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My '83 911SC

I just bought this 1983 911SC, picking it up Friday and bring it home!





The car is actually coming to me from a good friend who purchased it in 1995 with around 120k miles on it. Now, the car has 196k and still going strong. The car overall is actually in pretty good shape, the dash pad is original and uncracked, both top and bottom ends of the motor are without rebuild but it still has strong compression (170-180psi). The PO was great about doing necessary maintenance, but that is pretty much all that has been done in the last 70k from what I can tell.

Before purchasing the car I had Aker's in Seattle do a PPI to make sure I knew what I was getting myself into. They came up with quite a grocery list, although mechanically the car seems very strong so I'm hoping to breathe some life back into it through the small things before it needs a major rebuild.



I've never owned a Porsche before but have been a long time fan of them and am eager to get my hands dirty. My intentions with this car are to bring the car up on maintenance, improving and modernizing as I can to make this car a reliable, street-able, all around enjoyable machine. I'm starting this thread to document my progress with the car, that way both I and others can look back through it later on.

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Congratulations man!! Great looking car. I hope you have as much fun with yours, as I do with mine!

Welcome!
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I might add, the first thing I did with mine, was to add a Wevo classic short shifter (has a spring to keep the shifter in the 3 - 4 plane and locks out reverse), plus the performance coupler and new shifter bushings.

The shifter was the one area of the car that was a real let down when I first bought my '78, and the Wevo stuff transformed the shifting experience.

Cheers.
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Congrats!

A word of caution:

Having bought my first 911SC without removing the lower valve covers and counting the cylinder head nuts still intact, laying in the valve covers or hitting the floor, I wouldn't do it again. I'd have the shop check that out as priority #1. You might find yourself spending *several* thousands of $$$$ right off the bat if it's got the dreaded broken Dilivar head studs. Good Luck!

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Congratulation, good choice.

My only regret is that I got a scissor lift a year later... I should have get it right away.

Never been in a shop since.

Get the Bentley book and read all the 911 post on PP and subscribe to the one that my be useful in your future.
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Congratulations!!!! Great cars! I've had mine 5 years and routinely take it on trips, including 1000 mile treks up and down the East Coast!
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The '83 SC's are bullet proof! But you should have got a cabriolet I hope you have many hours of enjoyment out of that car before the motor needs work. Congratulations!
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I love that color.... Congratulations!
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Nice car, good history. You are going to have so much fun with that car. Keep it clean. Keep it maintained. And drive it like you stole it.
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FLON... nice buy. Love that bronze color. My money's on you being very excited about now. ...Welcome to Porschehood.
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Congrats --- very fun car to drive and work on!
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Get the Bentley book and read all the 911 post on PP
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I would change the rubber brake lines first just for common sense reasons.

You do have a laundry list but it's fun DIY stuff.

Every hour that you read old posts saves you $100.
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Enjoy that SC, I love mine and I don't use that adjective loosely.
Give it a good check over but drive it and get a real feel for it before you start changing anything.
Driving means driving it like a Porsche and not like any other sports car...you'll figure that out.
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Congrats! I have an 82 targa in that color. It's a head-turner. I plasti-dipped the "911 SC" logo badge so it matched the black of the rest of the car...just seemed right to me and easily reversible if I get tired of it.

I agree with the others, drive it a while to see what it needs. I had no idea how the thing was supposed to shift, but found it difficult (and the guy who sold it to me said, "That's just how Porsches this old were designed to shift.) No way. Changed the bushings (but not the coupler...yet) and the gear oil (Swepco 201 or the Kendall stuff) and it's transformed the drivability.

Good luck and have fun!
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The 83 coupe is nice, but a Targa would be faster!
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Congrats!

+1 on shifer bushings

I've owned my SC for year and a half and just changed the bushings - what a difference, should've done it straight away

Enjoy
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"The PO was great about doing necessary maintenance"

No, he wasn't.
Not to be a downer, but the car seems quite neglected, if anything.
It sounds like the owner did nothing but drive it and change the oil.

Just to pick a few:
No horn.
Jumpy idle.
Inop blinker
Many oil leaks
Scraping noise in steering column.
Loose belts
Dings
etc etc etc

That's an interesting and large list.
You should type it out so posters can comment and help you prioritize.

On the plus side, almost all of it is little stuff you can do yourself.
2015 will be the year you learn to work on a 911.
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Terrific car!!!!!! Have fun! If I can do a valve adjustment, so can you! Take care of it and it can go 300,000 miles easy.
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and even better, you have John Walker in your area if you do have a problem.

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I have always loved that paint color - beautiful car. Denny's shop did the PPI on my '78 - good folks.

I spy Mr. Walker's plate surround on your '83 - he is a great resource here in town.

By any chance, were you the gentleman who was advertising in Seattle for a decent SC or thereabouts via Craigslist?
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