She’s been grounded for over two weeks and I haven’t had time to fix the damn pinhole in the CV axle yet. She needs exercise, right? I mean I’m being practical really, I wouldn’t want parts to fatigue and break from lack of use, because that’s a real thing and not an excuse to release copious numbers of ponies onto the pavement through all four wheels on my way work, right?
I think I’ll leave early enough to beat
This was a super clean build that I spent a lot of time around and talked with the owner of, who did all of the work essentially himself. The car is immaculate! The dash is a modified B3 Passat dashboard, an is accompanied by custom door cards, a roll cage, race seats and I believe a customized Grant steering wheel. The build is solid, and has been in operation for a number of years now. It shows up
I don't know a lot about Kelmark's kit car platform. They can run a few different engines but it was designed in part for air-cooled VW engines .The design itself was based of of the a Dino 206/246. It's a good looking car. This example here was built by it's owner with an air-cooled series 2 VW flat four, a VW beatle chassis, and with a mild turbo setup, pushing 6-7 psi of pressure. It's probably not even
I made an awesome score on some used parts for the 242 today! I just need a few more pieces and then I will be able mohave the car built the way I want it for it's initial setup. It will be an old school, naturally aspirated, lightweight, tracker build, with manual everything. It's going to be sweet! #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBuild
My S4 is down, sort of. I don't want to drive it with the CV axle spitting grease out from the boot. I'm sure that I could get away with it for a little while, but I really don't want to need to replace a $450 axle when new boots and grease are only like $50 total. I have the parts too, now I just need the time to make the repair.
As long as she's fixed in time for
I hate to waste things, but inevitably when you mod cars for a hobby, you end up generating waste that is seemingly useless. Some of this is recyclable for pennies per pound, or sometimes more in the case of aluminum, or it ends up as landfill. So I like to get creative with my useless spare parts. The first item I have are these custom planter bases. The large pot is perched upon a weathered B5 Audi S4 front
I snapped a couple of quick shots of my Volvo 242, with one of my 855s in the background, this morning on my way out. I liked how the light was shining on the car, but that light certainly isn't doing my car any favors in terms of hiding some of its more unsightly blemishes.
My girlfriend parked under a tree that dropped a big ol' splat of sap on the front of her car. Sap/pitch can read havoc on paint and clear coats, so it's important to remove these things as quickly as possible. However, that's often easier said than done. Here's how I handle this sticky situation. ;-) First thing that I like to do is use a plastic tool, or a piece of card stock in a pinch, to scrape the
Here's some pictures of the before and after of my trunk that I detailed. It wasn't a terribly interesting job from my perspective, but if you have any questions about how I like to clean certain areas or what products I like to use, feel free to ask.
The last picture is the before. #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBuild
This was not a fun job. Between non car-related issues, issues with other cars that I own, time constraints, and parts, this job took way to long. All and all, the car had been down Since the beginning of July for what started out as replacing the turbo control valve (TCV), located on the underside of the air box, and spark plugs and wires. The TCV job should have only taken 15 to 20 minutes, and the spark plugs,
I bought this car with a broken transmission, leaking steering rack, and some other problems as a consequence of deferred maintenance combined with the relative rarity of this vehicle. On Friday, I finally got this car through emissions testing and fully registered! I spent a lot of this summer shaking the car down, and being foiled by a series of small problems like vacuum leaks and a coupe of cheap sensors, which keep me from enjoying my convertible in
I had picked up these chassis braces a little while back but never got around to installing them. Venesh and I decided to set to work on the job while he was in town. He co-owns this car with me. They required drilling into the A-arm support brackets and then bolting stuff together. It was pretty painless, well accept for the sharp pieces of metal that fell on my arm because I was too lazy to put on
The first thing Venesh and I got to the other day was replacing the stretched out clutch cable held in with this allen key and zip tie. It was actually a really solid fix, I never felt anything in the pedal, and the zip tie simply prevents the key from falling out but plays know roll in clutch actuation. But I replaced it anyways. I decided that getting under the dash to do this job was annoying enough without
My buddy Venesh that I co-own the 242 with was in town unexpectedly and we were able to put in a little wrench time! I don't have time to post all of the details and cool pics that I sapped along the way, but I have a back log for sure. In the meantime, here's some teaser pics to taunt you all with. #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBild
I was performing the PCV maintenance on my car and decided that because the PCV maintenance requires removal of the intake manifold that I would treat this as an opportunity to improve the vehicles efficiency with a phenolic intake spacer. I purchased the intake spacer and followed the instructions up until one of the final steps. At that point I could proceed no longer.
