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best place to buy parts???

OK, I know the heading is VERY subjective. But hang in there with me. I'll try to explain what I need and what I'm looking for.

I have a 1987 944S that had the tensioner go... In turn this bent 9 of the 16 Valves. The head has been repaired and I'm getting ready to reassemble.
I don't need cam's I've already sourced them
I'm looking for a good parts supplier to place an order for what I need to put it back together. I really haven't found a complete kit that accomplishes this. I'd really like to be able to call a single provider and get all my parts. I'll be replacing everything from the head gasket up to and including the cam seals,water pump, tensioners, pulleys, belts and so forth.
Any suggestions on a one stop place to get what I need? I'm really looking for someone that knows this rebuild and will know everything I'll need without me having to go through every little part on the diagram, telling the parts person, whos knows nothing about cars what I need.
I'm sure many of you have been through this before so please point me in the right direction. This is my first venture into the 944 world where I have had to do such a in depth repair.

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I've also used Vertex Auto for Victor Reinz headgasket & seal kits.

ITM Engine, Victor Reinz and Wrightwood Racing gasket kits available on eBay and Amazon.

Sometimes, I like to source individually for best-of-each since no one combines exact list of parts I want anyway. For example, MLS headgaskets is de-rigueur on all modern engines, even bottom-of-line Toyotas. So that's must-have on any rebuilds I do. And fluoro-elastomer (Viton) valve-stem seals are better than nitrile rubber versions often included in these kits. Any time I touch one of these engines, I want to make sure it's last time.

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+1 on Jason at Paragon. A wealth of information and a true seasoned professional
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I've attempted to link a spreadsheet from my google drive that I used to help with my build. it's a few years old so expect prices to be out-of-date. Maybe even dead links or some bits NLA.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11g_J0y3Pb_8r02oDhjV_qBx0OmLmqCTj/view?usp=sharing

My preference is for vendors who specialise in Porsche. I don't mind aftermarket stuff as long as it's well made. I prefer Sonnen for genuine parts but I will still always compare prices before I go with them.
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I've attempted to link a spreadsheet from my google drive that I used to help with my build. it's a few years old so expect prices to be out-of-date. Maybe even dead links or some bits NLA.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11g_J0y3Pb_8r02oDhjV_qBx0OmLmqCTj/view?usp=sharing

My preference is for vendors who specialise in Porsche. I don't mind aftermarket stuff as long as it's well made. I prefer Sonnen for genuine parts but I will still always compare prices before I go with them.
Impresssive spreadsheet - I think you have every Porsche part supplier/vendor. I did something similar when I went thru my 944 in 2006.
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thanks. It could probably be done better. Only vendor not on there that i've used quite a lot is Only944. I probably left them off because I wasn't comparing them to other vendors.
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Thanks guys, I'll start my buying of parts tomorrow. Hopefully I get it back running soon...
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Spoke to Jason at Paragon this morning. He's working up some prices and should get back to me soon.

Thanks again everyone...
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Ok, guys not having such good luck. I might not have been clear. I need someone VERY knowledgeable about this car. I need someone that can say " yep, I know exactly what you need and here's the list".
Again, it a 944S, that had the hydraulic tension failed... bending 9 of the 16v. The head has been repaired and ready to be reinstalled. I have sourced the cams. But I now need everything from the head gasket up to reassemble the car. Off the top of my head that would be a complete timing belt kit for the front half of the motor, thermostat, belts pulley's and such. Head gasket set that includes EVERYTHING like seals, exhaust manifold gaskets and such. I know this isn't the first time these motors have lost a tensioner and bent valves. Some parts stores must have a knowledgeable person that can come up with that list. I just don't want to get into the reassembly and realize that i have a handful of parts missing.
I've reached out to 944online.com and left them a message, waiting for a call back. Anyone else have a suggestion????
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You need two kits then:

- timing-belt & FOES kit
- headgasket & related seals kit

Being 944S, it's rarity and lots of vendor front-countre people don't know difference and will give you regular 944 8v info. Since this is your car, you need to take control of its destiny. Learn what exact parts you need:

1. make list from studying official parts katalog. Or install PET software.

2. verify it against list provided by vendors on their kit, and check off what it does and does not include.

3. order missing parts to complete comprehensive rebuild list.

You're further along than most 944 owners have gone through and not that far off from others. Just need to finish these last couple steps yourself to complete your evolution.

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DannoXYZ,
Your probably right... I was hoping not to do a lot of shopping but it's my car so I need to just sit down and work up a list. I was hoping someone else had already done it and it would be simple but I'm learning that's not the case. Oh, well... guess I'll get at it over the next several days.
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Oh my god can someone please do all my work for me AND give me a great price.
I might not have been clear but I don’t want to have to do anything.
That’s my impression of this thread
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Oh my god can someone please do all my work for me AND give me a great price.
I might not have been clear but I donít want to have to do anything.
Thatís my impression of this thread
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Do you know what's really great? I really dont give two ****s what your impressions are.....
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if you need used parts I have bought from Mark several times. just ordered a couple items.

https://plyhammersparts.com/
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if you need used parts I have bought from Mark several times. just ordered a couple items.

https://plyhammersparts.com/
Thanks,
Big thing is the motor right now and getting it back together. Overall the car is really in good condition. There might be a few trim pieces needed. But I need to get in running first. Thanks again.
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...Or install PET software...
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Danno - please elaborate on "PET software"
PET = Porsche Electronic Catalog. It's essentially the bible on Genuine part numbers.
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OK, I know the heading is VERY subjective. But hang in there with me. I'll try to explain what I need and what I'm looking for.

I have a 1987 944S that had the tensioner go... In turn this bent 9 of the 16 Valves. The head has been repaired and I'm getting ready to reassemble.
I don't need cam's I've already sourced them
I'm looking for a good parts supplier to place an order for what I need to put it back together. I really haven't found a complete kit that accomplishes this. I'd really like to be able to call a single provider and get all my parts. I'll be replacing everything from the head gasket up to and including the cam seals,water pump, tensioners, pulleys, belts and so forth.
Any suggestions on a one stop place to get what I need? I'm really looking for someone that knows this rebuild and will know everything I'll need without me having to go through every little part on the diagram, telling the parts person, whos knows nothing about cars what I need.
I'm sure many of you have been through this before so please point me in the right direction. This is my first venture into the 944 world where I have had to do such a in depth repair.

Thanks
Randy,

Let me chat with a couple of our Sales guys. I know that we have at least one person that can do this for a 911 - let me see if I can find the 944 guru as well. I'll try to get back to you asap.
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