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Old 02-23-2014, 08:12 AM
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Mechanic commented that it's clear we do regular oil-changes...apart from the carbon build-up, everything is nice and clean in there!

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Also...went on a small run yesterday morning. A 'new' 993 joint the group....such a lovely thing!

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Old 03-24-2014, 07:50 AM
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Saturday - had some visitors from inter-state.

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oh yeah - should have decklid by the end of the week. No more wing! hurrah!
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:26 AM
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They pull the valve cover when they do the walnut blast? Making sure the intake valves are closed?
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:07 AM
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Didn't do it with walnut blaster - mechanic went with the local equivalent of 'sea-foam' / chemical solution.

The valve cover came off because he was trouble-shooting. Was expecting something else. It stayed off while he was cleaning out the intakes after that. Was nice to inspect it a bit. Everything is nice and clean from regular oil changes.

Though some of the casting looked a bit crap! Mechanic (who I trust) said that's normal...looks not right to me, but the car runs like a peach!

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Old 05-19-2014, 08:32 AM
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VICTORY IS MINE!!

(well...mostly)

Finally got the OEM decklid on.

Though the painter did a #@$ job. Poorly prepped surface and colour not quite a match, even though I gave them a panel to go off...ffs..

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Old 06-01-2014, 12:35 AM
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Long day under the car yesterday. Luckily I had access to a workshop and hoist. But more importantly, an experienced set of hands.

Things we had to solve:

1. Leaky oil cooler hoses & totally filthy front oil cooler.

2. Leaky lower valve covers

3. Shagged front swaybar drop links

4. Shagged front control arm bushes

5. Replace tie-rods

6. Oil Change

Oil cooler hoses

Check out this filth. I only noticed the oil stains after I removed the front drivers side wheel. It looked like it had been leaking far longer than in my ownership. I never had any issues with cooling or oil pressure though. Indeed, it takes quite a while to get up to temp.

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Cleaned the cooler up and replaced the hoses...

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Valve Covers

Replaced the old magnesium ones with later (1992?) aluminum covers and new gaskets. Hopefully that stops the dripping..

Oil drain plug magnet didn't have much on it....which was nice.

Everything seemed in good order...rocker/valve spacing seemed good.

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Fresh Alu covers:

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Suspension work

The bushes were the most time consuming - removing the control arm bushes involved a lot of oxy-torch and saw action. Unfortunately the day was running long and my buddy needed to get home so I thought it wasn't appropriate to whip out the camera.

Replaced the drop-links and tie-rods as well. Here's a crappy shot of a new tie-rod going in. Wow!

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I did wake up in the middle of the night wondering if I'd put the drop links on backwards! Hopefully not!!

Oil Change etc

She at up 12 litres of Penrite HPR whatever-it-is...20W-60 Uber-Zinc dino juice.

The car stayed in the shop so that we can drive her up the street for an alignment on Monday.

Fingers crossed that all that work means it won't handle like a hobo riding a shopping trolley down a hill anymore...
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:24 AM
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Just some small stuff this weekend...

Fixed up the passenger-side weather-strip on the side skirt & finally transferred the registration to my home state.

We also had a German car day in town on the lake...

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In the last few weeks I've been driving the p-train a lot. Mainly because modern Volkswagens are PIECES OF SH@$E$#EWQ@#$#@@##@ and our mk6 GTI needs ANOTHER cylinder head after only 14 months. So I'm in a fight with VW Australia.

I have learned though, that after a day of driving the 964, I sometimes get cramps in my skinny noodle-like left calf muscle because the clutch is so damn heavy...

So. I bought me one of these:

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...and spent a few hours under the beetle on Friday putting it in. The system uses a few of the old parts. Unfortunately, the dust boot was well-fooked. So we found an old one from another car in his parts bin and jerry-rigged it up.The bleed process was a bit of pain, as the power bleeder didn't work. It just pushed the fluid up through the over-flow and the old girl dribbled on the floor. So we did it old-school, with me hand pumping the clutch pedal...

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Initial reports are.....it sorta works. It's definitely lighter. Only draw-back is that I've lost a bit of the 'feel' for the friction point. I'm sure I'll get used to it..

I've also obtained some local forum-sourced parts over the last few months.

Shiny...

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Steve Wong...lets try you out:

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AND?

WOAH! Feels like my fly-wheel is half as light as before. Car is far more eager to rev. The cup-pipe is also more of a 'classic' 911 sound, where the G-Pipe was more like a lower, louder rumble.

When I first took it out, the Idle valve was a bit 'cranky', but I'll put a few km on it to get the old girl to settle down....

Between the clutch improvement and the cat/chip combo, the car is one step closer to the goal. Nice!

Oh yeah...my mate just got back from Germany and brought me this to add to the collection!

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So, we finally got rid of that disastrous GTI. There was ANOTHER oiling failure and the timing chain lost it's tension. So that POS needed a second cylinder head in 15 months. The dealership had it for two months while we fought over who should pay for it.

It dragged out forever and after considerable expense, I managed to get rid of the f(#@@king thing. I wouldn't wish a modern VW on my worst enemy after the experience we had...

Anyway...we went looking for a more practical baby-friendly car. We narrowed it down to the new Merc C200 wagon, a Land Rover Discovery Sport or a MINI Countryman....

We were pretty keen on all three, and were put off by the four month wait for our spec MINI. I'm come 180 degrees on the MINI Clubman and am super keen on that now as well. But that wouldn't arrive until around Dec/January, so it was out of the question. Dealers have been speccing only auto's, because they don't seem to sell many manual countrymans. We wanted to get a JCW, but there were no manuals in the dealer network.

We'd almost given up on another MINI. I was about to leave the dealer and I asked - how about an S, instead of a JCW - and our guy found one!!

So here it is! We picked up it this last Wednesday:

2015 LCI R60 Cooper S Chilli (2WD)
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Sparkling White
All-Four styling pack
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Black lounge leather
Chrome-line interior and exterior

Now, I've always thought the countryman looked sort of goofy and never thought we'd own one. The wife loves them, and this is her car after-all. After driving 1100km in the car since Wednesday, I'm totally converted. It's carried our baby daughter, plus all the baby crap with ease.

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So, you might ask why we've put so much milage on the new car in three days?

We drove to Melbourne to check out the first RWB Porsche build in Australia!

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Doesn't Nakai-san christen his work with a unique name that comes to him while he's doing the work?

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The 'southern cross' star constellation has been hijacked by our version of rednecks. They sticker them all over their 'bogan' (google it) cars.

Seems a funny name to put on a German car built by Asian immigrants in Melbourne!

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