Holy crap it worked

Had time today to wrap up a few last details:

-ran 7mm hose from reservoirs to master cylinders
-tightened all fittings
-bleed brakes with my new Motive bleeder, that thing is sweet
-tig welded the trigger wheel Mario sent down after being laser cut, fit perfectly and just did a fusion weld so not to make it off balance.
-fabricate VSS sensor bracket
-lubed and installed axles
-burped the cooling system…again
-put her back on the ground and crossed fingers
-I can’t believe it. Everything worked, the brakes, hydraulic clutch, the trans, everything.
I ventured minimally from the house in case I needed to walk back for tool or to push her back but so far so good. Need to do an alignment /corner balance, look at the rear camber! A little too Stance Nation for me ;)






Brakin Bad

At this point, I need to run brake lines to the Tilton brake master cylinders. I was a bit stumped how to go from AN fitting to DIN/bubble metric fittings. After talking to the folks at Fedhillusa.com, I was educated to a simple and straight forward solution, parts ordered and the rented the DIN flaring tool and loaned me his specialized AN single flare tool for 37 degree flares. Got the package today and the mailable copper-nickel hard line and tools were a pleasure to work with. Makes me look like I know what I’m doing ;). Got the front done and debating to do the entire rear or just leave the OEM stuff in. What do u think? Anyway, hope to be driving her by my birthday later this month.



Oh, notice the Wilton vise, talk about a score!

The long and the short of it

Just about ready with some last final parts…at last! After cycling the suspension to take measurements for the axle lengths, I found the tire rubs the inside body and will need to space them out slightly. Unfortunately the wheel studs are too short, sigh. Guess what the next projects?   Out come the 45mm studs and in go the 72mm, ya know, incase I ever get a wild hair and need much wider wheels and spacers ;)


I did get the needed axle measurements and although not Porsche 930 stock length, they are Sway-a-way lengths they have on the shelf for 930 cv’s. Assembled and a comparison to an early 911/912 axle.



Finally, figured out the rear brake set up. Contacted Clint at Rebal Racing Products who felt for my 15×6 Fuchs and 205/50 tires, these aluminum Brembo two pot set are a direct replacements for the M calipers so ubiquitous on 70-80s 911s. Not only are they a direct bolt in to the 3″ bolt spacing rear trailing arms and use the same pads, but they are significantly lighter. It’s supposably, I mean supposedly (…sorry just kiddin pet peeve) from an Alfa but I don’t know year/make/model. Next project is to fabricate all new brake lines from front to rear once I get my order from Fedhillusa.com


Made to last lifetimes

It’s amazing how fast some tools break nowadays. I have a floor drill press made in China I got new, less than 10 years ago and it’s already dead! My cousin, Mark has a bench top cool old Atlas drill press that he got from his father and we think came from our grand father, and it works flawlessly. Well I went on a quest to find something similar. Sifting thru craigslist for a few weeks and eureka, a 1940′s vintage Delta DP220 located in Salinas near Carmel. I talked my wife into a short day trip to check it out and then take the coast back. It turn out to be a diamond in the rough w only one missing piece, the front pulley guard. I loaded it up and when I got home, cleaned her up and plugged her in and she runs great, smooth and quiet. I’ll try to track down the pulley cover cuz it just looks cool but for now, I have a drill press I know my grand kids will be able to use.


Besides scoring a nice dp, got some quality time with Jeena. As they say, happy wife, happy life :)


Workshop inspirations

Rain is a welcomed disturbance to the cycling schedule and working on the car the last few days.  Puttering in my tiny shop, I am starting to look around and at ways to increase my usable area.  I’ve seen features on Jack Olsen’s amazing garage which houses his ’72 911 and although I have nowhere the same square footage, he has some great ideas.  On a search for this article I came across Garage Journal, a site I had visit in the past for another search but this time it just drew me in.  Some interesting features on the main site and very creative and resourceful folks on the forum.  Just wanted to share the link.



Oh here is a great vid on Jack’s fantastic car and garage artfully done by Pertrolicious.com. Inspirational.

And a link to the a full feature of his garage


German Patina

May have a new project after I “complete” the 912. Even have an EJ22 Subaru motor for it for free. Just debating about takin on a big project like this. The pans are good and everything is there. Man I need a bigger garage.


Trigger happy

Jonesing like an addict looking for a fix, I stepped into the garage today without a project to work on and too wet/greasy pavement to ride on, I needed a project.  I decided to learn Solid Works and created my next trigger wheel for the Suby.  It will bolt onto the 930 cv and use my existing sensor.  The prior subaru transmissions had a speed sensor built into the trans casing but lucky me, that was the year they switched and moved it to the wheel. No biggie since I already had a version of this for the 901.  My brother Kris will run it thru his 3D printer and send it up for testing before I have it cut from 1/8 mild steel.  Just as an aside, the trigger wheel is not essential for the operation of the ecu/motor but simply tells the ecu that it is actually moving and not just rev’ing without load and tells the ecu at speed its traveling at.  subaru trigger wheel



started thinking about it more and perhaps something a tad smaller and just larger than the OD of the cv boot flange and just a few tacks to hold it in place like this

trigger wheel v2

Got Balls?

Took the day off from riding to do some wrenching. Chuck at Elephant Racing hooked me up with a set of sealed mono balls for the new trailing arms which pressed in easily with the cheapo harbor freight press (actually been surprisingly useful for many projects). Disconnected the brake lines, calipers and ebrake. I thankfully was able to remove the large bolt that holds each trailing arm in position at the torsion tube while the transmission was still in place!!! Installed everything in reverse. The hub needed to be pressed in, so with a long M12 bolt and a large socket on the opposite side, used the impact wrench to draw it in. Installed the flange and test fit the wheels. I think with the new set up, I might be able to get 7×15 w 225/50 tires in there, please please. Now I can start to measuring things up with the 930 cv joints and determine the axle length. Glad to have things bolted in and this stage nearing completion.