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INWB
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a quick update - this month my car appears in 911 and Porsche World Magazine. (Purple Haze front cover)



Author (cmoose) preferred the C2 overall but it is a good and fair write up and plays to the strengths of the car. Think he was impressed by the condition of mine.

Apart from that I have got it booked in to retro fit cruise control and then it is just a case of getting it booked in for a bit of paint around the front. After that it is near enough perfect and certainly wants for nothing.

Only a few 996 C4S at Ragley Hall Concours events. One stood out - a black one with private plate. Some very ropey 996s out there - even at events like that. Was good to see a 996 being judged though (gorgeous C2).

It isn't getting out much now due to me having a little side project bringing an ultra low mileage Mark 5 Golf GTI up to scratch/showroom condition. Parts are much cheaper! Keeping it totally stock except Sat Nav/ Carplay. Bought from a Porsche enthusiast as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Only a few 996 C4S at Ragley Hall Concours events.'

Well, according to an earlier post if you drive a C4S for more than a few miles the engine falls to bits!!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bakerboy4s wrote:
'Only a few 996 C4S at Ragley Hall Concours events.'

Well, according to an earlier post if you drive a C4S for more than a few miles the engine falls to bits!!

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That is true. I now have a team of engineers with a van load of spare engines follow me everywhere just in case. My trip to Stuttgart for example, that took a great deal of planning and I had engines shipped ahead in strategic places - Ghent, Frankfurt and then Stuttgart.

Us Porsche drivers must be careful.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

really nice car, and I'm a bit late to this thread. Do you have some more details about the audio upgrade? I have got the standard 6 speaker non-Bose set up. Replaced the dash-top speakers already but not the door or rears. Running an Alpine IVA-W505 and not sure if this is running through the standard amp or not.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 I would also be interested in this, I have the six-speaker layout with the factory/Nokia amp and a Becker head-unit.
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INWB
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lofi wrote:
really nice car, and I'm a bit late to this thread. Do you have some more details about the audio upgrade? I have got the standard 6 speaker non-Bose set up. Replaced the dash-top speakers already but not the door or rears. Running an Alpine IVA-W505 and not sure if this is running through the standard amp or not.


Sorry Lofi - missed this.

Hertz speakers were second hand from a member on here. Cross overs for the front, amp behind the frunk and Alpine in the back. I want to add a small sub at some point. When/If the Tesla turns up I will replace the head unit with the Pioneer 203 DAB I have just put in my Golf resto project.

Any questions please ask.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I'm here a bit of an update.

I am thinking of selling up in the UK so the car may need to go in 2019/20.

Going to finish the project - paintwork around front needs sorting - but if someone came in with the right number then I think I would let it go.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

INWB wrote:
lofi wrote:
really nice car, and I'm a bit late to this thread. Do you have some more details about the audio upgrade? I have got the standard 6 speaker non-Bose set up. Replaced the dash-top speakers already but not the door or rears. Running an Alpine IVA-W505 and not sure if this is running through the standard amp or not.


Sorry Lofi - missed this.

Hertz speakers were second hand from a member on here. Cross overs for the front, amp behind the frunk and Alpine in the back. I want to add a small sub at some point. When/If the Tesla turns up I will replace the head unit with the Pioneer 203 DAB I have just put in my Golf resto project.

Any questions please ask.


Thanks - I'm most interested in what you swapped the door speakers for as the originals seem to have an odd impedance, though I guess if the amp is changed along with them it doesn't matter so much. Would be great to know the model of door speakers you went for as I think these are key for a good sound if like me there is no rear sub.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="INWB"]Just a quick update - this month my car appears in 911 and Porsche World Magazine. (Purple Haze front cover)



Author (cmoose) preferred the C2 overall but it is a good and fair write up and plays to the strengths of the car. Think he was impressed by the condition of mine.

I must admit, I think cmoose was right Grin

This C4S is easily the best one I've ever seen. A buyer would struggle to do better.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jpitshanger wrote:
This C4S is easily the best one I've ever seen. A buyer would struggle to do better.


Thanks fella

Re the Hertz speakers. I have just spent 20 mins going through my pics and I can't find the damn photo I took of the model numbers. Very sorry. I bought the set from Mazza in June 2016 so he may know!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in a dilemma

Someone I know wants to scratch a Porsche itch and has approached me to see if I would be willing to sell. I'm off to spa for the WEC in May and I would like to take it but then another part of me thinks that the money I may get would make a serious dent in the mortgage.

I have a £300 of paint to do and a small list of things to do this year but this is one of the best C4S I have ever seen.

So do I sell? What do you think I would get? Or do I hang on, enjoy it until I sell up everything and move (which is the grand plan)? (plus these are rising slowly and I don't want to sell at the wrong time like I normally do)

Thoughts?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the mortgage is around 2% P/A its cheap money. Likely the C4S is achieving a greater return than the equivalent amount of the loan so keep the car and enjoy it knowing the longer you keep it the more mortgage it will clear in the end. thumbsup
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a lot of faffing around (see other posts) I have decided not to sell. I took someone I know out for a drive and apart from making him sick I decided not to sell even though he wanted to buy.

