photos and story by matt biggs

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Not my specific car, but the Porsche 924 generally.

I have to open by confessing that the first time around [c 1980] the 924 pretty much passed me by. Porsche to me [as many others] was the 911, something sparked in me by the black “911 [930] Turbo” that I’d seen in Condor Man, anything less just left me wanting. Later I took a liking to the front engined models, well, the 928 and then the 944, the latter after a friend’s parents bought one. And by association the 924? Well, it didn’t look as purposeful as the more aggressively styled 944. Then when I was told that the 924 had a van engine, I pretty much dismissed it entirely, a black mark on Porsche’s heritage.

Move on a number of years and very little changed, except, about the time I began lusting after the 968 and gained an appreciation for the smooth profile of the 924, it was actually quite attractive but it wasn’t a real Porsche.


 
 

photos by vytenis rauchas story by pablo deferrari

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What if I told you the moment you drew your first breath, the Porsche you’ll one day come to own as an adult was rolling off the factory floor…at exactly the same time? You’d look at your pint, then look up at me; then look at your pint again…then you’d burst out laughing at the silliness of it all.

 
 

photos and story by mike heyse "courtshark"

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Coolant is bad for race tracks. Ordinarily, water-cooled cars use antifreeze mixed 50/50 with distilled water in the cooling system.  Antifreeze does exactly what you would expect; keeps the system from freezing in extreme temperatures. It also contains glycol, which lubricates the parts being cooled. Antifreeze, however, actually reduces the ability of the cooling system to lower the operating temperature of a vehicle. Straight water is the most effective "coolant," but lacks the lubricating components found in antifreeze.

When the temperatures allow it, racers run nearly 100% water, typically with a bottle of Redline's Water Wetter added. In any event, coolant has the properties of a surfactant, which means it has both water soluble and insoluble components, and can allow water and oil to mix. Coolant also doesn’t evaporate, so it absorbs into pavement and won’t go away until it gets properly washed off. Until that happens, it is extremely slippery, and thus bad for race tracks.

 
 

photos and story by Derek McCallister

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The torque tube on the 924/944/928 is nearly identical on all of them; the difference is of course bearing diameters, insert diameters, and torque tube diameters but the idea is all the same.  You might hear horror stories about their rebuild, but they’re quite simple to do, as a matter of fact.  The first thing to decide is if you just need to do the torque tube, and if you need to do the clutch as well.  I did my torque tube while it was out of my 944 and did the clutch.  However, it’s not that much work to drop the transmission and pull out the torque tube to just rebuild it.

 
 

story and photos by shawn stanford

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The foothills of the Poconos in early winter flashed past, and Moby - my white ‘79 928 - rumbled happily toward Wilkes-Barre on the Northeast Extension of I-476, hammering along at something between 75 and 80. My son Matthew and I were returning home from New Jersey. Traffic was moderate, it was the day after Thanksgiving 2007.

 
 

story and photos by james morrison
edited by leo dijkstra

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Many, many years ago, my friend Chuck started a website called 928 Registry. One of the first things I read on the site that really caught my fancy was the LAST US GTS. What a story and what a car! Custom everything, super expensive (almost 2X the cost of a "regular" '95 928) and a crazy color to boot. It’s a color that, quite frankly, has been in vogue for the last several years.

 
 

photos and story by peter tinucci via ideola's garage

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The information contained in this paper was compiled from the Porsche PET, Porsche factory manuals, disassembly and direct comparison of parts, bearing manufacture specs., discussions with transaxle specialists, and discussions with enthusiasts about modifications that they have performed.

Above is a freshly Rebuilt G31/02 with ZF 40% Limited Slip With 8:33 (4.125) ring & pinion and Euro 5th gear.