For Sale: 1984 Porsche 911 – $20,000

UPDATE: The car has been sold.

It’s time to move onto another car, and so I’ve put my 911 up for sale…

The car was purchased four years ago from an attorney and I am the 3rd owner of the vehicle.   I converted the stock car into a quick vehicle designed for the track.  The upgrades on the car are numerous, but a run-down on the major parts show they came from reputable Porsche race-shops such as Elephant Racing, Smart Racing Products, and Clewett Racing.  All of the work was performed by specialist who have worked with Porsches the majority of their lives (including a former Porsche of Germany employee) or myself.  A fairly comprehensive list of upgrades can be found at here.

The car has been setup for track work, however it is still street legal.  For anyone wishing to return the car to stock, I am confident this may be done easily with minimum effort.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email.

Adding to the transportation stable: a road bike

In my pursuit of getting in shape for Tough Mudder (and in general) I’ve bought a road bike to complement my trusty mountain bike. ¬†In addition, I’ve also picked up a bike trainer and stand so I can bike indoors in the morning before heading into work.

The Road Bike

Unlike when I purchased my mountain bike, I took the advice of one of my friends and had myself fitted for a road bike. ¬†The fitting definitely opened my eyes to some things; first, being tall, I’m automatically placed into the category of “a large guy” for road biking which means every bike that is in stock is too small for me and I had to have one ordered. ¬†On top of that, there was still additional fitting that had to be done to make sure everything was up-to-snuff.¬†The bike shop I went to, Nelo’s Cycles (for those of you looking for a bike shop), was very helpful and got me squared away based on my measurements and price range. ¬†We also went through determining the best sort of pedals for what I’m doing, accessories I might need, and everything else associated with a road bike. ¬†The bike I purchased was a Cannondale Synapse 3 Ultegra in the 61mm frame size.

I’m hoping this weekend to get some miles put on the bike so I can get a little bit of a first impression of it and hopefully get a lot of miles on the bike so I can give an informed review of the bike in the near future. ¬†The places I’m hoping to ride are: The Veloway in south Austin, on the Kurt Kinetic trainer at my house, and around my neighborhood. ¬†These three places should give me enough insight as to how the bike will handle in various conditions along with giving me enough seat time to make any minor adjustments to it.

The Bike Trainer

For the trainers I looked at a lot of different types but ended up coming down to two choices: Kurt Kenetic Road Machine and the Kurt Kenetic Rock and Roll. ¬†The big difference between the two trainers is that the Road Machine forces your bike to be completely stationary and the Rock and Roll allows the bike to tilt back and forth like when you’re riding on the street. ¬†Also, there was a $160 price differential and an extra $160 to be able to tilt left and right on my bike while inside wasn’t enough to sway me to purchase the Rock and Roll. ¬†Additionally, I picked up a riser ring that lets me set an angle on the bike such that I can simulate biking on an incline.

Setting up a bike for use on the trainer was fairly simple. ¬†You remove the bike’s original skewer and replace it with the one that came with the trainer and then slide it into the trainer locking the wheel in place with the new skewer which fits into these custom cups. ¬†However, the one thing the trainer forgets to mention is how to install the specialized skewer cup on the trainer. ¬†They want you to go online to see how to do it. ¬†But, I’m stubborn and it really isn’t that hard; you just need a 4mm hex key to undo the cup on one side of the trainer and then just replace it with the skewerified cup.

The trainer comes with a SPINeRVALS DVD that is a testing workout to help you figure out where your heart rate, etc. need to be in order to get a great workout. ¬†I did the workout twice just to see how I liked it and it was really good. ¬†I might get a few more of the DVDs just to give me something to do when it is too dark to bike outside in the morning or night since sometimes work and school get in the way of doing exercise at the time I’d really prefer to workout.

Quick Impressions

From Friday to Sunday, I managed to put about 40 miles on my bike. ¬†A little over half of them were on the trainer and the rest were on the roads around my neighborhood. ¬†I really like the feel of the bike and everything seems to be loosening up and getting into real working order. ¬†The only thing I don’t like right now is the seat, but that is more from my butt not being used to it than anything else. ¬†As I get more miles on the bike I’ll give a much better review of the bike other than it’s really nice, I enjoy riding it, and road biking is a heck of a lot less dirty than mountain biking.

Using the iPhone as a source of music on your VW Jetta SportsWagen with a Bluetooth connection

Now, being the person that I am, I love music and love listening to it wherever I can.¬† It makes sense then, that I put a lot of music on my phone.¬† My iPhone has the ability to connect through Bluetooth to my car and should have the ability to send the music to the speakers within the car.¬† Now, the issue is, how do I do that?¬† If you’re like me, you don’t read the instructions cause they’re long and boring.¬† I want the three bullet points to make it happen.¬† So here is how it works:

  1. Make sure your phone is connected to the car through Bluetooth.
  2. Start playing music on the phone’s music player
  3. On the radio select ‘BT Audio’
  4. Listen to the music through the car’s speakers

See, that was easy.  Why it took me two manuals for the car to figure this out is ridiculous.

