In late 2006 my passion for Porsche that had been kindled by owning a boxster lead me to search for a 911. In February 2007 I found a lovely, well used 964 carrera 2 coupe in GP white and embarked on a new adventure. This running report is about my 964 that would be used for high days, holidays and track days and be a 'project car'. It wouldn't matter if it spent time waiting for things to be fixed as it wouldn't be used as a daily driver.

Friday, 29 February 2008

New tail light (Jul 07)

964 tail lights are well known (over time) for going pink, cracking, hazing and misting up during the slightest amount of rain. My offside light got changed some time ago before I bought the car (along with the bumper corner due to a small prang) however the nearside was the original and looked like this close up:

So with the MOT looming (weak excuse) I bit the bullet and got a new one. The new ones were redesigned right at the end of the 964 production to not have a full rubber seal (vented plastic surround instead) so that the pipe from the heater blower could purge the light unit of moisture more efficiently. Up until now it seems to work much better and looks a lot better too. Especially pictured next to my brother's 997.

Bonnet lifters and number plates (Jun 07)

One job that had been bugging me for a while was the replacement of the air con drive belt. Previously I'd cut off the belt so that I could change the two fan belts that needed changing (see earlier). This was done because one particular bolt on the compressor mounting plate appeared impossible to get to. However, when recently replacing the air filter (another box ticked), I found that with the air box cover off, that annoying bolt could be got to. With this knowledge I got a new air con drive belt and proceeded to fit it. But it was the wrong size (too short). The reason for this is that the compressor has been changed to an after market one at some point. After a trip to Halfrauds I located a suitable replacement belt (4.5 cm longer) and I now have functioning air con again.

Nb. I subsequently found later on that the aircon was not working because it needs re-gassing and removed the belt again to release a few horses (engine also revs more freely without it attached).

Another bug bear has been getting bonked on the head by the bonnet . Until now this has meant carrying around a bonnet keepy upper. Which I'm sure you'll agrees gives the car a rustic touch:

As much as I liked the wood, I thought it was about time I fitted a new bonnet shock and another box has been ticked:

The exterior of the car is looking better and better with every polish it gets. However, this highlighted the little things that let it down. Namely the grotty number plates as shown by the pic below:

It looks so much better with new plates:

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Clear indicator lenses (May 07)

Courtesy of ebay, some new clear indicators and side repeaters came up for grabs sooner than I thought and at a price too good to miss. So.....