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I had a brief love affair with a 2017 Porsche Cayenne S

It was a quick fling. Nothing else. Honest!

While my trusty (and I say that loosely) old 2008 Cayenne Truck was for a freebie recall (new airbags and a revised engine management software upgrade) at Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas — I had a little fling!

They kindly gave me a loaner while my car was being prodded and poked. A white 2017, nearly new, Cayenne S.

Lots of things that I really liked about this car but also a handful of things that irritated me. Notably the climate and fuel consumption friendly “turn off at idle”. Damn that’s annoying. The constant stopping starting drove me crazy.

Apart from that… very nice… have a few minute of driving around and lots of artless mumbling and waffling here:

#loveaffairover

 

LAS VEGAS PORSCHE MECHANIC NEEDED – Classic Aircooled Porsche 911 SC Targa Rebuild

I'm looking for a local aircooled PORSCHE 911 mechanic to help me renovate my 1978 911 SC.

When I say “local” I mean here in Las Vegas NV. When I say “help me” I mean you do the work and I pay you (and supply the coffee). You must know the older 911 SC and 911 Carrera air-cooled engines in detail.

The Story so far…. if you havent been to this blog before… I have a 1978 911 Targa with an unmodified 3.0 Engine. Previous owner attempted to fit replacement fuel tank a few years ago, life got in the way and and he gave up. From the various stories I’ve heard this years period could be anything from 5 to 15! It’s sat in a field in a dusty sulk since then. Now its sad, sun damaged and very neglected. On the plus side its solid, rust free and waiting to be resurrected. Apparently it ran ok back then.

​​So I got it for a good price and now I want to get it back on the road so I can drive it and then see what it really needs doing or upgrading….

This is what I know needs fixing:

  • fuel tank taken out, blasted, coated and partially refitted (missing a few nuts and bolts)
  • new fuel injector in box ready to be fitted
  • airbox taken off and need refitting
  • electrical work – wiring visually looks ok but I suspect it needs replacing because fuses look ridiculously old fashioned.
  • need a battery and it has an old 1980’s alarm fitted (which I would like removed)
  • Possibly needs replacement rubber or plastic parts that have corroded or aged? I just dont know.
  • respray and interior leather rework – it will need both these but thats for later…

SO – I NEED A VEGAS BASED PORSCHE MECHANIC WITH GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF EARLY 911 SC ENGINES.

I want to (a) get it running and then (b) we can figure out what other work needs doing.

My focus is to get it back on the road as a regular driver – I dont want a concourse car, just a running retro 911. I’ve owned a couple of early 911’s 3.2 but this is my first 3.0 911.

I clearly need help but this can be done in evenings, weekends or whenever. I’m flexible.

Fancy a challenge?

Contact me if you are up for it – we can arrange an hourly price or even fixed rate for different things.

Thanks

PS: if you are a SHOP that does this kind of work please contact me and lets find a quote. I’m serious about getting this car on the road, it’s a solid good looking car and it’s been left to sulk for tooo long.

PPS: Are you a mechanic working for one of the Las Vegas Porsche or any Porsche Servicing specialist shops and looking for a side-gig or some overtime work? Let me know and earn some $$ on the side…

#projectstork makes me hashtag jealous :)

So, I stumbled across this series of videos on Youtube called #ProjectStork. This chap is chronicling the resurrection a 1977 911 that has been sitting in a garage since 2002. Sounds familiar huh…

 Manuel Carrillo III begin the process of resurrecting the 1977 Porsche 911S that belonged to his father. It’s the car that brought him home from the hospital. Who said restoring a 1977 Porsche 911 S was easy? No one. That doesn’t mean someone with limited mechanical ability can’t tackle such a restoration. It simply means anyone who attempts a Porsche 911 restoration needs to be emotionally prepared for one part blood, one part sweat, and five parts tears.

The rebirth process has been sponsored by Hayes (you know the famous workbook peeps), CTEK chargers and Borla are designing and building a new exhaust system for it. Colour me jealous.

Episode 1 - dragging it out of its 15 year long hidey hole

Episode 2 - draining fluids and inspecting

Episode 3 - actually firing the thing up!

Only three episodes so far!!!

I wish we had longer and more detailed episodes. /me loves stuff like this

It’s inspired me….

 

Solving the wet Cayenne Carpet Conundrum

Finally found and solved the wet carpet problem.

Without my normal waffle – it was the drain tube from the Air Conditioning. This is a rubber hose with a semi-sealed end with a cut/slit or burper opening. The end was blocked, or had sealed itself shut, apparently a common problem with older Cayennes that have heavy AC use. So, after driving around with aircon running, the cold condensation builds up and has no where to drain to. It sits in a little overflow tank until it finally fills up and floods out on drivers (and passengers feet) when cornering. Sound familiar? If so, then this video will help fix it.

It’s a simple job – one screw look for the hose, found it, opened it, sprayed some lube (WD40) to stop it sticking shut again and *boom* aircon is properly draining and no more wet carpet.

#HUZZAH

 

Wet Porsche Cayenne Floor Mats?

Wet carpet on drivers side?

The story so far – I had a drip-drip-drip onto my drivers side carpet. I didnt think too much about it. Until the car died with a massive electrical brain fart which turned out to be caused by the gradual buildup of moisture under the carpet. This moisture eventually corroded some wires hiding down there and caused an electrical nightmare.

This is my first try at fixing it – which didnt solve the dripping carpet problem but did find and unblock some other water drain holes. Definitely something I would recommend to any Cayenne owner – it’s easy and just took a few minutes to do:

After a bit of trial and error — I finally solved the wet floor mat problem. Mine was caused by a blocked AC OVERFLOW VALVE but my first attempt at finding it (this video) was cleaning the other drainage holes. It’s a quick easy fix so check it out here https://www.motolimey.com/solving-the-wet-cayenne-carpet-conundrum/

Need to do 2 things (1) clear the rubber draining holes and (2) clear the air-conditioning evap tube (next video)

or in the words of the Donald… “drain that swamp”

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