1983 Porsche 944 - Time for some restoration

1983 Porsche 944 - Time for some restoration

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madrob6

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3,585 posts

176 months

Friday 1st August 2008
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I've posted this in the Porsche section but I'm still waiting for my chance to go and collect the car a month later so to take my mind off the fact I thought I'd introduce the chaps in here to it.

Story behind this one is that the previous owner bought it purely so say that they owned a Porsche by a certain age, had the engine rebuilt and then left it in their mother's garage to rot. My Mum was having a conversation with the owner of the garage and mentioned that I liked fixing cars up and the car was offered to me to save the poor thing from the scrap heap.

On with the pics:















The bodywork on the car seems to be in great shape with no rust that I can see. The paint is flaking up on one of the wings but shouldn't be too bad to sort out.

Interior is a bit shabby in places but nothing that can't be sorted by stripping it out and giving it a damn good clean and a bit of a retrim on the drivers seat.

Don't really know much about the condition of the rest of it but the car hasn't moved for at least 5 years and is going to need some nice new parts like a timing belt to avoid disaster before firing it up.

Now I just need to finish work on my Passat so I can sell that on and make some space.

Edited by MadRob6 on Thursday 12th September 21:39

SEFTON1275GT

147 posts

152 months

Friday 1st August 2008
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you wanna sell the wheels? or swop for some original turbo wheels?

madrob6

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Friday 1st August 2008
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No thanks the Fuchs are staying.

sniff petrol

13,053 posts

168 months

Friday 1st August 2008
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madrob6 said:
No thanks the Fuchs are staying.
In that colour?

surreystyle

224 posts

149 months

Friday 1st August 2008
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I was gonna say, if you didn't want the rims, you would get a lot for them from the vw beetle communities!

madrob6

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Friday 1st August 2008
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sniff petrol said:
madrob6 said:
No thanks the Fuchs are staying.
In that colour?
Not sure yet, need to get the car back on the road before I decide what to do regards to the appearance. They seem to have been refurbished at some point (can see some overspray on the silver rim) so they're in good condition, might strip them down for a different colour but that's a problem for later.

madrob6

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Friday 1st August 2008
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surreystyle said:
I was gonna say, if you didn't want the rims, you would get a lot for them from the vw beetle communities!
But I love Fuchs wheels as much as they do so I'm happy keeping hold of them biggrin

bones33

411 posts

151 months

Monday 4th August 2008
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Love these cars so much. My mum had one years ago was a great car to drive.

benny.c

2,994 posts

163 months

Monday 4th August 2008
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Good luck with it thumbup

Just picked up one myself. Lovely car to drive around in every day smile

madrob6

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Monday 22nd September 2008
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Finally picked the car up at the weekend after having to dismantle one of the brakes to get it unstuck and push it out of the garage.

Here it is out in the sun for the first time in 8 years




And after a good wash






The interior is a bit of a mess at the moment and half of it hasn't been put together properly by whoever went in there last

This amp was in there with what was the worst wiring I've ever seen so I spent a bit of time stripping it all out



Edited by MadRob6 on Thursday 12th September 21:42

Hitch78

5,864 posts

150 months

Monday 22nd September 2008
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Amazing find - looks great after the wash.

When I looked at the pic from the rear 3/4 with the hatch open I was reminded of that M5 power-ute thread someone posted on hear - looks like a little pickup!

madrob6

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Tuesday 23rd September 2008
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I see what you mean, I don't think I'll be turning it into any crazy pickup conversions though, boot is small enough as it is.

Hitch78

5,864 posts

150 months

Wednesday 24th September 2008
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Spoil sport!

Good luck with the restoration, I must admit that I had long written 944s off but I'm coming round to them now.

madrob6

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Wednesday 24th September 2008
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I've always had a soft spot for anything with flared arches (excluding Novas) so I'm loving it.
Now if only I could get the engine to start biggrin

Jon944S2

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152 months

Wednesday 24th September 2008
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That cleans up quite nicely after a wash and it's a very interesting colour I like it a lot, good luck with the project. I really hope you enjoy restoring it and eventually driving it.

Shame Fuchs wheels cannot fit my car as it has the later offsets as I think the look great and are a timeless design associated with Porsches.

Ianeire

464 posts

161 months

Thursday 25th September 2008
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Looks absolutely fantastic after the wash, top job!

Andrew_M

1,111 posts

175 months

Friday 26th September 2008
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Looking forward to this thread biggrin

madrob6

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Friday 26th September 2008
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Not planning on doing much to it this weekend as I've got a CV joint to replace on my VW.

Going to have a look into the electrics, fit some of the fuses that are missing and see if the fuel pump is working and maybe try and clean some more mould off.

Really need to get the VW sold but this thing is causing a bit of a distraction wink

madrob6

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Monday 29th September 2008
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Didn't end up doing the VW in the end and pulled the centre console out of the 944 to see what was behind it. Wasn't hard as for some reason it had no screws in it.

I discovered one plug was disconnected which powered the handbrake and brake warning light and the back light for the heater controls had a cable that was just pushed on instead of having a spade connector on it. Heater still doesn't work but things are much tidier back there now and less likely to start a fire. Handbrake warning light still doesn't work as the switch doesn't have a wire connected to it, oh well.

Also had a go at cleaning the seats up a bit despite their sorry state and I've not run out of interior cleaner. I wouldn't mind so much but the interior is still filthy. I sprayed the stuff on and this grey liquid just ran off and promptly turned any cloth I used grey and left them with an almighty stench. The inside is looking better slowly but surely and the glovebox is now actually screwed in instead of flapping about.

Just ordered some new bonnet struts and some boot pins from a shop on ebay. Should mean I can do away with the bit of wood wedged between the bonnet and the intake manifold and that the boot will stay shut. Then I just need to replace the boot struts too but given the price of the whole set I thought I'd do them later.

Must sort the VW next week and get it sold to release more Porsche repair funds biggrin

madrob6

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Friday 10th October 2008
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Bonnet struts have now been fitted so the bonnet will stay open without the dodgy block of wood wedged between it and the intake manifold.
Boot pins were a lot of hassle to change, offside one was done in no time but had to drill the screws out for the nearside one as they were in such a state. Boot now stays shut and is nice and firm, just need to get it so it can stay up now.

Anyway since the bonnet stays open I took a pic of the engine after giving a few bits a bit of a clean up.


I also noticed that the car used to be black as the engine bay is black and so is the bodyword underneath the rear lights. Bit of a shame as I really like the look of a black 944 with black Fuchs.