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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha, cheers. Thumb
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The return of Marty Wild
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loving the rear fin shot. Looks/sounds like you have some serious roads on tap!

How’s that exhaust sound?

A mate has the same exhaust and 400 horses as well, he just never drives it anymore so I’ve not even heard it.

Mk2 is sexier, that said, the fried eggs are making their way back into my favour!
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What tyres are you running and the psi in them?
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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marky911 wrote:

Every version of 996 GT3 rear wing. Mk2, Mk1 and Mk2 RS.

That's a lovely picture, even if two are "fake" they still all look great and even better together.

I know those roads, not very well though. It was a good many years ago since my dad let me borrow his XJS to take my wife away for the weekend.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Marty.
Yes we are spoilt up here. I’m 30 mins from the Northumberland coastline, 30 mins from Newcastle for shopping or nights out, an hour and a bit from Scotland and an hour and a half from the Lake District.
Great roads start at the end of my village.
Plus you can have a nice life on a pretty average wage up here. What’s not to like. Very Happy
The main downsides are most decent car meets are down south and it’s 3 hours at least to any decent circuit bar Croft which is an hour south. You can’t have it all though eh. Smile

My exhaust sounds good. Loud enough at idle and on the move but it doesn’t sound like a 987 Spyder or 996 C4S with PSE. The Mezgers never do though.
Mine doesn’t scream as much as my Mk1 did at the top end but an induction kit will remedy that. At the moment the car has a BMC filter in the standard air box.
There are three choices of back box with the Cargraphic system. I’m guessing mine are the quietest or middle volume ones at most as I watched a few YouTube clips of some and they are much louder. I think I’d get sick of those on long journeys though. So mine suit me.

Hi Kingston. PS2s in standard mk2 sizes of 235/295. I’ll be running 34F/36R but after checking the side I could get to earlier, they’re currently at 31F/35R. So I’ll put a bit of air in them at the weekend.

Hi Digger, I do like an XJS. They can suffer from the old tin-worm though eh.
Yep great roads, although you’d get a shock at the condition of some stretches now. I don’t think they’ve been resurfaced since we were biking 10+ years ago. Shocking in some parts. nooo
Nevertheless some parts were still great and it was good to have the cars out together. Hopefully it’s the start of a good summer.
I think I’ll have to try Craig’s RS blade on my wing at some point too.
Cheers. Thumb


So just to round off the buying part of it, I’d mentioned when considering the car, that I hadn’t seen the history. Only the service book on its own.
To be honest as long as it had the book-pack and hopefully a few invoices I’d have probably bought it. As it happens though it has absolutely full history with every invoice back to 2005 which was its first service bar the 900 mile running in check it had.




I went through it the other day and added it up and the car has had just shy of £33k spent on maintenance and upgrades throughout its life.

A few of the main items -

Cargraphic exhaust £5300! Plus another £1800 for fitting and remap.




KWV3s from JZM. £3400. That’s parts only.




Service plus Tequipment cage and Scroth harnesses etc. £2780.




There’s loads of other stuff like Alcons, etc plus all service invoices. It has been to OPCs or recognised specialists like Parr or JZM.

So the spec is 996.2 GT3 Comfort in Basalt Black with leather bucket seats and factory fitted red seat belts.

Upgrades -
Full Cargraphic GT3-R exhaust with BMC filter and Parr remap. 400bhp.
KWV3 coilovers with loads of different setups over the years. The most recent one being by Parr.
Standard mk2 6 pot calipers with Alcon floating front discs and Pagid yellows. Bit squealy round the doors so I may change them.
Wheels refurbed in gunmetal grey.

Interior has the leather buckets as I’ve mentioned, Tequipment cage, red belts and red Scroth harnesses.
The car has some sort of short shifter fitted which when I’ve looked looks like a standard Porsche item with the white nylon/plastic bushings. The gate feels very close though and it wouldn’t be hard to hit 2nd instead of 4th if you were ham fisted, so I’ll ditch it for a 997.2 GT3 item with the metal bushings at some point.

Apart from that it’s in great shape inside. No marks to the leather or anything. Bit of wear to the stitching on the drivers seat edge which I hope I can get redone to match the original stuff.
A few light scuffs to sill/door entry strip but isn’t there always.

Pretty light on options as most 996 GT3s are.
Options listed on sticker are -

C16 - UK car
XSX - Red seat belts
424 - CD compartment
441 - Radio preparation
446 - Colour crested centre caps
567 - Top tinted windscreen
581 - Front centre console
697 - Becker CD-R-23
981 - Leather dashboard and door panels
09991 - Exclusive program, which generally means some extra leather somewhere inside but I believe all GT3s have that code anyway?

