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mazdaverx7 05-12-2014 11:31 AM

My 85.2 Restoration Project
 
I've been wanting an 85.5 and up for some time and this one spoke to me as a major restoration effort. So what if it hasn't been on the road in 10 years. Its deserving of a restoration and I will learn a lot by bringing this car back from an inevitable doom. It speaks to me not only because its a 944, but because it has some nice options and the car is mostly unmolested. The initial pics were pics from the guy I got the car from:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...427_233947.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...2795110406.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...2895090752.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...2895090742.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...2895090810.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...427_135618.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...502_170019.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...429_135406.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...2995135658.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...0295165721.jpg

mazdaverx7 05-12-2014 11:34 AM

Made it home safe and sound with the car Saturday morning after driving all night Friday. Its now tucked away safely in my garage. I played with it a little and it has a lot of issues which I will post about.

Here are the first few pics of the car once it was officially mine :

Car loaded on the trailer with the pic being taken right after leaving the seller's house:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...510_025245.jpg

Pit stop in Columbus on the way home:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...510_071924.jpg

Home tucked away safely in my garage (and my son already installed the spare Porsche crest I had in my other 944's center console):

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...510_102836.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...510_102857.jpg

Lapkritis 05-12-2014 11:38 AM

Good luck!

mazdaverx7 05-12-2014 11:43 AM

Thanks, I was trying to post more pics but the forum would not allow me to do so without mod approval. Once that is done, I will have the rest of the pics up of everything that I've been doing to the car. Its really a well optioned car and a solid platform to start with!

mazdaverx7 05-12-2014 04:45 PM

Started cleaning the engine bay and when doing so, discovered a small amount of oil in the air cleaner housing. Perhaps something is not right with the AOS. I checked the timing and balance shaft belts and both are intact with some deflection. All I wanted to know was if they were in place and to make sure they were not broken. Going to do those fist off. Here are some pics:

Oil in the air cleaner housing:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_002011.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_002026.jpg

Pics of the belts:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_003007.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_002829.jpg

Engine bay as of right now:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_011303.jpg

Found this odd metal plate in the box of parts that I got with the car. Oddly enough, the front license plate bracket is bolted to it, lol:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_011338.jpg

mazdaverx7 05-12-2014 04:46 PM

Finally got the hatch open. Had to disconnect the rods and move them manually and it came right open. Here are some pics of what I found:

This wiring..Maybe went to a car phone at one time? Not sure but it was run to the battery and the fuse box:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_045841.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_045834.jpg

A bunch of yuck:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_045152.jpg

Thought this was kinda nice:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_045145.jpg

And next to the fire extinguisher, was this amazing piece. I'm not sure if its complete:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...511_045135.jpg

mazdaverx7 05-12-2014 04:47 PM

Took a couple quick pics of the interior last night. Will try and post better ones once its not raining and I can push it out of the garage:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...512_020310.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...512_020245.jpg

mazdaverx7 05-14-2014 12:37 AM

Decided to pull and paint the center caps on the wheels today and paint the rear wiper arm.Thought I'd share a few pics of the progress:

After the red paint was removed and prepped for primer:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...513_170716.jpg

In primer:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...513_170924.jpg

Painted:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...513_171328.jpg

Pics of the car with the center caps removed:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...513_171003.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...513_171013.jpg

With the center caps painted and installed:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...513_173616.jpg

Blasted and painted the rear wiper arm as well:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...513_174520.jpg

mytrplseven 05-14-2014 11:51 AM

I had an antenna on my rear hatch and thought it was for a phone system but later found out it was for a security altert system that called your pager if the car was being broken into. This looks like a good car for restoration.

mazdaverx7 05-14-2014 04:43 PM

Thank you!! Where was the control module mounted for that security system?? I'd be interested to see if I have the same thing. The antenna will be off there soon. I may end up replacing the hatch due to heave separation.

mazdaverx7 05-14-2014 09:58 PM

Pulled the fuel rail and injectors tonight for a cleaning. They are the start of the fuel system clean out:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...515_011735.jpg

sausagehacker 05-14-2014 10:19 PM

If you need any of those bumper pads, PM me. I have a bunch in great condition. Looks like a sweet project!

mazdaverx7 05-14-2014 11:22 PM

I do need all four actually..

Chucked 05-15-2014 03:06 PM

sausage hacker, I need a right rear bumper pad for my 85.5.

mazdaverx7 05-19-2014 10:34 AM

Got my little helper on the job. He's been a big fan of my 944's since he was just a wee little guy. Always has to sit in the car and pretend he's driving. Until the tools come out, then its "Dad, what I can fix?" Caught him hanging out in the back seat the other day:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...514_174142.jpg

mazdaverx7 05-23-2014 07:51 PM

Good news!! I removed the starter and had it tested at two auto part stores today and both places said that the starter was good. I ended up buying a Napa battery and came home and re-installed the starter and installed the new battery. Just for the heck of it, I cranked the engine over and it cranked normally! No more slow cranking!! I'm excited!

Starter re-installed:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...523_191455.jpg

While I was under there, I did notice another thing that needs attention:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...523_191446.jpg

mazdaverx7 06-05-2014 08:01 PM

Took a few pics today when I was in the garage:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_203815.jpg

Original key:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_203743.jpg

Fuchs are original and in decent shape for the age and neglect:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204003.jpg

Damage to the front nose panel:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204024.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204033.jpg

Engine bay as it currently sits:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204403.jpg

Fuel system components being replaced and cleaned. Fuel pump is bad and I plan on sending the injectors out to be cleaned:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_203918.jpg

Rear carpet is in nice shape still:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204436.jpg

mazdaverx7 06-05-2014 08:02 PM

All of the lights are in working order:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204216.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204246.jpg

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204258.jpg

Dash warning lights that come on. Not sure if this is all of them or if there should be more:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204128.jpg

Cluster lighting seems dim and the lighting seems to be only radiating from the bottom upward:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204149.jpg

Last shot before I went to work:

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...605_204541.jpg

mazdaverx7 06-11-2014 08:55 PM

Ordered all four injector seal kits and pintle caps. Won't be in until Monday though...

beamishnz 06-12-2014 11:15 AM

There is a nice section in Clarks garage on sorting dashboard lights. The bulbs go dull/fail over time and the silvering off the reflectors flakes off/dulls. Can all be fixed relatively easily ... but you have other priorities :)

Good luck with your project! I bought a good low km running well maintained '91 S2 and there is enough work for me just keeping up with the daily maintenance :) You are brave!


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