My Porsche 944 S2 – The Journey Begins

Time for an update I think 🙂

I’ve had the 944 for around 10 months now and covered about 3200 miles in it. It’s running really well and it is feeling like it is getting better the more I use it, probably because it is actually being used on a regular basis. I have been really surprised at just how usable the car is day to day. Its ride is fantastic for a sport car and the balance it has round corners really makes it an enjoyable drive when pushing on. While I not really concerned about the fuel consumption it has been returning me a solid 28 mpg which I was quite happy about considering how old the car was. However, filling up can be painful on the wallet as it has a 85 liter fuel tank :P.

I managed to find out what the “hot start” issue was. Turns out it is nothing mechanical or to with the engine. Its the old alarm/immobiliser system. I think there is some kind of earth on in the drivers side door as the car will start without fail if the drivers side door is left open. I’ll get it looked into at some point as it would be nice to keep the original alarm system on it. But for the time being it’s not too much of a hassle to leave the door open when starting the car.

Replacing the rear seal on the glass hatch has stopped the squeaks coming from that area. I’ve also had the sides and rear of the car resprayed as there was some small areas of rust forming in sill end of the arches (This can be seen in the last picture in the OP). This also had the bonus of clearing up 23 years of car park chips down each side of the car so it looks awesome now. All in the repaint cost £900 from a local body shop which I thought wasn’t too bad.

The next job on the car is to get some new tyres for it and get a full suspension geometry done. While it handles great now, this will hopefully sharpen everything up so it is as good as it can be. The other thing that I have been meaning to do is to fix the digital clock in the dash. These always break on the 944 and 968 but they cost £300 new from Porsche. Needles to say I wasn’t paying that so I’ve got a kit from eBay to fix it for £40. Hopefully it wont be a fiddly job :p.

One of the other things that was bothering about having an older car was the lack of Bluetooth in it. I didn’t really want the replace the stereo as it looks quite cool so I managed to find a Bluetooth cassette adapter. This allows me to take phone call hands free and also stream music from my phone through the car speakers.

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However, to get the full 80’s experience I also had to purchase some old cassettes 😀

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Here is how the car is looking now:

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My Porsche 944 S2 – Project Log – Introduction

About a month ago I purchased a 944 S2 mainly as a weekend toy to use alongside my GT6 but also as a car that I could use everyday when I wanted a change from my Abarth. It took months of searching (4 to be exact) to find this car. I wasn’t set on an S2 when I started my search as I was open to any of the models. I “test drove” a ’86 turbo for 500m and then the gearbox gave up and saw some others but they were all in quite bad condition despite the pictures looking good on the adverts (there is a lot of rubbish out there). After travelling over most of the south of England most weekends over 4 months this one came up for sale 5 miles down the road from where I live (bloody typical). I snapped it up straight away as one this good, for the price I paid for it, doesn’t stay around long.

The car is a standard 944 S2 with a couple of options (Extended cloth seats, upgraded stereo which has been taken out I think) and 127k on the clock. It also still has its original tool kit, tyre compressor and spare wheel which are quite hard to come by.

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It is even has a tape deck 😀

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Needless to say as with most 23 year old cars there are a couple of things that need sorting on it but it is a very, very good base from which to start from. The car is solid with no rust on the sills and all of the paint looks original (apart from the sunroof which has been repainted). There are 23 years worth of chips on it but it cleans up well.

The car does seem to have a hot start issue. I’ll drive the car for 30 mins and stop off somewhere, come back to it 2 hours later and it wont start first time. I have changed the DME relay but this had no effect so I suspect it may be some sort of thermostat issue as it was running a little hot today (first nice day of the year). So this is something I’ll have to look into. I have also purchased a box of goodies which includes:

  • A new accelerator cable clip
  • Rear boot hatch seal
  • Real lock seal
  • A book of specs (Threads and torques of certain bolts nuts etc…)
  • Touch up paint
  • Some new front bulbs

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I’ll try and keep this thread up to date with the latest work on the car

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Triumph GT6 Project Log: Entry 1

Noting too major has needed to be done on the car and it spent most of its time at shows, meets and being driven at the weekends throughout the summer of 2012 (Pictures at the bottom of this post).

I did however manage to track down why the car got so hot. The thermostat was not fully opening so it needed to be replaced. A simple job I thought. All I need to do is open up the housing an put a new one in. Oh no, nothing is ever that simple on this car :(. When I went to unbolt the housing the bolts has seized. This was not unexpected and just applying some heat should get them out. Nope that didn’t work either and in the end the bolt sheared off. S***!

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After various attempts at getting the stud out it was clear it would have to be drilled out. After doing this we had to use a tool called a helicoil as the original thread was destroyed.

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This tool works by drilling a hole which is larger than the original and threading it. Then one of the “springs” that you see in the picture above is screwed down this. While it is hard to tell from the pictures the cross section of the spring is a diamond shape so it will screw into the larger hold and create a thread of the original size down its centre. Using this method the old bolt came out and allowed us to fit the new thermostat. While doing this I also replaced the top thermostat house as the metal had become brittle. Annoyingly this small housing cost £45 but I guess that is preferable to it failing.

The MOT came around in the autumn and it got through with only two advisories.

  1. Anti-roll bar bushes on the far side being a bit loose.
  2. Front brakes not being balanced.

Fixing the anti-roll bar was pretty none eventful however pushing rubber bushes down it was a little time consuming. Here is the bar when I took it off and before it was repainted (Obviously the kitchen is the best place to do this sort of work :D).

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Fixing the front brakes turned into quite an annoying job but this time it wasn’t that cars fault. My initial thought was just to change the front brake pads as they were most likely worn out. After jacking the car up and taking the old pads out it was evident that the old calipers were going to need replacing as one of the pistons on each side had seized. So I ordered a set of brand new calipers along with some braided hoses for the front and rear. Swapping over the calipers wasn’t too bad just a little messy. Anyway I got them all fitted

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The hand brake was then adjusted as the cable has stretched a little. This is done via this square adjuster on the back of the brake drum.

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Bleeding the brakes was a massive pain as there was some air trapped in the tubes so I decided to let the car settle and come back to it the next day. This where things got interesting as when I came back to the car the next morning there were two puddles of brake fluid under each of the front wheels. I initially though it was some left over fluid from the bleeding but I had wiped the calipers clean and after leaving it again for another half day it was obvious that both of the new calipers were leaking!! After some reading around it tuns out that I’m not the first to experience this with these new calipers. Another example of china chucking out poorly made parts :(. So some original re-con Girling calipers were purchased and fitted on. Bleeding this time was quite easy with no trapped air which was a bonus.

The car has had a bit of a tune up as well due to the car running much cooler now. I still haven’t got it quite right but the engine sure does go now. 40 – 70 is suprisingly fast for a 46 year old car. I’ll have to get a video of it at some point.

The next thing to do is to replace the seat with some are are more comfortable. The current ones are period styled bucket seats which not very good over long journeys. I have purchased a set of original reclining seats but these will require recovering as they are knackered.

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The seat re-con kit (foams and covers) cost me £260 which I didn’t think was too bad.

The other thing the car needs is some body work doing to it. The paint has seen better days and there is some rust coming though on the front and rear arches. So a respray and body work will be needed, not looking forward to that bill as going to be around £6000.

Anyway, the car will be used over the next few months. It will be at the Silverstone classic on the Triumph Sport Six stand as well as going to some pistonhead events as well.

Pictures :).

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My ideal two car garage. I need one of these Ginetta G4s in my life

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