I made a pass by my Engine Builder's shop the other day to see what was new with my motor. I was pleasantly surprised to see the cylinder head on the stand. He was finalizing some work in the combustion chambers. Valves were cut to size and groove for the keeper cut. These valves have a 6mm valve stem. Not too long now before this engine goes back together.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
When they say time flies - it does. I have over 900 posts in this blog and most are pretty well catalogued so when you look something up and see that you started on a certain part of the work like three years ago and still aren't done with it.....pretty sad really. Leave it to a crappy work environment (economy) here in the US and a lot going on with my family. Excuses over! These are some of the images from work last week. I needed to add some material to the back of the arch as well as the back inside. I'll spare you the grinding, glassing and sanding - this is the end result. A little more resin to add and the just a little bit of filler to make everything perfect. The link below is to one of the early posts I made when first fitting up the fiberglass wings to the steel fender structure.
Link to AlpinA Gr. 2 Fender Fit Up
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
The venerable BmW M12/7 race motor. Used in F2, Endurance race cars (Lola, Osella, Chevron, March, etc.,). This one is for sale out of Japan and appears to be complete. Really pretty hard to come by anymore. The seller suggests that it needs a complete re-build, which is pretty apparent. No idea what the seller is asking for it, located in Japan with the offer of some of the spares need for the rebuild. This is NOT my offer, no idea if it has been sold. Link to the seller below.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
I really like the angle of this shot more than anything and the late afternoon light over the long weekend. About two weeks ago I took the front spoiler to a fiberglass guy to have a mold made plus a couple of additional parts. I am long (LONG) overdue on returning the original and the new part to the owner. He ends up with his original plus a new part, I end up with a mold and a new part. Good deal. I took a second look at the front fenders over the weekend and really decided the flaws are few and all easily fixable. The smart play would be to make a mold of each for the just in case and I may do that, really just depends on my time and the cost. Like many of the fiberglass flares from back in the day this part is bonded on to the skeletal frame of a standard fender. Not much steel left at the end of the day (just the top to the turn signal and inner back....that is it).
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Hard cornering for the BmW - AlpinA Gr. 2 car at the Norisring (September 1974), the car finished in fourth place in this race. This image you will also see in Jeremy Walton's "Unbeatable BmW" book. Funny, I acquired that book from a second had book company in the late 8o's at a book shop in downtown Los Angeles. Still amazes me that the car in the picture ended up in my garage. The rear valance is very evident in this image which housed the radiator (amongst other things I believe). Still something of a mystery how the radiator was plumbed, how it was installed in relation to the fuel tank, fuel accumulator, fuel pumps and oil coolers. Sadly, no one is left at AlpinA to tell the tale.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Examples of the AlpinA tachometer offerings. 8000 RPM maximum, top version has an adjustable needle so that you can adjust RPM redline at the limit you desire (more than 4500 please!). Aside from the early AlpinA font the "silver dollar" portion of the face was painted black. Top version has a black bezel which I have seen a number of times along with a 220 kmh (+136 mph) or more rare 240 kmh (+149 mph) speedo. I haven't ever seen a speedo with the AlpInA logo on it in this style.....which suggests that they probably didn't sell this part. If you by chance have a picture of one please let me know.