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    Default Early midlife crisis 944s

    Last year I sold my Underdog Suzuki Swift mk1 GTi and I was back in the market for something else.

    I've always said, if the Suzuki goes, something RWD and coupe will take it's place. Also I wanted something that can last, something worthy of the name, something to enjoy with my sons, no more project but a hobby.

    So I ended up with the Porsche 944 and I even managed to score a 944S type 2! Enough plans, but they are multi-year-plans.




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    looks tidy! 944's in general aren't that common here in the UK, there's just over 1k registered according to howmanyleft.co.uk, so a 944S is unseen here

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    had a neighbor that owned a 944. sat in his garage for years. a few years later i see him pull it out of the garage.


    he took it for a drive around the neighborhood and brought it back. tried to do the same later but the fuel pump went out so he dropped the tank to remove the fuel and replace the pump, put it all back together. saw that he needed gas so he found a gas can in his garage ,put it in and started it up. ruined the new fuel pump because it was the same old fuel that was in it when the first one went out.



    said fuck it and shoved it back in his garage and its been there since i moved away.
    69390016 by giallo, on Flickr





    " man up,take your family out to lunch'

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    was not a big of these, but they have started growing on me recently. this one look clean. can wait to see what you do to it

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    So I have the car for two weeks now.

    Drives good, here with my youngest boy in the front


    Did the following:
    - oil and filter
    - fuelfilter
    - brake fluid
    - spark plugs
    - transmission fluid
    - new battery
    - general lookover

    All looked good, but we did find some small issues, mostly eletrical:
    - non working interiorlights
    - non working dashboardlights
    - small rusthole in the rear silencer
    - small leaks from the power sterring reservoir
    - leaky valve cover gasket
    - timing belt is due next year

    So overal I was happy. In the meanwhile I wanted to check how the camshaft-chain and plates looked. They are an issue point on these cars. Then I found this:


    Yes, teeth broken and bended on the camshaft gears... ****

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    Tensioner pad doesn't look too bad, but replace while there. Really odd failure, have never seen one like it in either 16v 944s or 32v 928s.

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    Yeah, this wasn't what I'd hope to expect...

    Anyway, the show must go on. I've asked around for some quotes and I made a budget.

    Here's the plan:
    - clean and powdercoat valvecover and distributorcap
    - have the car towed to my garage
    - mount new sportcams (if I like the quote)
    - new timing belts etc
    - new tensioner plates
    - new cam chain
    - polish the valve cover bolts and apply new seals
    - new gaskets were I'm working on
    - new oil seals in places I can reach whyle I'm at it...
    - new valve tappet? Dunno yet...

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    The 16v valve cover is magnesium(make sure your PC shop knows this), dist cap is plastic.
    The vc bolts are zinc plated, if the finish is removed for polishing they will eventually rust. You could just order new bolts and washers if appearance is a priority

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    Well, I’ve got a lot of things done in the meantime.

    - Got my hands on good condition second hand camshafts
    - Bought new bushings, seals, o-rings, chains, belts, slide pads, gaskets for everything we need to do when replacing the camshafts
    - Fixed the interior lighting, everything is back in good working order
    - Fixed the digital clock
    - Bought a rear hatch with working heating, my current one has the pins broken off. Also got a cap for the rear wiper delete
    - Got hold on a turbo/S2 rear diffuser, lets see if I can make the deal, if so it needs to be painted first
    - Bought new Magnecor sparkplugs, new Bosch rotor and distributor
    - New floormats placed (the car came with none)
    - Had the valve cover blasted and painted it myself. Due to being magnesium, I didn’t dare to had it powdercoated (my coater also)

    In 1,5 week we’re gonna start on the cam swap, new distribution etc etc. After removing the old belts, I will blast and paint the distribution covers as well

    It's a bit more work then I expected, but then again it's hobby and I love it. Got a deadline though, my wedding on the 10th of august.

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    looking good. cant wait to see more

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    Geez, never noticed you are on this forum. Shame I never saw your Swift in RL, looking forward to seeing what you will do with the porsch.
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    I've decided the best way to deal with rust is to just embrace it.

