This is a site dedicated to my
Porsche 944 projects. This journey began after
watching an episode of "Wheeler Dealers" where
these two English guys
purchased a Porsche 924 for 900 pounds. First
this reminded me of my love for the Porsche 944 back in the
late 80's, secondly i
could not believe
how inexpensive this car was to buy. I started
looking at 944's and after looking at many abused
cars, I found a 1987 944, one owner, 120K miles, garage
kept, complete paperwork, for a great price! This
"great deal" and a few more 944 great
deals have been draining all my spare cash now
for quite some time and led to what my wife calls "a
mid life crisis".
10/23/16 - Great 944
Meet and Greet and Mountain Run. Check out the
video from the event (see here).
Completed build of 16V 3L turbo motor for my friend
8/18/15 - Installed Koni
Sports. Weltmiester Springs, and 28 mm torsion bars
on the NA. Dan took 1st in class at AutoX with
the updated suspension.
3/26/15 - Installed new
high flow head and cam and made a trip to the dyno,
Car put down 535 wrhp (about 600bph).
8/15/14 - Took the 951
to Atlanta Dragway, 13.3 ET @ 121 mph (see above)
7/6/14 - Completed
suspension upgrade, 28 mm torsion bars, 275 lb front
4/17/14 - 951 put down
508 rwhp, thats about 570 bhp! See results
3/1/14 - Completed
fabrication of short runner, large plenum intake (see
11/9/13 - Took the 951 to the drag strip. Car
did great, driver needs some work.
10/2613 - DE Track
Weekend at Road Atlanta.
10/1/13 - Attended PCA
Concours at Piedmont Park. The 951 took 2nd
place in class.
8/10/13 - Attended a
great gathering of 944's in Atlanta with over 30
944's in attendance.
7/1/13 - Modified the
stock intercooler and fabricated new intercooler
6/20/13 - Dyno trip for
the 951. Car put down 473 rwhp/574 ft-lbs with
some tuning issues. Stay tuned.
5/18/13 - My son Dan
purchased a 1987 944 NA. The car has 68K
original miles and is extremely clean.
4/13/13 - Took the 951
to Orlando for a 944 Rally. Great time and saw a lot
of nice cars. Some pics from the trip
4/7/13 - Completed 3.12L
Hybrid Ultra Stroker Build. See build details
11/1/12 - Started 3.1L
Hybrid Ultra Stroker Engine Build
Trip to the dyno. 2.85L exceeded all goals.
See results here.
9/12/12 - Completed
Hybrid Stoker Motor. Motor is a 2.85L with
Eagle Mitsubishi Rods and JE Small Block Chevy
Pistons. See here
for build details.
7/12/12 - Completed High
Flow Head. Details coming soon.
Preparing 951 for June 24th PCA Concours. See
detailing progress and improvements
Entered the 86 944 NA in the Peachstate PCA Concour
and she took 1st Place in class (Full Concour).
Replaced the clutch, pressure plate, and release
bearing on the 944 NA, The original clutch had
the rubber center that failed. See
2/3/12 - Purchased a 1986 944 NA with
58K original miles. I am the third owner. This is the
cleanest 944 I personally have ever seen! See
11/7/11 - Purchase a set of Recaro Evo
8 seats that I found on Craigslist for $400!. The seats were like
new. Installed them along with 4 point harnesses shown
10/20/11 - Designed a gauge panel using
frontpanelexpress.com. See how it turned out
and download the design file here.
10/7/11 - Replaced Oil Filter Housing seals
on the 951. Also had the Oil Cooler lines rebuilt by a local
9/30/11 - Installed M030 front sway bar
along with KLA Industries added sway supports.
9/26/11 - 951 started using coolant and
exhaust smelled of coolant. Head gasket was leaking into #4
cylinder. Had to replace the head gasket (used the stock gasket).
Had the head cleaned, checked, and new valve seals installed. Also
installed Saturn Exhaust Studs and removed the belt covers. This
took about 20 hrs.
9/14/11 - Trip to the dyno after the install
of new turbo and the M Tune. 951 exceeded my expectations by
producing 337 rwhp/347 ft-lbs torque. Results can be seen
9/13/11 - Installed new turbo along with the
Rogue Tuning M Tune (see
here). Installing the TO4E turbo was no simple matter.
The install requires modifications to the several brackets, the
alternator shroud, and the TB spring. See photos
8/20/11 - Purchased a DBB TO4E .50 trim
garrett turbo with a replica KKK#8 turbine housing. Looking to
make a major power increase in the 951.
7/30/11 - Converted the 944S AC from R12 to
R134a. Replaced the heater clip on both the 951 and the 944S.
My wife got on me a bit for not working on the 944S (her car). AC
blows nice and cold for her now. Back to the turbo.
7/12/11 - Purchased S2 LSD (AOT)
Transmission with about 95K miles. This unit has 3.875 ring and pinion
instead of the 3.375 in the turbos. The AOT transmissions also have the
stronger differentials and a taller 5th gear set. It makes the car so
much quicker around town and helps acceleration and overall drivability.
