So it is a D and it is a Speedster but ultimately who
cares, it's a Porsche replica and will probably be the closest I ever get
to owning one.
The pictures above are all just prior to it being properly
on the road, ones to follow will be after.
Getting it on
the road has been a trial, the biggest problem was buying the kit from
Terry Sands of Legend. The most recent hiccup has been getting the semi
automatic to work properly, various torques weren't quite right so the
engine had to be taken out and a few glitches ironed out. The dry plate
wasn't quite right and I was losing ATF fluid from the semi automatic tank
which was landing on the fan and decorating the engine.
think it is ok now but I need to put some miles on it now to know for
sure, battery died which may just be cold weather syndrome as the
generator is pumping out correct volts but this is minor compared to the
fun of driving it so long as I keep an eye on things. It also needs a good
tune up (14/12/03) which I will get done in a few weeks.
19/02/04 - Well that was famous last words, the ATF leak wasn't
really a leak as such, there were 2 seals in the oil/ATF pump which had
gone solid and engine oil was pumping into the ATF line hence overfilling
the ATF tanks and causing the overflow 'leak'.
Took it out
for its first proper drive one sunny Sunday just before Christmas and it
seized on me.
Painful picture - me coming home on
the back of a trailer after doing a whopping 5 miles.
I have just spent the last 2 and a bit months getting it all fixed (thanks
again to Speedstars for coming good), put new seals in the pump and a
recon engine in and now I have just got to get the timing sorted out
on the new engine and double check a bit of seeping oil between the oil
pump face plates which I suspect is a gasket not sitting right and I will
hopefully be motoring again. Must admit it has been a bit soul destroying
but I have a good feeling about it now.
Quite low down on
the list but a positive thing anyway I managed to get the proper Drauz badges
from a company called parts obsolete (see the links page) who are very
knowledgeable. I have got the proper badges for the front rhs quarter and
the lhs door pillar which I will put on when there is a nice, and not so
cold, day. Its a bit of small detail that gives it that authentic touch.
24/03/03 - Managed 22 miles on Sunday and touch wood no problems.
Still needs a good tune up but it looks ok right now. Also fitted the
Drauz badges and dash script badge.
They say no pain no gain, well hopefully i am getting there now.
30/4/04 - Things are still going well, had it tuned and it's
running much better, done about 200 miles so looks as though all the
problems have been sorted out. It goes without saying that I am checking
the oil levels religiously. With any luck I will be at the Stonleigh in
Warwickshire kit car show this weekend but if it buckets down I'll
probably give it a miss.
11/09/04 - Made a few more updates which are dotted around the website re moving ATF
filler tank and adding the picture gallery to the site. Things seem to be
16/09/04 - added a few more pics of the final build car, really
pleased with it, just a shame the good weather is leaving us for the year
cause I won't get to take it out much more this year.
02/04/05 - Big one. Oil cooler replace, Dynamo to alternator
conversion, oil temp warning system, seal top half of engine with
Well taken the big plunge before the new year of driving and nice weather
comes up, I've decided to ditch the external oil cooler set up because
it simply isn't getting enough air and revert back to a stock doghouse
I've also been a bit worried about temperature because the top half of the
engine isn't really sealed from the bottom so there is a lot of warm air
in the engine bay rising up.
The external oil cooler sitting behind the fan housing wasn't getting
enough air to cool it and the fan housing was drawing in the air cooling
air from the same area so in effect it was drawing in warm air which has
been worrying me.
I looked around for oil temperature systems, most of them are either oil
dipstick senders or oil drainer senders and both require a gauge,
trouble is I really didn't want to put another gauge in the car and I
can't find any to match. Fortunately I found a Gene Berg device, GB 227.
This is perfect for what I want.
See it here. This basically lights up the oil lamp if it gets too
hot and is pre set to the warning temp level, perfect!
Sent Gene Berg in the states an email and within 16 hours I've got one
shipping it's way over from the states, isn't the internet amazing. Paid
On Ebay I managed to pick up an air cooler with the stand for about
£10 which was a bargain. Also got my alternator and an alternator stand
off of Ebay for under £50.
Ally sheets I picked up from the father in law.
Last weekend I stripped the fan housing and carbs out to remove the
housing and get access to the external cooler. Got this out and started
cutting up sheets of the ally (it isn't pure ally but a combo probably
with steel). Really pleased with the end result.
The top bit, which is the main bit in the pic below, is
coming out to be replaced with a solid sheet, no holes. The 2 x bits in
front of it stop too much air circulating over the cyliner heads, can't
decide whether to pop rivet these in place or not.
Alternator from eBay needed a bit of cleaning up and I had to hunt around
Google for the diagrams for wiring, doesn't look too difficult.
Realised I didn't have the oil filler to attach to the alternator stand so
just ordered that from Big Boys Toys in Thurrock along with 2 x oil
cooler seals (mine only had one in it thank you Legend!) and a chrome
I know there are 2 types of oil cooler and stands so it was a bit of a
50/50 if the one I got from Ebay would fit but offered it up last night
and bingo, all ok. Sits nicely. Had to make some mods for the fuel, line
and accelerator cable but nothing too major.
Tomorrow I will get some pop rivets and put the new tinware in place.
Sometime this week i expect the bits from BB toys and Gene Berg to turn
up and hopefully in a couple of weeks I can have it all back together.
So pretty soon I will have alternator power, oil temp warning system in
place for my peace of mind and I can be happier knowing that the engine
isn't cooking. While I have got all the bits out I am going to change
the spark plugs.
June 2008 - build pages updated & alternator is in >>>boot
carpet, accelerator cable modification, exhaust cooling shroud
more >>> boot carpet, accelerator cable
modification, exhaust cooling shroud