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Rev

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About Rev

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  • Birthday June 6

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    College Station
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    '05 330i ZHP and ???

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  1. AC Project Results Day 1: after installing Zims add-on condenser, Griffiths evaporator, a rebuilt compressor, and 6 new barrier hoses in my ‘85 Carrera, the car passed its vacuum test (amazed I got all those connections right!), was charged with r134, and is now running comfortably cold in full sun, 92deg, 59% humidity, 103deg “feels like” temp. Can’t believe I’m cold in July in TX in an old 911! Is it American sedan level cold? No. It’s not a meat locker. But it is cold enough that I’d have to turn the fan down on a longer drive.
  2. UPDATES: AC install, fun surprises, and concourse win Time for an update now that I'm two months into ownership. Upon receiving the vehicle I changed the oil and filter - went with a high-zinc dinosaur oil. Replaced the damaged rear tires. Flushed the brakes. Fixed a couple electrical issues. And drove it as much as possible. In the process, I got a few fun surprises. Turns out the car is cat-less and has a Dansk pre-muffler and sport muffler. No wonder it sounds so good! As I live in a non-emissions county, this poses no problems for me. I had a friend detail and seal it a couple weeks ago. Results in pics below. The past week, the car has been up on stands (I use a bunch of them for added safety) as I've been building a new AC into her. Not easy work on a rear-engine car! There's over 40' of hoses to replace (6 total hoses). I was able to flush and reuse the two stock condensers, but did have to find a front condenser blower assembly off eBay as that was missing. Evaporator was toast so I picked up an upgraded one from Griffiths with serpentine style plumbing which improves r134 performance significantly. I also added a 3rd condenser from Zims Autotek that goes in the rear fender and is fan driven. Condenser capacity is the primary shortcoming for these old 911's when switching to r134. This should fix that issue, especially since it's also serpentine style optimized for r134. A new compressor was also required, unfortunately. And, of course, a new drier. Working on the evaporator in the smuggler's box was the hardest part. Cut up my hands a bunch in that tiny, tiny space. The install is all done and it will get vacuum tested and charged on Monday. I'll let you know how it goes. One last fun bit, I entered the Lone Star Region PCA concourse event in the Woodlands last week and won my class. The rare color helped, I think. As did the fresh detail. Sadly, winning a concourse event isn't even a 1/10th as fun as spending time on track (still sad every time I drive past what's left of TWS). But at least it's something.
  3. They wouldn’t be comfortable for a long trip back there, but they actually LOVED a quick blast around town with windows and sunroof open. For reference, they’re 9 (twins) and my daughter (tallest) is 4’10”.
  4. List of major work done by previous owners The car came with extensive records back to new. It's been well maintained over the years. Here's a list of recent major maintenance: Transmission totally rebuilt 40k miles ago - new synchros, dog teeth, clutch, flywheel resurfaced Engine: New engine and trans mounts, new axles, Wevo shift coupler, new shifter linkages, Steve Wong performance chip installed, New engine position and reference sensors, CHT sensor, fresh valve adjustment and turbo valve covers, new valve gaskets, new wires, injectors Suspension/wheels/tires/brakes: New rotors, pads, brake hoses, new Bilstein front and rear shocks, new front ball joints, spring plate bushings, front and rear wheel bearings, front and rear Elephant swing arm and front A frame bushings, turbo tie rods, 22 MM sway bars front (slightly stiffer), lowered slightly, new tires, alignment Exterior: H4 headlights and relays, re-gasketed seals on both front and rear windows, engine compartment lid, front spoiler, lower rocker panels repainted Interior: 993 front seats, recovered dash, headliner replaced, sunroof rebuilt
  5. After a lifetime of wishing and a year of researching and scouring the forums, I'm grateful to introduce my new ride: an ‘85 911 Carrera Coupe in Prussian blue with 119k miles purchased from a retired Porsche mechanic. This was the car I fell in love with 30 years ago when I first became aware of sports cars. Grateful for the opportunity to own it. Many projects and country drives ahead! First up... AC! Also needs new rear tires, some bulbs replaced, paint detail, seat electric switch fixed, brake fluid flush... lots of fun stuff!
  6. All loaded up in New York. Four days to Texas. Patience, my son, patience.
  7. Signing bill of sale and prepping shipping tomorrow 🙂
  8. I’ve seen shops where the back third has a loft on top of an area with work benches and tools. The rest of the shop is full height for the cars and lift. That combination seems to work well because it provides significant extra storage as well as bringing the ceiling and lighting closer to the workbench area in that back space. Could be a way to maximize the room you have. Just a thought.
  9. My first thought is that your plan is awesome and I am crazy jealous! What an incredible place to work. The only two ideas I'd add, which you may already have in mind, is (1) to have some way to section off a part of the space for dirtier work such as grinding, sanding, and painting. I hate having to cover everything in my garage when I do tasks like that. And (2) include more storage than you think you need. You can really never have enough!
  10. There's a story with that one! I contacted him 2 weeks ago, pulled the carfax, and discovered it was salvaged in Oklahoma, then the title was "washed" in N Carolina (2nd worst state in country for title washing), then easily received a clean TX title. I don't think the seller knew any of that. Had clean title when he bought it. But will never lose the "salvage" branding. I'm talking seriously with the guy in NY about that Prussian Blue '85 today or tomorrow. About ready to purchase.
  11. Already tried that one a couple weeks ago. His price was firm. Nice guy, though, and a cool car. The aesthetic issues don't bother me.
  12. I’m actually corresponding with this seller, who’s also in NY, and will sell it in my price range. http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-cars-sale/1026130-sale-1985-prussian-blue-carrera.html
  13. Maybe 0 to 30, but 0 to 60 is an easy win for the 997s - 4.3s manual, 3.9 pdk according to Motor Trend. I do really like the 997s, especially the later ones that avoid IMS scares. I do worry a bit about driving up to my church in one, though, as it still looks too new and shiny to most people. An 80’s 911 wont trigger those thoughts. Who knows - I’ll just have to wait and see what comes my way. I’m praying daily to find a good car, and not do something stupid with our money 🙂
  14. I actually do agree with you about that. I think it may be hard to really have fun with a Cayman on the street b/c it's just too capable and poised. It would always feel like it's just puttering down the street. To really experience it's potential, it would have to be on track. I feel that way about 997+ 911's too. How can one enjoy such a car on the street w/o breaking lots of laws?! That's part of the appeal of an older air-cooled car - have to really work for the speed. It would be engaging even at 50mph.
  15. Said the man with the homicidal 964!
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