HOW TO DO AN ADVANCED SEARCH.

Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:56 am by Admin


For the benefit of 944Hybrids users there are two search functions available for you to use.
The purpose of this sticky is to explain the "Advanced Search" function because it is much more powerful and is the best choice when researching information.

When you log on to the site a list of options is shown in a line at the top of the page. One option is labelled "Search", use this option (NOT the search box lower down on the right).

After you click on the upper search option, a drop down box appears. At the bottom of this box is a radio button marked "Advanced …

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85.5 944 LS Adventure

Post  departeg on Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:46 am

My background is with BMW E30/E36 chassis which indirectly led me to this swap.  

I have a good friend that runs a BMW shop and while picking up some parts for my E30 he told me he was struggling with his business.  His dad, who had run the shop for 30 years prior, had recently passed away leaving him to manage the business at 23 years old.  While he was an excellent tech, his business skills were lacking.  I dropped what I was doing that day and helped him inventory his shop, including prioritizing cars, collecting NLA parts, and setting up an eBay shop for him.   He had a total of 80 cars unfinished around his shop.

I sold the rare parts, packaged & shipped and transferred money directly to his new LLC, which generated positive cash flow and allowed him to finish cars that had been at his shop for months/years.  One of the cars in the back was a 944 that had been sitting under a tree for the past 5 years.  When asked what he wanted to do with it he said that it, like many others there, would go to the crusher unless I wanted it.  Since the car was in the back of the shop, we set a goal that day that if we finished all the cars in front of the 944, I could drive it away free and clear.  I went to his shop every day for 2-3 months during my lunch break and managed his books, handled employees, and managed operations.  He was eventually able to hire a shop manager and allow me to step aside.  One day I got a call that my Porsche was ready to be picked up.  The car represented much than a free Porsche, but my friend getting back on his feet after a tragic loss.

I have since cleaned up the exterior, interior, changed fluids, and upgraded the wheels to Turbo Twists.  I didn't touch the engine/suspension yet until I knew the swap I was going to go with.  After a lot of research, the $/HP ratio of the LS proved to be the clear-cut way to go.  I purchased a 5.3 block on craigslist, which, you guessed it, turned out to be a 4.8.  I was about to punch out the 5.3 to a 5.7, but I found a great deal on LS6 complete with harness and accessories.  I had already purchased a couple pieces of a TPC kit (including the 11" clutch disk, adapter plate, motor mounts, bell housing adapter, ceramic coated LS long tube headers) and ordered the bulk of the swap parts needed on Black Friday.  I could probably have just as easily bought a swapped 944 or decent condition 951 for what I'll spend on this project but I love the backstory behind the car, and I really just want a decently reliable street car that I can take out of town with AC and power steering that's capable of the occasional powerslide.  Eventually, I could see myself caging and putting a shorty handbrake in it for some drift events but not any time soon.  At most I might do some autox events but that's down the road.  I'll likely upgrade to 951 brake components paired with the Mustang hydroboost.  I'll also upgrade the suspension to Mk1 golf front coilovers and a custom rear Bilstein coilover setup.  

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Re: 85.5 944 LS Adventure

Post  chrenan on Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:59 am

Great story! That looks like a car worth saving, really solid looking bones, zero rust? Clearly you guys don't get much winter or road salt way down in Alabama!

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Re: 85.5 944 LS Adventure

Post  departeg on Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:40 am

No rust, and I'm actually in New Orleans, just easier to keep everything registered in Alabama with my house there (cheaper insurance, no emissions/brake tags, 30-year exemption on renewing tags).

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Re: 85.5 944 LS Adventure

Post  ryan08 Yesterday at 5:55 am

The paint cleaned up really well. Looks great. Keep it going!

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