Driving it home now. It is not the stock PSE, it is LOUD. says a lot coming from me. More to come.
To watch Captain Marvel. I am eating pop tarts (frosted strawberry of course) and she sits down with half a banana covered in Nutella.
I say “nice log you got there”.
She proceeds to fumble this banana for 3 full air cartwheels and it rolls down the blanket face down onto our rug.
Funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time.
With the state of the world, fostering and more responsibilities at work, we needed this really good laugh. Almost in tears.
Thought I would share.
Where to begin....
I applied for financing Friday through SSFCU because they always have great rates. They said they would get back to me Saturday morning.
The dealer that the seller is associated with also took my credit app as sometime if they are close enough it’s easier for them to handle and speeds up the process.
My plan was to secure financing Saturday morning and by noon make the 3 hour trip to see/drive/inspect the car.
Of course trade came in low, I had gotten a carvana offer December 30th for $22,900. I decided to see what their offer was today, $24,242. My car appreciated how strange.
I presented this to them and they agreed to raise the trade offer to match carvana after the tax savings. Not ideal but understandable.
Dealers finance came back REALLY bad. 8%!!!
I called the credit union a little before 11 and they said they were waiting on information from me but no one reached out. Ok well here is the information. “You should hear from someone in an hour.”
Hour goes by and I hear nothing. Dealer is waiting to know how I would like to proceed. I call back, hold for a while and get told I am approved for a longer term and over half the rate of the dealer.
I talk to the seller and he needs more information from the credit union. So I contact them and they act like the information I provided earlier never happened so they need to approve again. So I give it to them and it comes out the same. They said they need a signed buyers order from the dealer.
I contact the seller and he has the dealer send it over. It has the wrong sale price and trade value. GUH. By this time it is 3:15 and I still haven’t left the house. I don’t get the corrected buyers order until 4:15. I confirm with the seller if they get enough information from the CU I can make the drive Sunday.
I email the required documentation to the credit union and immediately call them, they close at 5:30.
I am on hold... finally someone picks up at 5:28. Too late, processor is no longer there but they will get to it first thing Monday morning. This process is incredibly lengthy, needlessly difficult and needs an overhaul.
As luck would have it the seller has to come near my area Tuesday and is willing to bring the 911 and all the associated paperwork. If I like it I buy it
Mentally draining, anxious day. If it happens it happens. I want it to happen.
Seller sent me a video of the car... it sounds incredible.
My hot wheels display would say I’m a little Porsche biased.
Ok I admit that title was a bit click-baity... But it was a long weekend. I posted (link) Saturday about starting the clutch job on my recently acquired 2007 Porsche 911 C2S. So here is the story:
Friday night started out with a Flash Flood Warning until 7pm Saturday. Woke up Saturday to a couple problems at work caused by lightning strikes but was able to delegate the responsibilities in order to start working on my car. In the rain obviously.
Figured I would start with cleaning the clutch dust our of the transmission. Replaced the throw-out bearing guide, throw-out bearing, release fork, fork pin, and slave cylinder with the hope of the rain letting up. It did not, but you could tell the slave cylinder had problems before giving up the ghost as there was visible leakage on the inside.
Next I decided to tackle the Rear Main Seal. Luckily when I took the flywheel off I was greeted with the old style seal. The newer Porsche replacement RMS is supposed to be a much better upgrade with low failure rates. I had a couple options from the internet on ways to remove it. The way that work for me is to drill a small hole in the existing seal, screw in a screw with washer, and use an interior pry tool which worked better than expected.
The next order of business was the new seal. Now if you had read my Saturday post you would know Porsche sells a tool to do this for a whopping $550. Some people use a 3" PVC cap and bang it on hoping it goes on evenly. I found a tool on thingaverse I could 3D print.
You simply use four of the flywheel bolts, using the normal criss-cross ('ll make you jump) pattern, suck the seal down evenly and to the perfect 13mm depth.
The flywheel that came on the car was a lightweight where as the stock flywheel is a dual mass. The lightweight cause an increase in driveline noise as well as vibrations throughout. Stock clutch is just a disc but the one in this vehicle was a spring dampened disc that have several springs broken. So I went back to a stock setup with the LUK dual mass flywheel and single disc non damped clutch.
Flywheel bolts are to be torqued to 19 ft/lbs and then rotated 120 degrees. As you can see from my picture not all of them made it the 120 before I have it the "good enough" nod. Those suckers are tight!
Clutch lined up. Pressure plate torqued down. Now its time to stab the transmission...
I have no pictures of that. It was a nightmare. All this work was done solo. In the pouring rain. With ominous darkness mid-day and the booming thunder, I was alone.