Say hello to my new daily driver, 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI

After changing jobs and working at a job that is much more stimulating to me I soon found out that my choice of daily driver was not exactly the best choice anymore.¬† As much as I loved the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the fact is, it never caused me any issues unlike the M5.¬† The only issue with the Cayenne was the gas mileage; now I’ll admit I’m a bit of a lead food when it comes to driving, but I was spending way too much on gasoline each month for even my lead foot and wallet to handle.¬† Even adjusting to driving slower was not helping me.¬† So the choice came down to figuring out what I wanted to do.

I started out looking at hybrids, such as the Prius, Fusion Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid and the like and the Jetta TDIs.¬† After getting to ride in and drive the hybrids I marked them off the list pretty quickly since I did not find them very fun to drive.¬† The Jetta TDI sedan and wagon were both a lot of fun to drive – so that narrowed my choices down to choosing between a sedan or wagon and a manual or DSG transmission.¬† Now, this seems like an easy choice, but it is damn near impossible to find a Jetta TDI exactly how you want it.¬† So you basically have to go with what they’ve got at the dealerships.¬† Luckily, in Austin there are two VW dealerships; and one had sedans and the other had wagons.¬† Of course, the first thing to do was to find out how much the Cayenne was worth as a baseline for trade-ins at other dealerships using CarMax.¬† If the trade-in value is close, it’ll make up for the taxes saved on trade-in, if not, you know to sell the car to CarMax.¬† The baseline price I found out from CarMax on Wednesday, even though it took most of the night.

Now, dealership number one was right after CarMax.¬† They had two identically outfitted sedans (both with DSG); and I test drove one of them.¬† Immediately I knew this was a fun car to drive and I could more than likely live with driving one on a daily basis.¬† After the test drive, we started working numbers to see if something could happen.¬† Unfortunately, they couldn’t make it happen with the trade-in, they were 5k under CarMax’s offer, however, the deal was a very good deal.¬† It was past their closing time when it was concluded so I went home a little disappointed, but feeling pretty good about the decision to change cars.

The second dealership was the one with all the wagons at it.¬† They also had one sedan — in manual.¬† I test drove the manual sedan and wow.¬† That is a really, really fun car to drive.¬† The power band was quite nice and the transmission was one of the smoothest I’ve used.¬† However, I wanted the DSG, so I started looking through the wagons just to see what there was.¬† I found a red wagon with DSG and the panoramic roof and decided that would be a nice car, but I would still like to know if they could get me any sedan with DSG and the iPod connector.¬† This of course, was Thursday.¬† The salesman said he’d find out tomorrow (being today, what sedans he could get and let me know).¬† This of course, leads to today.¬† There were no sedans available, but I told him I’d be interested in the red wagon with DSG and the panoramic roof if it could have an iPod adapter installed.¬† After a few phone calls, I bought the car (basically over the phone negotiations, it was kind of odd).¬† I agreed to buy the car about 4pm and then set off to my house to get the last of the stuff out of my Cayenne Turbo and put the instruction manuals into it to be sold back to CarMax.

I was out of my house and at CarMax by 5:00pm and then heading toward the VW dealership after selling my car by 5:45p.¬† Then, I was out of VW with my new car at 7:45p.¬† This, cats and kittens, was a record for the Holloway family.¬† The first time a car has been bought at the dealership and we’re out of the dealership before midnight.¬† In fact, I did two car related things in under 3 hours.¬† This was seriously amazing.¬† And the car kicks ass as well — not as powerful as the Cayenne Turbo, but I’ll happily trade some of the power for the ridiculously upgraded miles per gallon.

New battery for the car

A few days ago I had decided to drive the 911 out to meet some friends at the wonderful German food place near my house.¬† So, I took the time to pull the cover off the car, give it a quick dust off, move my other car out from behind it, then hop in and then hopped in to start it.¬† Alas, as you can guess my the name of this post, it didn’t happen.

I figured what the heck, I only drive the car a little bit a year and I hadn’t driven it in over two months, so it’ll just need to be jump started and I can do that later.¬† I finally got around to later yesterday evening.¬† And, I tried jumping it, which was no good.¬† So I let it sit for a while with the other car running to see if it would charge up the battery enough to start it.¬† And that didn’t happen either.¬† So taking my a multimeter to it, I found out I only had a 9V reading across the terminals.¬† Yep, a dead battery.¬† Sucks to have to buy a new battery, but this time I’m being smart(er) and procuring a trickle charger as well.¬† That way I can hopefully prevent this from happening again anytime soon.