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Not sure where you are in CT but if on Western side give either Dan Jacobs (at Hairy Dog), Scott at Automobile Associates, or Chris at Musante a call to see if they know of any 911's for sale in your range when you are ready. Then have them do a full PPI on anything you consider.
My former mechanic - the guy from whom I bought my first 944 - is Dennis Fippinger, former owner of Bristol Motor Works; he is currently the engine-building specialist at Automobile Associates, and he's been trying to push me toward a SC/3.2 for about 5 years now He's a great guy - I swing by his house to shoot the ***** sometimes (he has a beautiful garage with a full hydraulic lift, and many, many toys).

I have a feeling that Dennis' input would be instrumental in any potential 911 purchase.

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Have you seen this?
I'm familiar with the car and the caring owner.

'84 Carrera $15.5, Lots of New Parts
That is a very nice car - I like the interior a lot, and the color is great. Not a huge fan of the front spoiler, but that's nitpicking. If it's by some miracle still available later this year, it would be an option (although it's close to the top end of my potential price range).
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My former mechanic - the guy from whom I bought my first 944 - is Dennis Fippinger, former owner of Bristol Motor Works; he is currently the engine-building specialist at Automobile Associates, and he's been trying to push me toward a SC/3.2 for about 5 years now He's a great guy - I swing by his house to shoot the ***** sometimes (he has a beautiful garage with a full hydraulic lift, and many, many toys).

I have a feeling that Dennis' input would be instrumental in any potential 911 purchase.
Don't know Dennis but everyone at AA is great so you are in very good hands there, puts you miles ahead when the time comes to shop..
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Keep the 951. If you get on the slippery slope you will want a autocross car, a track car, a project\looks car, a around town car. This might explain why I have too many cars
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That... actually sounds great to me I still miss my lightweight 944NA (which I think the 911 would satisfy), and even miss my beat up old Volvo 740 quite a bit (it was a great winter car). I could definitely picture having 4 or 5 vehicles to suit my many moods
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Dude, I started my Porsche experience with a red 951 about 5 years ago and have had two 930's since. I still think about that 951 and how well-balanced, quick and fun it was. With a 951 as nice as you have, with that color combo, it would be a tragedy to part with it as I'm sure you would miss it years down the road. It seems that every few months I think about getting another one myself! I think the N/A hot rod early 911 build would be a great time (thought about doing that myself too!) and if you could afford doing that while keeping a nice 951 like you have around to enjoy is the best way to go by far! Also, this isn't the best time to try and unload Porsches, so it may be in your financial best interest to choose option 2 as well.
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The 951 rips...you will miss it if you get rid of it. Try to swing the finances to get a descent 3.2 and take your time sorting it out, doing most of the work yourself. It sounds like you have a buddy that has a nice hobby garage and the knowledge to help you out. Get a 911 because they are classic and a blast to drive, but those 951's tear the **** out of the road.
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Don't get sucked into trading a fast comfortable 951 for a slower 911 with ineffective a/c. Keep the 951 and save up for a 993.
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As per the recommendation on this thread, I received my copies of "Used 911 Story" and "101 Projects" in the mail today. WOW. Both of these books are great resources. Wayne's book is easily the best Porsche shop manual I've seen (other than maybe good old Clarksgarage.com for 944s), and the Zimmerman book is probably the only really good model-by-model guide I've seen.

He may be biased because he owns an SC, but it seems like Zimmerman really thinks that the '83 SC is the best all-around 911 out there. Is this the general consensus? I know it's a pretty good middle-ground between old and new, and the engines are pretty much bullet-proof. The only thing that would really turn me off of an SC would be those afterthought fog lights sticking out of the front spoiler. The integrated Carrera 3.2 look seems to work better, but, to be honest, I like the clean no-foglights look of the 74-77 911.

Of course, as the tides have changed, so has the direction in which I've been leaning: I now think I'd prefer to sell the 951 and stretch for the nicest 3.2 I can find, preferably an 88-89 model... of course, this might change again by the end of the day. The next few months should be interesting, in terms of sorting things out...
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Great to hear! Good luck in your search.

You'll want to look at 87-89 if you want the G50. Counterpoint: A solid 915 with new shift bushings, linkage correctly dialed, will feel just like a G50. I use brass bushings in the coupler with an 86 (factory short shift) shifter and while it's no Honda, shifts as well as any G50 I've driven. The 87-89s are the heaviest of all impact bumper cars.
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I drove a euro 84 with m&k exh etc and it was FAST. If you want to go fast, I find it hard to believe a euro 3.2 would disappoint. An e36 m3 is 3175 lbs and 240 bhp. This car was 240ish bhp and ~2600 lbs. Go for it. There is NOTHING like an air-cooled 911. So visceral!
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Yes, the 1983 911SC is the BEST and bulletproof!!

238K original, wonderful miles. Of course I am bias about it. Too funny.

Keep the 951...hey are you going to start a voting meter?
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'84 is the best...
236K original, nothing rebuilt.
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Is this the general consensus?
That SC's are the best? No!!

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'84 is the best...
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Hey Ed:

How is the 3.4 working for you and Ruby?

I will re-phrase my statement to say that the "1983 911SC is the Best of the SC's. Ha.

Now, watch me get some grief for that statement.
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Hey Ed:

How is the 3.4 working for you and Ruby?

I will re-phrase my statement to say that the "1983 911SC is the Best of the SC's. Ha.

Now, watch me get some grief for that statement.
She's great! Close to 270HP at the crank. Better torque curve than the 993, as power comes on pretty early. And even better-no oil leaks!

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