Of course I've already spent more than that on bits and pieces. It sat outside and wasn't started for more than a decade. If you can believe it... it still had fuel pressure in the accumulator. Needed a pump, filter, and the tank redone, but it runs now. The pop off valve in the airbox was flapping around like an exhaust flapper in a D9, but it eventually settled down and doesn't smoke. No death rattles. It now starts shifts and stops. The interior was a little funky, but I found an almost complete set of nice black leather guts on Ebay. It had some old accident damage in one 1/4 and looks like it was repaired by a troop of chimps. I have a replacement 1/4. Just trying to build up a head of steam to put it on. So far the cost of parts has been pretty reasonable, so if I don't have to dig too deep into the motor or trans things will be ok. Haven't checked the chains or looked for broken cylinder studs yet.Wanna double your money?
The silly part was the fact that I didn't really want it at first. Always "sort of wanted" a 911, but it wasn't high on the list and I didn't need another project. I e-mailed the link to a friend, but he e-mailed back and said he was out of town.... why don't you buy it? I e-mailed another friend who said he was going to look at it, then he e-mailed me back 10 minutes later and said he had to take his wife to dinner.... why don't you buy it? So I figured WTF it must be destiny. I figured it's easily worth 3 or 4 times the asking price parted out, so not much risk. As it turns out, it's actually a solid car. Only perforation is a small hole under the battery box. The floor and everything attached to it is rust free. It runs ok. Needs every seal, gasket and o-ring that has anything to do with keeping the oil in and I'm sure the CIS will occupy some time.Wholly fuck that was a silly deal.
I think at least 50% of the " value " of the current crusty old car and bike speculation mania will blow away in the breeze.I have was casually thinking that I wanted a 911. But I have completely missed the boat.
Prices are SILLY these days. Personally I think it is a bubble, but have been wrong before.
The wheels are killer.
It's a 81 sunroof coup and I'm glad it's a coup. Has 130k. The wheels look like BBS, but are Riken. I actually like looks over the stock wheels and they are period correct, so they won't get in the way when it comes time for collector plates. They only have very minor rash, so will be an easy fix. Plus, decent stock wheels are getting up there. Given these cars are going up in value, there is room for spending money, but I would prefer to keep the budget reasonable. Whether or not they retain their value who knows, but I think they will do ok. They are relatively small, don't take up much space, and in some cases easier to justify than a M/C for some which helps. Normally things don't skyrocket in price until I sell one of them. The webers would be really nice and would be less aggrivation... or I could conjure something up, but will probably keep in stock. I picked up a complete spare CIS system with everything from ECU to injectors. If the motor had turned out to be a mess, (still have to check out tensioners etc etc) I would have considered selling the motor as a core and using the money to finance a Renegade conversion. It's sacrilege, insane, and I wouldn't be allowed to associate with other 911 owners, but I make a good hermit anyway. Avert your eyes if you're a 911 purist.You could go the Weber IDA3C route and eliminate the CIS...
Tell us more about the car, what year?
If the motor had turned out to be a mess, (still have to check out tensioners etc etc) I would have considered selling the motor as a core and using the money to finance a Renegade conversion. It's sacrilege, insane, and I wouldn't be allowed to associate with other 911 owners, but I make a good hermit anyway. Avert your eyes if you're a 911 purist.
I'm sure not a purist, in fact I considered doing a Renegade conversion myself, but came to the realization that a good conversion was going to cost about the same as the flat six overhaul. Plus, I already own a bastard hotrod (sbc powered Shelby Cobra replica), so I opted to keep the 911 somewhat original. A buddy of mine had an '85 911 with a 327 and that car ran like a scalded cat.
Your 3.0 with only 130K should need nothing more than a top end at worst if you have any broken head studs. These motors are relatively bulletproof. My motor had more mileage on it and I didn't know it's history so I opted to split the case and do a complete rebuild. Plus, it looked like this when I got it.
Yes, definitely going to drop it. The worst leak is forward of the CIS and I can't stand the thought of contorting myself to get in there (assuming I could do it), plus it needs a lot of lipstick. I was more or less resolved to replacing some of those cam chain bits, but hopefully not much else. Broken studs would be a nuisance. Then I'd have to inspect everything else in there, and who knows what that would lead to. Although things seem reasonably quiet in there now, you're correct, those ramps must be just baked. It doesn't have the later oil fed tensioners and not sure I'll bother putting them on even though it's probably a good idea and a good selling feature. Will just do the collars if they aren't already in there. I have to track down one of those little hydraulic M/C lifts and mod it to drop the engine. I have a large floor jack, but could use a lift anyway. If I can destinkify it enough, I can wheel the engine stand into the basement and work on it in a nice warm room with decent lighting. Learned long ago that things happen faster if they are close by and in a civilized environment. When I first met the bride, I was known to have motorcycles in the living room and bedroom, so she has a reasonably high tolerance for my bad behavior. As long as it doesn't smell bad, it's ok.Are you planning to drop the motor to fix the oil leaks? You'll likely need to do that to gain reasonable access to the triangle of death forward of the CIS. Also, I highly recommend replacing all of the chain ramps at this point, they're likely very brittle and will cause chains to jump if they break beyond a certain point...not good on an interference motor.