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    1. #51
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      I feel you on the radio wiring debacle. The harness in my 964 is pretty hacked up. But the original Blaupunkt amplifier and connector are still there, so it's one goal to clean up that rats nest and simplify it all.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Revolver1966 View Post
      Gorgeous car! Love the color. There are too many boring colors out on the road.
      Is that a Carrera 4?

      For the longest time 911s were just kind of "meh" to me...didn't even perk my eye or emotions. Caught the bug last summer at a German car meet. Planning on getting a 997.2 Carrera 4S (hopefully in an interesting color like Porsche Racing Green or Macadamia Metallic brown) as my next car. Figure it's just the natural step in progression after a GTI.
      Thanks! It's a Carrera 2.

      I got the bug when a fellow vortexer let me drive his 997.2 Carrera GTS when I was in Melbourne to watch the Formula 1 grand prix. I was far too nervous to make the most of the opportunity, but I enjoyed every second - I remember getting to drive the 911 more than the F1 race

      Quote Originally Posted by Deserion View Post
      I feel you on the radio wiring debacle. The harness in my 964 is pretty hacked up. But the original Blaupunkt amplifier and connector are still there, so it's one goal to clean up that rats nest and simplify it all.
      It's not hard to do a proper job.

      Update:

      I ordered a set of black stone guards. I thought I'd remove the old ones while I wait for the delivery.

      The originals are toast. Faded and cracking.


      Steam kind of works but progress is slow.


      Heat gun works a bit better as you can work a larger area.


      It took me about an hour to learn but the best technique is to blast the area for about 20 seconds, then scrape a few cm (with a soft plastic scraper). Move up slightly and scrape again. Then move up and scrape again. At the end, you've cleared a small square. And repeat.


      Once I removed the guard there was a bunch of left over glue.


      This took forever. It didn't really respond to "bug and tar remover", tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil. I tried the heat gun again. I might have to buy some prepsol or a specialist product. The paint is really soft so the product will have to be gentle.


      The dog wasn't much help, but she tried.


      The mess!


      The job took about 2 1/2 hours. I've still got the left side to do It should go a bit smoother now that I know a few tricks.

      I think the car looks more modern without the guard. I'm now considering a set of clear guards instead . . . .
      Quote Originally Posted by alleghenyman
      Is it weird that I want to cram into the back seat in cycling clothes and feel the mechanical vibrations as you tear around the Outback?

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      Just my $.02....if you're going to put some aftermarket wheels/tires and lower it a little i'd go with black, otherwise i think the clear would look great if you're staying stock. Care looks great btw.
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      Congrats and enjoy!! Love the purple.
      "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." -H. L. Mencken

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      I've got to do the same to mine. They're pretty gnarly. I'm going to get clear ones most likely.
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      No advice on glue removal but cute Samoyed. Mine loves hanging in the garage with me too
      Mike

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      I can only assume that the original owner never left his car sitting outside much as when the guards were pulled off my 993 turbo, they both came off in one piece. I know this because when I had to have my car repaired after the minor damage from a very careless young lady, they had to use them as templates for the new ones because they couldn't source direct replacements. I was told that the original size is no longer made, I don't think that's true(?)
      Last edited by Boober; 05-22-2016 at 09:18 PM.

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      I pointed those out to my shop but they said they weren't "Porsche approved" I wasn't paying the tab and they were the go-to shop for Porsche work in my area so I had not choice. They got 997 stone guards and cut them to size. I can't complain, they did a great job and you can't tell they were hand cut.

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      The other side came off much easier.
      Glue gun
      Plastic scraper
      Caramel wheel



      Still took about 2 1/2 hours.



      I bought a set of Porsche genuine clear stone guards and they went on pretty easily. I haven't put the black vinyl ones on yet, but here's a mock-up.

      Quote Originally Posted by forewheel View Post
      Just my $.02....if you're going to put some aftermarket wheels/tires and lower it a little i'd go with black, otherwise i think the clear would look great if you're staying stock. Care looks great btw.
      Thanks I think you're right. I just discovered that my Bilsteins are height adjustable so I won't need to spend $ if I go up to 18's.

