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Old 05-15-2018, 06:22 AM   #521
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Wow, I've got to say you've probably got the best looking 986 I've ever seen, super clean!

I've got a non S, 2.5 986 that's been off the road for a little while so it's going to be a bit of a project for me, I'd love to know some more details about the custom android headunit if you don't mind? It's looks incredible!

Also the projector lenses, how does the wiring work to turn the fog lamps into the sidelights?

Thanks! 👍🏻
Thank you

The head unit is an android TD618AS unit, but I've put my own twist on it including a custom ROM start up screen, theme, and so on.

The DRL's are actually the side lights, the fog lights aren't changed at all. The projectors flip the projector shield open to throw the light upwards when you use the full beam on the stalk. The projector comes with a red and black wire, it's just a case of plugging those onto the full beam bulb's connector too, so the full beam switch operates both the old bulb and the projectors.

Car's still underperforming like a pig, but I think I've found the issue. It's a vacuum problem for definite, but I ripped lots out of the engine bay (alternator, plenum & throttle body, etc) and there's no evident leaks. All pipe work seems fine. Someone else has had the exact same problem with me and it turned out to be a bad vacuum valve that is used to switch the secondary air pump on and off, and to divert the air flow. That failed, air flow wasn't being directed properly, car suffered because of it. Problem is that there's 3 valves, so figuring out which one's a bugger. I'll most likely just replace all 3 as they're all prone to failing anyway.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:04 PM   #522
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Hello,

I don't know if you remember my post when I acquired an old 986 2.5 1997 last year? Well, time has passed and I have now completed all the projects that were on my list

Here is the list of things Iíve done on the car:
- fully repainted in metal grey paint (by workshop, of course) and side vents in red matching the trunk logo
- added PORSCHE lettering on the trunk
- fully polished the seats, dashboard and door panels
- central console with AC control panel moved down and double-din Android radio, GPS navigation, entertainment system on top
- front speakers and under-seat flat sub-woofer
- tail lights (red & white facelift with LED)
- LED white bulbs everywhere (headlamps, signals, number plate, foglamps, etc.)
- front DRL LED kinda 911 style
- new horn/klaxon (I actually installed a pick-up truck model, to make sure Iím heard!)
- N/S door lock mechanism replacement
- cat-back and change of O2 sensors
- engine distribution and accessories belts
- engine and ATF oil change
- sun visors with mirrors and light recuperated from a Boxster S wreck
- restored coolant line (hoses)
- fixed the front left radiator fan and fully cleaned both radiators (there was about 200 grams of crap (2 handfuls) and dirt between the 2 grilles!) - that totally changed the cooling of the car and the AC performance!
- engine and cabin air filters
- fuel filter
- brake discs (perforated and normal) and brake pads and brake callipers (red with white Porsche lettering)
- Porsche wheel caps and air valves
- trunk and bonnet hoods pistons/struts
- window regulators
- ignition switch
- wheel spacers (15 mm front and rear) with balancing and alignment
- headrest wind nets and central wind screen
- and renovation of the hard-top roof

TOTAL: around EURO 7,000 (and hundreds (thousands?!) of hours of research, tutorials viewing, blogs checking, try&errors and hard work on the car by me!) 😉

But the result is there and I couldnít be happier to have restored this 21 year old beauty!

Here is the result in pictures, let me please have your thoughts about it



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Old 08-02-2018, 08:33 PM   #523
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How's the car going Ger? I miss your updates!
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Old 01-07-2019, 01:03 AM   #524
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Right. Time for an update I think?

Apologies for being so quiet, but I gave up on the car. It had been broken for such a long time (over a year now) that I'd just fallen out of love with it, and ended up buying a car cover, SORNing it and cancelling the insurance, and basically leaving it under a cover on the drive connected to a trickle charger so that I could forget about it until I could be bothered to think about it again. Which didn't turn out to be long.

Driving my little Fiesta TDCi around everywhere made me pine for the car. Not that the fiesta wasn't good (this thing cost me £500, does 75mpg and is bullet proof), but I completely took the Porsche for granted. It's one of those things which you don't realise how good it is until it's gone.

There were a few things I needed to do to the car to get it back on the road but I decided to get Christmas out of the way first, as it'll cost around £800 to get it going again (with doing all of the work myself).


The whole engine problem was previously fixed, but it still needs:


- Service

- Subframe replacement & four wheel alignment

- 2x rear tyres

- Alloy wheel refurb

- New battery

- New roof tension cables (the short clip-on ones)

- Mileage correction (remember I replaced the dials?)



