While most of the Porsche world has been fussing over the new Boxster (and very nice it is too), I’ve been concerned with older Porsches.
I’ve just sold an interesting 911SC that’s been made to look like a 964 3.8RS – and a pretty convincing job it is from the outside (inside, there’s still a fully trimmed SC leather interior).
When the buyer came to see it, a few little faults had made themselves apparent. So, naturally, these had to be sorted before he collects the car.
First, the driver’s window wouldn’t work. Usually, this is down to mucky contacts no the switch but, in this case, it was simply because one of the wires had come undone at the back. Quick fix!
Second, the oil pressure gauge had stopped working. This is normally because of a bad connection at the sensor end (it’s on the top of the engine) or a faulty sensor. However, it turned out to be a faulty gauge, which meant replacing the entire unit. The excellent Douglas Valley Breakers came up trumps with a replacement (which wasn’t cheap!).
In the same gauge was also a warning light coming on at low revs which I assumed was linked to the oil-pressure gauge (there is a low oil pressure light). However, I was wrong to jump to conclusions as, in fact, it was the voltage light. The battery wasn’t holding its charge and when the alternator wasn’t at full pelt, the voltage was dropping enough to make the light flicker on from time to time. The solution was simple – change the battery.