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Old 03-17-2019, 06:42 PM
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All of the carpets were removed, vacuumed, washed, let dry, vacuumed again and they re-dyed. Whenever I get a car I like to remove the carpets and do this. It makes the interior much nicer to live with and you discover any hidden surprises like the FUBAR'd left front drivers seat mount.



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Old 03-17-2019, 06:56 PM
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The rear seat belt plastic covers were severely crack so for now I just removed them. Maybe in the future they will be properly replaced.




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Old 03-17-2019, 08:07 PM
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Gratuitous interior pictures.
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Old 03-23-2019, 07:47 PM
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Replaced the intake boot for an OEM Porsche one. The original wasn't giving any problems, but the new one is much more supple.




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Old 03-23-2019, 08:17 PM
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Excellent, it makes a huge improvement to the looks and likely the reliability and performance also. Btw yours is one of the few cars I’ve seen recently with the belt cover vent tube still intact.



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Old 03-24-2019, 08:39 AM
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What was the reason for the modification? And is this modification something I should consider or am I OK leaving the vent hose connected?
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What was the reason for the modification? And is this modification something I should consider or am I OK leaving the vent hose connected?
Originally it was done so that any particles from belt wear were sucked into the dirty side of the air filter but I guess at some point Porsche didnít think venting the belt cover necessary. Iíd leave it as it does no harm venting like that.
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:26 AM
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I agree.
All of my 944s still have them attached and I use the original system to monitor any rubber dust off the belt collecting in the airbox and filter.

Mainly to retain 'originality' and to determine if said belts are prematurely degrading and need replacing.

Some have suggested the old system sucked any oil off leaking componentry and brought it into contact with the rubber belts, thus degrading them further and causing belt failure. Thus damaging the head by causing catastrophic valve bending when the t-belt broke on these interference engines.
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Old 03-25-2019, 09:07 AM
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Your car is looking great! I love all the attention to detail and itís inspiring me to do more of this as I get my 951 back in the road.
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:49 PM
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Thanks for the compliments.

Over the weekend I replaced the broken cargo cover end caps with aluminum ones purchased off eBay. Great quality.

The Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 arrived from Serbia. I bench tested it and it seems to work fine. I'm hoping it is an easy install. The after market radio in the car now is wired through the factory fader switch and hopefully I can keep this feature for originality. I do believe that the radio in the car has only two speaker outputs where the SQR 46 has a separate output for each speaker. I'm no audiophile so this may require some expert assistance.

Any idea where I can download an owner's manual for the Bremen SQR 46 or am I relegated to searching overseas eBay sights?


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Old 03-25-2019, 11:19 PM
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That is a VERY nice, well preserved stereo.

Have you tried calling Blaupunkt's 1-800 number or gone online and searched their site ?

A few years back I had need of some different ***** for one of my units.... the old ones had broken and spun freely on the shafts. I contacted them about buying new ***** and was surprised when they expedited by two day mail a set of 2 or 3 pairs, FREE of charge.

That was great P.R. and amazed me quite a bit that they would do such a thing
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:39 AM
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The Bremen was an easy install, well almost... I wired the left front/rear and right front/rear speakers together and all 4 speakers are working perfectly. Even the factory fader works. The front Alpine SXE-4625S speakers are an improvement over the original, but mind you I am not an audiophile with a discerning ear. The Euro radio can be tuned for the "odd" US stations/frequencies.

All I need now is a radio surround/cage that fits the Bremen or probably any other period Blaupunkt radio. I tried using the single DIN cage off the aftermarket radio that came out of the car, but it just seemed way too tight. I have read that the 80's single DIN size is not as standard as they are today. Please chime in if you know more about this or where I can get a mount for the Bremen.


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Old 04-19-2019, 07:02 AM
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Your 944 is beautiful!!! It was an excellent find and you are doing excellent working maintaining the car! Keep up the good work and I will look forward to future updates!!
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:14 AM
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Excellent job giving this car the love it deserves and keeping the good stuff original! I saw it when the previous owner posted it on Craigslist and knew it wouldn't last long. Clean cars like this are so hard to find so congrats! Keep the updates coming.

Would love to see it in person too. You can't be too far from me, wasn't this car listed in NH?
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Old 04-23-2019, 02:18 PM
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Yes, I bought the car out of Peterborough, NH, about an hour North of where I live in MA. The car was already in great condition so taking care of the smaller things has been a pleasure. Now that the weather is turning warmer I need to install the new hood insulation pads, thoroughly clean the engine compartment and replace all the bubbling decals. My new OEM Porsche hatch seal arrived yesterday, so that will be a top priority as well. I hope the new seal and adjusting the hatch will help with what sounds like leaking air. The door seals will be on the list too.
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