What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

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Re: What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

#46 Post by Al Zim » Sun May 18, 2014 8:42 pm

I have done 6 things to my 1957 coupe that I think are really neat. 1) The chrome was removed from the car. 2) I installed a shoulder harness per B/C factory manual section 0 (Zero) 3) I removed the padding from the dash filled the holes including the defroster vents and painted the dash. 4) I should have installed the 912 tachometer and gauges they do not look fussy. The hole in the dash would need to be opened for the tachometer but the gauges would fit. 5) remove the hand throttle (the factory did in 1962) 6) I installed t-6 variable speed wipers. You can see pictures of the car on our web site. al zim
 

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#47 Post by jay patrick » Sat May 24, 2014 5:51 pm

For my Coupe:
Conversion (by Turnswitch) of original 6V Blaupunkt radio to modern electronics inside (includes internal 6V to 12V convertor), so there is enough power to drive modern 5.25 inch speakers to a level audible at 75-80mph with the windows and sunroof open with my iTunes ,now I don't have to hall around all those 8 track tapes.!!
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Re: What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

#48 Post by Edwin Ek » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:32 am

Has anyone tried the aluminum muffler made in Italy?
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#49 Post by Greg Erickson » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:13 am

I have a few...together they are very enjoyable...front suspension rebuild with disc brakes, koni shocks, 19 mm sway bar, Vic's regulator, rebuilt smooth shifting transaxle, 145 horses, Nardi wheel, and 911 buckets.

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Re: What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

#50 Post by Lewis Hauser » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:30 am

Wheel opening covers.
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#51 Post by James Davies » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:55 am

Very cool Lewis. That must improve your fuel economy quite a bit!

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#52 Post by tom coughlin » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:27 pm

James: Fuel economy has been vastly improved while running mostly in 24 hour events. TLC
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#53 Post by Pete Archibald » Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:08 pm

And those wheel covers only took "a couple of hours" to make. I know, since I paid for them...
 

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#54 Post by Pascal Zundel » Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:17 pm

To Edwin,
I have got an aluminium muffler on my '69 911 from the same manufacturer. The sound is great and it is definitely extremely light. This being said, I can't tell how much the engine gained in power.
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#55 Post by Tim Herman » Fri Jun 13, 2014 11:10 am

356C Sunroof Coupe

Lighter alloy wheels
Michelin XWX 185's
Willhoit Front Bar
Skirmants Rear
1 degree negative camber rear
16 inch LL wheel
2 guage combo instrument
160 mph speedo
8K rpm tach, electric
Quartz clock
Radio upgrade, speakers, iPod jack, etc
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Re: What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

#56 Post by Edwin Ek » Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:29 pm

Tim, I have XWX's on my 911. They really look really good on your car with those Coddington (?) wheels! Did Michelin ever make 165 XWX's?

Are those 5 or 6 inch rims?
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#57 Post by steverestelli » Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:51 pm

How does one date the XWX tires?
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Re: What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

#58 Post by Greg Bryan » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:48 am

This is a very interesting thread, but please keep it on topic - perhaps a new or existing thread to discuss your tire questions in appropriate.
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Re: What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

#59 Post by Steve Proctor » Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:35 pm

On '58 Speedster: ATTITUDE. Lowered, Technomagnesio wheels from Peter McCurdy (Midnight Auto) with 185x65 Pirellis, Wilhoit 12mm spacers and bullnose studs, GT bumper trim, louvers and hand hammered steel mirror assy from Tom Boutos, French fryer headlight grills from Tony Smetona, Wilhoit 17.5mm front bar, Konis, Nickies 90mm, Shasta Neutek SX-1 giving slightly lopey idle, 40mm Dellortos with horizontal spraybar updates, Jim Constas Sebring exhaust. Also has Bosch halogens and CU Layer LEDs. Other than that, garden variety Speeder...
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Re: What are the Most Enjoyable Modifications You've Made?

#60 Post by tom coughlin » Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:25 pm

The twin plug engine upgrade is without question just fantastic. I've driven 356's since the 1970's and this is the best thing since sliced bread and sex (oh wait, I'll re-think that).

The increase in torque and horsepower in the useful range is outstanding. Think about dropping your speed while in second to near zero. Generally you'd shift into first, but with the twin plug engine it will pull from walking speed to "another damned ticket" speed in no time.

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