Porsche 944 Cabriolet

A tired and tatty looking cab when i bought her, wrong wheels, heater not working, none standard fog lights, dirty inside, paint very stone chipped and sills need doing!

let the fun begin

A day at Santa Pod, quick starts but let down by serious power shortage compared to the opposition!

Santa Pod
Yay im still in front, not for long tho!

There is so many jobs to do, but first to fix the brakes, reconditioned calipers, new discs and wheel bearings.

new discs
new aeroquip hoses
new momo steering wheel

New momo wood and leather steering wheelMany of the mods i have already done on my 944S2 and i know they work, so the air box delete and K&N cone filter has been done.

Modified air box with K&N panel filter
detail of mod
K&N cone filter fitted to 944 cab

One of the mods i have done is to add anti roll bar bracket supports, stops the A.R.B brackets snapping (i hope).
Poly bushes as well.

Anti Roll Bar bracket stiffeners

The interior was pretty filthy so i have stripped it all out, carpet was washed in the bath with carpet cleaner, not a happy wife!!
I bought a seat re-colouring kit and stripped the seats and re did then, tho believe this is a temporary fix and when seats are very worn, they need recovering, a future job.

944 cab seats removed
re-coloured seats

Carpets before cleaning, and after.

filthy carpets
filthy carpets
carpets back in after cleaning

This car was missing the correct fog lights when i bought it, so i picked up second hand units, rebuilt then and fitted my home made fog light covers over them to protect from stone chips.

crappy non original fog lights
bumper coming of
new fog lights fitted

Before i changed the fog lights, i borrowed the wheels of my S2 and did a couple of track days. the first one was Bedford Autodrome

Bedford Autodrome
Bedford Autodrome
Tanya and me at Silverstone
Silverstone pit lane 2012
new short shift kit with gear lever
new lever next to original one
new lever fitted

As my catalitic converter is blowing i have decided to make my own straight through pipe.

split in pipe

Clear rear indicator lenses to match the front ones i added!

New Veloce wheels added

Both of my 944's on my drive

So much better looking with a crash helmet on!

After my gearbox locked up at Race Retro this year (2016) i have decided to replace it myself, last time i used a classic porsche dealer, very local and my short shift lever went missing!
As i am replacing the gearbox i will do some simple up grades which i will add to my blog.

gearbox removed

For a detailed how to remove the gearbox easily on a 944, see my blog, for now i will just add the improvements i have made.

standard 944 gear linkage
standard 944 linkage

The two previous pics are the standard linkage, i have used a short shift kit and made my own cross bar using quality rose joints and stainless steel bar, as my old short shift lever went missing at a local garage i have sourced another better item from the U.S.A.

my short shift linkage
home made cross brace
rose jointed linkage for less play

The standard worn out lever i found on my car and the new alloy item. if i did not do this work myself i may never had noticed that my old ( new ) lever had been removed and not refitted.

old and new gear levers

New gearbox with new linkages and £90 worth of swepco oil in it, ready to go in.
Tho while the box was of i cleaned all the underneath of the car, waxoiled it, fitted new rear discs, Spax shock absorbers and Goodridge brake pipes.
I also modified the alloy bar and torsion bar tube to stop the exhaust rattle that my home made de cat had.

gearbox ready to go back in

While putting the box back in i have replaced all the bolts with new ones, any drive shaft boots that looked iffy were changed for new items. New Spax adjustable shocks,

spax shock for the 944
Spax damper on Porsche 944
new discs, shocks, dinitrol'd

Cross brace and beam modified to stop the exhaust rattle, caused by making up my own decat pipe that runs soooo close to the floor pan!!

cross brace
cross brace modified

Calipers back from Custom Calipers, fully refurbished, new aeroquip lines made up. all back together

New dampers, brake calipers, fluid.
new caliper

Brakes all back together,wheels to go on then a test blast.

gearbox seems fine. yay

Now to add some sound deadening and clean the carpets before fitting my new Corbeau RRS seats, need to make my own seat belt brackets too.

The next few pics are the carpet removal,  4mm of silent coat then 10mm of closed cell sound deadening .

carpet and old sound deadening removed.
4mm silent coat fitted
10mm of closed cell acoustic foam laid
carpets all cleaned before refitting
drivers seat fitted

The seat belt brackets are home made 6mm angle iron, M12 bolt threaded through and nylocked in place too. front seats now in.

seat belt bracket
new front seats. Corbeau RRS
Corbeau RRS

The cab is now being striped for new sills and a respray by L.A. Paintworks, while its away i am re-trimming the dash in leather, and having dashboard parts transfer printed

car off to be welded and painted, dashboard removed
old vinyl removed from dashboard
new leather applied to top of dash, bottom to do

While the car is away having new sills and a respray i have re-leathered the dash& center console, bought new leather corbeau RSR seats.

New alloy radiator, many engine parts chromed or stove enameled

And to top it of a full luxury carpet kit from Coverdale.

Below are some pictures

Dash with new leather and hydrographic printing
new leather, hydro dipped plastic door pull and surround
window switch surround
wiper arms now chromed
center console re-leathered
Corbeau RSR leather seats
corbeau RSR leather seats

Before, during and after painting

Now the car is back i can start refitting the trim and new carpet kit, i have made my own seat belt anchors which i have had chromed, the new seats to go on adjustable slide mounts

Interior now all fitted and engine bay cleaned up

car finished just in time for Le Mans 2018 the next pics are at the mot station, 10 miles since rebuild.

what the pictures do not show is that when i tried to start the car it locked up! a quick strip and it seems the crank is the problem.

so we quickly took the engine out of the red coupe and fitted it with the blue manifold and covers.

So we will be going to Le Mans on an engine that has stood for years with a 15 year old cambelt!!

well we made it! but not without making it an adventure, the passenger window stopped working, so at every toll booth we had to put the roof down and val had to stand on the seat to pay the toll.

the starter motor packed up just before LeMans and we got a bump start from another 944 enthusiast, thanks Arnot!  starter motor replaced by a small garage just outside LeMans who were so helpful, lent us a car to get to the gite.

A few pictures of the farm we stayed at out side LeMans,

This is called The Dairy House, on a Farm? stables just outside Lemans, Rented thru Lemans holidays, great place and i would recomend them,

If you have read this far you are obviously a petrol head, so a few cars at LeMans

Once back from LeMans we thought it best to get the cam and balance belts changed, this was taken care of by a local porsche specialist Auto Umbau in Wrest Park Bedfordshire, who i can highly recommend.
After that we had nearly two years of covid restrictions so the porsche did not get a lot of use.
Jan 2022 i noticed the car started using water! i suspect the head gasket so i have rang round for quotes.
Cheapest quote for the headgasket is £3500, and i know it will be more.
I will do it myself and gas flow the head and change the chain and tensioner at the same time.

A few pictures of the head being worked on, a little tip tho, if you are going to be working on these cars yourself it is easier to remove the head studs and fit bolts, that makes it easier to remove the exhaust manifolds, with studs it can be a pig of a job!

Head all refreshed and skimmed, i know if i had paid a garage to do this, it would not have been done to this standard. next the head swap.

refreshed head going on with all new gaskets, chain and tensioner pads,

With the head fitted i am now fitting a new set of injectors, fuel pressure gauge and new pressure regulator.
New braided fuel lines from Devin Lyons in the USA
Also it is a good time to fit a new idle control valve, new spark plugs, cap and rotor, leads etc were replaced before LeMans.