Wes got the motor wrapped up the other day and we were able to get the motor and tranny installed in the car. We are pretty close to firing the engine up, but got a little side tracked on other headaches today. Maybe this weekend. Getting the clutch installed. And dropping the motor in the hole. Motor supported so we could put the transmission in.

Finished up most of the suspension today, with just a few bits here and there to take care of. Rear sway bar off the car ready for replacement Setting up the rear drop links for the weltmeister adjustable sway bar. Oh yea! Then it was time to ditch the AC compressor and move the alternator down. Old hunk of weight out of the car. And the Alternator out. And the alternator back in with Rennsport’s AC Delete bracket. I also …

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Outlaw 356

This project has been on hold for awhile as we were waiting for the shop that did the body work to come by and go over some unresolved issues on the car. After a month of no shows, we have just decided to repair the issues ourselves. The major issue was the A pillar on the driver side being bent enough that the windshield would not fit without leaving a giant cap in the corner. Wes took care of that …

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Wes had this 996 come into the shop this weekend while we were at Daytona. The headlights weren’t working anymore, which is usually due to the headlight switch, which he was able to replace and fix the issue. Then it was time for an oil change today. I put the car up in the air and changed the oil, but I think we have a bigger issue brewing. Judging by reciepts, this car had a RMS/clutch replacement….but no IMS upgrade/seal …

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Last week we continued on with our 951 track project. We started bending and welding the rear roll bar into place which burned up most of the day. Bending the main hoop. And cutting to length. What we came out with. And welding it in place. I only lost one shoe in this process, but my foot was nice and warm. Today I started bolting the SPEC suspension on the car. Rear koni’s adjusted and installed. And tearing apart the …

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We are currently tackling suspension on the Mustang. Once we sorted all the running issues we were able to drive it at speed. And then quickly back to the shop to replace the worn suspension. The car was all over the place on the road, so we knew all the bushings and shocks would need to be done. Old radius rod bushings. And new ones. I also replaced the front sway bar bushings while in there. Then we decided to …

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Saturday morning myself and good buddies Mark and Jim woke up early to get on a plane and head to Orlando for the 50th 24hr Rolex race at Daytona International Speedway. There we met up with Al, Chris, and Bob who had gotten down there on Thursday to watch the pre-race festivities. I had backed out of the early trip due to conflicts in schedules with shop supervisor duties, but when the call came in to fly out on Saturday, …

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So now that all of the other issues have been sorted it is time for the little details.  We had decided to go all through the front end just because mid 60s handling isn’t ideal at best, and 45 years later it would be even more sloppy.  So bushings, shocks and bearings all around with a steering gear adjustment for good measure. The first thing noted was that the bearings were not loaded correctly when serviced at some point.  This caused horrible …

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Odds and Ends

Today I started gutting this 1987 951 to start it’s transformation into a track car. We aren’t going to go full boat crazy with this in regards to gutting it, because this track car will still drive to the events under it’s own power! So we will keep things like the radio, etc for those 4 hour trips. Full leather interior….bye bye. Seats out so I can get some of the sound deadening out under the carpet. This big heavy …

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Had this 530i come in for it’s 60k service today. Being an 04, it was time to get the fluids flushed and the filters changed. Step 1: Drain the oil. Step 2: Make big oil mess. Step 3: Drain the coolant and get fresh coolant in. Lifetime coolant? LOL But, we do replace with the proper BMW blue coolant. Then it was time for filters. The air filter here. And two pollen/cabin filters here. Notice the new and the old. …

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