1979 Porsche 924

Started on May 19 by Stefan

Ride Rating

14

Picked this up from eBay for $600 and drove it from Seattle to Portland without a working alternator and down a cylinder (cracked valve, broken exhaust manifold flange, missing studs on exhaust manifold). It does have a fiberglass 924 Carrera GTS front end and fiberglass 944 rear quarters and I picked up some goodies from some 924/944 folks to make it better, like a mildly ported head, lumpier camshaft, header and exhaust. Combined with the 944 suspension and brake parts and a little MegaSquirt, it should be pretty light and quick when it is running again.

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Latest updates

April 15

Rewiring the MegaSquirt

The reason it was parked for 2 years, was simply that there was something preventing it from running and I was so busy with the 951 that I didn't get back to the 924 until now. So I removed the ...

April 15

Scrub a dub dub

The $50 Rustoleum paint job is holding up quite well considering the abuse.

April 15

Time to resurrect the poor thing

After a couple of years of sitting, I finally washed it.

Aug. 22

Need to do something drastic

Haven't driven it much since I got it on the road, tuning the ITB's has proven to be just a bit too much for me. So I'm going to turbocharge it using the stock intake with a BAE turbo manifold, ...

Aug. 02

Driving it and some maintenance tasks

Had to change the timing belt due to a mistake on my part where I went too far with the tension of the belt. While I was in there, I installed the Franco Automatic Timing Gear (poor man's variable cam ...

June 12

IT RUNS!

Yep, it finally started! w00t! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6baQCdfxOf09

May 28

One step forward, one step back

I've made a lot of progress since the last update. Engine is in and completely wired. MegaSquirt is in and wired, base configuration loaded. Even got as far as attempting to start it. Then, the starter failed. Made it two ...

Jan. 06

Oh so close now....

Plumbing the fuel system and starting on the electrical/MegaSquirt install. I'm pretty excited to have this running soon!

Oct. 17

Engine is back in the car!

Yep, still need to finish the electrical, fuel and cooling systems and a half-billion other little things to do. Oh well, progress!

Oct. 17

BAE Turbo manifold!

Picked this piece up for $75. Combined with an old Mitsubishi TE04H turbo, it should make enough power to wipe out the clutch :)

Dec. 08

All this paint and bodywork is boring

Let have some fun. Wow, that's a big chunk of aluminum! Wonder what I'm going to do with it? eVil things, I think :)

Oct. 02

Paint cont'd

Another shot of the primer and bodywork.

Oct. 02

Paint begins!

3 coats of Rustoleum primer so far, thinned and rolled on. Once it sets up, I'll sand it all down and put a few more coats on and more sanding before starting the gloss coat. Still need to repair the ...

Sept. 12

Now that the $2009 is past....

I don't have to worry about budget. So I can put the TWM Throttle Bodies on. Thuper Thexy!

July 06

more engine porn

Hand painted and polished parts

July 06

More engine pics

Another picture

July 06

Engine slowly coming together...

The engine is coming together and starting to look pretty good...

April 05

Motor Mount - repaired

What are you looking at? Ya Hockey Puck! Cheap repair and should help hold the engine in place. Won't last too long of course, but then it only has to last a few months ;)

April 05

Engine bay paint

Looks much better.

April 05

Front brakes

They cleaned up pretty well, I think ;) These are just sort of "placed" together, still need to grease the moving parts, add the bleeders, pads, etc.

April 05

Steering wheel

Added a Momo-knock off steering wheel. Was a bit of a pain since I'm cheap, I didn't buy the expensive Momo hub for the car, I bought a Grant one. I also ordered a Momo to Grant adapter plate as ...

April 05

Knob!

Shift knob. Found this while browsing eBay. It was mislisted, so I got a good deal on it. The pattern is correct for the car as well (which is partially why it didn't sell well)

April 05

Harness guide bar

Bought a harness bar off of eBay. Well built and should help prevent spinal issues in the event I have an accident while using a harness. Not sure where I'm going to mount the harness in the back yet, but ...

April 05

Seat mounted

Mounted the seat. Just eye-balling the settings for the mounts feels pretty good out of the box. Forgot how much it sucks to climb in and out of the racing seats without a removable steering wheel. Of course if the ...

March 03

SEATS!

Big bro "sold" me these years ago for $100 because his wife wasn't comfy in them. So I picked up some seat Corbeau mounts for the 911/924/944 on eBay and began sorting out the mess he had made of the ...

Dec. 18

944 Brakes

Here are some of the brake parts, need to clean them up and apply some paint.

Dec. 18

It is in there, honest!

Yep, the car is in there someplace. I don't mind that much since it isn't warm enough to paint anything at the moment.

Dec. 18

Work continues

I've been working on the car off an on for nearly 2 years now. At this point, I'm getting ready to begin assembly of the engine. Before I put the engine in the car, I need to clean up the ...

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Comments

Jun 5, 2008 6:27 p.m.
Catatafish:
i like
Jul 21, 2008 10:15 a.m.
924guy:
Awesome find!
Nov 12, 2008 6:56 p.m.
Duende:
Hey, that's really cool, man. I've been looking at these or a 944 as a fun vehicle to track around in, hopefully I'll see you around sometime, we're in the same general area. Sweet car!
Apr 29, 2009 4:37 p.m.
ae86andkp61:
Wow...I remember the posts when you first picked this car up, but I had lost track of progress. Looking good! This should be a lot of fun when it is done; hopefully I will see it out at some local event someday.
Jul 18, 2009 11:37 a.m.
corsepervita:
Man this thing has come a long ways since I saw it in your garage. You're way ahead of me on progress. I've got some catching up to do. You can get that we will see each other at the track sometime though my friend :) I still need to come get that beer.

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