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Pelican Technical Article:

Hood Crest Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$20 to $120

Talent:

***

Tools:

Philips screwdriver, 8mm, 7mm socket and extensions, Dremel

Applicable Models:

Porsche 944 (1983-89)
Porsche 944 S2 (1989-91)
Porsche 944 Turbo (1986-89)
Porsche 944S (1987-88)

Parts Required:

New crest, gasket and jam nuts

Hot Tip:

Don't damage the paint

Performance Gain:

More smiles per mile

Complementary Modification:

Clean the area under the panel

The iconic Porsche crest has been proudly displayed on the front of their cars for over 50 years now. Nothing can freshen up the look of a car like a new hood crest. If your crest has seen better days, consider installing a new one next time you detail your car.

While the hood crest is a simple and quick change on most Porsches, it is unfortunately a little more work on the 944. You will need to remove the body panel between the headlights, but if you work carefully and slowly you should have everything done in less than two hours.

Begin by raising the headlights by removing the cover on the headlight motor on the front right side of the vehicle and hand cranking the lights to the up position (red arrow).
Figure 1

Begin by raising the headlights by removing the cover on the headlight motor on the front right side of the vehicle and hand cranking the lights to the up position (red arrow).

You are going to be removing the top body panel between the headlights (red arrow).
Figure 2

You are going to be removing the top body panel between the headlights (red arrow). If you are worried about damaging the paint, tape around the area you will be working (yellow arrows) before beginning.

There are four Philips head screws along the top of the panel.
Figure 3

There are four Philips head screws along the top of the panel. Remove these (red arrows, two shown).

With the headlights up, reach into the lower section between the headlight and the panel and gently pull back towards the headlight and up the rubber trim piece (red arrows).
Figure 4

With the headlights up, reach into the lower section between the headlight and the panel and gently pull back towards the headlight and up the rubber trim piece (red arrows). Use an 8mm socket and remove the bolt connecting the panel to the fender from inside the headlight area (yellow arrow).

Place some painters tape around the panel and use an 8mm socket to remove the two nuts and washers in each headlight area (red arrows).
Figure 5

Place some painters tape around the panel and use an 8mm socket to remove the two nuts and washers in each headlight area (red arrows).

There is a 7mm self-taping screw located inside the headlight area.
Figure 6

There is a 7mm self-taping screw located inside the headlight area. Use a long extension and 7mm socket (red arrow) that will reach approximately four inches into the area to remove the screw (yellow arrow shows approximate area of screw under the panel).

With everything free you can slide the panel off the front of the vehicle (red arrows).
Figure 7

With everything free you can slide the panel off the front of the vehicle (red arrows).

You are going to be placing the panel paint side down so cover your work space with some blankets or clean cardboard (red arrow).
Figure 8

You are going to be placing the panel paint side down so cover your work space with some blankets or clean cardboard (red arrow). The hood crest is affixed to the rear of the panel by two studs (yellow arrow).

If your hood crest has already been replaced before you will find two jam nuts on the studs.
Figure 9

If your hood crest has already been replaced before you will find two jam nuts on the studs. If it is the original crest from the factory it will be sealed to the panel. Use a Dremel and very carefully cut the studs off close to the panel but do not cut the panel (red arrows).

There is nothing as nice looking as a new crest.
Figure 10

There is nothing as nice looking as a new crest. Again you are going to be working with this face side down so put some masking tape on the face to protect it. Just don't go all the way to the edges to make removal easier.

If you are going to all the trouble to replace the crest you should replace the seal as well.
Figure 11

If you are going to all the trouble to replace the crest you should replace the seal as well. This photo shows what you will need: a new crest, two jam nuts and a new seal.

Install the seal to the back of the crest.
Figure 12

Install the seal to the back of the crest. If the seal is a little small for the crest try putting it in warm water before installing it to help stretch it and get the edges (red arrow) over the crest.

With the seal on the crest place it through the holes in the panel and install the jam nuts.
Figure 13

With the seal on the crest place it through the holes in the panel and install the jam nuts. The jam nuts have a sticky "weather proofing" material on and in them (red arrow). This material helps hold the crest in place and eliminates the vibrations that would work it loose. These nuts do NOT need to be torqued down tight, just make them snug and you will be good. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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