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Old 12-06-2018, 03:16 PM
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It depends ... do you have a racing pedigree for a $10K value bump?



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DIY if you have the time, place and patience.
This.

Document the rebuild with receipt and maybe pictures, and a typical (read that non-RL peanut gallery crowd) buyer will be fine.

I would also not worry about going to any reputable shop, if I wanted only a stock engine that will not see regular track duty.

DIY is on my bucket list. I hang around Dorkis just to be a a poser.
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Old 12-06-2018, 06:05 PM
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Thanks, everyone. DIY is the dream, and I have no plans on selling the car, but we know how plans change. However, I also had to do both a full and partial rebuild on the M3 this year, and I'm still feeling those. Learning to do these things myself would be fun and make my wife/budget much happier.

I understand it can be done liftless, but a lift offers other benefits for future maintenance, and if I do it without a lift then I have to figure out where to put the 964. I rented a storage unit for the M3, but I guess I could always keep the 964 in there and the M3 outside.

As for track duty, that's not off the table. Right now it's going to be 75% M3, 25% 964, depending on how 964 winter weight reduction goes. Depending on how this build goes, it might be the SC that does the majority.
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DIY if you have the time, place and patience.
This is the big question I'm wrestling with. Can I say yes to any of those? I can learn the third. I can accept the first. Making the second happen...

I keep trying to talk my wife into moving to a place with a bigger garage (and land). Then it would be no question. I'll wear her down eventually...
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Aaron, PM me I can possibly help you out.

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My recommendation: Scissor lift (works great for rear-engine P-cars - almost nothing inaccessible when up on the lift). Don't bother with Vetter's jack-stand approach. After dropping the engine, move the car outside of the garage and cover it well. Then put either a 3/4" or thicker sheet of plywood over the lift (cut to size - you'll need space around your workspace) or use boards, and raise to a comfortable working height as your new table. Engine goes on a stand (you can borrow mine, but I've lost my yoke to someone I loaned to who never returned it) but the pieces go on your new table.

In terms of pros if you decide NOT to do it yourself, I use Charlie for lots and he can't be beat for anything especially engine rebuilds, but also consider Billy at Performance Auto Works up in Summit Point. He learned from Dave Coleman and is truly a master at air-cooled engine rebuilds. He did a top end on my Peter Dawe-built 3.2 and it was as good or better.
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I'm biased, but I would absolutely recommend you DIY. I did mine years ago and it was an excellent learning experience. Tons of detailed info available online - including a thread right here on Dorki (my 3.0 to 3.2SS build): https://dorkiphus.net/porsche/showthread.php?t=16874
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Thanks, Peter and Kirk. Putting it outside and covering it isn’t something I had thought of. That’s a good idea.

Something I did think of was taking it to a body shop to get the strakes removed and updated bumpers while I did the engine. I’m not sure I want to take on both those costs at once, unless I delay the rebuild. Which is possible.
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Why the rebuild?
Why a 3.1 in an SC? (Its been apart before? Beware of what the last guy did!)
Save money on the lift to buy parts or measurement tools.
Get Anderson's book which is great. Get Wayne Dempsy's book for the pictures.
Read them a few times and have a drop party!
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