The car is too special. So what to do? Just enjoy it?

Nah. I have now finished my Golf GTI Mk5 resto project (41,000 miles, totally stock that is now 90% immaculate) so back to the Porsche I go.

Here comes the man maths:

A client of mind is about to buy a car. BMW 530d with all the toys. Lovely thing but going to cost £4K down and then £500 a month. That just about covers the depreciation. He will never own it. We have 3 cars (C4S, GTI and a R53 Mini Convertible). Not one of them is depreciating and all are paid for. All are near immaculate.

The Porsche has cost me £180 on average per month and gives me a smile every time I go out in her. That seems a bit of a bargain to me. (cough - £2 per mile)

So onwards to get the best C4S out there:

1) Full refurb of wheels at Wheel Specialist - this is being organised by Quorn Classic and Sports so although not the cheapest I know a good job will be done and it will be hassle free.

2) Front end respray. I could just get the bumper and front of bonnet sprayed and that would save me a shed of money but would be very hard to achieve really good results. So I'm doing the front end.

This will include polish and clear coat on the Xenons and I'm also going to do the door mirrors at the same time.

Also needs a minor service despite only having covered 1000 miles since the preventative work I had done last year. (4500 since last years service)

Suspension I am told is all fine but will also get that checked over when I have it serviced.

Dropping it off in the morning before going off to Spa for the WEC. Excited to see her immaculate.

PS - If anyone wants to buy my C4S specialised outside car cover please PM me offers. It will be going into dry storage in winter.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sound alike a wise plan to me. These cars are to special to let go

Mines paid for too and in the scheme of things the maintenance per month is peanuts compared to the monthlies on my daily. It sounds like your in a great place with your collection.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The minor service (plus paint and wheels) has turned into another expensive service. If you read this you will know I prefer getting anything sorted so...

New Brake Lines (the one going over the gearbox
Brake copper lines
Air con pipe seal leak (which also means a regas)

*sigh*

Another bill that will be the wrong side of £2K awaits.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are dropping the engine for the brake lines, I would also do the Air Oil Separator if it’s not been done already. Costs very little in parts but is a right pain if it fails some other time...
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2019 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robertb wrote:
If you are dropping the engine for the brake lines, I would also do the Air Oil Separator if it’s not been done already. Costs very little in parts but is a right pain if it fails some other time...


Many thanks - will do
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another trip to Quorn Sports and Classics for a minor service that kind of escalated.

First up minor leak on the Air con pipe so that needed sorting first:



Replacement, clean up and regas. Sorted.

Then the bad news - the brake pipes corrosion wasn't getting any better so they needed replacing:



So they were both done and the HEL lines put back on when it was all finished.

Underneath needs some detailing (just bought some stuff based on a helpful thread on here) but it isn't bad is it?



So that was mechanical stuff sorted. I keep asking about suspension but they report it is fine. It had a couple of coffin arms a few years back but everything just needed a clean.

Speaking of which the wheel arches and suspension needed a bit of a clean up and refurbish:



The wheels were also annoying me. They had been refurbed but only on the front some years ago. The back was a bit meh and although the fronts were near flawless they weren't perfect. So off they went to the Wheel Specialist. Failed QC from the guys at Quorn but on second try they were spot on::



That left the elephant in the wheel arch - the calipers. After much fretting I decided to keep them stock red. So off they went and came back rather nice:



Because they went to a paint shop for spraying rather than a caliper refurb place the quality of paint seems to be much better

Speaking of paint - stone chips on the bumper and bonnet was annoying and despite the paint having a paint correction when I first bought the car it was never going to look its best. So off to the paint shop it went.

My concern was that when the bonnet and bumper are done alone you can sometimes tell because it just doesn't blend. So with the bill spiralling at this point I bit the bullet and had the bumper, bonnet, wings and door mirrors done.

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Did I mention the S badge being painted red as well?

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So that is that. Great service by the guys at Quorn Sport and Classic yet again. They really go above and beyond.

What next?

Do I worry too much about the minor gravel rash? Or the line/scratch on the drivers window? Can you get windows restored or do I need a replacement?

I am taking out the screws holding external trim in place and respraying them (may buy new if I knew the part number)

Only very minor things left now I think. Looking forward to Sunday at Chatsworth. Come and say Hi if you see me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work & tremendous amount of effort going into making your C4S truly special. One of my favourite threads..
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went to Chatsworth - think I could have a fair crack at getting second in the watercooled class (the guy that wins the first prize uses a dremmel to clean underneath his car - every part of the suspension is immaculate)

However, bad news. My car started running out of electricity on the way there. So with the battery light warning on I made it back and now have to take it back to Quorn Sport and Classic next week.

It is weird - since I bought it I would always need to trickle charge it if I left it over a week and even then sometimes it would drain slightly quicker (have to manually open the doors after a couple of weeks).

So alternator? Battery? Both? Who knows. Another bill awaits though Sad
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