928 maintains it's public reputation!

This episode of 'The Bill' was transmitted on ITV1 on November 15th 2006

928 maintains it's public reputation!

Karl Neilson, 89 S4

For the past 2 months I've been directing 'The Bill' for ITV1. When reading scripts I have to think carefully about the characters - who they are, how they develop, and their role in the story I have to tell.

One of my scripts had the wonderful character of 'Alec Vincent', an old school, London villain, accused of doing 'one last robbery' before retiring to spain.

My Location Manager and I soon found the perfect house for such a man, a huge detached residence tucked away in South London, with palm trees outside, and a wonderful huge space inside. Finding the right actor was more problematic, but I soon cast Gary Powell, who went on to give an excellent performance.

I decided this 80's criminal needed an 80's supercar, and therefore opted for the Porsche 928. My design team looked nervous, saying they are a very difficult car to source and would be expensive. I dug my heels in though and insisted Alec Vincent would only ever cruise to retirement in the great Porsche V8 supercar.

In the build up to filming, 'Alec Vincent's car' often came up, and it was a choice I had to defend quite a lot. Many people didn't know what a 928 was, and those that did said things like 'that's a bit old" ( missing the point ), and "that's a bit crap" ( ignorant ! ).

Filming day soon arrived, and I got to location at about 8.30 am. Everything was set to go. The house was dressed, the actors were made up, the camera van was ready....but where was the 928?!!!. Convinced a conspiracy was about to deny me my vision, I took the art director aside, only to hear the beep of a horn and the roar of an engine. The 928 had arrived.....

Porsche 928 stars in The Bill

Pic: Karl Neilson

.....on the back of a low loader. That morning all the other cars we needed for the days filming had started fine. No it just happened to be the 928 that wouldn't turn over and delayed me for 15 mins whilst it was unloaded and pushed into position.

We all stood and watched this happen. There were smiles among the many who told me the 928 was not a very good car. But as I told them all, I bought mine as much to look at, as to drive. And when pushed into position it didn't matter that it had an off coloured wing, a bent sunroof, and didn't start. It just looked fantastic, like it does in 'Weird Science', 'Risky Business', 'The Business', and now 'The Bill'!!!! Perhaps Alec Vincent should pay more attention to it's servicing requirements though....

Porsche 928 stars in The Bill

Pic: Karl Neilson


Porsche - The Legend, Jonathan Wood

Porsche - The Legend

Author:Jonathan Wood

Extremely cheap book this. Colour pictures of all models and some good detail with tables a la top trumps of information. 928 model coverage is good with pictures of UK cars from 1979, 1988 and 1995 although the author dismisses the 928 as a footnote in the companys evolution.

For a couple of quid its worth it. Its only 3.99 in the shops.


Porsche 928 Winter Wheels and Tyres

Porsche make special Winter Wheels and Tyres for the Porsche 928. I expect you wish you had a winter wheel set today.

Porsche winter wheels

Pic:ebay auction (8008930179) With permission from seller klosi001

Read all about winter wheels and tyres from our Finnish Correspondent by clicking 'Read More' Personally I prefer friction tyres (made for Nordic area) because then I can use a bit wider wheels/tyres and the wheel noise is not so loud as it is with stud tyres. With friction tyres I think it is better to use a bit wider wheels/tyres because the tires are quite soft and 928 being a heavy car does not help the situation. With Nordic friction tyres you should not drive over 10 degrees of Celsius - or if you do you should be careful as those can "melt" under your car. There is some friction tyres for central Europe which are of harder material and can be used in high speeds even over 200kph.

When using friction tyres you better make sure that ABS and PSD are working perfectly. If not then stud tyres might be a safer choice.

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Steves 928 update

Well after the initially excitement of driving this beast around & turning heads I started in ernest to attempt to put right the first few problems I found.

The instrument binnacle was my first call & I stripped tis out of the binnacle and stripped it down. I found bulbs missing and the right hand plug on the rear had broken its plastic "lug" so the foil was just floating around. I made a quick fix by using a piece of plastic sheet cut to size to fit the foil contacts correctly on the plug. Now all my warning lights at least work.

The other problem I found was that there were 2 wires out of the right hand plug connector - these were Red & Black in colour & were twisted together - there was another wire out of the loom at the same point which had been cut-off & was grey & blue.

Porsche 928 Dashboard plug connector

Porsche 928 Dashboard plug connector

I found from the wiring diagram that the 2 red/black wires should have been in R10 but don't know where or if the grey wire should be used?

The binnacle is now back on & all the warning lights now work - even the petrol gauge has stopped bouncing around - but the charge indicator has stopped working now so think I will have to pull the Instrument cluster out again soon.

The instrument lights however still do not work & now the clock backlight & auto gear shift arrow are not lighting up either. Still int he dark whilst driving...untill I can get them to work. WIll have to try to do current checks on the plugs to the instrument cluster over christmas to do some diagnostics.

- Got the rear demist working but still can't get the wipers to work. It may be the switch int he centre console as they all don't look or work to positively. Will start there over the Christmas hols.

- I found that the oil modification that was done on this 928 to give it two external oil coolers instead of the one's in the radiator works great but the pipework went down the side of the radiator hose on the right hand side of the engine compartment. I noticed that this was touching the drive belt ont he right hand side & was wearing away at the rubber hose coating. Made sure this was tucked out of the way & clear of the drive belt with some secure tie straps.

- The biggest problem I had last weekend as I got in the car to go out for a drive was a distrubing knocking at the rear near side wheel. This ins't there all the time but suddenly appears both in reverse or forward motion. I haven't had chance to look at this yet, but it is definately a fairly clear metal clunking noise, so either brakes or crive joint I pressume?

Anyone heard this noise before & give me an idea of where to start looking?

Dissappointed I can't drive my 928 this weekend before I'm off on my travels again. WIll have to get this clunking noise fixed ASAP so I can enjoy the 928 over Christmas.

My Current Xmas list for the 928 is as follows:-

  • left Bonnet rubber needed
  • bonnet release catch & surround needed
  • two new gas strutts for tailgate needed
  • Fader knob by hand brake needed
  • Black Surround for near side front side & fog lights cluster
  • lens for Rght side (drivers) side lights missing need new lens cover
  • rear seat levers for headrests
  • stop the exhaust smell inside the car...must be a rubber bung missing somewhere???????

    I will have to find a good 928 breakers for these as the two breakers on ebay have not even bothered to respond. Any idea's anyone???????

    Many Thanks to everyone who has replied to my questions so far - youve all been lots of help.

    I managed to pick up my new (well secondhand) replacement seats I boought off ebay from Andrew in Flitpick near Bedford - he seems to know Angus - and he was a great contact to meet up with - even though he is manily into 911's - he still had a few more 928 bits including a new roof lining & original 928 brochure for my exact year & model. WIll fit this new interior as soon as I have stopped the bad rain leak from the front window leaking on the gear shift and also on the floor mats on both sides. Need to take both windows out & re-seal them.


Upgrading the Porsche 928 Radio to something modern

Swap out the old broken Blaupunkt Toronto for something new

This is relatively straightforward as long as you dont mind a little electrical connecting. (Please dont use Scotch Locks think about the next person rewiring in ten years time swearing at you)! You will also need a little patience. My personal choice would be to retain a Blaupunkt or OEM Porsche Becker look. Why not add Satelite Navigation at the same time? Both Becker and Blaupunkt produce systems that fit in the standard head unit space in a 928.

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