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Old 03-23-2018, 07:25 PM
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Almost all of the Older Porsches are creeping up in value now. Even the 912s and 914s are suddenly expensive.

I've always wanted a 944 Turbo S Silver Rose. I really want cloth interiors with pizazz to come back into style. 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S Silver Rose | German Cars For Sale Blog
the bottom end 924 and 944 are still cheap. looking now i can find them for less than i paid for my car 3 years, and those are solid, driveable cars. its when you start looking at a later 944 or a 944s the price goes way up.

cant say im a huge fan of the silver rose, or the red interior. i go get what your saying with cloth interior with something more, i really do like my seat fabric with porsche printed in them.


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I'm not a big 966 fan, but I think so of it's issues are overblown. There were a lot of people here that claimed the LSJ was trash when it first came out. People were blowing engines or clutches with less than 10,000 miles on the car. But a guess a blown LSJ doesn't cost $30,000 dollars.
i cant say im a big 996 fan either. cant say i really like much of the newer stuff, i really like the 964.
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pulled the front calipers off yesterday, and it appears i did have some issues going on. i did have a couple pistons just barley leaking, just enough to make the dust boost wet.

the bigger issue was how much force it took to get the pistons out of the bores. i always had issues with the pistons retracting too far, creating long pedal travel. the theory i read about that issue had to do with the square cut seals sticking to the pistons and just deflecting when the piston travels, and when you release the pedal the pistons retract. the info i found on this was exclusively on cars with manual brakes, and bikes. thinking about it, a power brake setup you would never really notice this happening in the pedal as you use a large bore master cylinder, the extra travel is negligable. i usually take calipers apart with compressed air, but 80psi wasnt enough to get the pistons to move, i ended up having to pry them out carefully with screw drivers, so piston stick was for sure an issue.

finding a solution came after a whole pile of research. ive always been taught, and always used brake fluid to assemble calipers and master cylinders. reading through some old porsche and triumph info i found online (both manual brake cars) they actually use a special grease inside the calipers to prevent seal sticking. i wasnt able to locate any of the products in north america for it, one was called red rubber grease, another was master cylinder lube. what i ended up with was something called Sil-glyde, a silicone grease used for caliper slides thats essentially just dielectric grease. i was real sceptical about a silicone product interacting with brake fluid, however i found lots of cases of people doing it with no issue, and i even found it listed on an old bottle of the stuff listing brake pistons as one of the recommended uses.

long story short, i now have the calipers rebuild using sil-glyde on the seals and pistons and im able to move the pistons in and out with one finger. thinking about it now, if i couldnt push the pistons out with 80 psi of air pressure, its like the master cylinder creating 80 psi less pressure. the brake calculator i use shows my front circuit should be 550 psi for -1.25g braking, 80+ psi less is a whole lot less stopping power.

one other small issue i noticed is something that should have dawned on me way back, and thats the pad hangs below the bottom of the rotor. in time this will create a lip on the pad, causing noises and possibly uneven wear. thats not too hard to fix, ill just chamfer the bottom edge of the pads.
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Your dedication to this car is admirable. Nice work figuring that out. So is she stopping well now?
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:42 PM
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when i get a project i tend to stick with it. kinda have to, most of the cars i build for myself arent worth anything to sell lol.

im still waiting for the pads to ship out, and still need to have the rotors machined.
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I definitely am sticking with my project Cobalt, shes my baby. But you are consistently putting in time on this car and actually making advancements with each post. I havent been doing much with my car recently, partly due to money, partly due to lack of motivation. I think I will take this year to sort out all the little stuff on the car and actually get it how I want it before registering it to drive again.

Keep up the good work.
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was doing a little idle tuning yesterday and i ran into my cooling system issue again. the car always ran a little hotter than i thought it should, and i chalked that up to poor radiator ducting. with that sorted out now i still appear to have the issue. i run a 180 degree thermostat, and the car is always running around 200*f, yesterday it was hovering between 201-203*f while idling in the driveway. i discovered when i turned my heater on low within about a minute the temp was down to 180 degrees and it would hover between 180-182*f.

the 944 like most older cars shuts off the coolant flow to the heater core to stop the heat, where newer cars, including everything ecotec powered use a constant flow heater core and uses a blend door to control heat. the engine is designed to use the heater core as the coolant bypass to circulate coolant within the block while the thermostat is closed. with that in mind, when i built the car i plumbed the turbo coolant lines in a way that would act as the bypass so i could shut off the flow to the heater core without issue. well, it appears not enough coolant flows through the turbo coolant lines, and as a result the coolant near the thermostat is 20*f cooler than the rest of the block.

