Since my karting career has been less than stellar, this is probably due more with equipment than anything; I’ve decided to get a track car. This decision was made with the intent of wanting to drive fast on a closed course, but have a little less stress dealing with the racing aspect of a kart that I think is underpowered.
So the new project car is a 1987 Porsche 944.
I’ve been scouring craigslist for a reliable track car for awhile now and was looking for something front engine / rear drive and slow so that I can ease into my driving abilities. I’ve looked at a few Miata’s but I just didn’t really fit into them. They were honestly my first choice but they were very uncomfortable for me to drive. I’ve also looked at some 3rd and 4th Generation F-Bodies thinking that parts are plentiful and cheap. While browsing one day I came across this 944 and did a little bit of research. From the research that I’ve done, they seem to be pretty reliable as long as you change the timing belt.
So I made a deal with myself, if the car runs and drives I was going to buy it. The asking price was $2500 and the car had 129k on it. So, it ran and drove, it had some issues which I will outline below, but most things worked and a Porsche at that price point was hard for me to resist. Now I own it!
The body is straight but rough, the driver’s side front quarter panel has some scuffing from someone attempting to repair the paint on the car. The paint is dulled and not very attractive but there does not appear to be any major rust or damage. It’s just weathered and old.
The drives side mirror is missing and the adjustment controls for that mirror are also missing.
All of the struts are shot and will need to be replaced. You need to use a stick or something to hold the hood up and the hatch.
The windshield wipers do not work.
The fuel gauge does not work, and the temperature gauge seems to read incorrectly.
The brakes will need to be serviced but they are functional.
It probably needs a tune up….
The initial assessment of this car is that it is straight but needs some work. It does run and drive and I put tags on it and drove it home about 20 miles without incident. It was in the dark and all the lights work, even the flip ups!
The plan for this car is to fix all the things that will prevent it from being a reliable driver. The windshield wipers and fuel gauge are a priority. I don’t want to get caught in the rain without them. Also, running out of gas would suck. Once those things are complete, I will give it a tune up, replace the timing belt, and service the brakes. When that is done, I will join NASA and take it to the track. How exciting!