Saturday Kris stopped by and we finished putting the rear lexan window in along with some support straps to reinforce it. Then we got the battery box/battery mounted up and secured. Pretty decent progress for the day.

This week I started getting the Chump car ready for it’s first race in 2012 at Eagles Canyon. We have a bunch of stuff to take car of, and have also tried to get as much weight off the car as possible. Last season the car had fuel cut out issues at the end of about 1.5 hour stints. We would only get about 10-12 gallons in the tank on refills, far less than it should take. So we need …

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This is a common issue we see these days with OBDII cars and aftermarket exhaust systems. Some systems are very finicky about properly sensing the airflow going through the exhaust system, that if they sense too much air at the downstream oxygen sensor, it will trigger a check engine light. This can be caused with a larger diameter exhaust, high flow catalytic converter, or a catalytic converter delete exhaust. This miata came in due to this issue after the owner …

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Feb 13 2012 porschedoc 968 1 Comment

CAR IS SOLD The following are the results of inspection on Mark Sherwood’s 968 for those following the Rennlist and KCWS posts. Mark unfortunately has recently passed away and his family is selling the vehicle. For interested buyers, please contact Chris McIntyre via email at (Chris at Merrillcompanies.com) PRICE: Updated to reflect the price I have been told. The fellow who financed Mark would like 7800 for the car, 7500 would likely take it. Anything below 7k will likely lead …

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Feb 07 2012 porschedoc BMW 1 Comment

Had this 150k mile X5 come in today with a few issues. The rear tires are wearing very unevenly, and we spotted the upper rear control arms having excessive play in the ball joints, so we will replace those tomorrow. Hard to see, but the upper rear arms are the issue. After pulling the lower pan, I discovered the oil pan was coated in oil. Not often a pan leaks in these cars, so I followed the leak upwards. Turns …

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Had a new enthusiast stop by with a 964 he is going through the purchase process on. A beautiful 40k mile C4, it is pretty rare to see them in this nice of condition anymore. A few minor issues, but I think he is going to be happy. We gave the go ahead on this car and will knock out a few simple repairs on it, and this should be a great 964! A little quiz. There is one light …

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Now that we have ironed out all the previous owner issues with the silver fox, it is time to start modifying this puppy 🙂 First things up are a lot better exhaust note along with some additional horsepower. First things first. Getting a decent throaty exhaust like a sports car should have. A Catbypass pipe and secondary muffler bypass….ohhh yea. Pulling the old exhaust tip off, it is pretty rusty and ugly. Since we have to reuse this, off to …

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Thought I had a few minutes today to torque the new rod bearings into place on the LSX motor. Never fails when you are doing something important that you get bombarded with phone calls and visits 🙂 I think I retorqued these about 3x each as you don’t want to guess which bolt is at which stage after you forget, lol. The LSX motor takes the torque in two steps, 15ft/lbs, then a 75 degree rotation. Ready to go. My …

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We are trying to track down some sloppy handling on the Mustang right now. We will be replacing the entire front suspension and tie rods to help firm things up. With a car that sat in one spot for the last 12 years or so, and is now 45+ years old, most of the suspension is likely worn out. We got the front shocks in place. Dropping out the lower control arms. The ball joints were pretty worn. New lower …

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We have been watching for awhile now trying to find a good bead blaster. The little cheap harbor freight units are ok if you are doing a few small parts on occasion, but the dust collection systems and general operation of the units leave a lot to be desired. So we finally found a nice quality unit for a good price and picked it up. Pretty much a new unit for a smoking deal! And it’s big. A bead blaster …

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