This 1983 Porsche 944 is in need of a little work to get it back on the road. Years of pushing in the clutch and pressing the brake pedal have weakened the firewall and caused a break to form where the firewall attaches to the inner fender.
The largest two holes in the above picture show where the brake master cylinder passes through the firewall (the large hole on the left) and where the clutch slave cylinder passes through (the smaller hole on the right). Where the firewall and the inner fender meet near the slave cylinder a break has occurred. This happens after years of use.
Attempting to repair something like this can be difficult, cutting the old firewall out and replacing with new sheet metal can be a very time consuming experience. Such a repair would require the removal of the engine, the cutting of the wiring harness and the removal of much of the interior, including the dash.
After some searching on the internet, the owner of the car found a solution to the problem that shouldn't require such a drastic tear down of the car. Only944.com offers a firewall brace that should solve the problem and the only things that will have to be removed are the brake booster and the slave cylinder. The kit is bolt on, so welding isn't needed.
This will be a lengthy repair that the owner hopes to have finished by spring. The Custom & Hot Rod Life tribe will bring you updates as work progresses!
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Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck.