Sunday, January 31, 2016

SchnitzeR MotorsporT 20,4 RallyE MotoR "The Legend is Back"

Clearly I had fallen a sleep at the wheel not having checked Schnitzer Motorsport's Facebook page for a few months.  An old catalog I have indicated that they offered two carbureted motors - one for F2 that made 265 Bhp and then a Rallyemotor good for 225 Bhp.  Then I believe they were running on 48mm Solex carburetors - obviously these are Weber's (probably 48 or 50mm).  Image second from bottom you can see a Schnitzer 20,4 F2 motor with injection on the table in the background.  Images courtesy of Schnitzer Motorsport.  See link below.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

VitalonI SebrinG MacH 1 MirrorS

My latest acquisition - Vitaloni Sebring Mach 1 mirror.  The devils' in the details as they say.  These were widely used in the 60's and 70's on all sorts of cars - Ford GT 40's, Lamborghini Muira, Porsche 911 RsR, as well as my BmW AlpinA 2oo2 Gr. 2 race car (to name just a few).  From what I have read, the earliest ones were made of aluminum which is pretty evident in the adverts shown.  This one is plastic I believe (haven't received it yet) which apparently they switched at some point to this material (fine by me really, although the aluminum would be cool).  At the end of the day it gets painted satin black.  These are being remade again today, however they have a much thicker plastic housing than this one (and in my opinion don't look as good).  I'll take the one I have but need to be on the look out for another.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

('68?) AlpinA 2oo2 RaceR

I stumbled across this image a while back, did some snooping around to see if I could find a race that it might have competed in from that period (in #162...no luck).  The car has the early factory werks wheel arch extensions and what appear to be mini-lite alloy wheels.  Note the license plate, in these days the cars were often driven to the race, then driven back home.  This particular one has quite a bit of extra lighting which, would suggest it was being driven in longer events.  Neat looking car.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AlpinA 2oo2 Ti Tii (FronT SpoileR AuctioN)

It used to be that their was always an interesting or rare o2 part on Ebay - now that is the exception and not the rule.  Very interesting I think how things have changed and that these rare parts just don't show up in public auctions any more - occasionally still yes, but fewer and fewer.  I used to check every day (or even sometimes several times a day) but now maybe once a week or when I get the email tip from someone that something has been listed.  Seats and wheels yes, but the other has become a real rarity.  I did notice this today, looks like an original to me (the one I had was in gray gelcoat as well and the glass had that greenish tint to it + Alpina logo  on bottom.  I have seen some as well that have the "ALPINA" on the front in a small script as well).

Thursday, January 7, 2016

AlpinA RuleS ! ! ! - PankL, StucK, QuesteR......

Entry list from Brno 1971.  Alpina's (quite a few few) in both divisions with some pretty famous drivers. Other BmW's and other cars (Ford).....Fitzpatrick, Kelleners...etc.,  quite a lineup of drivers.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

AlpinA 2oo2 Gr. 2 - FronT SuspensioN

In order to get this project done in time for Monterey next year I am hitting it hard with multiple projects simultaneously.  I should have been doing this a number of years ago as I wouldn't feel as stressed as I do about getting things done.  The rear suspension is all done, minus the upper rod bearings that hold the suspension in place at the chassis.  Roger Hamlin (Hamlin Fabrication) is working on a new pair of those along with a number of other "small" projects I can have him knock out.  He has done a lot of the fab work on my car -- I can see the writing on the wall with many folks with many projects wanted them done at the same time.  I ordered these replacement bearings some time ago (good thing I did because they are not a stock item - took about 8 weeks to get them).  Lucky again to have The Adam -Hill Company local in South San Francisco (right across the street from Gus' place Pacific Fuel Injection).  If you have ever looked at the cut sheet for a rod bearing there about a dozen different measurements - I started down this path and then just took my parts up to The Adam-Hill Company and let them do the ordering.  The image above shows a special "ear" that had been welded on to this pair of bearings.  I was thinking we could do the same with the new Aurora's that I just purchased.  Wrong (stupid me).  Roger asked me what I think would happen to the teflon when it is heated up by the welding?  Currently seeing whether Aurora or possibly Hirschmann can make them custom.  Cudos to The Adam-Hill Company. for being really helpful - customer service = A+.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

SchnitzeR ToyotA CelicA TurbO

I stumbled across these images a few weeks ago.  A couple of years ago I wrote several pieces on these cars.  I really think it is interesting that Schnitzer who had always been aligned with BmW and BmW powered cars was involved with Toyota.  Obviously they never strayed too far, top black and white photo - top left of the photo is a Schnitzer M10 motor (upside down) with its timing chain hanging down.  Picture above - BMW M10 blocks apparently freshly prepped.  Crankshafts look like they go to the Toyota motor(s)?