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    924 turbo, ex 911SC, ex 924

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  1. Well done Ant! When I rebuilt my engine a few years back I checked and checked the flywheel position in relation to tdc as I was concerned I'd stuff up the timing. Seems not everyone is as careful. Sounds like Spencer has given your car quite a birthday so that's great, they are remarkably reliable once they're set up. Everyone complains about the CIS fuel system, however once they're sorted, you won't need to touch again. Looking at your engine, seems like most of the typical delayed maintenance has been resolved so you shouldn't have any issues for awhile. Once the bank balance shock has subsided, the next potential 'to-do' is the suspension shocks. If they are original they'll be dead. Not a bad 'do it yourself' job. I replaced mine with new ones however in hindsight I'd possibly rebuild now. Nice looking car though .. reckon at some stage we should do a 924 turbo meet up. I'm currently refreshing my dash and air conditioning, once that's done I'm planning on doing a couple of longer drives! Mind you, Heathmont might be a tad too far!
  2. I recently found I'd lost an air conditioning compressor bushing from my 924. Unfortunately some 924 parts are getting difficult to get, and I looked and looked and couldn't find one until I came across: http://www.porscheplanet.co.za/classifieds.php?do=main&catid=15 So I sent off an email and received a prompt response. They also had a few other parts that I'd had trouble finding and a few part that I wanted that they could supply more cheaply than some of my normal parts suppliers. Anyhow money sent and parts have been received so I was glad I found this business. So if you are looking for some parts, these guys might be worth having a look at.
  3. One of my favourite sites. Not Australian data however it's still fun! https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/
  4. This might help. 993 might be in the grey area however seems likely the bags will work. https://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/do-car-airbags-expire.html
  5. Suspect you've missed a ground somewhere when reconnecting. I'd look around the gauge pod, and work backwards. Suspect if you find the missing ground your other problems will fix themselves.
  6. Was looking for brake pads and came across this article on the 996 GT3. https://www.whichcar.com.au/features/modern-classic-1999-porsche-9961-911-gt3 Feel it sums up why I decided to buy a GT3. It's the car that bridges the old and the new, the base reference for all modern GT3s and the pinnacle of the mechanical analogue car. A car that will never be repeated. And it's a blast to drive ... I'm also amazed how often 'non Porsche' ... usually female .. comment on the GT3. Car people comment on the 924, and SC ... non car people seem to enjoy looking at the GT3.
  7. From the delivered data that's earlier in this thread, I was of the understanding that with mk1 GT3s there were significantly less comforts delivered to Australia than CS. ROW I understand the ratio is much different.
  8. Didn't realise you still have to pick it up. I reckon that's about the most exciting/ nerve wrecking part of the Porsche ownership journey, the week before the collection ... that and when you remove timing covers and find a handful of metal bits depart with the cover (thank you weak SC cylinder head bolts). The 924S/ 944 engines are an interference engine in that the cylinder head valves will hit the piston if the timing belt breaks. Normally when this happens you bend a valve and sometimes smash a piston, either way it's not ideal and won't be an 'easy' fix. This is very common in new cars as it is good engine design however it does make the timing belt a critical maintenance item. A work mate owns a Golf GTI and had his timing belt/ chain fail (a recall on early Golfs that wasn't picked up even though his car was exclusively VW serviced) .. his cost was around the $10k mark. FYI - The NA 924 is a non interference engine. The 924 turbo is an interference engine. Doing the timing belt on a 924S/944 require a belt tensioning tool or enough skill to know the correct tension. Lots on the interweb if you want to learn more.
  9. Welcome to the board JR90! That's a clean looking 924 you've got there. I currently have my dash ripped out so that I can make it look like yours. Envy! I think you are correct, the 924 does seem to be becoming more valuable, especially nice examples like yours. An import is fine as long as you knew it was an import, purchasing an import does seem to bring the advantage of not having as much UV damage with the interior. The 924S engine is an interference engine so if you are not 100% across the history of your timing belt, I'd encourage you to tackle that early in your ownership journey. Second bit of advice is get into a group that likes to go driving ... it's very easy for these cars to sit in the garage and 'appreciate' due to lack of kms. Don't do that!
  10. When I had the PPI done on the GT3 it came back with a really long list and I freaked. Then I read it and realised that most of the items were really small, which I subsequently repaired. I understand why everything is listed, however in my mind the key things I'd want to know is (has it been crashed, is there a major mechanical problem or rust). Hopefully your buyer will reflect on the report and appreciate that it's a good car and move forward.
  11. The challenge is positioning yourself in the purchasing of your next classic car, share or property is whether this virus will fundamentally change the way the world works, or whether everything will return to normal 'at the end of the year'. The awesome thing about the interweb is the ability to find a view that will align with your own, one view that I felt had merit was: It's a little long however explains some of the federal reserve actions and thoughts on what the world post COVID might look like.
  12. My reference to Chinese buyers is because that's the reference used in the ABC article. Quote: The ABC understands members of the Government believe the changes will prevent China from taking advantage of Australia's weak financial position to snap-up strategically important assets.

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