David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/23/11 9:52 a.m.
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We have been quite productive during the past month. No, our 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera isn't yet up and running, but it's coming together.

The engine is currently apart so we can replace the broken head stud. We took the opportunity to have JB Racing work on the cylinder heads, and they're beautiful. Did we need to redo the heads? No, but why not replace the aging valve guides and freshen everything while we had the chance? And did we mention how beautiful they are?

We've also been sourcing a bunch of other parts that could be filed under the heading of "while you're in there, might as well do it." Things on that list: flywheel pilot bearing, timing chain ramps, clutch horseshoe spring, oil pressure switch and assorted O-rings and gaskets. Total cost: a few hundred dollars.

We even purchased a new throw-out bearing clutch release fork. Yes, it added $112.50 to our total, but this part has been known to crack and stretch with age. Replacing it now is a 5-minute job. Once the engine is back together, well, then it's another huge task.

We also subbed out a few jobs. East Coast Ornamental Welding powder coated all of our engine sheet metal for an impressive finish, while Robbins Service Centercleaned our oil cooler and sent it back looking brand-new.

So, where are we now? Our sleek ARP studs arrived and have already been installed. The heads are also on, and we're reattaching the rest of the pieces.

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imirk
imirk HalfDork
8/23/11 11:33 a.m.

engine pr0n, I thought this was a family site.

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