Sunday, 21 January 2018

Porsche 911 Bonnet Hood Locked

A problem that I had with my 911 was that the bonnet/hood has an electrically powered release mechanism so the battery needs to be powered to release it. If the battery is dead for any reason there is a terminal inside the car where you can connect a power supply to reactivate the release switch however this relies on the continuity of the circuit. If the battery is disconnected then it won't work.

This video shows how to open the bonnet/hood if the battery is disconnected by using a release handle underneath the 911 wheel arch.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Porsche 944 Seat Restoration Retrimming

The seats in my Porsche 944 were rather tired when I bought it. More specifically the driver's seat was very worn and had been badly patched in the past.

Porsche 944 Seat Restoration Retrimming

Porsche 944 worn pinstripe seats
Porsche 944 worn pinstripe seats 
 The passenger side was in excellent condition but unfortunately it proved very difficult to get matching material to do the driver's side.

In the end I decided that it would be easier and give a better result to get both seats recovered and found a local retrimmer Browns Trimming in Margate who were able to assist. After a detailed discussion we decided that a centre section of soft perforated leather surrounded by heavy duty leather look vinyl would give the best finish so I took the seats to them just before Christmas to let them work their magic.

Early in January I had the call to let me know they were ready and managed to arrange a visit combined with the local Parkrun to ensure I was there early enough to collect.

I have to say I was very impressed, the material was very soft and the seats comfortable to use. It was also very noticeable that new foam support had been added as the bolsters were much more solid than before. I'll grab some shots of the seats back in the car but these were taken as they got unloaded.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Porsche 911/996 Owners Review Video

It's been a long time coming but I've finally completed my Porsche 911 996 model video review. This combines footage of my car along with video shot of a friend's 996 cabrio

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Porsche 944 Back on the Road!

After nearly a year off the road being restored, my Porsche 944 now has a new MOT and is back running again. The car looks stunning in brand new Guards Red paint and all I need to do now are some finishing touches to complete the restoration.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Porsche 944 Fuel Lines Replacement - How to Replace Corroded Lines for low cost

I needed to replace the fuel lines on Porsche 944 and originally planned to get genuine Porsche parts. However having fitted the lines and tried to connect them to the rubber fuel lines in the engine bay I found that the lines supplied were not correct and were for a 16V model not the 8V that I have which meant the connections were in the wrong direction.
Photo of Porsche 944 rusted leaking fuel lines
Photo of Porsche 944 rusted leaking fuel lines

Unfortunately the correct lines were out of stock at Porsche with no estimated delivery date so without them I would be unable to get my car back on the road. The front sections of the lines looked fairly straightforward, the feed line was 10mm steel and the return line was 8mm. Steel wasn't an option but looking online it appeared that Kunifer alloy lines would probably do the job.

All I needed was somewhere to locate the correct fittings so I could join the new pipes to the existing. I was very lucky to find a company locally called Aghabridge based on Medway City Estate near Rochester. After taking the original lines in to them they measured the fittings and the 10mm pipe has M16 x 1.5mm threaded connectors and the 8mm line had M14 x 1.5mm. They were also able to supply and flare the 8mm and 10mm Kunifer tubing so that I could bend the pipe into the correct shape. I believe they can probably shape the pipes too but that was something I could do myself.

For the front section of the lines you will need:

2x M16 1.5mm fittings
1x M14 1.5mm fitting (only 1 needed as the rubber pipe in engine bay connects with clip)

122cm of 10mm Kunifer or copper line/pipe
132cm of 8mm Kunifer or copper pipe

The 8mm line is slightly longer due to the route it takes and the staggered nature of the join under the car.

Flaring tool or workshop to flare ends of pipe

I already had the rear sections of the fuel lines from Porsche but in hindsight could have used the Kunifer lines for the whole car which would have been a massive saving.

The Porsche lines in total are around £500. Kunifer with all the fittings would be about £60.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Porsche 944 Rear Axle Bushes Replacement

This Powerflex diagram shows the different bushes to replace on a Porsche 944

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Porsche 944 Clutch Master Cylinder

The clutch master cylinder was leaking on my Porsche 944 so one of the jobs I've been needing to do is replacing it. I bought the part many months ago but with the other restoration work taking priority it's been left. Before I put the seats back in the car it seemed an ideal opportunity to sort it - and from the experience I'd highly recommend doing the job with the driver's seat removed!

The actual replacement of the master cylinder is fairly straightforward but was much simpler with the underside of the car dismantled. Without the exhaust and torque tube in place it was much easier to access the bleed nipple for the clutch to be able to flush the old clutch fluid out and remove air from the system.

When we did the bleeding the fluid that came out was a horrible brown colour so hadn't been changed for some time.