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1985 Porsche 911: Preparing for Transport

June 19, 2012

Transport P911.jpg There were a few things to take care of before sending our long-term 1985 Porsche 911 rear wing. This would save room in the car for the extra parts that came with our Porsche 911. We've had these in storage and wanted to include them with the car, figuring that the new owner could decide what he wanted to do with them. But 911s aren't exactly known for their cargo capacity, so I wasn't sure if all the parts would fit.

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From left to right in the above photo are: the extra engine cover, an assortment of A/C parts (in the box), a stack of black interior trim pieces (the prior owner wanted a two-tone interior and changed a number of panels to red), the steering wheel that came with the car (it was torn and we eventually bought a new one) and finally, on the far right, is the A/C compressor.

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I put the most of the interior pieces in the front storage area.

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The engine cover and the big interior panel with the speakers went in the rear passenger foot well. The box with the A/C parts and whatever was left over went on the back seats.

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The boxes in the front passenger foot well are performance parts that Mr. Moreau wanted to sail along with the car. Like a true enthusiast, he isn't wasting any time in buying parts to soup up his new car. Having them shipped to the Edmunds office was cheaper than paying international shipping.

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The sunroof was the last item that needed attention. It has a slight leak and we wanted to make sure no water would get inside. I had some painter's tape at home, which did the trick nicely.

The whole process took about 20 minutes to complete. I was now ready to drive off to the transporter (Direct Express, Inc.) in Rancho Dominguez, Calif.

To be concluded.

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor, @ 127,400 miles

1985 Porsche 911: Forget About the Frunk

August 23, 2011


This is how two people pack a 1985 Porsche 911 for a long weekend road trip. I told my wife to pack light and she did. Thanks honey.

Forget about the Porsche's frunk. It's useless unless your bag is completely flat. I probably could have thrown the garment bag up there, but what would have been the point. And yes, I could still see out the backlight. One more bag, however, and I would have had a problem.

Pebble Beach here we come.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

1985 Porsche 911 Carrera: Porsche Every Day

August 09, 2011

1985_porsche_911_grocery_1.jpgI really believe that you can use a Porsche every day. After all, I've seen the video from Porsche's advertising campaign, so I know it's possible.

So I took Edmunds InsideLine.com's 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera M491 to the grocery store.


I present for your approval one low-tech shopping basket from Albertson's filled with $139.32 of groceries. This is not exactly food for a family of four, but as anyone who knows me will attest, it does represent an awful lot of frozen burritos.

The 911's frunk (front trunk) doesn't seem particularly capacious, lined as it is with thin gray carpeting to create a clean, organized space on top of the 21-gallon fuel tank and space-saver spare tire. It measures out to 4 cubic feet.


As if by magic, everything fits. The shock tower brace even functions as a useful cargo organizer, while there's a little well at the left-front corner where you can stash some taller items, like water bottles. No gallon jugs, though. Maybe the bread might get a little squeezed. And certainly no watermelons.

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 1985_porsche_911_grocery_4.jpg And once you make it home -- hopefully without disquieting sounds of the frunk's contents migrating back and forth whenever you encounter a corner — you can park real close to the front door and save a couple steps in the tedious unpacking process.

Of course, the whole idea of taking advice from me about anything to do with shopping is utterly ridiculous, but apparently it can be done. And right after I watch the video from the Porsche Every Day advertising campaign, I might add this story to the Web site that Porsche North America has established so that owners can contribute stories of their own.

Next test, airport limousine.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 117,434 miles

1985 Porsche 911: Fixing More Stuff

April 25, 2011


Now that its sound system is operational (thank you Mr. Magrath) I decided to fix up the Porsche's trunk. With the big boom box finally removed (see photo after the jump) this weekend I took a few minutes and reinstalled the 911's factory trunkmat. As you can see, it's in excellent shape and it snaped into place just as it should.

By the way, that boom box not only took up most of the car's trunk, it also weighs about 30 lbs. We won't miss it.


With that done, the only things left to fix on our 1985 Porsche 911 are a sticking door lock and the speedometer.

This is turning out to be fun, and the car is running perfectly.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief