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Engine Compartment Detailing

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Engine Compartment Detailing

Tom Sharpes


4-7 hours






Metric socket set, Phillips and Flathead screwdrivers, Painters tape, engine enamel or other high temp paint, Brush or roller applicator.

Applicable Models:

Porsche 911 (1965-89)
Porsche 912 (1965-69)
Porsche 930 Turbo (1976-89)

Parts Required:


Performance Gain:

Refreshed engine bay aesthetic.

Complementary Modification:

Replace old connectors with new ones.

Engine area when I bought the car
The very satisfying result

This project was put off for the longest time because of the fear of removing the alternator - a perfectly functioning one at that ! The removal of the alternator is a project all of it's own and because it has been covered in many other places I am not going to go into it in depth as a separate subject here other than to say it just was not that hard. In fact, it was not the demon that I had built it up to be.

The biggest part of this project was to  figure out how everything comes off and in what order. I did not remove the valve covers because I enjoy a drip free engine now and I did want to create more problems than I went into this project with. I decided to use the same colors as the interior to keep everything consistent.

I chose to paint the engine rather than powder coat the items because I had used heat paint on previous projects (race boat engines and a 350 in a '57 Chevy) and I have never had a problem with fading, chipping or discoloration.

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Not exactly a shot from the sales literature. Although nasty looking it is not greasy and oily so clean up will not be too much of a chore.

The paint on the body portion was flaking off in some spots and  the wiring was a rats nest. The A/C is first on the list to go.

With the A/C out there is a little more room to work. It didn't work very well and this is a Targa so most of the driving is top off anyway.

Yes, that is the same engine !

The overall look of the car is really enhanced with the colors used on it.

Who says red heads are no fun ?

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Comments and Suggestions:
Larry Comments: Looking a person to do the engine compartment detail? I’m in Torrance CA
October 31, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check with Callas Rennsport. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Brjomi Comments: How to get cover for fuse box under pollen filter cover
May 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
joe Comments: How do I replace engine compartment seal its right below latch looks like slides in
June 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What vehicle? It could pull off the body, secured by a lip. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bob Comments: need a picture of a 1984 porsche 928-S engine compartment showing the where abouts of the oil fill, dipstick,power steering fill,anti-freeze fill etc. maybe from owners manual
January 25, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts

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