So I read in a couple different manuals that the rear wheel bearing in a miata is not serviceable by the home mechanic.  I disagree.  Here is a little DIY without even pulling it off the car.  There are different sides and different cars in the photos because I didn’t think of doing a blog post until I was halfway through the last one.  I had to go back and find whatever photos I took of previous jobs. The last …

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Another good 356 turned dirty girl. After a bunch of cleaning we are still here, so total tear down and soak is needed. better, but all that stuff came from somewhere, when we looked in the tank the rust was terrible on the inside, a little on the outside too. So the tank is cleaned and coated inside: and out: Fuel smell in the cabin is corrected by rebuilding the petcock. How to get the retaining ring out: Looks and …

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Jun 01 2012 wes Editorial 2 Comments

This 2000 M5 is just friggin cool. V8 engine and manual trans.  Comes in with rough idle and CEL showing open circuit bank 2 vanos. Bank 2 solenoids are behind this cover. with the cover off we can see the oil leaking into this housing so new “square” o-rings are installed onto the solenoids after they are pulled and open circuit found a bit back That takes care of that, this weekend I’ll install another solenoid in line with the oil …

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Had to drop the pan and rear crank bearing to do this rear main seal, and look what came in the kit: Maybe I am late to the party but this was my first time seeing these.  Screw em in, pop the pan gasket over, then slide the pan up and everything is in place.  Put in the other bolts, unscrew these, pop in last 4 bolts and you are done. wish those came in every kit!

Had this awesome GT2 come into the shop today for basic service. A good checkup and a fresh oil change and she was out the door ready for the summer! It’s hard to beat a morning of working on GT2’s and race cars! If you are a boost junkie, then this is about as good as it gets 🙂 This is where dreams are made. Hard to tell from the picture, but the GT2 door sills are illuminated. I didn’t …

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Odds and Ends

Random postings from around the shop. Over the last couple weeks, Wes has been busy playing with BMW M5 Vanos systems, Mustang Transmissions, and Cobra Engines! He doesn’t take many pictures because he loves working on these cars so much that he just can’t put down the wrenches for even a second! That’s dedication! In preparation for the club race at Hastings, we needed to add some weight to the 964 C4. We added a bunch back in by adding …

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Last week we took some time to get some progress made on the chumper. Got the new car 54 decals put on. And the bumpers pulled front and rear. Then I added some mesh to protect the radiator from debris. And we knocked out the back window as required by the rules, and got the brake lights working. No pictures, but this weekend Wes and Donavon got the rear hoop section of the rollbar fabbed up and installed. A lot …

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Hot, hot hot! This turbo S came in to the shop this week to fix a non working AC System. Since a few other areas of the system had been previously repaired and he still had a leaking A/C system, it was time to go after the compressor and condensor and seals. Up and ready to go. When I removed the batwing I found this on the condenser. Not sure how anything would hit that since the bottom of the …

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This pepper came in today for it’s 40k service. Fairly basic, filters, spark plugs, oil change, and a good inspection and she was back on the road. Porsche has moved to changing plugs more often now in the newer cars, and they also go by an age or mileage interval. I love white peppers 🙂 I would destroy a tan interior though 🙁 The little v6, but a DFI motor 🙂 Spark plugs are right out in the open, though …

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Put the little 944 back in the air today as the new exhaust showed up from Billy Boat for it! I love these exhausts on 944’s. They only make a cat back section, but it is a great sounding unit if you don’t want to mess with going to a full exhaust. From the rear 😉 While it was in the air, I dropped the suspension another 1/2″ to better accommodate the 15″ fuchs. I think the car came out …

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