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Damaged Aluminum Thread Repair

When working on used vehicles it is almost certain that you will run into a damaged thread situation at some point, especially with threads in aluminum – it doesn’t take a huge amount of force to strip threads in aluminum.  The latest issue for me is stripped threads in the drain plug hole in the […]

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Porsche 924T – Check/Adjust Valve Clearances

Check/Adjust Valve Clearances on a 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo This guide is for setting valve clearances on a 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo but the overall procedure will be similar for most engines although the adjustment is often made by installing new shims rather than using an adjustment screw. The first thing to do is align […]

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Porsche 924T – Fuel Level Sender

Fuel Level Sender on a 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo Difficulty:  Simple Warning:  Fuel is a hazardous chemical, take appropriate precautions Recommended Tools:  Allen key, pliers, multimeter The fuel level sender on the 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo is, as you might expect, located in the gas tank.  It is better not to have much fuel in […]

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RX-8 – Intermittent Power Loss

Intermittent Power Loss Issue on a 2005 Mazda RX8 At first, driving the RX-8 was a blast, it seemed to pull strong and wanted to go no matter what gear you were in.  After a short while I noticed that on the highway coming home from work sometimes it would not want to accelerate – […]

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RX-8 – Fuel Pump Removal

Remove Fuel Pump on a 2005 Mazda RX8 Difficulty:  Medium Warning:  Fuel is a hazardous chemical, take appropriate precautions Recommended Tools:  Screwdrivers, special tool for ring removal Since the strange power loss issue I was experiencing on the RX-8 had a lot of similarities with an issue I had early on with the Fiero, I wanted […]

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Porsche 924T – Fuel Pump(s)

Fuel Pump(s) Replacement on a 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo Difficulty:  Medium Warning:  Fuel is a hazardous chemical, take appropriate precautions Recommended Tools:  Wrenches including adjustable, utility knife The 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo has two fuel pumps in the stock configuration, one in the tank and another external or in-line pump mounted just next to the […]

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3800 Fiero – Fuel Pump

Once the Fiero was fit for road use and I was able to get a few miles on it, I found that it would have a tendency to cut out after 30 minutes driving in hot weather.  It would start again but then need nursing home without letting the revs drop below 2000rpm and accelerating […]

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Tire Size Comparison

If you’re looking to change your rims and/or tires, you can use the calculator below to see how the size of your new tires compares to your current set and can give you an idea of whether they might rub and the impact on the speedometer reading. This calculator uses the nominal tire size based […]

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Porsche 924T – Headlights

Replace The Sealed Lamp Units on a 1980 Porsche 924 Turbo Difficulty:  Simple This guide is for the early versions that had the sealed headlamp units, later on I think they went to a separate bulb arrangement. First of all we need to remove the pop up light covers, there are three screws holding them […]

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3800 Fiero – Drive Axles

When installing the 3800 SC Series II engine in the Fiero, the drive axles were a major concern of mine throughout the project.  When making the engine mounts I was concerned about how much misalignment they would be able to handle, both horizontally and vertically; then along with the right length, the splines on the […]