The hardest part of the entire job was for me to get the transmission lined up correctly. I fought it, raised the transmission, lowered the engine, lowered everything back down, checked the clutch alignment, re-lubed the shaft. I was out of energy. I would wiggle and push then just lay there under the car thinking how much its going to cost to tow this thing to a shop. Then how much it was going to cost to have done MOST of the work for someone else to finish it. It took TWO AND A HALF HOURS before I got it to line up correctly. The trick was to remove the rear wheel and look down the side of the engine in order to see if I was too high or low on transmission vs. engine.
I crawled out from under the car only to be greeted by this.
The heavens had opened up to reveal sunshine! I then was able to torque all the bell housing bolts and transmission mount so that I no longer had to have the engine supported. I cleaned up and went into the house to eat dinner at 9:30pm.
Sunday I started on bleeding the slave cylinder, attaching shifter cables and necessary wires/sensors plus aerodynamic underbody panels. I am currently lacking 4 bolts to finish my exhaust. I was able to install the Headers to Catalytic converters in order to not throw a code. Started it up (sounded glorious basically straight piped) then the big test... Clutch in, shift into first. VICTORY!!! Even over the louder exhaust I could tell the driveline was much smoother. At 3:30pm I told my wife to have her phone on her because I was taking it for a test drive. Clutch engagement is much improved and I can't even tell a drastic difference in rev freedom between the lightweight vs dualmass flywheel. This engine loves to rev so much I think it is an improvement especially for street driving. Just like a proud Papa I pulled back into the driveway so relieved it is back not only in a drivable state but a state of improvement while (hopefully) saving several thousand dollars in the process.
I just recently went to the hardware store on my lunch break to get the bolts to install the Fabspeed mufflers. I can't wait to see what that sounds like.
So as you know because everyone of you follow me and get alerts when I post anything on here, I recently had a situation at Discount Tire.
Short of it is I orderd Pilot Sport 4S’s for the back and they put Sport Cup 2’s on. Well I went back got the right ones put on and bought the 10 mile used Cup 2’s for $50/ea. A coworker brought his truck up there and we loaded them up. When we unloaded them at my house he mentioned how crazy it was that they already had deep rock marks in the tread. The one in my hand wasn’t bad but his certainly looked more used. I chalked it up to man these are some soft compound.
Well it was still bugging me so I went out to the shed to look them over again. Well here is what I found.
Date code of 2017 on one of the tires. Date code of 2021 on the other. Looks like they gave me one of my old ones and one of the 10 mile ones. Well crap.
I swung by Discount to explain the situation assuming they had already disposed of the other tires from Monday. Best case scenario would be that they didn’t and I got the matching 10 mile set. Worst case I bring the tires back and they give me a refund but I don’t get track tires.
Turns out they had already disposed of the tires but the salesman came back with this.
Yup they just handed me a brand new Sport Cup 2 with the same 1121 date code as the 10 mile on I had at home. No real questions asked. He then asked what size bolt pattern I had because they had someone in a Porsche order some nice Volk rims and 4S tires but they hadn’t come back for 4 months and he would sell them to me cheap. Turns out they were completely wrong for my car and I decided to quit while I was ahead.
Pro tip: a 305/30r19 tire fits in the passenger seat of a 997.
Well looks like I got the Supervisor position I interviewed for last Friday.
While I truly have sympathy for the other applicants, I have to do what I feel is best for me. I will try my hardest to be excellent to my co-workers and those who I am supervising.
I also showed on employee that we had moved to the Hyphen as he used to just browse OPPO and thought we just disappeared.
Thanks for all the good vibes!
@azw123 Saw my 3D printed RMS installation tool in my Porsche Clutch Job post and mentioned he wished someone had a 3D printed alternative for the tool to install seals on his mountain bike fork.
Well wish granted, he was able to find the size and style and I offered to print and ship them. Here they are:
This 3D printing stuff is amazing, my 10 year old self would be very jealous.
I also have a coworker who is re-doing a motorcycle and needed a stand in for his battery in order to make a fiberglass mold under his seat So he gave me the dimensions and I printed it out.
Also now kid friendly!
First wash is bittersweet, you get to clean your new car but you also find all the imperfections you missed on first inspection. This car has front, hood, rocker and rear arch clear protection (like Xpel) which made it extremely to clean bugs and what not. I spent way too long on those hips, they are just sooooo perfect I kept rubbing up and down them. Car was getting clean while I was feeling dirty.
A potential buyer of the exhaust wanted a clip from the outside so that means Oppo gets a clip too.. Enjoy!
Still poor iPhone quality and south Texas wind.
Get your guesses in before midnight tonight, seems like this is in the "Calm before the storm" auction stage.
@nickhasanexocet gotta say that is a first. I’ve had great luck with my prints recently… need to find some wood to knock now.
Side note: Do you have any use for 3 mm filament? I ordered some by accident and don’t plan on upgrading my extruded to make use of it.