David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/19/12 9:33 a.m.

While reassembling the intake setup for 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera, we noticed two parts that looked a bit suspect. Our rubber intake boot showed signs of checking, and a metal vacuum pipe had a pair of issues: The pipe itself was a bit tweaked, while the end fitting had split and was unceremoniously repaired with a hose clamp.

Since the repairs would be easy to make with the engine out of the car, we figured we should tackle them now. We have seen people fabricate replacements for the vacuum pipe using rubber hose and a repaired fitting—tape and/or glue seem to be popular choices—but we figured we’d simply order a new one.

After all of the work we have put into this project, we decided that we'd shell out the $137.50 for a new pipe and have everything look proper. The boot set us back another $80.

Here's something to think about: While that's not quite pocket change, we're constantly impressed by the number of old part numbers that Porsche (and its suppliers) still have on the shelves. We didn't need to source these parts from the salvage yard or second-hand market. Parts for our 28-year-old Porsche are available today in brand-new condition. That's kind of neat.

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