Joined: 08 Apr 2013
|Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:25 pm Post subject: Craig's Ownership Thread - Project 996
I’m not mega active on here posting wise but I browse it daily, so thought it about time I started a thread on my 996 C2, as ever it’s as much for my own records as anything else but it’s always good to be able to ask for advice and opinions.
I’ve been a Porsche owner now for a little over 4 years, I’ve never really posted anything about it, so I’m going to give a little albeit long story on its life, what the cars been through, what it had done to it before my ownership, and what I’ve done to it since February 2013 when I got my hands on it and how it has ended up like it is now.
At this point in time I’ve spent on the car pretty much what I paid for it, now this is not only on things that are necessary e.g. Servicing and repairs etc. but also pre-emptive maintenance, upgrades and parts I’ve bought which I think improve the car. I know some things might not be to everyone’s taste but then who cares, it’s not your car.
The car was bought new on 13th July 1999, by the first owner, who unfortunately I have no information on at all, the second owner bought the car on 10th March 2000 with 8,091 miles on the clock from AFN Guildford for £62,995, he then enjoyed the car until 2005 when it had just under 65k on the clock and went into the Porsche dealers for what should have been a straight forward service…..
The car was then bought by Mark Dunsfold, the 3rd owner in 2008, owner of Cobra Seats from the 2nd owner with a little problem...the car had its engine blown up by the main dealer on road test after a service, as they failed to put any oil in it !! The 2nd owner successfully sued the dealer but had been without it for about 18 months in which time he had fallen out of love with it, given the legal case with the dealer etc.
Pics of the car as Mark bought it, engine-less and looking rather sorry for itself.
Mark bought the car as a project not only to get it back on the road but also to create a showcase for his company and their products, which range from motorsport seats to full custom re-trims.
The story of the car is covered in the Total 911 magazine series in issues 40, 41, 42 and 45 of 2008.
The car first went up to Hartech to have the 2 “saggy” cardboard pallet boxes of engine bits checked out…
The Diagnosis was not good……
As it turned out, many parts were missing, and even parts which weren’t from this car were in there, ranging from early 986 parts, up to, at the time, a very recent 997 Turbo unit. Turns out it was just used as an unwanted “warranty” parts bin.
The main parts missing from our engine were 2 pistons (believed to be with the engineering witnesses for the court case) and both cylinder heads. What they were left with actually only amounted to 70% of the complete engine, which was slightly less than what the Porsche Dealer was meant to give back with the car.
At this point there were 2 options, continue with the existing engine (what was left of it) or rebuild another one that Hartech had on the shelf waiting for a rebuild. Mark decided to stick with the existing engine and source the parts need to rebuild it to keep as much of it’s originality intact as possible.
Then started the work to rebuild the engine.
The finished Article.
It is now a fully rebuilt/upgraded engine installed with…
• Modified liners/bore support rings/intermediate shafts
• Rebuilt gearbox
• Limited slip diff overhauled with GT3 internal plates
• New Clutch, pressure plate, release bearing, flywheel, release arm and slave cylinder
• New water pump, starter motor and alternator
• New Bosch battery
• New MAF sensors and auxiliary air valve
• New radiators and hoses front and rear
• New air conditioning pipes and condensers
• New stainless steel sports exhaust with GT3 style tail pipes with additional twin 1” pipe “Gundo” bypass mod
• Brake callipers overhauled and painted in Porsche red
• Braided Goodrich brake hoses, AP