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We hit the track with Flyin' Miata's latest power adder.
So after a trip to Hershey for the PCA swap meet I picked up a 944 rear hatch for my early 924. The weather was great today so I took advantage to put install the hatch on. Here are a few pics
out with the old
in with the new
and side view
Cheers; Mike Kirby
cant see photos
Sorry. If you right click and select view image it will take you to the Flicker pictures. Not sure how I messed up the addition of the pictures. Anyway, if anyone can fix the pics and let me know what I did wrong that would be great.
Mike Kirby 1976 Porsche 924
You've got your flickr account set up wonky, can't help.
I'd recommend using a different host for your pictures.
Mike924 wrote: So after a trip to Hershey for the PCA swap meet I picked up a 944 rear hatch for my early 924. The weather was great today so I took advantage to put install the hatch on. Here are a few pics out with the old in with the new After pics and side view Cheers; Mike Kirby
See if I can help
Thanks Flight Service. The assist is much appreciated.
In reply to Mike924:
Looks good, but it needs a front air dam or splitter now. The 944 rear spoiler just looks weird on the 924 to me. Still a non-leaking/screwed up hatch is better than one that does! Glad to see ya over here with a build thread. Welcome!
In reply to turboswede: I agree I will need to offset the rear with something on the front. I am thinking I might see if I can find the equivalent 924 turbo front bit that goes under the bumper. Barring that as I go forward the goal is a D-Prod Replica so I may be leaning to that setup.
Thaks for the Welcome. I was not sure how receptive the GRM board would be to a 924 build.
Mike Kirby 1976 924
In reply to Mike924:
Well, there's a build thread for a Spark EV that's being autcrossed, so why wouldn't they like a 924? :)
The 924 Turbo just has some extra vents cut into the lower panel to provide air to the oil cooler, they never had a factory air dam.
This might give you some ideas:
I'd attach that material to the bumper and extend it down as low as possible, cut a hole in the front to match the hole in the original valance, use more material to build a duct to the radiator and then finish the bottom with a splitter that extends back to the cross member like the original lower belly pan (use some plywood and fiberglass with some tie-downs to stabilize it with the front bumper along with the original mounting points under the car). Would make a fun weekend project and make the car look a lot more aggressive and a bit like a more modern D-Prod.
BTW, the reason why the D-prod and the IT cars that Rasta and 924RACR run don't do the above is that the rules are written such that they can't protrude in front of or attach to the front bumper. You don't have that problem, so I would take advantage of the ability to improve the aero a bit more :)
Took the 924 out on the town yesterday because, I could and it is a really fun car to drive. The I remembered about the exhaust leak. It isnt unbearable, but it is there. When I got back I grabbed my wrenches and ratchets and tightened everything I could. I also started looking through the wiring to get the drivers headlight to work on low beam. Some contact cleaner and a little bit of time. We shall see if we have two working low beam lights.
Mike Kirby 1976 924
Quick update. I haven't done a lot of things since the last update. But I had a few minutes and decided to tackle the head lights again. I have been driving around with the low beam not working on the drivers side for a year now. i decided to look through all the fuses. Of course the easy fix was what I should have started with. One loose fuse and a quick readjustment later, the left front head light now works on both high and low beams. Another quick adjustment and it is aimed pretty much spot on.
Next is oil, filter and brake fluid swap. A quick tech and I will be ready for the first track weekend coming up June 6 - 8 at Watkins Glen.
Cheers; Mike Kirby 1976 Porsche 924
Quick update to the car.
We got the oil and brake fluid changed. The car is tech'd and ready for the track in June. I did have to make the battery a bit more solid, but that was a quick and easy, if not pretty job.
After driving the car for a little bit, the passenger window fell out of the track.
So I took the door apart and found the following reason, which I knew but hadn't really taken the time before to fix.
Put it all back together the way it should be and voila
Now I just need to fix the hood release again. It continually pulls out, and at the moment I cannot get into the engine bay. Should have that fixed again shortly.
Cheers. Mike Kirby 1976 924
Today my fiancee and I took the 924 up to the local racetrack. Calabogie Motorsports Park. I only did one 30 minute session, as it was a pretty wet and miserable day. Plus I got there late and didn't pre-register. However the 30 minute run I did have on this 20 corner track was a blast. It is a real momentum course and I found that the decreasing right hand corners gave me a bit of a fuel starvation. Next time I go I will need to go with a full tank and see if that cures it. When I find some pictures I will post them.
Cheers; Mike Kirby 1976 924
Nice! Makes me wish even more that my 924 was drivable. That color looks good with the phone dial wheels.
