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  • Project Lola.....Long overdue update.... :)

    Being inspired by Nick V's update and always awesome updates from the Zeeuw boys I figured it was time to get something rolling just to stay motivated.

    Below is "Lola" an 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera in Meteor Grey with linen interior. Bone stock except for the steering wheel. Why "Lola" because my wife let me buy this car so I let her name it. She said it looks like a "Lola"????



    As she sits she has a 160k or so miles and is a two owner car. The original owner purchased the car in Arizona in 1986 and owned it until 2012 or so. He is a doctor and it was his daily driver in both Phoenix and Detroit (upon moving there in the late 90's). Because of that he did no work himself; the good thing about that is I have a stack of receipts a mile high for everything from valve jobs and suspension work to replacing a wiper blade. All at a Porsche dealer; every time! The second owner bought it as a toy and just felt it was time to sell so I purchased it back in July of 2014 after spending 10 months or so hunting.

    So why the random Frozen reference in the title? Because I'm a father of a 3 year old girl and well, items found during the PPI (performed by our very own Joe Zeeuw at GAS) mostly pointed toward weak front end components, specifically wheel bearings and tie rods along with a couple other odds and ends. I drove the car through October and then the grand adventure of part collection began. At first it was just going to be tie rods and wheel bearings which I purchased in November (turbo tie rod upgrade......because turbo) then I ended up getting a bonus at work in January and the slippery "while you're in there" slope began. This lead to the following:

    Zimmerman front rotors
    Hawk HP front pads
    Stainless brake lines
    ATE Fluid
    Shift linkage rebuild kit
    Factory short shift kit
    Kirk engines valve adjustment tool
    Upper/Lower valve cover kit
    A couple oil filters (w/ancillary 25mm washers for the change)

    You'll notice a few non front end things in there because I wanted to address the leaky driver side valve cover (which if you do that you might as well adjust the valves). And the shift linkage stuff is due to it still be stock and parts are worn and the factory SS kit gets rave reviews everywhere!

    That's about it for now. I plan to start working on it over Easter weekend; sorry for the teaser but I am getting antsy and wanted to share in my excitement! I'll post the standard issue "parts on the floor" shot this afternoon when I get home.
    A big Ford 4x4, a Deeeeezle BMW and a air cooled flat six
    PCA# 2014080243

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    Frozen front end..? Frozen solid?
    '93steVoR6 : '92SLd : '90g6d : '58 gypsi : '59scab : '60dlx
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    • #3
      I'm super jealous of this car. Great find.
      Ben Zeeuw
      1981 Rabbit Racer
      1998 Audi Avant Grocery Getter
      www.germanautoltd.com

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      • #4
        In for updates and to torture myself. Such a nice automobile.
        Mike
        2001 Jetta 3.2 4-Motion (TRRRUNK)

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        • #5
          Awesome.

          Sweet car G!
          -Nick V-
          Current: '88 Golf GL 2.0 16V / '82 Caddy Diesel
          Favorite Past Dubs: '92 Corrado VR6, '99.5 APR Stg.3 A4, '91 GTI 8V, '81 Rabbit Truck,

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          • #6
            Originally posted by n0ftInc View Post
            Frozen front end..? Frozen solid?
            No, well maybe....it is quite cold. lol

            In the movie Frozen there is a song where the character asks "Do you wanna build a snow man?" So I thought it was a clever, sing songey, reference
            A big Ford 4x4, a Deeeeezle BMW and a air cooled flat six
            PCA# 2014080243

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MillerMav View Post
              In the movie Frozen there is a song where the character asks "Do you wanna build a snow man?" So I thought it was a clever, sing songey, reference
              Yeah thanks...just had gotten that song out of my head before opening this thread. Ha!

              Sweet ride!
              Chris

              '98 B5 Wagon 1.8T, '78 Westy, '82 Caddy

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              • #8
                My daughters are older so I avoided the frozen phenomenon. But I am completely in for this. Would love to have a car like this.
                Dameon-
                11 Jetta SE
                82 rabbit GTI

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                • #9
                  Living the dream.
                  Joe
                  91 Jetta 16v
                  78 Transporter
                  www.germanautoltd.com
                  I have a fender roller. Contact me if you'd like to rent it.

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                  • #10
                    are those hawk hp pads going to be up to the task of all these track days?
                    Your friend Raven
                    92 Corrado VR6t
                    05 Audi A6
                    90 Miata (because racecar)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by corrado-correr View Post
                      are those hawk hp pads going to be up to the task of all these track days?
                      Well I figured they would do since I don't plan on pushing hard at all and have no clue what I'm doing. If I enjoy myself and find that I push beyond the limits of the pads I will get new ones for track days.
                      A big Ford 4x4, a Deeeeezle BMW and a air cooled flat six
                      PCA# 2014080243

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                      • #12
                        In the midst of getting this thing put back together but here are a couple pics of the parts and process. I haven't forgotten just no time to update! lol







                        Hopefully wrapping things up this weekend to get alignment and inspections done before May 8/9.
                        A big Ford 4x4, a Deeeeezle BMW and a air cooled flat six
                        PCA# 2014080243

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                        • #13
                          Still a lot of want!
                          Dameon-
                          11 Jetta SE
                          82 rabbit GTI

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                          • #14
                            thats awesome.
                            Your friend Raven
                            92 Corrado VR6t
                            05 Audi A6
                            90 Miata (because racecar)

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                            • #15
                              Some Bbs E50s would really set this car off and make pants tight.
                              Matt
                              DCC #0
                              ...we all started out with the same tools dream it, build it, breathe it.

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