so the fix is to use a bypassing heater shut off valve. it hooks into both heater hoses and when the heater is turned off instead of blocking the coolant flow it will divert it back to the engine. the valve i got is from a 97 chevy pickup. this should take care of that issue, the only problem im having now is trying to plumb it in a tight area that filled with a turbo manifold and downpipe, and not have anything melt.
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cars all back together and on the road now. took if for a bit of a drive today and concentrated on seating the brakes. all i can say is holy crap does it stop now, like pulling me into the seat belt and momentarily turn the oil light on sort of stopping. i played around a little with the brake bias, i had it a little too far to the front and at 50km/h i locked up both front tires in a cloud of tire smoke, not exactly what i was trying to do but good to know the front brakes are sorted out. some more bias adjusting and it should be good.

the oil pressure is a little concerning. i didnt put much baffling in the oil pan when i built it, more than likely all i need is to add a little shelf on the front of the sump. im not really looking forward to pulling than pan off to fix it though. ive also been considering getting an accusump for the car as i do want to do some road racing in the future.
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:13 AM
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Sounds like you are sorting it out well as you go. It's time consuming but worth it in the end.
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after a few days researching i settled on the fact i was gonna have to pull the pan and mod it with some baffles and trap doors as an accusump wasnt in the budget at the moment. looking back at some pics, the pan doesnt have a lot of room in it for a proper diamond baffle/trap door setup, id be able to do a front baffle and on one side of the pickup, leaving the pickup in the back right corner of the pan. combined with a top plate funneling oil into the back corner, i think it would work ok for the street but am still concerned about hard cornering. knowing what i know now, i would redesign the whole pan, have it a little deeper along with kick outs on either side, a centered pickup and a diamond baffle/trap door, and that may happen in the future.

well, i changed my mind on the weekend and this showed up today



i was browsing amazon and ran across their listing for the accusump and they had one marked "used, very good condition", and the note said damaged package. for half $130 canadian (half of the new cost) and free shipping i took a chance, it showed up today in its slightly damaged box with the unit in perfect shape. score. the rest of the cost comes with the solenoid kit, and then various -10AN fittings to plumb it in. still not in the budget right now, but id much rather not thrash the bearings out of the motor.
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:37 AM
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The pump should be new and never been used but due to amazon rules with the packaging they had to advertise it as used, so for sure that was a score
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i didnt think amazon themselves would sell used product, so i just guessed it was returned due to shipping damage. the end of the box was crushed a bit, but being canton racing packages all the accusumps in the same box, the little 12" one had plenty of room in a 26" long box.
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Nice! Wonder why Porsche didn't design a better one from the factory knowing the 944's would see a lot of twisties.
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Nice! Wonder why Porsche didn't design a better one from the factory knowing the 944's would see a lot of twisties.
I don't think he's using a Porsche oil pan on his ecotec (I know it's early )
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Oh **** my bad. His build has lasted so long I totally forgot he isn't running a German motor.
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go home 63 Nova SS, your drunk. lol

actually you arent far off, the porsche pan was garbage as well, to make them work on the track you need to add a coule baffles to the factory pan. worse, any slight hickup in the oiling system and the spin number 2 rod bearing. mind you even if you look at the car sideways they can spin number 2 rod bearing.
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Have you hit Powell up, he usually has some good suggestions. Sorry about the motor thing, Ive lost focus since 2014, when this car started its new life.
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Have you hit Powell up, he usually has some good suggestions. Sorry about the motor thing, Ive lost focus since 2014, when this car started its new life.
just messin with ya.

i havent contacted powell. being i have a custom pan, nothing he makes will work in my chassis.
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I knew you had a custom pan, but he is a great resource discussing tweaks you could make for it.
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and the cooling system saga continues

like ive said before, the car always seemed to run hotter than i thought it should, but never alarmingly hot. its started in the past few days runnin a little hotter on the highway, climbing up over 212, but once i get the rpm up, even for a short amount of time, the temps fall right down to 180 and will sit there for a short amount of time, and then slowly climb back up again. it was acting like a slipping water pump impeller, and mine is a plastic one, but i pulled it apart to have a look and the pump is fine.

i had my old man lave a look at everything, and his thoughts were the thermostat isnt opening at the correct temps, and it goes beyond the thermostat itself, its more to do with my location. i cut up the and removed the thermostat from the back corner of the block and only left the heater core outlet back there and put a thermostat on the back of the water pump, eliminating the water pump tube, and the heater return dumps right back on the thermostat. flow wise, its exactly the same as a factory engine, just with components moved around. what we came up with is because the thermostat is away from the hot coolant thats exiting the block its causing the thermostat to be in a cool area, and when it does open its closing right away because of the rush of cold coolant from the rad. also, at higher rpm the increased flow through the heater hoses dumps a bunch of hot coolant right on the thermostat so its able to stay open longer and allows the engine to cool properly. he also thought the bypassing heater valve i just installed may be restrictive, and that doesnt help things.

