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Mark St Martin

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  1. Loren receiving the codes (and quite quickly too I may add ... ) make the annual membership more than a bargain!! And what a great sound system Porsche has included in these amazing cars. Thank you once again Sir! Can't wait to get it on the road (any day now), doubt I'll be listening to the radio much for the first little while : ) Cheers
  2. After completing most of the repairs to the '97 Boxster, now for the radio : ) CDR-210 type 2896 Ser# 5009452 Thank you in advance!!
  3. Thanks Ahsai, useful data. Having an idea of the weights will help in this calculations. Sadly I have an overhead crane most shop would envy but not being able to use it for this pull ... This car is now pulling me to put a two post lift in the shop... BTW, that's a nice clean engine you have there!! ... just received my IMS Solution today!
  4. Hello all, I am in the process of dropping the Engine and tiptronic transmission assembly. A thought came to mind for a mooring device than will fasten to assembly to my floor jack along with safety straps. My question is, where would the optimum balance point be in relation to the safety strap mounting bracket on the engine. Thanks, Mark
  5. Not to mention adding to the resale value ... I will have to agree and consider it money well spent. The thought of major engine failure 100s of miles from home, no brain'r.
  6. First off, if you are the original owner and if you changed the oil every 5-6K miles (less intervals than what Porsche recommends @ 15k) and you have been using top synthetic oil, I suspect you may never have an IMS bearing issue ... Stats are great, but as most cars will go through multiple owners, one will rarely know the history of who & how the car was driven as well as how faithful they where at oil changes. This '97 Boxster M96 2.5 I recently purchased ran fine with no irregular sounds, no signs that would warrant concern. Probably the best advice on the net for
  7. Thank you for the clarification! That's some handy resources you have there Loren ... I considered doing the Porsche Authenticity report, but you quickly learn working on these cars they're not made in China ; ) Fact is I'm owner number 9. I suspect many things have been changed on this car and it's more likely seen it's fair share of services centers. The Tiptronic trany is oily whereas the engine is quite clean : / This Boxster is at the point in it's life that it will either be a money pit or a great car for a enthusiast!! Hopefully the
  8. 1997 Boxster original California car with 118,000 miles on the odometer. Last digits of the VIN# S625521 the engine Ser# M96/2065V15144 Are the last few numbers suppose to match? If yes and they are different, any way of finding out more details about this engine? The engine sounds good at idle with good balanced exhaust flow & no blow-by from the crank case. Thanks to this community I have decided that it should be pulled before seeing another life of pleasure. Debris in the bottom of the pan shows eminent IMS failure as well as pieces of
  9. My summer ride for the last 30 years has been a '63 Pontiac Parisienne convertible with 99,875 original miles. Long overdue for work, it will be taking a rest ... In it's place will be a '97 Boxster Tiptronic with 117000 miles on it. I can say I'm truly looking forward to road trips with this car!!
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