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#121 Post by Mark Schumacher » Sat Jan 08, 2022 6:08 pm

Thanks Graham
I will figure it out as the project moves forward.
Space may be an issue. I built a tank for my 912 that fits ahead of the right rear wheel. Fill tube through a hole in the jamb. Might do something similiar.

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#122 Post by Graham Kerr » Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:31 pm

Because I relocated all my switchgear onto a raised section between the seats, there was a bunch of unsightly wiring going from the back of the dash down to the central tunnel plus there was the tubes for the oil pressure and vacuum gauges. Although you couldn't really see it unless you knelt down to dash level, I knew it was there and I wanted to hide it as best I could. The solution was to make up a small centre consol going from the dash down to the central tunnel. It was quite a useful little addition as it gave me space to fit in a USB socket for my digital music and phone charger plus a 12V socket for any other accessories also I positioned a switch there for my little electric in car heater.
The car is still up on axle stands as I am modifying the throttle linkage, it's an old 911 wire affair, to give me full throttle with a shorter pedal movement. I have six areas of adjustment to make a fast but non binding pedal movement. When I was running the old four cylinder engine, albeit running a pair of IDF's I had a bicycle cable operating the carbs. Actually it was a tandem bike rear brake cable but it worked superbly. No snatch, no graunch a very smooth and easy pull. If you think of some of the tortuous routes some bike cables have to pass through, the straight shot from front to back on a 356 is easy peasy so I might just revert to this old cable system if the 911 rod system doesn't feel right.
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#123 Post by Martin Benade » Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:36 pm

That center part you added is almost identical to what my 1969 BMW had from the factory. Looks good
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#124 Post by Graham Kerr » Sun Jan 16, 2022 4:47 pm

Darn! shoulda found an old '69 Beemer, would have saved me the agro.
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#125 Post by Graham Kerr » Sun May 08, 2022 4:32 pm

Just been clocked at a sniff under a ton30 by my buddy's Bentley. Every thing feeling fine at this speed, although I have to get rack and pinion steering set up this Winter. The tach was at 7.8, I didn't look at that for too long. Got a Goodwood track day coming up and I've got to get some slicks on my spare wheels for that one. Happy motoring everyone.
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#126 Post by Martin Benade » Sun May 08, 2022 5:47 pm

If that is a stockish engine I doubt if you should treat it to 7800 rpm very often unless you are looking to justify the swap to a 3.6.
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#127 Post by Graham Kerr » Wed Jun 29, 2022 3:04 pm

It's Thursday evening and at 6.00 am tomorrow morning I'm on my way to the Eurotunnel terminal to slot the 356 onto a fast train 'sous la manche' over to Calais in France to commence the journey down to the Classic Le Mans event that has been put back since problems with covid from 2020. The journey takes just 35 minutes, it's a bit clinical but so much easier than the one and a half hour crossing on the ferry. Yesterday I changed the oil and filter in the 2.4 911 engine in my modified 356, the old stuff was black even after only 1500 miles, I always use the Porsche classic 20/50 oil and a Mahle filter because the filter base is an aftermarket Mocal fitment, I also changed the transmission oil from Swepco over to Redline MTL which I'm hoping may show some improvement in shifting performance although the real improvement will come when I fit my new Renn 915 shifter but I shall do that this Winter when the car is off the road. I partially stripped the right bank of my Weber IDA carbs to try and find an annoying carb spitting that has reared up over the past few weeks. I blew out the emulsion tubes and any other jets I could locate but it didn't cure the fault. It's going to take a full carb strip down to find the culprit, the spitting does not affect the performance of the car, it's just an annoyance. Also it doesn't occur when I'm on the gas and this will be how I shall have to be driving as our little Le Mans entourage includes a 911R and a 2.7 RS.
So it will be two and a half hours of hammering until we reach our first lunch stop which is a charming bistro just outside of Rouen which overlooks the Seine. Suitably well fed and lubricated it's off to Saint Germain de Coulamer where our accomodation is a 16th century chateau. Although along the way we shall have to call into a supermarket just to stock up on wine and cheese plus other life saving necessities. Vive La France, a bientot!
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#128 Post by Graham Kerr » Sun Jul 10, 2022 2:11 am

The 16th century chateau I alluded to previously which was to be our Classic Le Mans accommodation turned out to be 10th century, walls one foot thick, oak beams three foot deep, stone floors, spiral staircases, vast open fireplaces, a tremendous place bought by an architect to restore who sadly passed away when three quarters complete but masterfully completed by his widowed wife with ultimate view to lease and rent out the property and we were so glad she did. Eight bedrooms and bathrooms, fantastic kitchen, all mod cons beautifully merged into the original character of the building, oh and there was a sauna too.
So to Classic Le Mans and although there were a few brickbats the bouquets were revealed by Porsche Club of France which had a large presence at the event by way of exclusive parking and the authorities picked out my little modified 356 for prominent positioning I'm pleased to say. There was, again, an exclusive marquee - air conditioned - thank you very much, were you could rest away from the general hub-bub and get a cold beer or coffee. The place was rammed, so many enthusiasts and some of the access walkways were strained to the limit. You were able to get close to all the competing cars in the paddocks - separated by year - there was Kieft, DKW, Panhard amongst the rarities and of course lots of Porsches with 917's passing you within inches as they very slowly made their way out to the circuit.
The negative points was firstly our making and that was due to our accommodation, superb as it was, was located about 50 kms to the North West of the circuit which meant we had to trawl through the whole of the town of Le Mans which as French towns go would have to score about one out of ten, it's pretty grim. Then having set your sat nav for the circuit only to find that the dear Gendarmarie had been busy closing exits from junctions with the view to just keep traffic moving around and around. Le Mans is a huge circuit but has minimal access points however I used a bit of navigation by way of where the sun was in order to keep me directionally honest. Still once you knew the correct routing everything was fine.
The racing was fast and furious but as I mentioned earlier, Le Mans is a big big circuit and it was just too hot to go hiking miles around the track, so we watched a bit then went infield to check out the hundreds and hundreds of fine Porsches which were parked as far as the eye could see.
Our little convoy comprised of three other 911's plus my beastie and a very quick road/rally mk1 Ford Escort. We hammered the cars there and back filling fuel tanks sometimes twice in one day,
The 911's were getting about 18 miles to the gallon and I wasn't even getting that as I was pedal to the metal at quite a few times along the autoroutes. However the 911's both made minor problems, clutch adjustment and lights not working but my 356 just kept running vice free although it did need a couple of pints of oil and the carb spitting was still affecting the drive.
As is the case with returning travellers we all made the return crossing departure slot with minutes to spare and had a trouble free run back to our respective homes.
So Classic Le Mans has now been ticked off the bucket list but we all said in two years time when the event will be running again we might all get together for the run to France.
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#129 Post by hanns mueller-rech » Mon Jul 11, 2022 5:30 am

well…LeMans again next year…;)
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#130 Post by Mike Wilson » Mon Jul 11, 2022 2:03 pm

Graham, many thanks for the narrative and pics.

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#131 Post by Graham Kerr » Tue Jul 12, 2022 5:49 am

I feel I should just sneak in an addendum to our French jaunt. The plan was to extend our stay a couple of days following the Classic Le Mans event and go visit the invasion beaches of Normandy.
As a base for this we booked into a charming hotel in Honfleur on the coast. Now Honfleur is the loveliest little town and harbour with amazing architecture, a maze of little cobbled streets and some fine cafes and restaurants. Of course time was at a premium so although we saw the Omaha beach and travelled along the coastal route we were unable to do this important historic area full justice, so much so that we all confirmed that we should plan a trip dedicated to this task sometime in the near future. There are quite a few museums along the way and, I don't know about you, but, when I get into a museum I have to read and digest everything and that takes time.
So we are out of the terminal in merry old England and you just want to get home, so you hammer it. I did try to beat my pal in his 911R but he beat me home by a few minutes. He is garaging his car in my additional one stall garage whilst he does restoration work on his listed 18th century town house. I tucked my wee beastie into the garage on Wednesday night and didn't touch it until early Saturday morning when I grabbed my race suit and shoes and my Simpson Nascar open face helmet and headed off for the famous Goodwood circuit where I had booked myself in for some trackday action. I did stick in a litre of Porsche classic 20/50 before I left as the oil tank level was a little down. I was somewhat concerned about the car because it still had the carb spitting problem when you are in cruise or off throttle mode plus I hadn't even pulled the plugs to give them a clean and I really should have checked the valve clearance. However, this mattered little as the car was going very well indeed. The carb problem doesn't happen not when your right foot is hard down and with the fast Goodwood circuit, that's where it was for most of the time, it's fourth gear for Lavant and down to third for the chicane and pedal to the metal everywhere else. Back into the paddock to cool things off a bit, one guy came up to me and asked "What you got in that thing?" I was keeping a C4S and an early Boxter honest!
So the trackday was over, I pulled on my shorts for the drive home, it was in the 80's and my modified 356 was still running exceptionally well even after all the abuse at my grubby hands.
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#132 Post by Martin Benade » Tue Jul 12, 2022 9:29 am

It sounds like you had a huge amount of fun. I’d love to see a picture or two of the tenth century dwelling.
Is the handling pretty well sorted on your animal? It must have been great putting it on the track, especially Goodwood.
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#133 Post by Graham Kerr » Fri Jul 15, 2022 8:56 am

Hi Martin, fun we certainly had but I had even more fun hammering my 356 round Goodwood. There is an air cooled only track day coming up at, I think Snetterton, East of England which is an equally fast track so I shall be in line for a spin round there. The car is going into a specialist race car tuning shop this Monday to sort out the carb spitting. I can strip and rebuild a Holley in my sleep but Webers are a whole different deal so I am giving it to the experts plus these guys have a rolling road for the fine tuning. Yes the car handled really well, it did surprise me because I was expecting a little bit of tail wagging but it was just neutral, not the fastest way around a corner but I could go a bit too fast in, go for a late apex and let the back go loose then catch it on the exit, it was lovely. Everybody said no way, you will have one tail happy monster but I think the positioning, size and weight of the 915 transmission helped offset the additional weight of the extra two rearward cylinders. Of course now I need more power better brakes and a set of slicks for my spare wheels.
Regarding our accommodation for our Classic Le Mans trip whilst I do have a few more photos of the place you may wish to Google the address which is Manoir de Classe, Saint Germain de Coulamer 53700 Pay de la Loire and the you will find a charming short video of the property, you are going to have to brush up on your French however, and if that doesn't make you want to pack your bags for the next widebody to France I don't know what will. Actually France is literally overrun with these sort of places, they are stunning.
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