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'95 945T: Winter beater wagon resurrection - kampman - 11-19-2013 12:09 PM

Recently, I found myself pining for a project, so I bought this:

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(sorry for the crappy CL pics)

Obviously, it's a 1995 940 Turbo. It looks like hell, but the body is pretty straight, it was a Florida car for most of its life so there's no rust or rot, and it was pretty well maintained-there are a bunch of dealer visits recorded in the Carfax. Unfortunately, the PO didn't really pick up where the first owner left off on its upkeep, and it came back to bite him after it lost most of its coolant and overheated at the end of a long road trip. Instead of fixing it, he listed it on CL for dirt cheap, so I decided to take a chance on it.

I got it home, took it apart, and found the following:

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Toasty! Fortunately, there's still decent crosshatching in all 4 cylinders and there wasn't any milkshake in the sump, so I'm hoping it'll run OK once I get it back together.

I eventually found the root cause of the problem-one of the heater hoses split where it passes over the EGR plumbing.

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I ordered the parts I needed to put it back together last night and I have a line on a couple good cylinder heads, so hopefully it'll be running again in time for some hooning once the snow falls.

Once I know it's a decent driver I'll start considering some upgrades, but I don't want to dump a bunch of money into it until then. Watch this space...


RE: '95 945T: Winter beater wagon resurrection - kampman - 12-19-2013 11:40 PM

This thing is lurching its way back towards the land of the living. I bolted the replacement head on a couple weekends ago, and I got the intake and exhaust manifolds reinstalled last Sunday along with the turbo. All of the ignition components in the car were original (!) when I got it, and the rotor disintegrated when I tried to remove it from the distributor on the old head, so I ordered some new plugs, wires, and a cap and rotor from IPD. Once those get here, there won't be that much left to do-I need to get the timing belt replaced and run some new vacuum lines for the turbo and the EGR, but that's simple stuff.

I have the next week off, so hopefully there'll be a first start vid before the New Year.


RE: '95 945T: Winter beater wagon resurrection - kampman - 12-27-2013 08:31 PM

It's out of the garage:

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Lots of work still to be done but I'm pretty proud of the results.


RE: '95 945T: Winter beater wagon resurrection - Coupe' de Tat - 12-28-2013 12:31 AM

yeah! nice save!!!


RE: '95 945T: Winter beater wagon resurrection - Shifted - 12-29-2013 01:05 AM

Sounds like you got away with it, good deal.


RE: '95 945T: Winter beater wagon resurrection - kampman - 01-15-2014 11:20 PM

So this noise cropped up. I'm thinking it's a valve adjustment issue, but I'm not entirely sure-it only happens when the engine is warm and in a very narrow RPM range.




RE: '95 945T: Winter beater wagon resurrection - Shifted - 01-16-2014 01:48 AM

Doesn't sound like valve adjustment to me... ... ... loose belt? Icon_scratch


RE: '95 945T: Winter beater wagon resurrection - WolfDK - 01-16-2014 05:53 AM

Whats your oil pressure when hot ?

Do some probing for the source using a long screwdriver with the handle pressed against your ear.

Look under the cam belt cover, something hitting the pulleys or belt ?

Try removing the accessory belts when the sound is present, only run for a short duration without
the belts (waterpump disabled).


RE: '95 945T: Winter beater wagon resurrection - kampman - 07-08-2014 10:56 AM

Weird noise ended up being the wastegate flapper-the actuator arm fell off so it was hanging freely. I ended up selling this a few months back-the new owner seems happy with it.


RE: '95 945T: Winter beater wagon resurrection - xtregrab - 12-23-2019 11:14 AM

Do you still have the wagon?