Had this GT3 come in a few weeks ago for a water leak. It was a real bugger to find, my initial findings were that the lower hose off the pump was leaking around the hose clamp. Replaced it and it seemed to stop. Unfortunately it didn’t last, and the leak started again. The issue was that we are running straight water and water wetter in this car for track purposes, so there is no tint to the water or …

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Had this 997 come into the shop today with a flat tire. While it is here, we are going to catch up on some maintenance and give it a good look over. Turns out the rear tire was completely blown out due to driving on a low tire. With new tires on order, I started giving the car a good inspection. At 48k miles, it is past due on spark plugs, which is now recommended by Porsche every 4 years. …

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So the shops little track ho got pushed into emergency service by a good friend of the shop at our last track event.  He broke and needed a seat for the weekend.  She was sitting cold and alone in storage, had no prep, but he ran back to KC, grabbed track tires I already had mounted, and took off for the track.   As always she ran like a watch, he was happy as hell, and I got Bushmills out of the …

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A customer brought in this nice little 912.  It hasn’t been run in some time but seems very complete.  She is still wearing the old Solex carbs which makes life a little harder but we’ll deal with it. Whenever you take a car with multiple carbs in for work on the carbs expect the tech to do a few things first.  It stinks to shell out the hours but we can’t skip this stuff. #1 Compression test: He will want …

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So this little X type has chucked its drive belt.  Owner took it to a shop that said it needs a new belt, so one was installed.  Couple days later from under the hood there came smoke, noise, and another chucked belt.  Maybe engaging the AC clutch on the locked up compressor is causing a little of the trouble?  So a new compressor is all we need and she’ll be fixed right this time. Installing the serpentine belt on an x-type …

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After knocking a bunch of work today, I put Squeeks on the lift for a quick oil change and tire rotation….which then turned into new brake pads….which then turned into new front rotors…..which then turned into new brake lines in the front…..which then turned into a new caliper on the front left side. GRRRRRRRR This evening was a giant kick in the balls. I knew pads and rotors were coming up as the fronts have the typical Jeep warpage, and …

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More tinkering. Finishing up the fuel system in the rear, but not much to show at this point. After talking with Todd, I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me to remove the extra spacer from the weltmeister sway bars, so I knocked that out tonight. A trip to the hardware store for some shorter bolts (weltmeister…….uses standard hardware…go figure), and that was taking care of. I did add some longer allen bolts and spacers to keep the system …

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Ok, I think I already have decided, but give me some feedback! #1. Same setup as the 935 Kremer. The difference, was no sunroof on the 935, so the line from the sunroof seal didn’t get in the way. I would cut a line in the vinyl so the sunroof could still be removed if needed. The downside is that there would be a black sunroof seal line running through white lettering. or #2 Swapping the 935 hood vinyl on …

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They are all slowly finding their way back home. Kit #071. I have lost track of a few 996 supercharged cars that I built, but slowly they are finding their way home 🙂 There just isn’t anyone in town that has the experience I have building and working on these systems, in fact, someone has been in this car somewhat recently and really screwed some simple things up. A lot of neglected maintenance, so this poor thing is going to …

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Work continues on the 964 C4. I had a few spare hours, so I decided to tackle the front of the motor to get rid of one pesky oil leak we had coming from the front crankseal and the IMS o-ring. Passenger side timing chain cover. A lot of crap has to come off to get to these buggers, and it is easiest out of the car. These weren’t leaking, but since they are a real pain in the car, …

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