story and photos by leo dijkstra "the dutch shark"
Here's what happened.
I slowly began accepting my fate, so I went to search the 928 equivalent of the National Library going by the name of Rennlist 928 forum. I dug up the excellent write up on the 928 16 valve timing belt water pump replacement procedure by Doug Brownridge. Oh dear—197 pages including all kinds of possible WYAIT (while you are in there) jobs. That was enough to scare a relative noob like me into contemplating putting her up for sale and scanning the web for another one. But NO WAY! What are the chances I can find another black tan 1984, Euro S2 with an ’87 5-speed gearbox and LSD? And selling a 928 with a known water pump failure is not going to generate a lot of Euro's in today’s market. Best to man-up and bite the bullet then.
I ordered parts at one of the big four in the USA (cheaper and better availability than here in the Netherlands) and while waiting for them, I dug in.
I can truly say that without the Rennlist guys, and wrenching with the iPad besides me with the photo by photo write up, I wouldn’t have been able to do it. A work shop manual tells you how you are supposed to do it. But once you encounter a PO hack coupled with incorrect parts, the Workshop Manual goes blank at which point the Rennlist crowd kicks in to solve your mystery puzzle. The result, it started right on the button. Smooth as never before!
And you know what? I feel a bit proud completing my first timing belt and water pump job!
I like the funny ASCMA avatar that Fraggle uses on Rennlist, which says: “Amateur Super Car Mechanics Association' with the credo: 'Dedication, ingenuity, insanity. Keeping alive what no one else will!”
Does this make me an ASCMA member now?