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First Crush - '85 911 Carrera Coupe

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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!








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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

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Looks great!  Look forward to reading your driving impressions and seeing what you do to it.

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Congratulations! Every TJ needs to own a Porker at one point. 

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4 hours ago, IanIsInGarage said:

What a clean example!  Those kids look older than I thought would fit in those back seats.

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”. 

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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.

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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.


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While this whole virus situation definitely sucks, one advantage is having huge High School band parking lots empty on drizzly days. Perfect for practicing on-the-limit throttle modulation and discovering the balance of one’s car. Making lemonade outta lemons. Hopefully this is legal!!


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cogratulations on making the dream come true! ...great looking car!! 


even more congrats on the empty parking practice!! get a video..or two!

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