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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If you have been following this build we showed the sorry state this head was in before.   Now decked with new seals and all of the valves seated the head is ready to go back together. Cam seals in the front, new O-ring for the cam angle sensor on the back of the left bank (right as seen from front.) Seals in, cams now torqued, water neck sealed, ready to go! One tip: While the cam sensor can be re-installed …

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Infinity FX45

Daily driver business 🙂 This little FX45 came in for some needed maintenance to get it through the year. The brakes were pulsating, it was low on oil, and it needed a seat heater switch repair. All easy stuff….or so I thought 😉 On the lift ready to go. First up was topping off the fluids. Then I moved on to the rear brakes. I noticed the rear inner pad on the left was worn much more than the others, …

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VRRROOOOOOMMM!! Goodbye secondary muffler, hello bypass pipe.

I finally pulled this car out onto a lift today and did some work. Like anything, when you shove something back in a corner, you sort of forget it is there! I’ve had the idea planned out for the fuel cell for awhile now, I just needed to put it together. We had decided on relative placement of the tank awhile back, so I started lining everything up. First hole is the hardest one to make. When you make that …

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