944 CORNER – The final push

Darren MG_5454By Darren deRoos, Provinz Assistant Editor (from Provinz October 2014 page 39)

I can be a bit of a procrastinator—just enough to make life interesting sometimes. Take, for example, building my car. When the project begins it’s very easy to be all gung-ho going in. Ideas flow like money from a drag racer’s wallet and it can be detrimental to sleep when you are lying in bed for hours, dreaming of wide wheels, superchargers, and blowing the doors off a 911 out of turn 10.

Plans are made and work comes easy in the early stages. It’s like grade school when I was young. Early in the year I’d be ready to listen, do my homework, organize my notes, then reality sets in and things get hard, questions go unanswered and frustration can set in. This is where procrastination can rear its ugly head.

I’ve realized over the years when building cars that there is a formula involved in finishing a project. It takes 50 percent of the time to complete 90 percent of the work. It takes the other 50 percent of the time to complete the last 10 percent. Roadblocks appear, issues crop up, and the project stalls. This is a dangerous time. I have abandoned a few projects over the years due to this phenomenon.

It’s easy to fall out of love with a project when things get hard, and that “mint” low mileage 944 Turbo starts looking pretty good. “What am I doing?” I ask myself. “I should just go buy a car that’s done and avoid all this hard work.” Yeah that’s a great idea, or maybe some guy will come along and buy it from me, at pennies on the dollar for sure, but at least I won’t have to deal with it. Then you realize those nights spent dreaming of wide wheels and superchargers are replaced with thoughts of it not starting and money being thrown down the drain.

You need to fight past the procrastination and dig deep to find some motivation. For me this year it came in the form of the PCA-UCR club race. It was during this time that I realized why I started my project in the first place. Because I love a challenge, and I LOVE the 944, MY 944!

Seeing the fun the racers and DE participants at the track were having made me want that again, with my car, my project, my 944. I was also fortunate enough to drive a friend’s recently restored 1987 944 turbo. This also lit a fire under me. It’s a fabulous car and really made me realize just how amazing my project could be if I got off my butt and really dedicated myself to it.

This didn’t happen without some bumps and bruises along the way. One of the toughest challenges I faced came in the form of a blow to my health. In July of this year I ended up in the hospital with a bout of back pain like I’ve never experienced. This woke me up and solidified in my head that when I was healthy again, I must finish my project. Although I am definitely better after two months of physiotherapy, as I write this I still wonder if my back will hold up. I better hurry up and finish this project in case I don’t get another chance.

I am in the final stages of finishing the supercharger project. I am extremely happy with the work so far, and minus a few small issues and pending the arrival of my now highly modified DME unit, I should be able to start the car in the next week or so.

It’s a very exciting time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I find myself staring at it, wondering how much power it will make? What will it sound like? Will it even start? I have some parts on the way that will help me finish it completely and after finally lowering it off the jackstands and rolling it out of the garage for the first time in a year to see it sit on my new-to-me dream wheels, it’s very satisfying.

Happy Cornering!

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