One of the biggest problems you might face in a race car in the summer heat is over heating.  I’m not talking over heating of the car, but instead overheating of the driver.  In the summer months when temperatures can get to 100 degrees, finding yourself in a metal box with no AC for 20 minutes to an hour at a time, means being stuck in a heat sink with no way to cool down.   Over heating the body leads …

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With the 2009 track season underway, people are starting to pull the cars out of winter storage and getting them ready for the street and track.  What are some things you need to pay attention to when heading to the track?  Well there are a lot, all of which are covered on your tech inspection form for your event.  Having a qualified shop check the car over and give their signature of approval before an event is a very good …

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While the last club race and DE was a fun event, i lost a motor at the same time.  Sometime came loose in the #1 cylinder, but I won’t exactly know what until I tear the engine down.  Luckily, I have a spare sitting on a stand nearly ready to go, so today I got around to dropping the old engine out and prepping the new one for install. Sans lift, you must get the front of the car elevated …

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What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection, and why would you want one?  The names says it all.  An inspection made before purchasing a car, to help point out the pro’s and con’s of the car you are about to purchase.  The inspection should be done by someone who really knows the car being inspected.  In other words, having a Honda mechanic inspect a Porsche, might not be the best idea.  He might catch some obvious things that need attention, but might …

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Knocked out a corner balance on a track prepped 997S today.  The car was set up pretty good last year, but this year the owner decided to pull the supercharger off, and remove the A/C to make a lighter car, which of course messed up our weight distributions on the car.  Scales showed the car came in just under 3050lbs. What is the purpose of corner balancing? Corner balancing is the process of shifting the weight carried by each wheel …

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Well, not really, but since we needed a new theme for a customer’s white 87 944 turbo, we decided to go with the Brumos theme.  Underground Autosport here in town have built it’s matching sister, a very lightweight (2250lbs) 8V NA 944, with turbo body kit.  You can find these cars battling it out at your local midwest track throughout the season 🙂  Thanks to Mark Sherwood for the fantastic job on the graphics! The shop supervisor checking the car …

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The Porsche 968, 944S2 and 944 S all used dual overhead cams, unlike the previous 8v engines.  This also introduces a slightly different maintenance schedule for the cam system.  The 8v engines were all more or less cam maintenance free, with the exception of oil seal replacements as they started to leak.  The DOHC heads though, all have tensioners, oil feed pipes, cam chains, and tensioner pads to worry about.  The 944 line is fairly basic in terms of maintenance.  …

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