Wednesday, December 05, 2007

So I've now swapped the Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires for my Blizzaks on a set of oe 18' cup wheels that were powdercoated black, which is a great look I might add, especially with how much black there is on a cab! Much better cold traction. I would like to avoid my ice-skating incident from last winter and the associated repairs!

It's winter again!

Oils: What motor oil should I use? Which oil is best for my Porsche or aircooled engine?

Oils: What motor oil should I use? Which oil is best for my Porsche or aircooled engine?

Here is some of the research and testing I've been conducting to better inform my customers and the Porsche community as a whole to the dangers of using a CJ-4 or SM rated oil in their older Porsches, which some of the testing has been done in my '91 for purpose of comparing UOAs (used oil analysis).

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Once again, it's been a few months.

I've replaced my clutch slave cylinder since the last batch of "routine" maintainence and I just completed another oil change, this time to Brad Penn Racing 1 20W-50 motor oil. After 2400 miles non-stop highway miles, the UOA looks great! For comparison, here's what the UOA for the Valvoline Racing 20W-50 that came out with 1400 miles on it (granted Valvoline says 800 mi drain for this oil in a 911).

The car averaged about 25 mpg for the trip to and from Daytona Beach for the Rennsport Reunion and didn't use ANY oil over the 2400 mi, which is quite impressive. The car performed flawlessly the whole trip; I'm quite pleased.

On tap for me over the Thanksgiving holiday is Lizzy's b-day and also some time to wax the 911 and put on the winter tires, and hopefully, take the car out for some exercise!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

I haven't had a lot of time for updates lately, but here's what's happened in the last six months. I put the car in a ditch after hitting some black ice, only going about 10-15 miles per hour, but I guess it was enough to tweak the whole front end. The body was absolutely untouched with no damage, but the whole front end had to be redone. Also, the jolt made some small oil leaks really big, leading me to take the car to the local Porsche dealership to be sorted out. Many thousands of dollars later, I have a bone dry resealed engine and a totally new front end on the car. Additionally, I had the front pads and rotors replaced since there was some warping and uneven wear on the pads. The car drives better now than it ever has, and I have purchased since a set of cup wheels and snow tires for next season, so that I don't have a repeat of this painfully expensive ordeal.

Additionally, as I've been using the a/c recently, a funky odor developed of mildew, which at the suggestion of owners on the Pelican Parts forums, I sprayed a bleach solution into the fresh air intake, thoroughly cleaning the ventilation system. Additionally, I located the recirculated intake under the dashboard in the interior and I purchased from Napa a professional product to eliminate the odor causing contamination, and applied it to the system when operating on recirculated. Only advice is that you don't drive the car for at least a week after doing this, since the smell of the professional product is choking to say the least and very strong compared to the bleach solution.

Monday, January 22, 2007

We finally got our first REAL SNOW here in IL and I have to say, for those who don't care for the early 964 c4's, they sure handle well in the snow. I'd even venture to say that my 91 handles better than my wife's new 4motion passat!
I got an email from Andrew Doak, a fellow Porsche enthusiast that I thought was funny:

"Hey Charles,

I got an email from a guy in Cali who made me away of your sites. It seems you and I are running parallel lives."

See the links he sent over. We must have the same taste in cars :-)