89 944TS

With the 88 out of the garage, I had a good friend make his way down from South Dakota to fix some oil leaks on his Alpine White 89 Turbo S.  We tackled the belts and front engine seals on this trip, hung out with some good friends and just had a fantastic weekend. Yup, that is an engine Jones…… Removing the cam gear. Steve N. holding the car up, lol Back together after the front end seal and belt …

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88 944TS

Had a rare black 88 Turbo S (one of 60ish 88’s in black) in the garage for some maintenance this past week.  We repaired a non operational sunroof, camtower leak, oil cooler leak, lower balance shaft housing leak, along with a new timing and balance shaft belt and few other misc. items.  The car was leaving a pretty good puddle of oil under the car after being driven, so it was time to get a few of the more major …

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Piggyback Tuning

Since I put the new motor in with larger injectors to deliver more fuel, I have really put off getting the car tuned properly.  The problem was, with the bigger injectors, it was running so rich, it was actually causing the plugs to foul on wide open throttle (WOT).  Needless to say, the fuel economy was horrible as well, lol.  So I finally got around to installing a Vitesse Racing SMT6 piggyback tuner.  Since I am already running his MAF …

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We knew it would happen eventually, but hoped to get through this season on the stock control arms the car came with.  Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, as the last DE event snapped a ball joint pin in half.  Luckily, other than some light fender damage from the tire making contact, the rest of the car was fine.  Stock control arms really should not be allowed in a racing environment, and most people know better.  Unfortunately, with the state of the …

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Knocked out a few cars today in the 95 degree heat 🙂  Thankfully, between the cooler morning hours and the garage, I stayed fairly cool.  Tomorrows project….plumbing an ac vent into the garage….muhahaha.  Should be a nice short term fix until I install a separate AC unit for the garage. Forgot the camera, but this morning knocked out an ignition switch on a boxster along with an oil change.  Down the road it went….. Then I had an oil change …

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One of the biggest problems you might face in a race car in the summer heat is over heating.  I’m not talking over heating of the car, but instead overheating of the driver.  In the summer months when temperatures can get to 100 degrees, finding yourself in a metal box with no AC for 20 minutes to an hour at a time, means being stuck in a heat sink with no way to cool down.   Over heating the body leads …

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While the last club race and DE was a fun event, i lost a motor at the same time.  Sometime came loose in the #1 cylinder, but I won’t exactly know what until I tear the engine down.  Luckily, I have a spare sitting on a stand nearly ready to go, so today I got around to dropping the old engine out and prepping the new one for install. Sans lift, you must get the front of the car elevated …

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Corner Balancing

Knocked out a corner balance on a track prepped 997S today.  The car was set up pretty good last year, but this year the owner decided to pull the supercharger off, and remove the A/C to make a lighter car, which of course messed up our weight distributions on the car.  Scales showed the car came in just under 3050lbs. What is the purpose of corner balancing? Corner balancing is the process of shifting the weight carried by each wheel …

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Well, not really, but since we needed a new theme for a customer’s white 87 944 turbo, we decided to go with the Brumos theme.  Underground Autosport here in town have built it’s matching sister, a very lightweight (2250lbs) 8V NA 944, with turbo body kit.  You can find these cars battling it out at your local midwest track throughout the season 🙂  Thanks to Mark Sherwood for the fantastic job on the graphics! The shop supervisor checking the car …

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