we decided as a test to put it back together and just bypass the heater and valve completely and see what happens. if it gets even a little better itll prove the theory, and that might mean having to attempt to go back to a stock thermostat housing. that may mean redesigning much of the hot side of the turbo setup.
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i stuck the car back together on friday so i could drive the car on the weekend (we had our big local indoor car show on the weekend, my shop had a booth and while my car wasnt going in the show i still wanted to drive it there), i bypassed the heater core and while it did change things a little, its not fixed. i dug out my infrared temp gun and confirmed the problem, when the coolant around the temp sensors is showing 205*f the thermostat housing is barely at 180*f. after holding the rpm up for 10 seconds the thermostat housing heated up to 190*f and the temps started coming down, then the thermostat housing cooled back off and the temps started climbing again.

the fix, well im not 100% sure. the next thing im going to try is removing the thermostat from the inlet to the water pump and run a remote thermostat housing off the outlet on the head. ill be removing the heater hose from the back of the block and running it off the thermostat housing on the engine side, this should allow coolant to circulate through the block and head while the thermostat is closed. i figure this is worth a shot, i had a better look at what it would take to get the stock thermostat housing to work, its far from simple. it would take a new turbo manifold that moves the turbo forward almost a foot, id then be able to drop the downpipe quite far forward, leaving me enough room to use the thermostat housing and run a lower run hose to it. that or just stick a "hater pipe" out the hood.

since im waiting for parts to sort out the cooling system i thought id start on the accusump oil accumulator.



im mounting it in the dead space behind the nose panel. plumbing it in is real simple as the oil cooler is right behind it. i added a T on the outlet from the oil cooler, this is where the accumulator will plumb into, and on the inlet side of the cooler i added a check valve to ensure when the oil pressure drops and the accumulator is feeding oil that the oil goes to the bearings and not back to the oil pan. im waiting for some fittings to come in, im hoping to button up the mechanicals of the install tomorrow, just leaving the wiring.
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the accusump is all plumbed in. i have yet to run the car with it installed, part of the install required me to install a new oil pressure sender. (the porsche sender is a huge m18 thread, i put it in my remote oil filter mount, however the filter is plumbed before the accusump so it wouldn't still show a pressure loss when the accusump kicks on. i found a sender compatible with the stock gauges that's 1/8npt, along with the autometer adapter it's now in the block) to get to the oil pressure port on the block for the sending unit required me to pull the intake manifold off, so i ended up draining the coolant to get the coolant tank out of my way, and then i just started doing the cooling system mods.

ive got the cooling system close to finished, i just have to button up a few things. ive run with the idea of putting the thermostat up at the outlet of the head, and ive now plumbed my heater feed and turbo coolant feed off the new thermostat housing. the return for both is at the water inlet to the pump, this will allow coolant to circulate through the engine and get hot coolant around the thermostat. here is a diagram i found online

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the end result seems to be a success in the cooling department. i finished it up last night and took it for a drive today. it takes quite a while for it to get up to temp, but once it does it sits at 185 while driving, and the temps will climb up while sitting till the fan comes on and cools it down. i may need to move my coolant temp sensor, i moved it from the water pump inlet (thats now a cool spot without the thermostat in front of it) to the factory location on the back corner of the block, however to clear the turbo manifold i had to put it in an elbow, so thats likely causing a slow response on the gauge. ideally it should be in the outlet on the head, basically the stock lsj location.



the accusump, im not sure if its solved my problem yet. when i prelube the engine my oil pressure gauge doesnt climb, and when i got hard on the brakes it still drops oil pressure. i know the unit is working, it holds pressure and then drops it when i prime the engine. i need to look at the oil system diagram, im thinking the pressure port for the sending unit is between the pump and the filter housing. if thats the case it would explain it. only other thing i can think of is the check valve is not working.
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a whole month without an update, kinda nice to not be working on the car all the time lol. havent done much with it, just driving it a little bit. everything has been pretty happy and working alright.

i did decide a few weeks ago that i should have a look at the plugs, and i discovered everything was full of water again (stupid hood scoop) from sitting all last year in the weather, and as a result the coils and springs were all rusted, so i stuck a set of zzp lsj coils into it.



ive finally collected up the remaining pieces to build the swaybar setup for both the front and rear.



the front links were one of the things holding me up. the link bolts straight down into the control arm, so i decided i wanted whats essentially an inline ball rod end. i found some universal pieces that seems like the right thing, but once i got them they were just too wimpy. what i ended up getting was some swaybar links for a 2003+ dodge ram. i cut the links down, turned them down on the lathe, and threaded them so i can use them as a rod end. on the other end ill use a normal heim joint. here is a before and after



to complete the links i wanted some hex stock to make them easy to adjust. now it seems hex stock in my area is impossible to find, so i got creative and started with this



more on that later.


and one more addition, still need to make the bracket, but i figure this is a must

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anybody still pay attention to these posts? lol

havent done a whole lot with the car aside from have fun with it. i spent some time trying to make the paint look better (clay bar, compound, polish and waxed), it looks a bit better, but really needs to be repainted to make it good. nonetheless, it looks presentable.

i finally got off my butt and got at least the front swaybar in the car. the rear is mocked up, i need to mod the arms for it and make some spacers. i do have to cut up the exhaust to make it clear the new swaybar, not looking forward to that.





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