We’ve seen this car via a PPI before, but now it was time to get that 23 year old distributor belt taken care of before it broke. There were no records of it ever being replaced, so we decided to get it done. Up and ready to go. Now you see it…. Now you don’t 🙂 After removing the wires, caps, and rotors, out comes the distributor. I thought it might show up a little better in the picture, but …

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Sunday we made our annual trek over to the KC autoshow to check out the new releases 😉 We got there early Sunday morning to beat the crowds. Jim immediately found himself a new Fiesta. mmmmmmmm cool. The Porsche booth. Nothing we haven’t seen before 😉 Mini cooper gets another model. Pretty cool! Audi S5 of course draws my attention. And an R8. Love the interior! An old Volvo 1800. Pretty neat little car. And Fiat was of course there …

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As I have time, I have been ticking away here and there on this project. Slowwwwly. Pan on, motor mounts on, and crossmember installed. In preparation for the engine, the engine bay needed some paint. The dash. And the rollbar. For now the rest of the cage is removed. The interior is primed and ready for white paint.

Had this Boxster come in this afternoon for a mechanical top failure. Pretty common in the early boxsters, as the transmission and/or cables will fail, causing the top to not raise correctly or evenly. If you force it, you can cause serious damage to the mounting points of the top. It also had a check engine light and the low washer fluid light was on even though it was full. Curses….mice! To the right of the white tag you can …

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SLK PPI

Had this little 22k mile gem come in the other day for a quick pre purchase inspection. ok, this camera thing is going to drive me insane. Have another drink. Lin, add something to your coffee. One thing we noticed right away was the front corner had some paint work done. Nothing too bad, but you could see there was light damage at some point. We were so busy concentrating on the front corner, we almost skipped the rest of …

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Had this little Boxster come in the other day to finish it’s 60k service which required changing the spark plugs and the accessory drive belt. Pretty straight forward repair. Opening the front up to get to the belt. Oil change with the obligatory magnetic drain plug installed. This will help us monitor the intermediate shaft bearing for debris. Pretty common issue with the 996/986/997/987 are the coilpack connector clip becoming brittle and breaking off. This one had a broken clip …

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I last left this car waiting for a new oil pickup tube before being able to button it back together. The new one arrived and looked just like I expected it to…..together. New one came in from Porsche and I was able to start reassembly. The old one. A little hard to see, but the base is partially separated. Everything back together and nice and clean!

Had this little 911SC come in on Saturday via Tommy the tow truck. Poor little guy wouldn’t start 🙁 So yesterday we got it on the rack and quickly found out the fuel pump was on it’s way out. It was creating so much resistance that it was blowing the fuse. When we go through a fuel system like this with a new pump, we also replace the accumulator and the fuel filter as they are common failure items. Getting …

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Blog Updates.

Ok, we have been so dang busy lately that I have been neglecting the blog. What use to be daily updates has turned into weekly ones. A good and bad problem to have I suppose. We have been making slow changes to the website (thanks Russ and Josen!), and hope to have a mobile theme up soon so the 1%ers can view the blog and website with their ipads 🙂 We also got our new logo designed and we are …

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Being european car guys we usually get to work with a couple Weber IDFs or DCOEs.  A shop we work with quite a bit did an old-school Weber install in a very well done Cobra replica.  This gave me a chance to set up a 4 Weber IDA intake.  This is essentially 8 single downdrafts with each set of two sharing a bowl. Those eight stacks look so cool under the hood. This actually came out of the box close.  Being IDAs there isn’t …

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