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    Did some work last weekend

    - changed the camshafts
    - new camchain, tensioner pads and camseal
    - changed the bush and seals of the bottom balansshaft

    I have some parts to clean and paint, will continue this thursday. Built it back up with new distribution parts.

    The damage was big, I'm lucky though that I spotted this in time.

    Broken tensionerpad:


    Six broken teeth on the intake and 3,5 broken teeth on the exhaustside:

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    Finished everything last night. Car drives beautifull again.

    - new belts and tensioners
    - new distributorcap and rotor

    Some pics of the last month:







    Airhose for the alternator cooling was shot, so replaced it:


    Had my valve cover and distributor caps blasted, then painted it myself. Bought the wrong color though, but it's looking fresh again.

    I can now monitor how the paint holds on the magnesium. And then redo it in the right color with the next belt change.



    Before:


    After (Still have lots of cleaning to do underneath the bonnet and new Magnecor spark plug wires are on the way)


    Dashlights working again (fixed the reflectors and changed the bulbs):


    New floormats (weren't in the car when I bought it):

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    So I got married last week. It was bloody hot, but it was a perfect day! Ofcourse we've used the 944 as our weddingcar!







    What else did I do? Placed a new temp-switch, the old one was leaking for a long time. And I found a turbo/S2 rear diffuser, just need to pick it up and paint it.

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    Congrats on getting married! Car looks correct, happy you used it on your wedding day
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    Well, they finally got the 1 series right!"

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    The Porsche will go into wintersleep soon. Next year big things are coming!
    - S2 rear diffuser
    - Gaz Gold coilovers front and rear
    - New burgundy shifter boot
    - Original Blaupunkt cassette radio
    - New 18" wheels
    - And finally some meetings?

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    love seeing well cared for 944's. cool valve cover color, modern. reminds me of hybrids

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauluzz View Post
    - New 18" wheels
    What wheels are you gonna get?
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    I've decided the best way to deal with rust is to just embrace it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yezzz View Post
    What wheels are you gonna get?
    Keskin kt2, gonna paint the centers in fancy color, but that will stay a surprise.

    I like the oem look of the current wheels, the Keskin kt2 stays true to that look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauluzz View Post
    Keskin kt2, gonna paint the centers in fancy color, but that will stay a surprise.

    I like the oem look of the current wheels, the Keskin kt2 stays true to that look.
    Why not go for something like ETA Beta Turbo or RH ZW1 wheels.
    These also stay quite true to the porsche look but are actual splits instead of Faux-splits
    Quote Originally Posted by aLaFleur View Post

    I've decided the best way to deal with rust is to just embrace it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yezzz View Post
    Why not go for something like ETA Beta Turbo or RH ZW1 wheels.
    These also stay quite true to the porsche look but are actual splits instead of Faux-splits
    RH ZW1 is possible, but hard to find in 5x130. Dunno what the price is, 'cause I do not have unlimited budget The Keshin is plug and play, no adapters, nice fitment.

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    Nice build so far.

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    You bought as soon to be more of an icon car imho. Nice!

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    Thnx, yeah this poormans Porsche is starting to become iconic. I just love the whole eighties/retroness about it. The burgundy interior, the popup headlights, the wide wheelarches and meaty tires. Didn't expect it to be such a headturner, but it is. Boys from 4 to 14 yrs old really love it.

    I must say, the mk1 swift GTi was way more fun. But the 944 gives way more comfort. I'm not a youngster anymore, I have a wife and kids. Went for a trip a couple weeks back with my 10yr old boy, with the Porsche. It drives great, very nice seating, not crazy fast but gives a nice punch. This car stays in the family, my two sons will have to fight for it when they're older haha.

    Really want to tackle the stance, wheels and rear valance next season. Just to make more of an impact with the car.

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    The S is hibernating at the moment. Tucked away in a dry place. The perfect moment to start shopping!

    Ordered:
    - new radio, retromod Blaupunkt Bremen SQR46
    - new custom shiftknob, 917 style with inscription
    - new inner shiftboot and outer shiftboot (burgundy)
    - new stainless exhaust rear silencer
    - new targa rubbers, new hatch rubbers, new hatchpin rubbers
    - new window washer pump
    - new mirrorglas
    - and some other bits and pieces

    Rear valance will be painted this spring.

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