911 Porsche World - - Practical Porsche - With 911 & Porsche World’s con­sul­tant ed­i­tor, Chris Hor­ton

If there re­mains one fly in the oint­ment it’s those pesky brakes – or still the lack of them. They do work af­ter a fash­ion – if not, I wouldn’t have ven­tured out – but even some ba­sic re­me­dial work has failed fully to free up the link­age, and you need such a mon­u­men­tally hard push on the pedal that you can never quite lose your­self in the per­for­mance, and cease to worry about slow­ing down again. Fine by me, though. It means I get to go back to PIE again for an­other how-to story and, if I play my cards right, an­other even longer drive. As I said to pro­pri­etor Chris Lans­bury – and I gen­uinely meant it – even as the car stands to­day I would have been more than happy to drive it home to Ox­ford­shire. And one day, per­haps, to take it back…

There was one other ben­e­fit to ac­crue from this visit. Quite by chance the car’s owner, Dun­can Lang, ar­rived shortly af­ter me, for his own very first trip in it, and as the man ul­ti­mately pay­ing the bill was plainly just as im­pressed. (It is ob­vi­ously not his daily driver, or any­thing ap­proach­ing it.) And that gave me the op­por­tu­nity to quiz him about the smartly and dis­tinc­tively tar­tan-trimmed seats the 964 is now proudly sport­ing, thanks to the clearly tal­ented team at his trim­ming com­pany in Colch­ester, DSD Au­to­mo­tive In­te­ri­ors.

As a re­sult that firm, too, is go­ing to be the source of a num­ber of how-to sto­ries for the magazine, I hope, and as the owner of also a 924S with the now all too com­mon cracked fas­cia (a car that has been in this magazine at least once be­fore; it’s a small world), Dun­can is nat­u­rally keen to show how it might be re­trimmed in leather or some other fab­ric. I was all ears, as the say­ing goes, and I am sure many other transaxle own­ers will be, too.

Back in Fe­bru­ary the lack of brakes dur­ing Hor­ton’s test-drive was com­pounded by a faulty idle con­trol valve, which meant that the en­gine, now work­ing on a com­pletely dif­fer­ent ECU and in­duc­tion sys­tem wouldn’t, well, idle. That has since been fixed, and the en­gine pulls strongly and smoothly from as low as 30mph in fourth gear. Seats – back in Fe­bru­ary the worn-out stan­dard 964 jobs – have since been beau­ti­fully re­trimmed in leather and tar­tan by Dun­can Lang’s com­pany in Colch­ester – see panel above

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