing was, after adjusting the linkages I now had reverse. Much success! Fixed in less than an hour, good feelings all around.

      A mate of mine who is an aircooled Porsche tragic used to always say how Porsche's were designed to be worked on. The more I look and work on this, the more I agree with his statement. It's all been designed to come apart and be put back together.

      Now for the coolant clamp.

      I'd ordered a bunch of hoses and clamps to fit based on memory on what I could see. It's quite stark the difference between UK and Aussie cars. Everything here is shagged underneath due to the salt on the roads. I assume this is what caused the old clamp to give out. After having another look underneath the car we could see the hose was in serviceable condition. We then decided to whip a new clamp on and leave the hoses, clips and other bits and pieces for my mechanic. We didn't quite feel like bleeding the whole system and perhaps causing further issues from knocking things around.

      Replacing the clip took all of about 2 minutes.

      An interesting side note, the proper bleeding process on these is quite a bitch. It involves removing radiator cap, oil cap and dipstick, holding engine at 2500rpm and revving to 5000rpm every 30 seconds for 5 minutes, replacing the radiator cap and another 5 minutes of this. Not used to such procedures!

      Nervously we started the car.

      No leaks, good. Car drives in reverse, even better.

      It was also apparent there were no other issues as no smoke, oil in the water or mayonnaise in the oil. Fantastic.

      We break to watch Baku qualifying and fire up the bbq.

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      It was decided over lunch we should have a burn to the Imperial War Museum for ice cream. Half hour drive on some twisty and quiet A & B roads, perfect to see how the repairs held up. Much water, spares and tools were packed for the journey.

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      Shouldn't have worried - not a single problem! The car ran like a dream and I was back in lust.

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      Later in the afternoon/evening went out to take some beauty shots.

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      Peter's wonderful 928. After taking all these photos it broke down and was out of action for a fortnight. Ironically it broke down exactly where my car did the week prior. Fucking cars.

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        Nice. But.... What mods will you do with the money you saved??
        Originally posted by piss98
        fuck I'd be happy to suck Bill Gates off


          Happy ending


            rejoice, glad it worked out.

            yes and mods yes.


              Awesome, and looks like a great day in Cambridge.

              There must be something about Cambridgeshire. My 911 broke down twice near Cambourne and Grantchester.
              The MX5 Noujet (its up market) | The Hilux Complete Nugget
              I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself. - D.H.Lawrence


                Nice looking 928, pascha interior also, sweet.
                " Racing cars don't have doors. Toilets have doors" : Keke Rosberg


                  After limping it home I thought it prudent to take the old girl to a mechanic and give it a thorough going over. After all, I had a driving tour of Wales coming up.

                  Historically, my luck with mechanics is rather shocking. Running old Alfa's on the Gold Coast really opened me up to getting fucked over.

                  Earlier in the year through happenstance I came across what seemed to be a good mechanic and these recent woes seemed to be an ideal opportunity to give him a whirl.

                  Steve runs a race car hire company specialising in Radical's and Caterham's and does racecar work on the side. He operates out of a cowshed in the outskirts of Reading. Roughly a two hour drive from me but his labour rate (£35/hour) made it seemingly a worthwhile gamble.

                  The last service I had on the Boxster I got absolutely hosed, £390 for a minor service. Should have been closer to £250-300 but the joys of living in central London.

                  I asked Steve to take a look over it and then we could form a plan of attack.

                  Thankfully nothing too bad showed up in his look over so we began forming a plan:

                  Aircon [new condensers, dryer & regas]
                  Review cooling system [flush, clean radiator, replace old hoses and clamps]
                  Belt change
                  Starter motor [resolve a squeak on start up]
                  Front dampers
                  Front strut top bearings
                  Dust covers
                  Engine mounts

                  You guys will be glad to know that when replacing the engine mounts I decided to 'upgrade' to 993RS solid engine mounts. Massive, massive difference. Much more NVH in the cabin but the car feels so much more alive and to a degree responsive. If it was a daily driver, I'd maybe think about going back to standard or semi solid mounts but for a weekend/fun car, they are ideal (for me anyway).

                  For the shocks I took the chance put Bilstein's in, truthfully mainly for fiscal reasons. OEM parts prices can be bit of a joke, thankfully there is a quite a bit of crossover with the Boxster and a plentiful aftermarket.

                  When it came time to pick up the car, Steve asked me to hop in. Part of his post service 'service' is to take you for a shakedown drive and explain what was changed and how and where you can feel the differences. It made me feel like a proper racing driver, just without the skill. As mentioned above, the engine mounts radically changed the dynamic of the car. Tightening up the gearshift and overall making the car feel taught and lean. If I'm being honest, I couldn't really tell the difference between these and the old shocks. Nonetheless, the exciting part was, the 911 was ready for Wales!

                  Steve's website
                  There are some photos of his race cars on there.

                  Gratuitous exhaust video.

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                    Good write up. Exhaust vid sounds mint. Enjoy wales!
                    Originally posted by thebluerx7
                    The fact they want to ban cash makes me want to go out and use it full time again now .


                      duxford imperial war museum, did you go see the restoration works they do on spitfires?

                      I love that place


                        Originally posted by Lord_fahrquhar View Post
                        duxford imperial war museum, did you go see the restoration works they do on spitfires?

                        I love that place
                        Even better on flying days!
                        "If you can make black marks on a straight from the time you turn out of a corner until the braking point of the next turn, then you have enough horsepower." - Mark Donahue Penske Porsche 917

                        "In Japan we no give fark for Subaru" - Trust Japan Technical Director
                        (TM - AVENGE)

                        "You can never have enough power. I remember when we had Group B cars... THEN we had enough power!"
                        Juha Kankkunen - Rally of Argentina '02


                          Great pics, looks like Evo car of the year 1998