This week has been busy trying to get cars ready for the club race and HPDE this coming weekend. I think we are mostly caught up on the bulk of it which is nice, just a few last minute stragglers to take care of and we should be set for the weekend. Not sure how Bob let this Nissan through the cracks 😉 Boys, she has bigger brakes than you……A good inspection of everything, flush of the brakes with Motul …

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It has been a week of targas lately! With two 70’s in the shop, a 993, and now a 997 targa, it has been a fun change. The 993 and newer targas are really rare, so it is cool to see them in the shop once in awhile. This one came in to have us install a set of muffler bypasses and tips that he had purchased from Fabspeed. No problem. I didn’t take many pictures of this job, but …

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Had this little Audi in the shop last week for some maintenance and general repairs. It was due for an oil change service and such, so that was pretty straight forward. Filters, fluids, etc. It also had a dead interior blower motor that is very common to Audi’s. IMHO, the orientation of the blower fan assembly leads to early failure, as the motor is pointing up, allowing any condensation/etc in the system to end up in the motor, thus seizing …

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A couple weeks ago we headed up to MAM for some track time with the Iowa chapter BMW club. Though a bit over analytical you could say, they are a great group of guys to run with and put on a good school. Unfortunately, we we plagued with rain all weekend. A few dry sessions was all we had, but we will had fun none the less! We had a good crowd from KC up there, our regular track guys …

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This coming weekend the KCRPCA will be hosting it’s annual club race and DE at the new Kansas Speedway infield course. If you are not racing or participating in the HPDE, there is still fun to be had! Aristocrat motors will be hosting a car show and fun run to the speedway, Saturday June 22nd. They will have the lot cleared at the dealership off I-35 and SMP for the car show. Your cars should be parked around 9am, but …

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So we are at the track the other day and a buddy who runs a gorgeous Elise with the BOE fabrication crowd asked if they know anyone who does jags…a week later this comes to the shop. A very solid car that the owner is doing a full resto on.  He just wants to check and see if we are going to go through his motor, or find another to freshen up. One cylinder was down around 90, the rest were rockin …

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What do you do if you are travelling cross country and when you are in Kansas City your 1999 BMW 528i starts making a horrible engine noise?  Find a good independent shop to take care of you. The owner thought the front of the motor was coming apart and at first it sounded like he could be right but dropping the serpentine belt made the noise stop, much better news. The PS reservoir was dumping into the alternator so a …

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We’ve always been PCA/NASA/or Chumpcar guys but last weekend we had a chance to come support one of the best guys we know in his return to SCCA racing.  Mike Lyle rolled the Honey Badger (sporting an updated look) out at Heartland Park after a shakedown at Hallett.  The car really lives up to the name.  Mike was running in GT2 and ran in front of everyone he should have been close with and a few he didn’t have any business beating. Weather was great and …

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This is a 964 that I did a clutch job on last year. 180k+ miles are on the clock, and it had come in for a routine valve adjustment. Unfortunately when I pulled the lower valve covers, I found 3 broken head studs! Not good, and it really put us in a pickle. The owner is in love with the car and drives the heck out of it. A full engine rebuild soup to nuts was going to run about …

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Had this 964 C2 come in for some electrical issues (alternator) and a few other minor things that we have seen before. What I haven’t blogged about before are the shift tube bushings in the tunnel that can fail. I’m not sure how he was able to shift this car as the shift knob was all over the place. Up in the air to remove the center tunnel belly pan. With the tunnel pan removed, we can see the issue. …

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