This is weird. I’m actually intimidated by wrenching on the 996. I have no idea why, I’ve done an engine swap in a Miata, full cooling system in an E36, gas tank, suspension, interior in Hondas, lifts on my Jeeps, etc etc etc. I’m not scared of digging into a project, and I’ve got a big garage and tools.

But there’s something about wrenching on my 2001 Porsche 996. I’ve had it for a year now, and I need to fix a rattle in the Porsche Sport Exhaust (PSE). The valves rattle and parts break loose internally, which makes my car sound like bolts in a coffee can. All I need to do is pull the damn thing off and have an exhaust shop cut in and reweld it, or just replace them with used parts. This is not a difficult job, especially on a car like mine that has 0 rust.

Can’t explain it, but the thing intimidates me. I’d never consider paying someone else to do something like this on any other car I’ve owned, but I have for this. Tomorrow I’m going to put on my big boy pants and dig in though. I don’t want to drive the car like it is, and I want to drive it.

Wish me luck.