A few Fridays ago we fired up the grill and threw some brats on. The occasion? Our local KC region PCAers were heading to PCA Palooza down in Eureka Springs, AR. This event has grown to epic proportions and is a lot of fun. What better way to send the caravan off with than with some hot brats for lunch! The night before, Val and Brian were scrambling to get the office finished. The old white faded paint and orange …

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For the last track event of the year, we needed to get new pads on the GTR before sending it out the door. Got them knocked out in good time, buttoned up a few other things on the car, and sent it to Eagle’s Canyon. Big brembos and slotted rotors. Ron used up pretty much all of the pads that he could possible use on this last set. Titanium backing plates help disperse the heat and keep it away from …

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A few months ago, I installed Eibach lowering springs and new Bilstein struts/shocks on this 99 996. Last week we finished off the project with a set of Eibach front and rear sway bars. While a little hard to get our hands on, Mike eventually tracked the rear bar down and brought it by to install the front bar. Goodbye body roll 🙂 Front bar is hidden on top of the front subframe, so that needs to come down to …

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Last week we made a little more progress on this poor abandoned child 😉 Got the bumpers on and some of the trim/gaskets along with new taillights, etc. Hopefully we can send this puppy back to it’s owner in the next week or so!

Every year Val and I make the trip back home in the fall for some R&R. Track cars have been put away for the year, and it is a good opportunity around Thanksgiving and Christmas to head north for some hunting. This year I did something I have never done before on a vacation….I left my laptop at home. I did cheat a little with my blackberry, but most of the time when hunting I didn’t have a signal anyway, …

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While most people were home watching the Chiefs get demolished, we were at the shop trying to catch up on some stuff. Wes finished polishing another set of headlights on a 996TT (which we also installed a short shifter in). Val painted the upstairs office/entry: While they were doing that, I decided to try and seal up some leaks on the building that we have when it rains. Part of the issue is the gutters are so clogged with junk …

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Had a Boxster come through that was throwing some engine codes and running rough. Read down the codes and had a couple of possibilities for causes, so we started looking around. Fueling issue was the first thing to check, so I got the stethoscope out and listened to each injector. 5 had a distinct fast “tick tick tick” sound like normal, but the #3 cylinder had a “thunk….thunk……thunk” sound to it, which told me we probably have an over fueling …

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The 2nd weekly gem in the shop last week. A timing belt/waterpump/spark plug job for a friend’s kid hauler. With 100k miles on the rig, it was time to get the timing belt done. While in there, it is smart to throw in a waterpump as well, and replace the spark plugs since they were due with the mileage. We also found a leaking radiator, so had to tackle that as well. While I was across the shop cussing at …

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Had this little gem come into the shop last week for a new tranny and a lightweight flywheel conversion. She has lived a hard life, and so getting things apart was a bit of a chore, in fact almost everything fought me from the lug bolts to the transaxle bolts, but we got it done. New tranny ready to go in. Cracked engine mount: Ouch. Old disgusting transaxle out and ready for the new clutch and flywheel Ooooh boy. Going …

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RUF RGT

Rolled this RUF RGT through the shop this weekend. It was having an issue with the blower fan in the interior as well as a fuel gauge issue. After a little tracing, the blower fan issue was the result of a relay going bad. Then was on to the fuel sender unit. It was jammed on some hoses in the tank, so after reconfiguring that, all was well again.