Since my last trailer went missing, I found a replacement here in KC. A 24′ featherlite open trailer should handle all my towing needs. First thing to do those, is to update all the lighting to Peterson LED lighting! They are just around the corner from the shop and make automotive lighting. I had updated the last trailer with their lights and it made a huge difference in trailer visibility at night! The old light bulbs. The previous owner of …

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With the warm weather upon us, this little boxster rolled in for a little spring maintenance. The passenger side headlight bulb was burnt out and the owner knew the bracket was broken to the headlight, so we ordered a new bracket so we could remove the headlight assembly, change the bulb, then get it back in to where it will hold. When I got it up in the air, I realized the exhaust was flopping around more than normal….not good. …

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Had this GTI in this week to diagnose a weird boost leak that it was having. Got it up on the lift and checked for the obvious loose hose connections of which there were quite a few. Snugged things down, then finally found the culprit. From underneath, I noticed a hose missing from the inlet of the turbo pipe. Not good. After a bunch of searching, I found it tucked behind a few hoses, so I reattached it and put …

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Had this little 951 towed into the shop the other day for a no start. Owner was trying to diagnose a cranking, but not firing issue when everything locked up solid. First thing we had to do was the replace the locked up starter. Enough cranking must have overheated it and locked it solid. Since there was no tach bounce and the owner had installed new reference sensors and DME relay, the first thing to try was the DME. Popped …

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Finished the white boxster up this week with a new upgraded intermediate shaft bearing kit. The updated kit. Once the exhaust, subframe, and transaxle were out of the way, we could see the IMS bearing flange. The RMS was completely dry and only the IMS was leaking. Old bearing removed from the engine. New updated bearing and flange installed. Back together she goes!

The car we brought back from the NJ PPI 🙂 We knew it would need a new suspension, so Mark found a set of PSS9’s for it and I went about the install this last week. While I was in there, it got the remaining 6 upper spark plugs and new hood and hatch struts. Courtesy of Rennlist. Front end coming apart. And bilstein installed 😉 Rears are a little more involved, but doable. We have a little drop link …

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So one of our great Porsche customers bought his son this little Mazda a while back.  Lately is has a stumble off idle and a CEL.  Code shows a failure of bank 2 primary coil.  Only trouble is that this is a v6 COP car, so there are 3 coils on that bank.  After some searching we find a break inside the insulation of one of the wires just beyond the ECU connector. After cutting back the insulation to reveal …

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Mar 23 2012 wes 356 No Comments

My biggest pet peeve when doing carbs is trying to do them quick, cheap, and fast.  We are doing these right.  First thing is we must have the jets to tune with.  The screws are for tweaks, not major changes.  You need a healthy motor.  Valves must be set. Timing/dwell must be set. Linkages were a mess here, bent with boogered threads.  Obviously linkage had been binding.  Your leg will be much stronger than these little rods so check for …

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Sunday we met up with the PCA at the Armacost Museum here in Grandview. It is just down the street from the shop, so it made a quick trip over there to hand out and check out the collection. The collection is made up of a ton of old Studebakers and Cadillacs, old muscle cars, ferrari’s, a few Porsches, etc. Lots of old iron. Being it was just down the street, we raced the Mule vs the Go Kart there …

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Went after the leaking rear shocks on this 911SC today. The left rear was completely blown out and puking oil everywhere, so it needed to be replaced. I also found the air intake boot torn, so we will be replacing that while we are in there. Top nut of the shock is accessed behind the engine. The lower shock bolts on this car were incredibly seized up, but a big enough breaker bar and some heat took care of that. …

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