Everything I'll be doing myself as it's all easy, just takes time. But, once it's done, it'll be back on the road.

I'm hoping to get it back on the road this month or early February. I've been starting the engine now and again to let it turn over for a while, but I've got two sticking lifters. It's just lack of use - a good run will loosen these up, it's happened before.

Going back briefly to the fiesta - what an amazing car. Fiesta mk6, TDCi, as basic as you can get (wind up windows, too!). But it costs £30 annual tax, cheap insurance, 75mpg, comfy, quiet and easy to drive. This will be my daily car too and from work, while the Porsche will now be a weekend and fun car, rather than my daily. Didn't realise how much fuel I was spending before...

That's pretty much where I'm at. The car is now back in the middle of my drive with the cover off so I can work on it. It's currently jacked up with no front wheels (I'm Nitromorsing the wheels at the moment). Another beauty of having another daily - I can spend time on this and not rush.

But yeah, I'll update you as I go. I'll be back on here now!
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Yay! You’re not dead!
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Yay! He's back. I really missed your pictures of that high gloss paint. Welcome back.
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Hah, thanking you! You wouldn't want to see it at the moment, it's a bit of a mess. But once it's mechanically sound, it's nothing that a two-day detail wouldn't fix. It'll be better than it's ever been then.

Had a load of things delivered today, including this wee little thing:



I've got the black and red ones of these, but the yellows were discontinued years ago. Managed to get it still in its box/packet off someone for £15! The normal colours are £25 new, and the yellows are seriously rare. So yeah, quite happy with that. Goes with my dials too:

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Hah, thanking you! You wouldn't want to see it at the moment, it's a bit of a mess. But once it's mechanically sound, it's nothing that a two-day detail wouldn't fix. It'll be better than it's ever been then.

Had a load of things delivered today, including this wee little thing:



I've got the black and red ones of these, but the yellows were discontinued years ago. Managed to get it still in its box/packet off someone for £15! The normal colours are £25 new, and the yellows are seriously rare. So yeah, quite happy with that. Goes with my dials too:

I like that.

Do you know if there are any black ones for the 986S? And perhaps i would need Km.

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I like that.

Do you know if there are any black ones for the 986S? And perhaps i would need Km.

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I designed and printed the overlay myself (it's on here of you scroll back)

Right, riddle me this.

I need to get this nut off:



Trouble is, the socket on the bolt has rounded and I can no longer stop it from spinning while I attempt to undo the bolt. I've bought another arm to go on so I'm happy to butcher this one.

Initial thought was a nut splitter, but would it split the nut this thick?

Another idea is to cut a groove in the top to place a flat head screwdriver (or socket) into it, but the nut rising may close this gap.

I've tried forcing a bigger head into this but he aftermarket part has such soft metal that it didn't work.

Bit skeptical of dremelling the nut off due to how close it is to the hub, but it may be an option.

Thoughts?
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I designed and printed the overlay myself (it's on here of you scroll back)



Right, riddle me this.



I need to get this nut off:







Trouble is, the socket on the bolt has rounded and I can no longer stop it from spinning while I attempt to undo the bolt. I've bought another arm to go on so I'm happy to butcher this one.



Initial thought was a nut splitter, but would it split the nut this thick?



Another idea is to cut a groove in the top to place a flat head screwdriver (or socket) into it, but the nut rising may close this gap.



I've tried forcing a bigger head into this but he aftermarket part has such soft metal that it didn't work.



Bit skeptical of dremelling the nut off due to how close it is to the hub, but it may be an option.



Thoughts?
I've been known to weld another bolt to the rounded one. Or even buy a cheap wrench at a pawn shop and weld the wrench right to it.

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I've been known to weld another bolt to the rounded one. Or even buy a cheap wrench at a pawn shop and weld the wrench right to it.

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Great idea! Though I've not got a weld gun nor have access to it - I also can't take it to a garage as I'd need to insure it, which it's not, and then we're talking trailer costs, and so on.

I tried lowering the arm on an axle stand, specifically the end so that it stops it from spinning, but this didn't make the slightest bit of difference. Not sure if I'm doing it wrong...
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I'd try a single hex socket with an impact gun.

If it starts spinning once it loosens then I'd reach for multigrips to push the arm back 'home' and go again with the inpact gun so that it bites.

This almost always worked in my trade days with compressed air driven guns that had very high levels of instantaneous torque.

Nowadays I only have a 36v cordless impact gun, but I expect that it would still work. My gut feel is that the heat introduced into the male threaded part expands it so that it doesn't spin.
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