I'm bored so I thought I'd babble a little. It's still aircooled but
unfortunately only about the lesser of the siblings... ;)
This coming weekend, we'll be in Sebring with a couple of our customers.
We'll be driving our white early 70's 911 2.4 liter in the race, and
we will also pit crew for two other 911's that belong to our customers.
For us at least, this is just a trial run, to help us set up the car
better for the season. We will return to Sebring after 2 weeks, and
later we'll go to Daytona (our home track) and also up to Virginia I
think in April?
I don't know what else we have confirmed at this point, there's a lot
more to choose from. But we are also running a shop here so we pretty
much have to pick and choose which events to participate in!
Our website has not been updated since 07, but here it is anyway of
anyone is interested: www.troysport.com
We are a Porsche shop, but we would also welcome aircooled VW work. We
all have VW roots and background :)
What an awesome job.
Yup, I think that's it.. I don't have any details yet though, and I'm
not sure how many cars we'll be babysitting.... :D I'm pretty sure it
will be more than just ours.
We also rent our car for trusted, capable drivers. If I had a licence, I
could race it for free.... lol
For the time being, we only have one car ready to race. The 911. We just
retired a 912 4-cylinder that did very well, it was owned by a customer
but raced and worked on by us. We also have a 356 race car that has been
raced for 34 years or so, but it was hit some time ago when someone on
the track spun around and rolled backwards, right into the nose of the
car. It is waiting for restoration back to full steel body race car. Not
sure when it will be finished, still not sure which body shop we'll use
for the metal reconstruction work. There's more to be done than just fix
the accident repair. Fenders were cut off and attached with quick
release fasteners, the plans are to have new metal fenders welded on
permanently. The crash also trashed the steering box and a bunch of
steering related parts. I'll start prepping a new box when time permits,
between races this season. I just fitted an early 356 with a later model
steering box on Monday, a tight squeeze but nothing a BFH couldn't fix :D
Oh yea, we also have a semi-tube frame later model 911 race car in
pieces, the main body shell up in the rafters in our shop... one of
those "one day" projects I guess!
And better still you get paid for this work???. When it,s your income I
guess the fun fades a little.
Also just slightly off topic is two of my kids have got modernish cars
with polycarbonate headlight lenses. I was doing some work on both cars as
Dads do and noticed the polycarbonate was going "opaquey". Got some
Polishing wax out that had some very fine "cutting" action and gave them a
polish for ~ 5 minutes. Crystal clear. Was only a surface film, cheaper than
new lens assembly. In Australia the annual car inspection is carried out
by blokes who would look good in "brown shirts" and would surely have
knocked it back.!. Had one cove who was staring into my headlights, asked
him what he was looking at and he was counting rust spots on the reflector.
LOL sounds like a finnish inspection :)
Yea the fun and glamour certainly fades a little bit, not all of the
work is so great. But I still get to work on aircooled performance
stuff, and it seems we get to enjoy the excitement of firing up a
freshly built engine about once a week these days :) Everyone is gearing
up for the new season.
Well, our fun was cut short Saturday. We qualified 5th in the Vintage
class, but from the beginning of the actual race to about half way, the
engine seemed to get weaker and weaker. It finally started puffing out
smoke on deceleration, so the bossman decided to call it quits and turn
the engine off and have the car towed back. This was the first
non-finish ever for this car, and it has done several 6 and 12 hour
enduro races etc... This is basically a rebuild of the same old engine
that was found to be reliable before, with only minor changes. The heads
are a bit different. Both drivers babied the brand new engine too, we
never pushed it to the limit.
We haven't been able to figure out what went wrong yet. It cranks over,
seems to have at least some kind of compression, and it fires up and
wants to run with starter fluid. But we couldn't start it up on it's own
anymore the rest of the day. We are thinking the injection pump went out
or the pump drive belt jumped and the injection pump timing went out. It
has mechanical CIS fuel injection.
On a positive note, our several days of chassis/suspension setup paid
off. I hear the car has never handled so well, never had so good
traction. Got one thing right :)
Update for those who care.
Cylinder #2 leak down result 100%.
Several spark plugs indicated extreme lean condition, center electrode
insulation heavily eroded.
I guess the fuel injection pump took a dump.
Dropped the engine and tranny tonight. This was a 2.4 liter, boss now
needs to decide if he wants to rebuild this one or build his next
evolution version, 2.9 liter...
Jan Andersson wrote:
Looking at a complete teardown, cleanup & flush, then back together
exactly the way it was, with a new (used, tested) injection pump.
We intended to go to Sebring again in 2 weeks, don't think we will go.
Piston and cylinder are on their way, but there's so much other work to
Hmmm weird link glitch...
try again http://videos.streetfire.net/video/Suzuki-PV50_47433.htm
no that's not me :D
Mine was white. Bought it new in '86 :D Bumped it up from 50cc to 80cc,
different gears, bigger carb, sky high compression ratio etc..
The little thing hauled ass. Gears limited top speed to about 60mph,
which was enough for me. Acceleration was what I was after anyway :)
Back then, I didn't fully understand compression ratios or why my piston
kept welding itself to the cylinder wall! I just knew more compression
makes it go faster. Sign me up!
this is what I used to play with as a kid (still have it, actually):
mine is silver metalic, not green.... otherwise the same..
I've burned quite a few pistons in the past, some worse than others... lean
is fast... to a point, then it's bad...LOL
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