Articles In Excellence – Jim Pasha's Tech Forum


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Jim Pasha has a regular column in Excellence called the Tech Forum. He covers a very broad range of technical topics – some model specific and some of interest to all Porsche owners. Following are a list of articles that all Porsche owners should find interesting:


Title:

Tech Forum: 20-Year-Old Porsche

Issue:

#153, February 2007, page 201

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

3½-pages of text and tables

Synopsis:

In its 20th anniversary issue, Pasha discusses the practical issues of purchasing and maintaining 20-year-old Porsches.


Title:

Tech Forum: Headlights

Issue:

#150, October 2006, page 161

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

3-pages of text and diagrams

Synopsis:

Pasha discusses the evolution of headlight design in Porsches, with a particular focus on later models. See also #91 below...


Title:

Tech Forum: Ethanol and Porsches

Issue:

#149, September 2006, page 163

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

2-pages of text and photos

Synopsis:

Pasha discusses the latest developments in ethanol-gasoline fuel blends (such as E85) and the effects on Porsche cars.


Title:

Tech Forum: Fuel Lines!

Issue:

#147, June 2006, page 161

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

1-page of text and photos

Synopsis:

Pasha comments on the benefits of replacing aging fuel lines in older Porsches to reduce the possibility of fire.


Title:

Tech Forum: Crankshaft Referenced Systems for Improved Performance

Issue:

#142, November 2005, page 161

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

4-pages (2½-pages of text and tables, 1½-pages of photos)

Synopsis:

Pasha looks at modern aftermarket ignition and fuel injection systems.


Title:

Tech Forum: Ignition Systems

Issue:

#138, June 2005, page 167

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

5½-pages (4½-pages of text and tables, 1-page of photos)

Synopsis:

Pasha examines an often forgotten component with Porsche engines – the ignition system. He looks at the systems used from the 356 to the latest models.


Title:

Tech Forum: Current Affairs

Issue:

#132, October 2004, page 163

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

4-pages of text, tables and diagrams

Synopsis:

This time, Pasha focus on the batteries used in Porsches. He describes their construction, operation, maintenance and grounds. In addition, he includes a table listing the part numbers for batteries used in most Porsche models since the 1964 911.


Title:

Tech Forum: External Oil Coolers

Issue:

#131, September 2004, page 163

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

6½-pages (4½-pages of text and tables, 2-pages of photos)

Synopsis:

Pasha discusses external oil cooler upgrades for Porsches. Though he uses a specific upgrade project on an early 911 as an example, many of the lessons are applicable to all Porsche owners considering the same upgrade. In addition, he includes a table of the oil/air/fuel filters used in all Porsches sold in the US from the 1954 356 to the 2004 Cayenne.


Title:

Tech Forum: Lifting Locations

Issue:

#130, August 2004, page 161

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

3-pages (1½-pages of text, 1½-pages of illustrations)

Synopsis:

Pasha discusses the subject of raising Porsches with jacks or lifts. He covers the 356, 914, 911 ('65-'98), 924/944/968, 928 and Boxster – though not in great detail. The one thing Pasha emphasizes is safety and that the owner's manual provides the exact location of the car's lifting points.


Title:

Tech Forum: Competitive Event Preparation

Issue:

#111, June 2002, page 147

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

5½-pages

Synopsis:

Pasha looks at car preparation for competitive events such as autocrosses or club-racing. He covers a broad range of topics from mechanical checks to safety tips.


Title:

Tech Forum: Suspension Renewal and Maintenance

Issue:

#107, December 2001, page 153

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

7½-pages of text and diagrams

Synopsis:

Pasha examines the wear items used in Porsche suspensions – from bushings to wheel bearings.


Title:

Tech Forum: Engine Rebuild Terminology

Issue:

#104, September 2001, page 153

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

6½-pages of text, tables and photos

Synopsis:

Pasha explains some of the most commonly used terms in engine rebuilding (e.g. overbore, decking, etc.).


Title:

Power Accessories

Issue:

#103, September 2001, page 153

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

7-pages

Synopsis:

Pasha discusses the following electrically powered systems used in Porsches from 1984 to 1998:
- Power mirrors
- Central locking
- Electric seats
- Power windows
- Factory alarm systems


Title:

Tech Forum: Performance Lighting for Porsches

Issue:

#91, February 2000, page 145

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

5½-page of text, tables and diagrams

Synopsis:

Pasha describes the evolution of headlamp design from the early thirties to modern times. Then he describes how to upgrade the lighting systems for your Porsche. He also provides a table listing the lamps used in all Porsches from 1965 to 1995. See also #150 above...


Title:

Tech Forum: Electrical Systems Overview and Observations

Issue:

#87, August 1999, page 145

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

3½-pages of text and diagrams

Synopsis:

Pasha gives an overview of the electrical wiring and fuses used by Porsche. He includes a very useful table of the electrical schematic symbols used by Porsche.


Title:

Tech Forum: Brake Basics

Issue:

#82, December 1998, page 147

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

1½-pages of text and diagrams

Synopsis:

Pasha provides a general overview of the disk brakes used by Porsche.


Title:

Tech Forum: Suspension Basics Part 3

Issue:

#78, June 1998, page 137

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

2¾-pages of text and tables

Synopsis:

The third and final installment in a 3-part series on suspension theory and practice. See comments about issue #76 below for more details.


Title:

Tech Forum: Suspension Basics Part 2

Issue:

#77, May 1998, page 135

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

4-pages of text and diagrams

Synopsis:

The second installment in a 3-part series on suspension theory and practice. See comments about issue #76 below for more details.


Title:

Tech Forum: Suspension Basics

Issue:

#76, April 1998, page 121

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

4-pages of text and diagrams

Synopsis:

Pasha begins a 3-part series on suspension theory and practice with special emphasis on Porsche applications.


Title:

Torquing Engine Parts

Issue:

#53, May 1995, page 109

Author:

Jim Pasha

Length:

2½-pages of text, tables and diagrams

Synopsis:

Pasha describes the correct method for torquing fasteners in general.