Spent some time cleaning up the engine bay in the Jensen. 40+ years on the roads has meant that grease is everywhere, plus I think someone was a bit overzealous with underseal at some point in this car's life. It may need media-blasting before paint, but what I want for now is something clean enough to work with. It's an interesting frame setup, utilising two 'tubes' linking
So Wednesday of this week entailed stripping the engine from the Audi 80 2.7tt and rebuilding the entire thing on the block I picked up Monday. By the evening I had it all back in, leaving Thursday to fill it with fluids and such. The scariest moment was probably when I stripped a head bolt torquing down the left head. It was one of many
Who's there? Connecting rod. So during the last hour of Drift Matsuri I had a rather impressive and total failure of the oil relocation fitting on my oil pump. I was just transitioning off the 1st corner on the fast track when what can only be described as a 'fan' of very hot oil started pumping from under the Audi all over the very hot manifold.
This 944 certainly still has some rust issues, and I'm still not quite sure if it's viable to rebuild it - or if what it wants is a re-shell, but I'm happy to say it now runs. After scratching my head a bit and eliminating faults, it turned out all the injectors were seized so no fuel was getting through. Once the injectors were out, all it
This is a post mainly for my North American friends. I love a quattro, so when I saw this A4 B5 (1998) 1.9TDi Quattro Avant, I picked it up. Maybe nothing special in the UK (although trying to find a replacement gearbox for it tells me they weren't plentiful), but I would love to have one of these in the winter in the Midwest.
All gaskets are not created equal. I've been battling an oil leak of the left bank of the 2.7 twin-turbo. It took me a while to track it down as there were a few oil leaks in the vicinity (one was coming from a stress crack in the valve cover itself from a thrown cam chain - but that's another story) and it was dripping oil
I hate gear oil. I hate the smell of it, I hate the consistency of it, I hate that it's the kind of like molasses and once you get it on you it just doesn't wipe off. So filling up diffs sucks (my mom hates that word by the way) and is always a messy job. Proper gear oil pumps are stupid expensive though, so today's top
Had time to fit a short shift kit to the Audi tonight. I changed a few things on the kit I didn't like to make it stiffer and it's now also harder to get the car into reverse accidentally. I was having trouble downshifting from 3rd to 2nd with confidence so I'm hoping this improves things. Everything is certainly all much stiffer now, and the throw is
Well, what a weekend! The sun stayed out and we had a fantastic time at Pembrey for a Drift-Inc Weekender. Not too many issues and gained some much-needed seat time in advance of Drift Matsuri. The little Audi that could is still in ongoing development (and will probably always be), but is finally proving it can put the power down when needed at maximum angle.
We're expanding and have secured more storage and workshop space inside for upcoming projects. It's dry, it's big enough (for now) and will give us a chance to have a few projects on the go in various states of assembly. The main workshop is also nearly finished (I mean, we need somewhere else nice and warm with a fridge for cold beers too right?). Onwards!