      Quote Originally Posted by sdpauly View Post
      Congrats and enjoy!! Love the purple.
      Cheers!

      Quote Originally Posted by Mike0105 View Post
      No advice on glue removal but cute Samoyed. Mine loves hanging in the garage with me too
      Mike
      Thanks! She likes following me but she gets huffy when I make noise and don't let her sleep.

      I took the car on a mini holiday a couple of weeks ago. We'd normally take the Golf but this was my first opportunity to do a proper road trip. Unfortunately, we've had a lot of rain recently and my back yard is a swamp. I had to make a bridge out of cardboard and I still managed to get bogged. It took me almost half an hour to get it from the shed onto the road. I ended up having to put plywood sheets under the rear wheel. Not a good start to the holiday! Landscaping and drainage improvements are high on the agenda.



      With luggage for two people for three nights, the front compartment was completely full. My girlfriend was a bit put out that we couldn't do a lot of shopping, but we still went to ikea and all of the outlet shops. I thought my MK4 was small, but the 911 is tiny.



      We filled it to the rear windows.



      The 718 boxster launch was happening that weekend so I popped into the dealership and grabbed some free posters and some merch. Nice car. Brilliant interior.

      Anyway, we did some sight-seeing, went to the zoo and did a few short drives to lookouts. The car didn't miss a beat but it needs cruise control. There was a rattle from the glovebox, but I might have caused that one when I pulled it apart.



      That's about it for now. I'll post more pics when things change!
      Quote Originally Posted by alleghenyman
      Is it weird that I want to cram into the back seat in cycling clothes and feel the mechanical vibrations as you tear around the Outback?

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      I've been to IKEA with a Miata so I know what you're talking about. That last shot with your dog looking out the rear window is desktop/calendar worthy. The clear stone guards are definitely the right way to go.

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      I love purple cars.

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      Quote Originally Posted by freedomgli View Post
      I've been to IKEA with a Miata so I know what you're talking about. That last shot with your dog looking out the rear window is desktop/calendar worthy. The clear stone guards are definitely the right way to go.
      agree on the dog pic, and go with the clear, that's such a fun color, i wouldn't hide a millimeter of it! congrats on the car, the 993's are great fun!
      Quote Originally Posted by capsaicin View Post
      AP1 S2000? I can not in good conscience talk you out of that. May your slip angle be great and your bed not be the couch!

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      Quote Originally Posted by freedomgli View Post
      I've been to IKEA with a Miata so I know what you're talking about. That last shot with your dog looking out the rear window is desktop/calendar worthy. The clear stone guards are definitely the right way to go.
      Cheers I was trying to get a photo of her smiling, but the rear window is too small!

      Does anyone have access to Yahoo Japan auctions? I've got my eye on a set of wheels. The seller seems to have provided a link with more photos, but you need to be registered in order to view them.
      Quote Originally Posted by alleghenyman
      Is it weird that I want to cram into the back seat in cycling clothes and feel the mechanical vibrations as you tear around the Outback?

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      You inspired me to remove my stone guards as well.
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      Much better! Did they give you any trouble?
      Quote Originally Posted by alleghenyman
      Is it weird that I want to cram into the back seat in cycling clothes and feel the mechanical vibrations as you tear around the Outback?

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      Quote Originally Posted by YellowDieselGolf View Post
      Much better! Did they give you any trouble?
      Not particularly, other than being hilariously time consuming. The two small ones just aft of the wheels on each side were only a little wider than my scraper at their widest, so the plastic part came off easily. A little bit of a goo-b-gone type product took care of the adhesive. The two big ones forward of the rear wheel were very badly cracked and came off in about 400 pieces. I wound up taping open a grocery bag and sticking it to the bottom of the rocker to catch the falling pieces because I hate sweeping
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      I missed this thread originally!

