Friday, 4 May 2018

New Windscreen Fitted to 944 & Radio Aerial Fixed

When my Porsche 944 was resprayed the windscreen was removed and refitted but unfortunately the screen wasn't aligned correctly so was slightly higher on one side meaning the rubber trim didnt sit flat.

National Windscreens in Rochester checked the car and agreed that it needed to be refitted so this week the car was booked in and left with them at their workshop for the job to be done.

As you can see the windscreen now fits flush to the body and even better the radio works properly as the new windscreen has the aerial built in and no longer suffers from corrosion on the connections!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Porsche Teledial Wheels Refurbished

After starting on the centre caps while the teledial alloy wheels from my Porsche 944 were away for refurb I decided to take the plunge and get some new tyres too. The existing tyres had plenty of tread and were still road legal but after checking the date code on the sidewall it was clear they were well beyond the recommended age. The date was showing 2004 so they'd been on the car for 14 years.

I arranged for new tyres to be delivered directly to the refurb company called Inspraytion

Monday, 16 April 2018

Porsche 944 Wheel Centre Caps Cleaned & Restored

The centre caps on my Porsche 944 were in pretty poor condition but when my wheels went to be refurbished the company were unable to do the caps too.
Originally I was looking to replace them but decided I had nothing to lose by trying to clean & restore them myself.

Amazingly when I'd applied Nitro Mors paint stripper to the caps and removed the multiple layers of old paint there was a huge amount of detail on the caps as can be seen below:

The level of detail in the centre cap was exceptional and had all been hidden by the layers of paint. Once cleaned I'm intending to polish the aluminium and use the caps as they are rather than applying more paint to them.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Porsche 944 Door Handle Broken - Unable to Open Door

A common fault with the Porsche 944 is that the door handle mechanism can break so that the door won't open from outside any more. There is a metal piece that holds the ball joint in place that breaks and therefore stops the door from opening outside the car but it can still be done from inside.

The replacement part is around £12 from a Porsche dealer and slightly more from Ebay. I've added a video to YouTube showing the layout of the inside of the door lock mechanism but the steps needed are fairly straightforward.

  • Remove door card
  • Remove window regulator mechanism leaving one bolt to pivot
  • Drop window glass to give access to guide rail
  • Remove window guide rail to give access to rear of the door handle
  • Identify which part of lock has failed
  • Remove door handle using single screw on edge of door frame

Once you have the parts removed it's a fairly easy process to remove the door handle and fit the new ball joint mechanism or refit a loose part that has become detached. It might sound like seriously involved job to remove the door mechanism and window but it's actually reasonably quick to do and reassemble once you've seen how it works. I've done it and refitted in the space of around 2 hours.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Porsche 911/996 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