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I bought a 1984 Porsche 944 in January of 2018.
Runs and drives like it should. It became one with the driver immediately.
On one VERY rainy day, I was driving home from a city far away from my hometown.
In the middle of a "Kraftfahrstraße" (like a mini highway), i heard rattling noises.
First I thought it was just the sound of the extreme rain.
But then the engine started losing power (at 100 km/h, which is like 60 mp/h) and suddenly the steering and the brakes didn't go as good as before.
It was at this particular nanosecond that I realised what happened.
I immediately slapped the indicator lever and somehow managed to get the car around a 90° corner off the Kraftfahrstraße and onto a small road next to it. (There were lots of other cars doing higher speeds and I did not really want to get rammed by all of those when staying on the road. )
I used the last momentum to roll into a small parking bay.
As I mentioned: I was far away from home, my father was even farther away and the only person answering the phone was my uncle, who works all day long to support his family.
He took the time to come the long way to where i was, using the Land Rover of my father.
Luckily my father always carries a set of towing materials in the car.
So I got pulled home 5 meters behind a Land Rover, I could not see anything because of all the water that was coming up from his tires directly onto my windshield. I also had no source of power anymore since the engine didn't turn the alternator now, so i was almost without electricity.
We got home a few hours later.
In the next days I invited a friend of mine whihc loves old Porsches as much as I do, and we started inspecting the engine.
Nothing seemed to be wrong from the outside, even the camshaft was located on TDC. (Top dead center is the highest point of Cylinder 1, used as a timing reference).
My father thought maybe there was just a bit of water inside the ignition coil. But sadly it was not that easy.
So my friend and I opened the timing cover (and thats a hell of work, because there are 2 small belts in front, a radiator fan and other stuff you can cut your fingers on). So after we removed that timing cover we saw the mess inside there.
The timing belt was ripped apart, and stuck in the crank gear. The balance belt was still intact luckily. (Even if that would not have destroyed the engine) So we called my father and told him about that misery and he didn't want to believe, so we started taking apart the top end of the engine.
First the injector rail came off, then the intake manifold. After that the camshaft housing containing the camshaft and hydro lifters. Now we had free view on the cylinder head and the valves and one could clearly see that most of them were bent.
When my father came back from his holiday, we started taking off the cylinder head and pulling out the valves (which destroyed 2 valve spring compressing tools). We then gave the head into professional hands to rebuild it.
This would cost me 721 Euros which is very expensive but it needs to be done.
Now I'm sitting here writing this to warn you:
If you ever buy a car, that you really like, like I did with Porschie, you should ALWAYS check the following things:
But most of all the belts. I didn't do that and so it took it's revenge on me and cost me lots of money.
The professionals already finished repairing the head.
On Tuesday I will take it back and put it back in the car, and then I will see if I did good work or screwed it all over.
Here is a little list of money that i spent for everything:
-New timing belt = 30€
-Gasket set = 107€
-8 valves (intake and exhaust) = 200€
-Camshaft housing screw things = 25€
-Cylinder head repair = 721€
-New oil filter and sparkplugs = 40€ (because if i already have everything apart, why not)
Remember, kids: Check your car's components before you destroy them!