The problem is that the EGR valve is not clearing the starter motor solenoid. This
I finally got around to installing my Momo MOD 07 steering wheel in my car. Really easy job, and it feels way better in my hands than the giant OEM wheel that the car came with. It also transmits more information that the previous wheel, in the form of vibrations and feedback from the road that I can now feel. Most importantly, my knees no longer hit the steering wheel when I use the clutch.
Such a big difference and
Yesterday I finally got the intake manifold off of the car. I was missing a 22 mm crescent wrench and the job got side tracked by more pressing things for a while. But now that I have the manifold off, I was able to inspect the intake valves, and am installing a phenolic intake spacer and a new PCV system. Hopefully today it will be back on the car, time permitting. The intake valve on the right was
I came across this picture of a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa this morning, and it looked awkward to me. Then I realized that that was because it only had one side mirror, like a car from the 1960s, only this was a Ferrari built in the 1980s. What gives Ferrari? Did you really need to save those extra few bucks for the second mirror?
This is a car that the guys over at Matrix Integrated, an independent German car shop that does a lot of performance work and track prepping of cars for people locally. They have helped me setup my 2001 Audi S4, and I have been very happy with their service. I didn't find out any specifics about this 911, but it certainly looks good. #TeamWheelWell #ForTheBuild
Unfortunately, the Audi section was fairly spars at the show so we let this nice Opel GT join us since he would otherwise have no place at this German car show. Opel is a German car company for those who have never seen or hear of one before.
Opels were available in this country in the 1960s and 1970s, and had some very faithful owners, but like so many European cars, they mostly rusted away and were often considered
I installed my AWE Tuning Drive Train Stabilizer (DTS) 4 years and twenty thousand miles ago. The part has held up well over that time and required no maintenance. I purchased this product to help reduce the excessive drivetrain movement that exists from the factory in B5 VW/Audi cars. I had a previous positive experience with the same part on my old S4 and was confident in the benefits when I purchased the item. The DTS reduces drivetrain movement
I decided that while I was under the front of the 242 changing over a caliper that I would remove the stupid plastic bumper guards off of the front of my 242, they are supposed have some sort of ridiculous safety purpose, but they seem utterly useless to me. I will be shedding the 11.2 pounds that the front and rear bumper covers combined weighed and rocking what will be polished aluminum bumpers. The rear bumper is now ever
I swapped out this bad caliper for a good one today. I have to say, the whole design is fairly clever, if a little annoying to work on.
One day my brake failure light came on, but their were no symptoms, so we figured it was the sensor for the system, which measures pressure and usually comes on as your master cylinder fails. In my case, the light came on because of a seized caliper on the front right
I went to drive the Cabriolet to its most hated destination again today, the emissions testing station. Once again I didn't make it, so I swung by my mechanic who was kind enough to help diagnose a bad coolant temperature sensor.
I had noticed that the coolant temperature was reading low, meanwhile the radiator fan was clicking on periodically. The mechanic checked the temperature on the radiator hoses to see if the fan was correct or the gauge, and
Here are the group shots that I took of the Porsches at the Germanpalooza event that I attended earlier in the month. Their were a lot of nice Porsches but, like the BMWs, not that many that stood out. Sure, 356s are great, and quite valuable, but most of them weren't that exciting of examples. Maybe I just have a hard time accepting that those old round 50s coupes that have been at car shows since I was a