Thanks for the comments. I need to figure out how to cure the fuel starvation in the sharp right hand corners. But it really does handle well. Once i can drive it to its abilities then I will need to add some power. LOL.
Mike Kirby 1976 924
Got a new set of boots for the 924 yesterday. A brand new shipped to the door set of Dunlop Direzza DZ102's. Going to get them installed this weekend and then off to Watkins Glen to test them out. I will give an update and track impressions of the tires when I get back.
So it has been about a week and half since I got back from Watkins Glen. First off the weekend was fantastic. The weather was warm, sunny and the track was dry the whole time.
The car had problems though. I went out for almost all of my runs, some I ran a lap or two and others, I just sucked up the problems and drove the car the best I and it could be driven.
Here is the one video I took of the track. 1 session on Sunday at Watkins Glen June 8th About 17 minutes in the camera fell off the windshield so you don't have to watch after that, unless you want to see my face at the very end.
So for what happened while out on track. I think I mentioned that during the 30 minute session I drove at Calabogie Motorsports park, I thought I had fuel starvation in the sharp, decreasing radius right hand corners. Well it turns out it wasn't a fuel starvation problem. While running at the Glen this sputtering and lack or power was happening coming out of any low speed, low rpm corner. Needless to say it was not how I wanted the weekend to go.
I went through all the spark plugs and found that #1 was wet. We dried it off, checked the other plugs and wires. Same thing happened. I then swapped out the spark plug on number 1 and tried again. Still same thing. Hmmmm. Maybe it was the injector. Sunday morning my fiancee and I pull out injector number 1, bang it, clean it and take the car for a run up the hills outside of the track. It seems better. I take it out on the track and, no good. Same issue.
I have yet to perform a leak down and compression check, but that is where I am leaning at this point. Enjoy the vid and the pics. More info to come.
So after the June weekend at Watkins Glen I was real worried that I had hurt the engine in the 924. I finally got the chance to get it to a shop where I could perform a compression and leak down test. The numbers are in. Compression is as follows from the cylinders. cyl # 1 195 cyl # 2 185 cyl # 3 195 cyl # 4 195
Leakdown was 8 to 10% across the board. I wiped the sweat from my brow, the engine is GOOD!!!! Strong and healthy.
We put the plugs back in saw that a couple of the spark plug wires needed attention. re-jigged them and started the car. It still run like crap. We checked heard the tick tick tick and looked and saw that spark plug wire #1 was arcing half way down the wire. It got burned through by the exhaust manifold. Replaced the wire with a temporary one until I can get a new set tried again and the connection at the plug and plug wire at #2 was also bad.
Looks like a new set of spark plug wires is going on the list for Automotion or Pelican Parts., along with rear hatch struts.
Got home from work last night and had a nice package sitting in my living room. The parts I ordered for the 924 came in. Rear hatch struts and new spark plug wires to replace the ones that had burned through by poor locating.
So I put those on today. Now I do not need to hold the hatch up with my head or a stick!! and the wires should fix the poor running condition, well I know they will. Pics to come when I get the chance.
Man it has been a while.
Here is the update on the car.
After replacing the spark plug wires and tying them up out of the way, it runs like a champ again. So much so that I took it back to Calabogie Motorsports Park for a 2 hour open lapping day. With a small leak in the top of the gas tank, I found that I am getting fuel starvation when between 1/4 and 1/2 a tank. 20 dollars of high test later, the car is running bang on and flat out.
Next few things to do.
It has been a while since I posted an update. The car is off the road for the next few winter months. So I have started doing little things such as the following. The original Master Cylendar started leaking into itself causing the pedal to fall to the floor when stopped at a stop light I bought a used one from a local, reputable Porsche recycler here in Canada. I used if for the summer but it just never gave me the pedal feel I needed for the track. I always felt I needed to pump the pedal. It was always spongy. So looking on Rock Auto I found a rebuild kit. I purchased the kit and found the original brake master at my dads garage. I brought it home and rebuilt it. Here are the pictures. Unfortunately the pictures did not get added in sequential order, even though that is how I loaded them. Enjoy. Now I just need to wait until I can install and test this to make sure it works the way I need it to.
Good job. I like that you're having this much fun with an early 924. Keep the updates coming. I've always liked these cars.
turboswede wrote: The 924 Turbo just has some extra vents cut into the lower panel to provide air to the oil cooler, they never had a factory air dam.
I know that I've seen a black rubber front lip spoiler on a 924. I may have seen it when I was in Germany. Porsche continued to make the 924 for the rest of the world after 1982, up until the introduction of the 924S in 1986. It may have been on one of those cars. Naturally, I can't find a photo of one on a 924, but it was very similar to the rubber front spoiler that came on 911 Carreras that came from the factory with the rear spoiler.
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