Porsche Technical Articles

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Porsche 944 – Coolant System Explained

So I’m in the process of rebuilding the engine for my track car and, as usual, I got sidetracked. As I was cleaning up the waterpump, I got to thinking, how exactly does this cooling thing all work? It turned out it was more complicated than I thought, with several interesting features. If you want … Continue reading

Porsche 944R – Dash Refurbishment Part 2

In a previous article here, I discussed refurbishing the dash on my 944. Here is a shot of the result taken during a recent photo shoot of the completed car. After reviewing the dash in context with the completed car, I felt that it was just not right. A little lumpy. Some of the seams … Continue reading

Porsche 944 Oil Pump Explained

I’m in the middle of rebuilding the engine for my track car. I decided to pull apart the oil pump to clean it up and inspect it. Since my previous article Porsche 944 Oiling System Explained has been one of the most popular articles on my website, I decided to add the following discussion of … Continue reading

Porsche 944 Street/Track Car – Carpet and Door Panels

Next on my agenda, after working on the sport seats, was replacement of the bio-hazard carpet in the 944. Also on my agenda was the implementation of some “RS” style door panels. The period correct carpet for an 80’s Porsche would be “Sliverknit” carpet. One definition of Sliverknit that I have seen is that the … Continue reading

Book Review – Kussmaul Chronicles

Kussmaul Chronicles By Craig Watkins with forward by Walter Rohrl Published by Smart Racing Products, 432 pages, hardbound, outstanding print quality! I can’t remember where I found a recommendation to purchase and read this book but I am very glad I did! The format is very intriguing. The author, Craig Watkins, an accomplished racer and … Continue reading

1984 Porsche 944 Street/Track Car – Sport Seat Upholstery

Upholstery – (defn) application of a 2 dimensional material over a 3 dimensional surface. That definition pretty well sums it up the basic challenge of any upholstery job. It certainly was the case regarding my efforts to re-upholstery the original sport seats, as part of my Porsche 944 upgrade to a street/track car! The fact … Continue reading

1984 Porsche 944 Street/Track Car – Dash Refurbishment

The dash on the Porsche 944 was in truly frightening condition. It had numerous cracks in all the usual places and then some. At some point, someone had obviously attempted to cover the damage with an overlay, as there many remnant areas of double sided tape. So something had to be done. Apparently reproduction dashes … Continue reading

Porsche 944 – Rear Suspension Camber Values

Based on a recent thread on Rennlist, I was prompted to check the camber values for a Porsche 944 rear suspension. In effect, I was looking at how the camber changes as the suspension goes through compression and droop.  I previously did an article along the same lines for the front suspension here. The rear … Continue reading

Book Review – Porsche 917 Owners Workshop Manual

Porsche 917 Owners Workshop Manual Haynes Publishing 2015 151 pages Hardback The venerable Haynes Publishing Company, which has produced literally thousands of workshop manuals over the years for every car imaginable, has come up with a clever offshoot. They are generating Owners Workshop Manuals for very exotic, basically unobtainable cars. In this case, the Porsche … Continue reading

Porsche 944 Track Car – Tire Temperatures

In my article here, I discuss the recent track event that I attended at the North Carolina Center for Automotive Research.  NCCAR is just what it sounds like.  It is a purpose built facility for automotive testing.  Here is the track map: As you can see, there are a lot of long, constant radius turns.  … Continue reading

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