Dec 11 2016

Winter Has Arrived!!

Winter has arrived here and we are getting prepared to hunker down for the winter. This is typically the time when the automotive tinkering slows drastically and the outside time with the family increases. The tools get tucked away and the toys come out! We have a couple of pretty sweet long term projects in the shop, so we will update periodically.

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Luckily, before the snow came down in feet, we got one of our long term projects into the shop for its final phase of the build. This 1975 VW Rabbit spent some time at our friends JRM Fabrication getting a turbo setup built. There are a few loose ends to tie up with the new turbo system, and we are going to be tackling the entire electrical system and fuel management. This is going to be one bad bunny, so check in every once in a while to see how this build progresses.

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Oct 16 2016

Project A3: Engine Progress

Pushed the car out of the garage for, hopefully, the last time today. I  borrowed a pressure washer from a friend and got the car out and dragged the transmission out into the open. A can of engine degreaser and the engine bay and trans are looking drastically better.

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Got back to work on the engine assembly, at last post, I had installed the cams and had the tbelt on. Well those turned out to just be test fits, I forgot to install the cam chain tensioner when I put the cams in last weekend. So today, I got to un-install the cams and tbelt, install the tensioner, then re-install the cams and timing belt. While the tbelt was off, I removed the crank pulley and replaced the front main seal while I was there. Cams back in, timing set, tensioner cover reinstalled let me get the tbelt side of the engine almos completely finished!

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The list is getting shorter after hammering through a bunch of the details. Found a couple gaskets and orings I still need to replace, so ill order some more parts this week and keep ticking things off. My bolt kit for the cam girdle said 23, but there was only 22 in the pack. Once I get that bolt I can do the final torque on the cam girdle and install the cam cover. With those things finished, I still need to flip the engine over and time the balance shafts. When I was assembling the bottom end, I got to the balance shaft timing and found that the timing mark on the sprocket to time the shafts isn’t there! We will see how that goes in a couple a days…


Oct 9 2016

Project A3: Engine Rebuild

We haven’t really introduced this project yet, but mine as well start when the car is coming back together. This way, updates come fast and progress seems to blast along at a nice pace. Here are some photos of the engine rebuild, will post more details later.

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Sep 21 2015

New Features Coming Soon!!

We got some exciting new car features coming soon! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up on all our latest automotive adventures

We will be updating Brad Greco’s insane road race car, he has been hard at work this season and the list of upgrades is simply staggering!
Brad Grecos Road Race Rabbit with some Aero Upgrades

 

We have also been hard at work this summer helping our friends over at Spinasquared.com restore their 1983 VW Rabbit Pickup, we will give you the full scoop on this rad little truck.

 

Photo: Spinasquared.com