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Old 02-04-2013, 11:09 AM
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Default 86 Mossgreen Metallic 5 Speed Continues

Figured I'd start a new thread on this since I just bought the car from Jon. It seems to be a well known car, so I'll keep the story updated.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:13 AM
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Fantasic news. Congrats!
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:16 AM
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First task: The drivers exterior door handle was finicky, would not open. It won't pass inspection if they can't open the door, so this was top priority.

Removed the door panel.

Removed the latch, cleaned and lubricated.

Lengthened the ball link turnbuckle about 1mm. If you don't want to make yourself crazy doing this 2 degrees at a time with a pair of forceps, get a piece of hose that slides snugly over the end to turn the turn buckle, as in the picture. The locknut will still take time.
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Next Job: Rear hatch

Rear hatch was stubborn when using key. I figured a good cleaning was needed, but I'd forgotton what a PITA the hatches can be ( I struggled with it on my '88 a while back, but your mind tends to block upleasant memories)

Turns out this will require some parts...

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Ken,since your having issues with the door I would suggest to replace the door handle mechanism,
since your adjusting the rod this means something has changed in the handle,
most likely the handle has been pulled too far and it has bent but not broken yet.

FWIW I lubricated the door latches inside the door and the adjustment worked fine.

IIRC the hatch latch may have had a crack in it but it was working fine

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:31 PM
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The door issue is closed ( pardon the horrible pun! ). All buttoned up and working great, feels exactly like my '88 door now. If it fails again, I will reopen. ( Pun again!)

New upper latch on the way. The original was old and cracked. It had a good life, but time to retire it.
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Great the door is closed,
hope the car runs and drives great for you!
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Although I grew up driving a stick, had not driven one in about 8 years, and never a 928. The shift pattern did not come naturally..

There were some "amusing" moments, made more embarassing because my DE driving instructor was with me to help with ferrying the cars when I picked it up. Nothing like seeing him laughing at me in the rear view mirror as he was following home in my '88 auto....

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my only suggestion for the 5 speed is to shift it slow,
dont do the drag racing thing that some might consider,
it will damage the syncros,
the trans appears to have been a 928 INTL rebuild and it shifted great if it wasnt hurried.
The TT was also a 928INTL rebuild
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Stan,

Thanks! It's not the transmission in this case, it the big nut on the wheel.

BTW: What's the story on the radio antenna?
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I should be more clear: Where is the radio antenna? It not a "normal" antenna, doesn't appear to be a windshield antenna, but can still pick up radio stations, which leads me to believe there is an antenna somewhere...
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IIRC the PO had run all kinds of wires along the car and i removed everything i could.
The radio antenna runs under and along the the right side trim strip of the windshield,(On the outside of the glass)
I put a wire there with black tape so its kinda hard to find,
the wire connects to the antenna system at the base of the windshield under the wiper arm cowl cover
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Although I grew up driving a stick, had not driven one in about 8 years, and never a 928. The shift pattern did not come naturally..

There were some "amusing" moments, made more embarassing because my DE driving instructor was with me to help with ferrying the cars when I picked it up. Nothing like seeing him laughing at me in the rear view mirror as he was following home in my '88 auto....

The only time I had an issue driving that car was when I would drive it after driving one of my other manual cars. I recently had a Mustang with a cable actuated clutch (King Cobra). After driving that for a week or so, I would get so used to the super heavy clutch that I would almost put my foot through the firewall the first time I went to drive the 928 after a bit.

My new car is a similar story. I would be so used to the incredibly close gates in the Corvette that the 928 took re-learning after about a week of not being driven.

I still think that particular 928 was the best of the bunch as far as "feel" is concerned though. Everything was weighted just right IMO.
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Stan,
Thanks! The 86 with your hidden antenna gets much better reception than my '88 with the original windshield antenna as far as I can tell.

Jon,

It will take some time for me to get it down. I have until March ( Going to CMP for DE),

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Ken,

You will find it in other places on Rennlist as well, but the transmission may need new bushings at the rear coupler (should be pretty snug on the two pins that are perpendicular to the shifting shaft). IF you plan to keep the OE shifter (or an aftermarket short shifter), new bushings may be needed on the connections with the front shaft and the rear shaft. IF you want a precise almost gated shifter feel, those of us who have installed it SWEAR by the Lizard shifter (do a search if you aren't familiar with it). After you get used to the 1-5 pattern, you will never miss a shift on the track with the Lizard shifter - it is so precise and short gated.

Hope you enjoy the car, and good luck in the modest restoration activities.

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