      1) Amazing car and even with some surface imperfections (befitting a 20 y/o car), it's still probably well bought.
      2) Sport seats. Envy level rising.
      3) So cool you had the opportunity to bond with it on that drive...and that you didn't think twice on driving a 20 y/o German car that distance straight after purchasing it. Says a lot about the C911's durability and (hopefully) the PO's upkeep.
      4) I think I parked in that very same lot in Byron Bay 2.5 years ago. But in a Mitsu Outlander Sport

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      Quote Originally Posted by morimori View Post


      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      I missed this thread originally!

      1) Amazing car and even with some surface imperfections (befitting a 20 y/o car), it's still probably well bought.
      2) Sport seats. Envy level rising.
      3) So cool you had the opportunity to bond with it on that drive...and that you didn't think twice on driving a 20 y/o German car that distance straight after purchasing it. Says a lot about the C911's durability and (hopefully) the PO's upkeep.
      4) I think I parked in that very same lot in Byron Bay 2.5 years ago. But in a Mitsu Outlander Sport
      1/2) Thanks
      3) I bought roadside assistance just in case!
      4) An outlander probably would have been a little less conspicuous in Byron.


      The car has been stuck in my shed all month due to my muddy back yard. I've been using the time to do little jobs where I can. This weekend I installed a pair of rear speakers and spent some time on the stereo.



      I fired them up. A noticeable improvement, but no bass. Maybe I need to buy a set of those foam enclosures to seal them from behind ..... Additionally, the rear left is putting out a lot of static. I figured it was due to the crappy wiring harness so I pulled out the stereo.



      Most of the speaker wires were twisted together and then wrapped in tape. I thought they might be shorting out where the wires were exposed.

      After some frustrated swearing, I started to unravel the mess. Instead of finding somewhere to get to the ground from the harness or dash area, they ran a dual core wire from the passenger seat. It runs under the floor mat and behind the centre console. It's then joined to a single wire in the stereo harness.





      Behold the glory. Half of the harness was routed via the centre console. The other half came from the instrument cluster. The result was that was almost no slack in the wiring and it had to be disassembled, then rerouted before I could access it. There's NO reason why it need to be routed that way. Just another sign that it was installed by an idiot.



      And here it is after. Soldered and insulated with heat shrink.

      Unfortunately, it didn't fix the problem and the static is still there. I ran out of light before I could do any more testing.

      The good news:
      The car's harness is terminated in an ISO plug.
      I've removed a bunch of crappy wiring and joiners.
      It's much easier to understand and acess with all of the wire routed neatly.

      The bad news:
      The factory harness has been butchered by the blue bullet connectors, but at least I should be able decypher it.
      Quote Originally Posted by alleghenyman
      Is it weird that I want to cram into the back seat in cycling clothes and feel the mechanical vibrations as you tear around the Outback?

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      morimori! Do you speak Japanese? Do you have a yahoo auction account?
      Quote Originally Posted by alleghenyman
      Is it weird that I want to cram into the back seat in cycling clothes and feel the mechanical vibrations as you tear around the Outback?

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      Congratulations YellowDieselGolf , the 993 is 'my favorite car ever

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      Quote Originally Posted by Italian View Post
      Congratulations YellowDieselGolf , the 993 is 'my favorite car ever
      Thanks Italian


      I had my MK4 serviced a couple of weeks ago and they advised that my CV boots needed replacement. I booked it in today and at 3 o'clock they phoned to say one of the joints is beyond repair. VW don't stock the part anymore, so they ordered an aftermarket CV which won't arrive until next week. $350 extra.

      Good excuse to get out the Porsche!

      July was super wet and the car has been stuck in my shed all month. I did some very (very very) minor works in the back yard. We've had a couple of sunny days. The ground seemed firmer than it has been in weeks. I got out the boards and gave it my best.

      It wasn't enough.



      I split my pants while trying to get it unstuck.

      I should have bought a Carrera 4.
      Quote Originally Posted by alleghenyman
      Is it weird that I want to cram into the back seat in cycling clothes and feel the mechanical vibrations as you tear around the Outback?

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      It breaks my heart to see her so

      you need this


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