I made a thread about this car when I first bought it last year, but seeing the interest in my Audi's thread, I figure that people might get a kick out of seeing what's been happening with the car so far.
For those who didn't see my initial thread: Last year I had the urge for a 80s sports coupe with flip up lights. I rather quickly sold my '04 Dodge Ram and looked at a few different options for cars with flip ups: 944s, C4s, Celicas, Supra Mk3s, RX7s... in the end my choice fell upon the 944 as it seemed the 'smartest' choice in terms of availability here in Germany.
I ended up looking at a lot of 944s (and a few 968s), most of which were in terrible shape. Even those for a lot of money. In the end I bought this one here without even haggling on the price, simply because it was definitely the best condition I could find.
A brief summary:
'87 Porsche 944S
2.5 liter 16-valve engine
157.000kms when I bought it
Diamondblue Pearl which was only available in 1987
2 previous owners, the first owner had it 17 years, the second owner had it for 15 years
A huge folder with receipts and stuff, even the original receipt for the order of the car from 1987
Zero rust and it's already been rust-proofed with a wax treatment
Only about 250 944S are left in Germany, it's the rarest model actually
What can I say, I've never been more in love with a car. It's absolutely the best driving car I've ever owned and easily the most fun as well.
The first time I saw the car, together with the Sebring I owned last year (sold that this February as I wanted a wagon daily again and ended up buying a '10 Ford Mondeo):
I did an extended test drive (easily an hour), loved it, but wanted to look at a Turbo as well on the same day. So went to look at the Turbo (2,5 hours away) which turned out to be a complete disaster. I was so mad, I still had the seller of the Turbo standing next to me when I called up the seller of my 944S and told him 'I'm buying the car. Get the papers ready, I won't even haggle on the price.'
Got it home and later that day saw that there was a puddle of coolant under the car. In retrospective the guy had not driven it very much the last decade, barely 500kms a year and only done the bare minimum of maintenance, but at least he kept the car shiny. I figure the stress of me driving it a few hundred km a day was more than it was used to, which made the weakest link crack.
Anyways, got it registered in my name the next day and drove it over to my shop where I had a look at the coolant issue. At first glance it seemed that only a hose clamp was not properly tightened, so I tightened it and the issues stopped for the time being.
Drove it around for a week or so, took some pictures.
Next, I swapped out the absolutely destroyed speakers.
Got myself some replacements:
Sadly the stock grilles wouldn't fit over the new speakers, so I just used the new grilles included with the speakers. If you don't know they're not OEM, you likely wouldn't notice.
Theeeeeeeen... the coolant issues came back and there was another puddle under the car
I ended up just ordering all new hoses for the cooling system and while swapping them discovered that a plastic flange for one of the smaller hoses was broken off, so I had to replace that as well.
While the car was sitting in the garage anyways I managed to source a new radio. The old one was a horrible, modern and spaceship looking unit, which I hated. I replaced it with a semi-period correct Blaupunkt Paris RCM104 from 1994. It has a keycard, for goodness sake And it's got a tape deck! And even better - it's got a plug for a CD changer, which I used to mount up a Bluetooth adapter, so I can stream music from my phone to this 26 year old radio. Amazing.
Next up was replacing the spark plugs and the distributor finger and distributor cap.
Old stuff out:
Discovered the chain housing had a weird crack here... doesn't seem to be a problem so I left it for the time being and just replaced the parts.
New stuff in:
Car ran noticeably better and smoother.
Then I took it to some meets. If you're somewhat familiar with the old Porsche scene in Europe, you might've heard of Tunnelrun or Crewsn. Mostly old 911s with an outlaw spirit. Tunnelrun was called Onassis800 last year and the day before, the Crewsn people held a little evening meet:
The next day was the day for Onassis 800!
What an amazing event that was. They had organized runs through the surrounding country side the whole day and a lot of amazing cars from all over europe.
But sadly, that's where my 944 decided to quit. Already on the way to the event my car started having some problems with throttle input. On the way home it stalled a few times and then wouldn't start again for thirty minutes. I managed to limp it back home, stuck it in the garage and forgot about it for the next few months as winter was approaching anyways.
I'll make a cut here as I don't want the post to get too long, I'll continue in a second post shortly.