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'84 Porsche 944 11/8/13 Added chip guards to rear fenders


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#21 Foxer

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:15 AM

A few mockups ... I must have changed a camera setting as these are pretty poor photos, but were enough to see ..

 

This is the kit tires in front and the larger Mercury's in the rear. I'm going with this but will be easy to use either in the end. The Fuchs are stripped and looks like a lot of sleeving to get them mounted using the sleeves of the kit wheels.

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The interior with 924 dash and console looks pretty good. Might end with a bit more space between glass and dash but it will all be black and won't show much. This was SUPPOSED to be a simple build!

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 03:15 AM

It's been awhile but work hasn't stopped. I've been going through some tough decisions and fitting that has progressed slowly as I worked things out.

 

First, the wheels. o-man sent me some Fuchs that were the right size ... 15" ... and they are slightly small to fit into the tires I have with the right sidewall dimensions for series 50/55 tires. I had some old phone-dials that I kept modifying and eventually just hollowed them out so the Fuchs fit even with the outside edges. These photos show the results ..

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There's a space around the edge that the photos show I'll have to putty up, but overall, they are looking right!

 

I've also been fitting the 924 dash and it's been tough to get the exact placement right along the windshield. I think I've got enough pieces glued in now to get the dash in place, so hopefully this will end shortly and I can get to the last body mods for the roll under behind the rear wheel wells.

The sunroof also got scribed along the way.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:25 PM

Impressive work. You seem to know the subject very well.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:20 AM

When you are right Mike, you are RIGHT on! That looks perfect!!

 

Your persistence is paying off!! Just love the look of the side shot.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:35 PM

Looking good, Mike. This will be a nice build when it's done.

 

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:40 AM

It's been a bit since I last posted, but things are advancing. Leaving today for NJ to see grandkids, so will throw some photos up when I return. The body is in primer and the interior has dash fitted with one coat of paint. The wheels are done but haven't decided on how I'm going to mask and paint them. Maybe all these miles on the road will come up with a decision.

 

Thanks for the comments. :)



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:37 AM

Great Progress Mike!

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 06:11 AM

That looks awesome !!!!



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 06:24 AM

One thing I've noted on many of these kits is that most builders omit the somewhat ripply, body-colored coatings along the rocker panels and the rear wheel well stone guards.

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 03:23 PM

Good point Skip! The chip guard on the lower rockers.....you can mimic this look by masking and playing around with the psi on your compressor (testing on a different piece of course.)

The one time when you want excessive orange peel! :D



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:00 AM



One thing I've noted on many of these kits is that most builders omit the somewhat ripply, body-colored coatings along the rocker panels and the rear wheel well stone guards.

 

You're right, Skip, but the 1984 I had didn't have that protection ,,, it was just smooth like the Testors body I'm using.

 

The Hasegawa Porsche 944 Turbo kit I'm using to build the 1991 S2 I had does have that protective coating molded in, as you can see below. It even has the smooth piece above the rough area protecting the rear fender from chips.

 

Thanks for noting this little piece of 944 history! :)

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Edited by Foxer, 20 October 2013 - 01:09 PM.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 03:53 AM

My '84 had them. I'm surprised yours didn't. But your picture of the kit body is perfect.

Edited by sjordan2, 21 October 2013 - 03:55 AM.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:28 AM

My '84 had them. I'm surprised yours didn't. But your picture of the kit body is perfect.

 

I don't have any photos of my '84 but looking at all the photos I see, it must have had the smooth rock chip protectors.  Maybe I can trace the ones on the Hasegawa and transfer to some very thin sheet.

 

The rough stuff plastered to the bottom edge I know wasn't there. I also realized I will need to even out the bottom edge between wheel wells that are actually molded to the frame,

 

This is starting to be worst than updating a VW Beetle! :lol:



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:07 AM

My '84 had them. I'm surprised yours didn't. But your picture of the kit body is perfect.

Looked at some pictures of mine, my '85 had the chip guard on it too. 



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:17 AM

Impressive work.

Good work putting the junkyard to use. (incidentally, the first time I saw a 968, I thought it was a 944 with a body kit...)



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 10:02 AM

Just have a shot of the chip guards I added with .005" sheet. They were simple to make ... drawn on tape ... and look good. Glad you guys brought this up!  :)

 

Work on the interior and the other 944 has been continuing, but not much to show.

 

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:31 PM

The chip-gaurd came out nicely, Mike. This is shaping up well.

 

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 01:57 PM

Very nice work!!!!



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 03:36 PM

Thanks for the comments! :)

 

I don't like mentioning something without any photos, so here's a mockup of the interior ... with the 8' 2x4's it often carried.Embossing powder carpeting needs painting as does rest of interior.

 

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 06:03 PM

Looking good Mike! Glad to see some of your projects getting closer to under glass!