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    '82 924, '90 Eunos Roadster

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  1. Talk, don't walk (yet). There may be a perfectly reasonable story to this car, and it might just be a great buy. Or .... I have found that the way a seller deals with you, and the gut feel you get is a very fair indication of what you are getting into. I agree with @GUT, these have another 20 years before matching numbers is likely to make much difference, if ever.
  2. Backdating is so outlaw. Do it.
  3. XLR8

    A over ripe banana

    Isn't a VR6 too tall? It would be nice to have Porsche script on the head. Where does the brake booster go? Imagine the exhaust routing? Being DI, makes sure you give the intake a good clean before you shoehorn that in there! So, using the 016/z manual, and a shortened auto torque tube? Won't that bring the bell housing back towards the tunnel too much? Engine mounts won't be easy, but I see that being less of an issue than the other bits. I wonder if us lowly '24 owners could benefit from your experience .... is there a 4 pot that has a similar bolt pattern as this engine? Great project! Watching keenly on this one.
  4. Well, it was a good price. $12k for a car that (it sounds at least) is in pukka condition. I am not surprised it didn't last long.
  5. Great vid. That EVO flies, and you were doing just fine by the looks of it.
  6. XLR8

    A over ripe banana

    Ooops. My bad! Fair enough. I'd wager on quite a few extra hours to put the new trans in (and the pedal box, and clutch, and hydraulics, and wiring etc), but if I was in your shoes, that's what I'd be doing! Do you plan to remove the running boards? Soooo very early 80s!
  7. XLR8

    A over ripe banana

    The discrepancy might be rectified by adjusting the ride height. It's possible to do so by about 15-20mm on each side independently by loosening, adjusting and then tightening the trailing blades. An auto to manual swap is ambitious and likely not worth the $$$. Everything in the drivetrain from the engine back is different. I'd just clean it up and enjoy as is. There's also a lot of extra fibreglass on that car. I personally don't mind it. Someone has tried to make it look like a 944 at some stage. Any chance of pix front on? As for seats, soak in penetrating oil, and try again later.
  8. XLR8

    Boxster Bargains

    ^^^ Good advice @firstone. On another note, what is the thinking that a higher milage 986 (say 130k+) is unlikely to have an IMS issue (if it's not documented as already done)? Of course, it sounds smart to have it addressed when the clutch is done ....
  9. XLR8

    924 Martini Resurrection tips

    No, just removed and refitted a few.
  10. XLR8

    924 Martini Resurrection tips

    Taking the dash out isn't hard (I have done too many dashes in my life ... not a fan of this job) - but putting it back in will take some patience. Also, redone dashes never fit quite as easily as original. Make sure you clean all the grounds back there whilst you have everything accessible, and use the opportunity to inspect all wiring, and the steering column bearings.
  11. This is the norm it seems (at least when first listed).
  12. I rebuilt a set of Simmons. Pretty easy if you just take your time. Make sure you use a torque wrench to put them all back together (at least use the same torque as it required to pull them apart) and loctite on the bolt threads is a very good idea. I criss crossed the bolt tightening process, rather than just tighten them up in a big circle.
  13. XLR8

    924/944 running and maintenance costs

    A 944 may have more torque, but I doubt a 924 would outrun your Mirage in a straight line.
  14. Yeah, I really don "get" why every seller seems to think a Martini is super special/awesome. Just stickers and interior really.