6/20/11 - Installed Stainless Steel Aeroquip
fuel lines on the 951, replaced the original rubber lines that were 25
6/16/11 - Trip to the Dyno. 951
performed well putting out 246 rwhp and 323 ft-lbs of torque. See
the chart here. I think this is about the
most I will get from the K26/6 turbo. In the fall I will install a
Garrett T3/T4R dual ball bearing unit with T04E housing, 50 trim, and #8
KKK replica housing. I also plan to install the Rogue Tuning
M-Tune MAF at the same time.
6/6/11 - Installed Tial 38 mm Wastegate with
stainless steel adapter plates from Pauer Tuning. Also installed 80 lb
high impedance fuel injectors and modified Rogue A-Tune chip. Will
be running E85 in the 951.
6/4/11 - Track day at Road Atlanta.
4/21/11 - Trip to the Dyno. 951
performed well putting out 238 rwhp and 282 ft-lbs of torque. See
the chart here. Boost pressure bled off to
just over 9psi at the end of the run. The next mod will be a Tial
4/19/11 - Installed the Rogue Tuning A-Tune
The A-Tune requires modifying the DME (converting to 28 pin and cutting
a resistor lead) and the addition of a MAP sensor. Rouge Tuning's
A-Tune makes the DME boost aware and greatly expands the fuel and timing
tables in the DME. The 951 is transformed!
4/18/11 - Installed LR Billet BOV.
Super easy install and replaced the OEM BOV that is prone to fail.
Also installed 3 Bar FPR required for A-Tune.
4/14/11 - Removed the LR MAF and installed
stock air box along with AFM. Purchased stock air box, AFM, and
J-Boot on Ebay for $200 shipped. Had to do a lot of cleanup but
underneath all the grim they where in good shape.
3/31/11 - Purchased Ostrich from Moates and
preparing to use Rouge Tuning's DIY tuning solution (see
here). Been reading everything I can about DME, MAF, AFM, ect.
I will eventually go a different route (true MAF or standalone) but I
think this will help me get a great handle on the electronics.
3/24/11 - Completed initial tune and
went to the dyno to get a baseline. Local shop has $50 Thursday night
dyno special (www.dynolab.net).
Learned all about over-boost protection as I had set boost to 15 psi
with MBC not realizing the DME would shut the car down at around 12 psi
with stock chips!
3/18/11 - Replaced the DME as I was
experiencing strange AFR drops and my original DME was 1st generation
with the chip soldered in. Purchased a used later model 24 pin DME
that I will be converting to 28 pin (see
3/14/11 - Waxed the 951 for the first time
since the re-spray. Used a lot of great info from Wayne Graham's
(OZ951) site (see
3/5/11 - Install a new Bursch 2.5" Test Pipe
I purchased from Pelican Parts. I am amazed how light it is
compared to the stock pipe with the cat.
3/3/11 - Installed control arms on the 951 I
bought off the forum. Solid ball joint and like new bushings.
3/2/11 - Completed install of Zietronix Zt-2
Data logger to be used for tuning. Used
instructions by Tom M’Guinness
2/28/11 - Completed rebuild of the front
struts for the 951. Not to bad, used Paragon's Tech Session
2/20/11 - Found why the 951 had high speed
wobble. Ball joint on the passenger side was totally shot. This
was a very dangerous situation. This is why the suspension must be
one of the first things addressed!
2/16/11 - Ordered Koni's (from Paragon) all
the way around for the 951.
2/15/11 - Found a broken wire when
replacing the O2 sensor on the 944S that prevented it from going closed
loop. It finally passed emissions!
2/1/11 - The dark days of winter
have almost passed! Lots to be done this spring!
10/21/10 - Replaced all the
vacuum lines on the 944S. Also, had the valve cover and the intake
manifold powder coated.
10/7/10 - Purchased and
installed a Redline Rollbar in the 951. Rollbar bolts into the
rear seat belt mounting points.
9/21/10 - 951 Engine back together and
9/7/10 - 951 Engine work begins,
replace vacuum lines, replaced TPS, replaced throttle body o-ring,
installed manual boost controller, sent intake manifold out for powder
9/4/10 - 951 post-paint assembly
complete. I think I will think long and hard before I decide to
paint another 944. It was a huge time commitment but the results
8/4/10 - 951 returns home from
the paint shop. The work of putting it all back together begins.
7/10/10 - 951 goes to paint. Begin
cleaning all the removed parts getting ready for the return.
5/10/10 - 951 tear down for
re-spray. This was a huge task. Removed front bumper, rear
bumper, skirts, tail lights, marker lights, hatch, windows, mirrors,
door trim, door handles. Prepped car for paint.
5/7/10 - 951 gets new sway bar
bushings as leaking power steering fluid had destroyed old ones.
951 is declared leak free (for now).
5/1/10 - 951 power steering pump
and rack are rebuilt. All power steering hoses replaced. I
think every component is the power steering system leaked!
4/10/10 - 951 gets new belts,
rollers, seals, and water pump. Also replaced the cam housing
gasket as it was leaking.
2/3/10 - Purchased a 1986 944
Turbo for $3300. I still think this car was a great find but it
had many problems lurking.
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