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Old 11-27-2018, 09:26 PM   #1
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Blue boxster resurrection project

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I bought this `99 Boxster a few months ago with an engine suffering from an alleged catastrophic engine failure. I have literally zero experience with Porsches, so I thought it`s time to delve into this new challenge with the intention to fix the unsalvagable engine on my own. This is a low-budget project, and it`s not urgent as I don`t really need the car soon, in fact, I just bought it for fun. Anyway, I made some progress with the engine during which I made a bunch of pictures so I can remember where to put the parts back on. I thought I would share some of these pics in this thread and keep uploading more as the project goes on.

So, here`s the thing on the day I hauled it home:



It has a few dents and scratches here and there due to the storage. It`s been sitting in a garage for 11 years and has 100k miles in the meter.



Jacked up for engine removal:



To be continued..
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Old 11-28-2018, 05:24 AM   #2
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...and so it begins!!!
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Old 11-28-2018, 09:45 AM   #3
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Cool! I'm in. Beautiful car.
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:11 AM   #4
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Cool! I'm in. Beautiful car.
Thanks, if you look at it from far enough it seems immaculate It`s a pity it got scratched and dented during storage. I plan to to something to that large dent on the right fender at least.
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Thanks, if you look at it from far enough it seems immaculate It`s a pity it got scratched and dented during storage. I plan to to something to that large dent on the right fender at least.
It's on the top of the fender behind the headlight? You'd be amazed what a good paintless dent repair guy can do. For the scratches - get on Youtube and look around at some of the detail guys - Ammo NYC particularly. He does amazing work on original paint. Check his website out for his products.

I get a lot of satisfaction from bringing a dead Boxster back to life. It might not be the cheapest thing to do, but it's a very satisfying hobby.

If you run into problems, just ask the guys here on the board. There are a lot of smart guys that really know these cars.
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Old 11-28-2018, 02:19 PM   #6
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Heck I'd be tempted to give that one a try myself w/ some good spoons. You can access area pretty easily after you pop the headlight pod out. Otherwise I guarantee a good PDR guy can knock that out in a snap.

If you don't know a great PDR guy, ask for referral at a high end dealer. Better yet, let them make their $25-50 on the deal too (will help you in building some goodwill if ever needed) and have them schedule on his/her next trip thru. The quality PDR and PPF gurus have premium dealers on a weekly paper route of sorts...

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Old 11-28-2018, 10:12 PM   #7
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Heck I'd be tempted to give that one a try myself w/ some good spoons. You can access area pretty easily after you pop the headlight pod out. Otherwise I guarantee a good PDR guy can knock that out in a snap.

If you don't know a great PDR guy, ask for referral at a high end dealer. Better yet, let them make their $25-50 on the deal too (will help you in building some goodwill if ever needed) and have them schedule on his/her next trip thru. The quality PDR and PPF gurus have premium dealers on a weekly paper route of sorts...

Good luck
Thanks! Just ordered a dent-pulling set from China, let`s see if I can make it worse!
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Few more pics today. Here`s a shot of the engine. Dust everywhere, other than that everything seems to be there.
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Except for this: somebody must have been here before me..

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Old 11-28-2018, 10:36 PM   #10
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I think the Boxster served as a perfect habitat for some critters. Most likely the same thing happened to this guy:
An Opossum in the Car Engine! Possum Under the Hood
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Old 11-29-2018, 11:32 PM   #11
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Behind the seat shot of the engine:





Bumper is off, time to remove the tranny. Still nice rear end though








Easy peasy!



So far so good, let`s move now to the engine. Everything looks original and unmolested, ovearall in great shape. Coolant and engine oil looked good too, considering the 11 years sitting I guess that`s a good sign.


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Old 11-29-2018, 11:34 PM   #12
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Lowering the engine:



AC pump is hanging on its hoses aside:




Oops, this is how NOT to drop the engine!




I missed one hose, it got stuck and pulled the motor off the lift.. Amateur sloppyness.. And now what? How to get it out from there? More tomorrow.
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No Brother-In-Law there to watch for hoses/wires?
Mine yelled "STOP" as I was lowering my own P Motor because he saw an attached hose.
This is what it looks like with BIL assistance.
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Thanks for the morning chuckles guys I love the BIL observer comment! This is a great thread, thanks for taking the time to post your project
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No Brother-In-Law there to watch for hoses/wires?
Mine yelled "STOP" as I was lowering my own P Motor because he saw an attached hose.
This is what it looks like with BIL assistance.
No BIL here, but I`ll definitely get one next time! Apparently he also helps Boxster engines reproduce
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some like women, he likes Boxsters. Claims he doesn't have to buy them dinner
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Thanks for the morning chuckles guys I love the BIL observer comment! This is a great thread, thanks for taking the time to post your project
Welcome to the thread, I`m glad you are enjoying it! I love to read similar posts and it`s not much effort to upload a few pics every day.
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some like women, he likes Boxsters. Claims he doesn't have to buy them dinner
Fair point! However, feeding these cars with parts seems to be pricey too..
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:57 AM   #19
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Fallen-off engine shot from engine compartment:





Pulling it up using an engine hoist:





Rolling out on a furniture dolly:




Finally inside the garage:





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Clutch off:



Rivets were running on the pressure plate. Perhaps still the original clutch set?






RMS leak, or both RMS&IMS?


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