So that’s it really. All upto date. I’ll cover any maintenance and future experiences with the car but it will be a lot less intense than my old C2 thread.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Need to bring my missus up that way, she’s constantly badgering me to see Wales, Lake D and Scotland. Happy days re. the roads.

My mate’s 996.2 GT3 used to almost scare me when high up in the Rev ranges, loved the sound and that was standard then.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good Marky and loving the drive out pics Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fantastic Mark, history file to match my MK1 I parted with and identical mods too - tunnels in the Alps never sounded soo good 😎

Dealer is collecting my V6 Exige next week, then I’m going shopping 😄
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great history & specs Marky.

I’m glad mine is modified with all the right bits rather than a standard car........ save me £££ in the long run.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant. Enjoy Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Y2K wrote:
Great history & specs Marky.

I’m glad mine is modified with all the right bits rather than a standard car........ save me £££ in the long run.


True, but modding/fettling to your own specs/standards is all part of the long term bonding process, as Mark knows all too well !!

Lovely to see you back in a 996 GT3 Mark. I'll never forget your face as I drove off in the Mk1 CS the day I collected it off you. The pleasure of knowing you had £**K in the bank and could continue with the restoration of the house, but the pain of knowing that you'd just sold your rare P&J.

The conversations we had in the week proceeding that collection indicated you thought you'd never get back into one, so congratulations on finally doing it, all the more so after what sounds like a pretty testing and torrid couple of years for you and your good lady.

I look forward to regular updates and and I hope you derive a lot of pleasure from it's long term ownership Smile
 
  
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Diggermeister
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's certainly true - the OP being proof - that these Mezger-engined GT3's really do get under your skin.

I can see the mods both ways - Slippy is right that adding them makes for a feeling of greater 'personalisation' of the car, but then Y2K is right that, financially, the costs of these frivolities are rarely recovered at re-sale and represent a good deal for the buyer.

As I remember the XJS (this was the third of three my dad owned, on the bounce) it was actually a very good GT car and worked nicely on those (then) speed camera-free borders roads.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diggermeister wrote:
I can see the mods both ways - Slippy is right that adding them makes for a feeling of greater 'personalisation' of the car, but then Y2K is right that, financially, the costs of these frivolities are rarely recovered at re-sale and represent a good deal for the buyer.


Yes, I don’t disagree with Slippy at all if money’s no object. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking car Marky , cars look good all together thumbsup
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spotted this thread the other day and needed a free night to enjoy the read (another new human in the family does sap you browsing time!).

Good story, great car.

Interesting to see the Blu de Islands car is scrubbed up well these days, it was a bit neglected to say the least when I inspected it all those years ago. No, I'm not tempted, not at all. Honest Question
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations, great write up too.

Whilst the blue is nice (slightly biased) I do prefer the one you purchased.

Looks and sounds like you’re enjoying the car too..

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Marky911
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get it booked for you and the wife Marty. You only live once.
And yes revving a GT3 out is one of life’s little pleasures. Mind you a Carrera with a cone filter on is still a lovely thing.

Cheers Jez, nice to see a few 996 names popping in to say hello. It’s a bit slower moving this forum. I still spend most my time in the 996 forum to be honest. Thumb

Cheers Mike, we’ve spoken via PM now obviously but enjoy the search. My search would have been more enjoyable had I been armed with an extra £10k. Grin
As it was I was limited to a certain few cars. Wink

Hi YK, yep I can see both sides of the “modify” or “buy modified” argument. I enjoy the journey but given the big spend to actually buy the car I’m glad it’s got the bulk of the parts I want. There’s still enough to tinker with over time.

Cheers Freddie, that’s a lovely 997. Cool
My mate had a one very similar a few years ago from 911V. I think it went back to 911V too. Lovely thing.

Hi Henry, thanks for the comments. A PM will be heading your way anyway in due course.
Yes its great being back in one. Every bit as good as I remember. I hope to have a lot of adventures with this one as I didn’t use the Mk1 nearly enough, due to other things obviously. Anyway I hope all is good at your end. Thumb

Hi Digger, yep I agree with all of that plus I don’t want a summer of crawling around the garage floor so that’s the other good thing about it being somewhere near “done”.
The front shocks will need rebuilding and the car is going to my Indy next month for a thorough going over before my holiday in it.

I imagine an XJS would have made for a cool trip for you and I can think of worse cars to cover ground in. I think they’ve aged well too. Thumb

Thanks BHZ and yep it always adds to the enjoyment when there’s a few mates out. My roadtrip should be good too as it’s 3 couples in 3 cars. Can’t wait. Very Happy

Hi Craig, congrats on the new addition to the family. Good stuff. Thumb
Yes I’ve had one or two people comment on the Blu one. It certainly seems nice now but I never checked anything on it like under-bonnet sticker or originality, etc.
At the end of the day most of these cars were driven in anger and enjoyed. It’s the investment brigade who come along asking daft questions like “Has it been on track?” that make me laugh. Very Happy

Cheers DJ. Yes I’m happy with my choice now. I set out to buy a mk2 and the blue Mk1 is a distant memory now. I’m loving mine, there’s just a few things to do before I can get on with using it.

