Our little PTE Miata that Aaron bought last year only made it a couple track days before it overheated severely and ended his season. With a supposedly fresh motor in it when purchased, I didn’t think we needed to go over it with a fine tooth comb, but that was a big mistake. The engine builder who put the motor together used thin vacuum caps to block off some coolant ports that were no longer needed. The problem is that …

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I didn’t take many pictures of the build as I went beyond the initial motor and frame, but she is together and ready to go home. The 88cc motor rips pretty good. Since this motor was seized up and not running when I went into it, I wasn’t sure how it would run. Couldn’t get it running for the longest time due to a couple issues. Always go back to your basics, and that usually leads back to the points …

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I haven’t blogged about this car in awhile as it has been at paint, but this is our on going Targa Restoration project. I’ll have to look back and see what all I have blogged about it in the past and update with new pictures now that paint is done. But, I did get the motor installed, prepped, fired up, and broken in. Some nice DC20 cams give here a pretty good lope 🙂 Ok, I have given how to …

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Been tinkering here and there on the car as parts have been showing up. I haven’t been taking many pictures, but you get the idea 😉 First thing to do was to finish draining the front radiators. Since I had done the waterpump in the previous post, I just needed to get the front radiators empty so I can install the center radiator kit for additional cooling. The 987/997 front radiators are a much better design from an install point …

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Another IMS solution went in a week ago or so. Had the motor out for some other things, so after going through some predirectives, we went ahead and installed the IMS solution which is another recent solution to the IMS bearing failure problem. There are a couple of factors that play into the failure of the IMS bearing, including oil seepage past the seal which washes the old grease out and cooks inside the bearing, thus starving it of lubrication, …

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Had this neat 996TT in the shop the other day. Don’t get to see them in cool colors very often, typically only in 997’s do we see Mexico or shades of it. It was originally a yellow car, but was color changed fairly well, so it looks great. We needed to check the car over from a tech perspective as this car is going to run the 130mph club at Bonneville this year, so that is pretty rad. First thing …

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February has been a bit of a busy month, catching up on a lot of big projects in addition to the daily stuff that has been coming through with the unusually nice weather. Before track season slips up on us, I needed to get the next build finished which will be a 2006 Cayman S. For now we will be keeping it a semi street/track car, but maybe i’ll get my way in the future and get to gut the …

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Had this nice 996TT in the shop this week to install a christmas present for the owner. How cool is a wife that buys you an exhaust system for Christmas! They decided to go with a Kline exhaust, which I had honestly not heard before, but I’m usually up for anything on 996TT’s. Exhaust is always such a subjective modification, everyone has their own tastes in regards to sound. The biggest issue you face is drone at highway speeds, which …

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Had this nice little 968 come into the shop this week for a couple of minor issues like realigning the hood, figuring out a bogging idle and performance issue, and a nagging tiptronic error light. A fairly new car for the owner, but sometimes it takes a little sorting to go through a new to you car. The hood aligned pretty easy, and I noticed the hall sensor had completely fallen apart. Pretty common issue for a bogging car, so …

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Took a little time this week to work on the oiling and cooling system on the Dragon. To get the car running and basic testing, I had slapped the radiator and the oil cooler in place with the oil cooler in front of the radiator which is not ideal for cooling. I took some sheet aluminum and sealed up all the gaps where air coming through the bumper might be able to go around the radiator which turned out well. …

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