Working on the reassembly of the Special Edition 924S by putting on the exterior stuff – bumpers, spats, correct and painted wheels and tires, etc. Looking good so far!
The engine is freshly rebuilt and ready to drop in. The fuel tank has been cleaned with new fuel lines, pump and filter, ready to be reinstalled. The transmission is a non-LSD 924S unit known to be in good shape, so not rebuilt. (Transaxles are horribly expensive to rebuild these days. Just the parts required for a solid rebuild, including bearings and synchro, can reach $2K!) The underhood wiring, hoses, etc. are all new or cleaned to look nearly new upon install.
The car is freshly painted, hence the reassembly. I have a new Porsche dashboard (not redone, but new) and the correct fabric for the seats. I have also sourced new M030 door panels. A new headliner is lined up also. (See what I did there?) The carpet is “used” but the right color and in great shape, with all the padding.
I saw an episode of “Garage Squad” on Velocity TV where they used adhesive reflective stuff on the floors of a car for heat and sound deadening…and they said that instead of using one of the commercial hot rod products, they got it in a roll from Home Depot. I am going to look into it…the car has lots of sound deadening and heat shields, but I may experiment with it here to see what happens. First I have to figure out what they used in the show…
My hopes are to have the car on the road and driving by the end of the year – a mere two months from now, working in my off time and weekends. Mrs. 924S944.com asked me if I was going to sell it when it was done. “Of course,” I said. “Everything is for sale. but I’m not going to give it away.” Reminds me of a friend who has a small exotic car dealership and got a great deal on a 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo. Was it for sale? Yes. The price? Well above acceptable retail. He had it for two years before the market caught up to his ridiculous price. Good strategy.
Need parts or help with your 924, 924S or 944? This is the place for you. Email me at KRDuffy@m.com with what you need.
Kevin Duffy is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Daytona State College in Florida and a dedicated car guy. He divides his time between teaching criminal justice topics in the online environment and working on/driving cars, particularly Porsches. Kevin is one of the principals in InspiringLifeOver50.com.