As summer winds down, I am happy to report that I will be picking up my 1986 930 from its top-end rebuild. You might recall, what started as a tune-up and rear main seal replacement turned into a rebuild after a broken head stud was discovered when checking the plugs for fouling. Getting this in time for autumn does remind me of the old adage about sports cars that they ‘spend all winter in storage, and all summer in the shop.’
The final hurdle was when it was discovered that one of my rear engine mounts was missing! A bit scary to have been cranking down 1.2 bar without the engine properly secured. As this particular mount is apparently no longer offered new, we had to locate a good used one, and combine that with a new/ proper bracket. It was also determined that the A/C system was beyond repair, and was replaced with an R134 conversion and new compressor – again just in time for winter! I look forward to sharing driving impressions next month.
In other Porsche news I recently spotted a 1990’s C2 Cabriolet that a had the ‘E.T.’ third brakelight (named after the head shape of the alien in Stephen Spielberg’s 1980s sci-fi blockbuster). It also amused me that it had a ‘periodcorrect’ cell phone antenna! I also saw an interesting 1980s 911 with bolt-on flares that had a similar set of black and gold BBS RS wheels as my 930, which I don’t see very often.
Finally, I would mention that my business partner finally caught the Porsche 911 bug, and he ordered a 2018 991 Cabriolet. At one point, his wife was pushing for him to get a Panamera instead, but I was able to get through to him that if you’re going to do this… do it right!