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Sparkydog Reader
7/15/19 9:16 a.m.

I finished the 3rd link!

And since it was the "missing link" I could finally play with my rear end. Err, I mean I could articulate my rear suspension.

With rear end playing came the ability to figure out where my bump stops needed to be and then I was able to fab some mounts and get them welded into the frame. 

Once the bump stops were taken care of I moved onto battery mounting bracket 3.0. I'll have some additional photos in a few days. It's the gray thing on the left in this photo.


Sparkydog Reader
7/16/19 3:28 p.m.

Are these style of exhaust pipe clamps OK? I'm wanting to use 2 of them on Blitzy. Both butt joint style. I like them for their small OD and affordable price.

bigfranks84 Reader
7/19/19 11:15 p.m.

In reply to Sparkydog :

I've used them in the past. Always worked good for me and they don't crush the tubes. 

Sparkydog Reader
8/6/19 9:19 a.m.

Thanks bigfranks84, good to know!

Well I'm back on the 944 after a break.

Formed up the floor of where the fuse block will mount next to the battery. It's going to get crowded in this area once the battery leads become involved.

I used this DIY metal brake that a guy built for us to use at the shop. It did not have any way to clamp it into a vice so I "fixed" it.

Sparkydog Reader
9/23/19 9:17 a.m.

Wow a month and a half without much progress. I've been doing normal Summer stuff but was finally able to get back on the 944 for "Exhaust Weekend".

First was fixing my sawzall oopsie.

Then finish welding all the joints on the cat-back portion of the exhaust and adding 3 hanger arms (aka BRACKETS!).

And the corresponding hanger arms (BRACKET) on the body side.

Now the exhaust has joined the "85% Club"! I have a final joint on the Y-pipe/Cat section that needs finish welding whenever I get around to pulling it out from the car again. And I also need to add the final 2ft of tailpipe out the back of the car.


Sparkydog Reader
9/30/19 12:29 p.m.

Exhaust installed.

I'll need to add one last section to turn away from the tire and up/out the rear.

Sparkydog Reader
10/28/19 9:14 a.m.

I've welded the battery tray and fuse block floor into the 944. So now its time for a little CAD for the remaining large hole behind the drivers seat. First I took off the rear wheels (they overhang the fender lips) and moved the rear axle to full compression up against the bump stops. Then started to play with cardboard 1.0. I need to devise a way to stick some 1" spacer strips over the surface of the muffler so that I can form a wrap-around hump of sheet metal. That will be the 1st piece of the floor puzzle and then I can form/blend the other pieces around it.

Sparkydog Reader
12/9/19 9:09 a.m.

I've fabbed the majority of the "floor" area behind the drivers seat.

And then I tacked the floor section into the car so that I could verify that I can still remove the exhaust before I proceed with closing in the area around the exhaust hangers.

Next I created my version of a poor man's car scale system. I bought a $30 digital bath scale that had a 500# rated capacity and then spent another $30 on lumber to make up the stuff in the photos. Basically it's a spreader board/beam that divides the corner weight by 2 so that the scale doesn't blow up and 3 stands that are the same height as the spreader board & scale.

I have an 18 gallon gas tank which would be about 108# if it was completely full so I threw in a 60# sack of pre-mix to simulate about a half a tank.

It's also important to know what 1/2 of the spreader board weighs so that I can deduct this from the indicated weight before doubling the amount. In my case with the fresh (wet) wood it was 8.5-ish#.



Sparkydog Reader
12/9/19 9:16 a.m.

And the results were pretty darn exciting!!!!! (At least for me.) Results are without a driver.

Left Front: 554

Right Front: 657

Left Rear: 622

Right Rear: 580

Which means this:

Total weight: 2413. Front 50.2% Rear 49.8%

Left side 48.7% Right side 51.3%


Cross weight LF/LR = .89, RF/RR = 1.13. 

So while my front/rear and side/side weights are good/great - I guess I can try to figure out why/what I can do to improve my cross weights.

4/23/20 7:02 a.m.

This is amazing, I have a 1983 944 all original really clean with only 58k miles but I also have a parts 944 that always thought of an engine swap or a project. This really gave me alot of motivation on doing something with the parts car

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