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Brought her to the local AC shop to drain the system, then proceeded to replace the AC compressor and drier. Kind-of a pain as those allen screws were extremely tight. All o-rings replaced (oiled of course) and everything buttoned up. Wow, the bugs are out tonight; I got chewed up out there...

Tomorrow , back to the shop for a nice long evac then fill (can you say repeat?). The guy at the shop is actually really good and charges me about $130.00 for the labor, oil, and freon (134a). He did quote me $1,100.00 for the whole job but no thanks, I'll become mosquito bait for a couple of hours.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:17 PM
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A few weeks ago I attempted to drive my car to work and the transmission decided to go south (automatic). Finally had some time to work on her, got the old trans out and the replacement in. Next up is CV axle boot replacement and fluids/filter change. Found that a lot of the noise I was hearing prior to failure was coming from the torque converter mounting plate, it was cracked half way around. Should have her back on the road this weekend, can't wait!
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got the car corner balanced yesterday, and set the shocks. very nice now. no jarring nastiness of stiff springs, yet double the stiffness of stock when i throw it into a corner. this setup looks to be the best of both worlds. not for the faint of heart or light of budget though. parts alone are over $3k (and that's just shocks, struts, and springs). feels like a modern car now though.

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Got the shop to evac and refill the AC system; they said it blew extremely cold. I picked it up after work and no ac... The clutch won't even engage so either the control wire is disconnected or I've got a leak somewhere. Back to the drawing board...

Great job Jeff on the tranny. That must have been some job.
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Added late radiator subframe to my 924S:

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New rear tires 2 days ago.

Modded the sunroof to manual config and for the last three days have driven to and from work with the roof off and the windows down. Summertime highway bomb - just another reason to love this car!

James, looks like you're really stuck in! What's the end game with that TooFah?
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Today I installed my replacement starter and put my brake calipers back together. I dropped my original starter and destroyed the solenoid. I decided to get an early style starter to prevent kickback while cranking due to my notched bell housing. It was only $42 and came with a brand new solenoid.

My broken old starter:


New starter:


Where does the third wire going to the starter go? This solenoid has 2 possible locations rather than one like my old starter:


My brake calipers turned out pretty good. They got kinda scuffed up during reassembly, so I'll have to touch up the paint:

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What did you do to your car today?

Today, I did a full tune up and replaced the distributor cap, rotor, spark plugs, and wires. it runs a lot smoother now. It's time to start looking into completing the timing belt and rollers.
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Working on adding a USB output in one of my blanking plates.


Nice one about the early starter. I did the same. When cranking it has a slower, deeper sound than the small starter. Kind of like an old truck, but it does the job.
Looks like the solenoid is hooked up fine. I think the other terminal is usually covered in epoxy.
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When cranking it has a slower, deeper sound than the small starter.
That's how my original starter was. Sometimes I would think the car wouldn't start because it was cranking so slow. I have a fully charged genuine Porsche battery that's less than 2 years old and cleaning the battery terminals, wires going to the starter, and all of the grounds didn't cure it. I suspect that it was due to the starter getting old/worn out. I'll try out my new starter tomorrow.
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after getting it to run, on first drive it died.

found bad NEW coil yesterday. taking for a nice, long drive today.

hmm... now where is that AAA card.... LOL
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I applied red vinyl over the amber section of my tail lights. Also plasti dipped my "944S2" emblem in black.

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Phantoms,

I love that color, probably my favorite.
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Complete parking brake rebuild on wifey's 87. Replaced cable, all hardware, springs, shoes. Cable from 82 931, shoes and hardware from 83 944. All works according to spec. What a day...
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Replaced OEM horns with Fiamm European Air Horns. The assembly comes with a 24vDC relay so that didn't work but I had a spare 12 vDC one lying around. I was interested in sounding like an older Ferrari/Lamborghini and this unit is spot on as the low and high frequencies are the same (795Hz & 840Hz). The original wiring is intact so OEM replacement will be very easy. I tend to lean toward original factory design/construction but I couldn't help myself. And, these things are LOUD!

Still having issues with the AC. I tested the control wire, fuse, etc so she goes back to the AC shop tomorrow...
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Replaced tie rods yesterday. Drained and replaced the ATF in the power steering system. Dropped it off for an alignment today.

Also worked on wiring up my knock counter and blink code reader to the passenger footwell diagnostic port.
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Done, on board usb! Wired it in to the ashtray light, so I can power it when the position/parking light are on.
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Re-sealed the taillights and light panel with black DAP silicon. http://www.amazon.com/08642-Corning-Silicone-Sealant-10-1-Ounce/dp/B0002YOVFO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1404941398&sr=8-2&keywords=black+silicone Also committed to a friend of a friend to have him wrap my hood in matte black vinyl.






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Rear brakes/bearings

Rebuilt the parking brake system on my '87 944. Partly because it didn't work (in Florida, it wasn't an issue) but because I needed it to work so I could stop the car from rolling while I loosened the rear axle nuts for rear bearing replacement. Used a floor jack and 3/4" drive breaker and 1 1/4" socket. Worked great. See post about this on main listing. Waiting for bearing removal/installation tool from Lindsey Racing to arrive to complete the project.
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Great post on breaking that nut loose, BTW.

Today we had Mand's 87 inspected. Passed with flying colors. Two years in my shop, two years of scrimping and scrounging, and today she's official. Having it inspected made me feel like my final exam was being marked!

Full article/thread/story and pics to come. (As promised to John_AZ... and others...)
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