We have started the Grandpa/Dad/Daughter 924S Rescue Project that will be the Granddaughter’s car. Read about it here.
Coming up this weekend – Friday, the 6th, actually – is the Porsche Werks Reunion at the Amelia Island Concours weekend. We are taking two cars – our rescued totaled 924S “Sparky” and our mint 924S Special Edition “Moe.” Both will be on the “judged” field competing with some really nice 944, 924S, 928 and 968’s. We will see how it goes.
After the Rolex at Daytona, I signed up the granddaughter into the PCA Juniors program, a cool marketing program for those under 18. As part of that program, she will participate in a PCA Juniors judging at the Werks Reunion. Since she is coming with us to the event, she will get to participate in the PCA Juniors judging to look critically at some really nice cars, and get an idea of what her car can become. And she gets a free t-shirt!
Since our last entry, we have collected parts including “deferred maintenance” parts and interior trim. The car now has a rebuilt fuel system including new injectors, fuel filter, and new flex lines going to the fuel rail. We found that the fuel rail had been “repaired” rather badly at some time in the past, so we selected another one from the prize stash that was in better shape. While in the back of the car on the lift, she replaced the dead and probably original rear shocks, learning how to use a battery impact gun in the process. (She did the lower bolts with a hand ratchet – never use power tools on those two bolts!)
The car is white with a badly worn and dirty linen interior. The door panels are not the best, but we have linen door panels for replacement. The carpet in the rear is missing, but the linen carpet in the rest of the car is “not bad.” We will save that for another project as she will be installing dark blue carpet. The seats – front and rear – will be reupholstered in dark blue with linen vinyl inserts. She will strip and install the new upholstery when the time comes.
Up next after Amelia Island is the belt service. We will replace all belts, front engine seals, water pump, thermostat, fan switch and coolant. When we do that, we “Florida-ize” our cars with a 160 degree thermostat and a 160 degree fan switch to keep from overheating in our hot summers. After that, front strut replacement, then a full brake service by rebuilding all four calipers, replacing the flex lines, and installing a new master cylinder. (I keep thinking that we will also need to install a new clutch slave cylinder, but it’s an automatic – no clutch.)
Someone along the way tried to build an exhaust system by eliminating the catalytic converter – and also tried to learn how to weld at the same time. We will replace the entire exhaust from the end of the header back with a parts-car system. Definitely necessary.
There are some backyard wiring issues that need to be fixed, too. The horn is wired directly to a button on the console, and the windshield washer motor has some wires attached to it that don’t belong. Easy to fix.
The white paint is not great, but also not bad. At the end we will clean it up and see if a respray is needed – at this point, we think not.
If you are going to Amelia Island, some by and see us around the 944’s. We will also be at the Cars and Coffee on Saturday morning.
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.