Remember this project? I sort of do, lol. I am finally getting caught up on some things at the shop. With temps in the shop about 100 degrees this week, it has been tough, but it was a good week for overall progress on a bunch of cars. After fighting the back dated lines for a few days, I gave up and ordered a line from B&B, along with their wastegate dump pipe. I have learned a lot of installing …

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This ongoing project is…well….on going 🙂 While I am on the eternal wait for parts for other projects, I took the time to get started on the interior of this car. We are tackling some of it, and an interior shop is tackling the seat recover and carpet, etc. First thing was to finish up the rear end though. We got in new taillights, so I tackled that install first. The sealant used is Butyl tape for bonding the lights …

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I know I know. We are so backed up right now, my blogging has come to a halt for the time being. Right now it is cool in the office and about 100 degrees in the shop, so at least I can get something productive done while staying cool 🙂 Last week in between prepping chump cars and other odds and ends, we finished up the Boxster motor swap. With the used motor we were putting in, we went ahead …

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SOLD Listing this for a customer of mine. He bought the car awhile back and has too many cars, so this needs to go. Asking $40k (no title). He has $58k in the motor alone. Engine has 4 laps on it, fresh tranny has zero. Car was last set up by Darren Law and I believe Graham Rahal has some seat time in it. I do have a .pdf of the dyno sheet when the motor was done. Location: Kansas …

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Had this little 964 come in with a little problem. A sad face 🙁 A pretty common problem caused by pulling into parking spots too far and hitting the curb. So I started pulling it apart to repair the front grill. This one had hit hard enough to bend the mounting points up, so those needed to be pulled back down. Special Tool KEWP293.a After a bit of work, the mounts started to pull down. And we had a happy …

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Had this little Audi TT come in the other day with a running issue (bad stumble) and a misfire check engine light. The owner had diagnosed the misfire and put in a couple new coil packs with spark plugs, but there was no change. A lot of times these Audi’s can have issues with low voltage, so I put the charger on the battery to see if anything changed, but the battery was in good shape. I did find a …

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Had this 2.7L Boxster come into the shop the other day on the tow truck. Engine started knocking, so the owner and a friend with some mechanical know how pulled the oil pan and apparently found chain tensioner material in the pan. This car had already had the LN bearing upgrade on the IMS, so we were confident that was not the issue. I thought tensioner pad material in the pan a bit intriguing, but they wanted to go ahead …

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I’ll save you the carnage though, it isn’t a big failure that we see on the Boxster, but instead a fairly minor one. This problem is also seen on the 996 cabs as well. The Boxster came in with the complaint that the top was not opening. When there isn’t anything happening, typically the parking brake switch is bad. That was indeed the case. After pulling apart the center console, you can get to the switch. In our case, the …

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Jun 01 2012 wes Editorial No Comments

Another good 356 turned dirty girl. After a bunch of cleaning we are still here, so total tear down and soak is needed. better, but all that stuff came from somewhere, when we looked in the tank the rust was terrible on the inside, a little on the outside too. So the tank is cleaned and coated inside: and out: Fuel smell in the cabin is corrected by rebuilding the petcock. How to get the retaining ring out: Looks and …

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Jun 01 2012 wes Editorial 2 Comments

This 2000 M5 is just friggin cool. V8 engine and manual trans.  Comes in with rough idle and CEL showing open circuit bank 2 vanos. Bank 2 solenoids are behind this cover. with the cover off we can see the oil leaking into this housing so new “square” o-rings are installed onto the solenoids after they are pulled and open circuit found a bit back That takes care of that, this weekend I’ll install another solenoid in line with the oil …

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