Cheers lads. Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boring post alert, sorry.

So Craig popped up last Saturday and we had a few hours on the car, carrying out some very similar jobs that we did to the C2 when I bought it. Boring stuff like battery charger lead fitted, etc.

I’ve mentioned on my threads before that I hate LED bulbs in cars that didn’t have them as standard. Well typically a previous owner of my car had swapped every bulb for cheapie eBay LEDs.
They give off a horrible bluey white light and one or two weren’t even working.




So first job was to ditch them all and fit original style ones for a healthy old skool yellow glow. Grin
That includes front luggage compartment and engine lid lights as well.






Much better.

After that I removed some of the tacky stickers.






I’ll be removing some of the side window ones too.

Then it was onto stripping out the interior for a couple of reasons. Firstly to chase one or two minor rattles (I just can’t live with interior rattles) and secondly to provide access for a good clean, in particular the rear windows, which are a nightmare to get to with the cage in and I also want to wet vac the carpets and treat all the leather surfaces.

So it was out with cage and seats.




Leaving us with this.




The first job was an easy one. Sorting the worst rattle, which still wasn’t bad to be honest, just a metallic buzzing from the rear shelf area. I had an idea what it would be and it was exactly that.

Basically the metal trays the ECUs mount to obviously had to be accessed for the remap in the past. The two edges of the shelves were vibrating together where there wasn’t a fixing. We just disassembled and reassembled a bit more thoroughly.

So we removed the carpet section and inspected the ECU shelf.




One other thing that could have caused a rattle (although the main one was definitely the metal shelves) were the 2 empty relay sockets that were rattling around in the housing.




We added a cable tie to cure that.




Then I gave things a quick wipe down with some quick detailer before reassembling it.




As I say we built it back up carefully and I’m pretty sure it’ll be cured now.

I also had a tiny buzz from the passenger door area. We stripped the door card off but couldn’t find anything obvious.
There wasn’t even a snapped clip or anything.
I had some new anti rattle clips but decided to just take the foam washers off them and fit them to the Porsche clips as they were perfect.

Kept these as they’re original -




Used the washers off these for good measure -




We didn’t go into the door as it’s still factory fresh with the membrane having never been disturbed, so we left it alone.




The buzz was minor anyway so I’ll see what it’s like when I next use the car.

Another source of rattles could be the comfort seat wiring plugs which were just lying loose under each seat. I’ll wrap these up and tape them to the floor before refitting the seats.

I’ll crack on with the interior clean next weekend.
One pleasant surprise was that when we removed the rear speakers to take out the rear door cards, we were greeted by these -




Exactly the speakers I was going to buy for the car in time for my roadtrip.
Mind you they still sound pretty poor. No bass at all. To be expected from 4 inch drivers I suppose. I’m not going to add an amp and subs though. It’s against the ethos of the car and I will only listen to music on my trip. It’s mainly for Mrs Marky. Whenever I’m out for a blast the stereo is never on.

One more small job was to trim an area of plastic sill trim away. When JZM fitted the cage they left the trim really tight fitting around the bottom of the cage. That’s great in theory but there isn’t enough carpet to follow that U-shaped profile, so what happens is the sill carpet pulls forward to leave a gap where it meets the rear section in the rear foot wells.

We did this when fitting Craig’s cage so it was a quick job.
Here’s how it was when we stripped it.




Then after a bit of trimming with the Dremel.




Not the prettiest but you don’t see it once the carpet is down and it actually makes the things you do see look much better.
No finished pics obviously as it’s still in bits.

So once I’ve cleaned the interior I’ll fit it all back together. I was going to leave the cage out as I’ll want it out for luggage space for my trip but I think I’ll refit it and take it back out before I go in a couple of months.
I may well fit different seats for the trip too. Now I know there’s electric under there I can use my old C2 sports seats that recline if I want.

Anyway, all pretty mundane but as ever I’ll record it here anyway. Wink

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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another good update Mark, you don’t hang about, do you?

Can I drop mine off at yours for a couple of weeks so you can tidy it up please? You can even update my ‘neglected’ thread. Ha ha Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 11:36 am    Post subject: Congrats Reply with quote

Congratulations on the new car Mark! Looks very nice and well specced with extras. Where did you go in the Borders after the photo's at the Carter Bar? Lots of good roads up here but have to be wary of cyclists,they seem to be everywhere. Andy
 
  
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