People who know me know that I can’t resist a bad ass 80s car. Especially one with a pedestrian clobbering wedge nose, pop up headlights, and an interior that really doesn’t care if you die by bashing your face on a sharp object.
Naturally, I purchased another 944 on eBay as a complete impulse.
It looked clean. The interior is almost perfect. The exterior has some blemishes that are not readily apparent in the seller’s eBay photos. The dash is not bad!
Hell, it even had a PCA sticker on it.
Of course, as soon as I got it registered and drove it something was clearly wrong. It felt WAY down on power.
To cut to the chase, it was down on compression 30-40% across all four cylinders.
So, I thought long and hard about what I had in the car. I took offers for the car as a parts car thinking I could cut my losses. But at the end of the day I decided I owed it to myself and enthusiasts everywhere to get rid of those horrible wheels, rebuild the engine, paint the thing and restore this car to its former glory.
So, after going to see someone who was low balling me for this as a parts car, we got talking and they said they could restore it for a reasonable sum. Out came the engine.
The diagnosis was far worse than anticipated. Not only were the rings gone, but the camshaft teeth had broken off, clogged the oil pickup, and starved the engine of oil. It was running and driving with two spun bearings. The oil had probably never been changed. The clutch was original from 1987. Yet, the car still ran and drove. Quite a testament to Porsche’s build quality.
At the end of the day, I spent as much purchasing and rebuilding this car as I cleared selling my 911 – but, this car is significantly cooler.