Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mayu's new wheels

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Getting ready to transplant my engine


We will be saying goodbye to the Colorado Fiat, I will be transplanting the drive train into this 71 spider, I finished painting the engine compartment with the original Colorado yellow color.
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Monday, October 25, 2010

71 Spider

Too early to tell but this car might be the one I transfer my tuned 1800 motor and Brava trans into

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Check list

After a short first drive in the X here is a list of items needing attention:

Change head and install larger intake valves using a 79 carb head that was ported and had isky springs installed.

Install 2 DCNF 40mm carbs on a PBS intake manifold with a different Delta cam

Gasket match ports on the manifold

Check the trans linkage, reverse is hard to engage

adjust clutch

Get the fan to come on and wire up a switch to override

Install new tires

Repair nose and head light bucket paint

Install custom 2.25" exhaust and muffler

Change door panels to black to match newly covered seats

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tony and the Jags

Anybody need some XJ6 series one Jag parts?? This is the guy to go to he's got 3-4 of them!
We raced the 24 hours of Lemons with Tony a couple times with the famous TR7 weginator. He now has a bunch of Jags and the one in the photo raced in a Lemons race recently, it's got a SBC in it now here's his website:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rear suspension and brakes


Koni reds with lowering springs and carbon brake pads
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Adjustable cam gear from Millers Mule

This little beauty will restore proper cam alignment after the head was shaved

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stump the Chumps

Stump the chumps recap time:

1500 engine, brand new Lancia short block deck height even with pistons from
factory I did not take any off the block.

FI head, Fiat head gasket installed

2.7mm approx total off top and bottom of the head

1300 tensioner I measure to be 59mm others say 60mm (which I just took off and
it came apart in my hand with ball bearings going everywhere)

confirmed continental 1500 belt last 3 numbers=069

tensioner pulley bracket pt# 4320684

adjustable cam gear by Apple diameter 124mm

lower crank pully from 1300

aux gear is plastic from ??

I could bend the long side of the belt past 90 degrees


sleeve the tensioner bearing (expensive?)
dremel out the inside of the tensioner bracket boss to gain 1mm maybe
1438 tensioner bracket=67mm diameter, probably too much?
any others?


It's weird that the tensioner fell apart in my hands did I tighten the nut too
much causing that? Ck that looking at the tensioner it's not possible to over
tighten since the inner races on both inner and outer bearings are captured by
the bracket boss and tensioner washers. I found all the bearings and put it
together again.

x19 start 1.2 (NSFW)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

X19 start 1.0

Usually we only post our successes in automotive work but here is a look into the fumbling and idiocy that usually precedes any accomplishments. This is the video of the first attempted start of the x19 with the new motor. Keep in mind that even before this there were many attempts beginning with no cranking, timing being 180 deg. out, ignition switch problem (thats why my dad is underneath the car to start it) After a few hours of fiddling around we get this...

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hood scoop

Next improvement for the 128 is a hood scoop. Here is my inspiration...

I just have to get my hands on some 3/4" plywood, sweeeet!

The caravan

Here are some photos of the trip up to Oregon we took in July...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sweet Ansa Exhaust

This is a new 128 Ansa header that we bought from Neal which is an improvement over the stock one but we lost a stud that we were using as a mounting point for the throttle linkage that my dad made (see 8/23/10 post) so it's back to the drawing board for that thing.

There goes my gas mileage....

Saturday, August 28, 2010

DCNF with manifold for the X19

I enlarged the ports to 28.5mm, Steve Cecchele in New Zealand fabricated this from a 74 X manifold. This manifold puts the DCNF carb in the right aspect for linkage installation and float alignment. OOps Steve is from the West coast of Australia near Perth! Sorry Steve!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Finished linkage

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Boring 128 linkage stuff





I found some tubing that had the perfect inside diameter for extending the original rod, I modified the bracket on the end to bolt to a stud on the exhaust manifold.
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