Saturday, July 25, 2009

Oil Leaks are Annoying. But it is Corner Balanced.

After taking one hour to change the oil filter on my 325ix I was all dirty and stuff so decided to check out the leak I have on my 944SPEC car. Really people, all you need is a tiny bit past hand tight. No one is impressed by how strong you are.

I also had to adjust the front sway bar after cornering balancing the car at Chuck's house. (The man if you want to get into 944SPEC) Thanks again! So being under the car just kept the dirty jobs coming.

Any who. To the left of the orange dot you can see the leak I have. When not running, no leak. When running. A leak. I believe it is the pressure relief valve gasket. Will update once I get the know how on how to fix. Haynes is lacking here.

Drop a comment if you know how to do this job.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Harness Install Strikes Liquid Gold

So you know, the fuel line (item 17 in the above diagram) runs right down the middle of the drivers floorboard after making a left turn away from the center of the car. 

When I drilled the five-point sub strap hole for my car I also punctured the fuel line. Doh!

Fixed in about an hour with a run to the parts store. Live and learn and pass on the knowledge.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Rear Sway Bar Install. Jenky Repair Ramps

Race Program has the budget strapped. STRAPPED. So, when it came to install the rear sway bar I was one minute away from buying some ramps. You need to install the bar while the wheels are loaded.

But, right before I got into my car to go to the parts store, I looked across the street at the house under renovation and the dumpster full of scrap wood. Nailed a few boards together and voila, instant rear sway bar installation tool. I call this PFRLWT. That is Porsche Full Rear Load Wooden Tool. 

Worked a treat. Have not driven fast enough around yet to gain a feeling for the thing though. 

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Suburban 500

When you can't get to the track, the lawn will do.

Made this picture after mowing a circle pattern in my lawn. I just got a new helmet, so tried on all my gear and was inspired.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Rear Suspension & Safety Devices

With some help from my neighbor for a couple of hours we were able to reinstall the torsion tube assembly. Lots of pushing and prodding as it was tight fit with all new Weltmeister bushings. We had to use several PWST (Porsche Wooden Suspension Tool) to get the jacks to give some persuasion. Two floor jacks is a necessity for this job.

I also tapped and bolted a tab to each torsion bar to ease in ride height adjustment. Otherwise known as torsion bar reindexing. SVO Chuck came over and gave it the OK and helped me reindex the bars, it took 5 minutes in the rain, to get to a ride height of 5.5 inches at the rockers. I can now corner balance the car.

Inside, I bolted in the harnesses and the right side net. The right side net is held to the firewall by an eyebolt with fender washer backings. I also installed a fire extinguisher mount where I could reach it while belted in. This will have to do until I can save up for a true fire system. 

I believe I will drive it to work on Monday if the weather allows.