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  • #306931
    Dale Schumacher
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    @schu

    Already voted a few days ago Ed. Good luck!

     

    #306932
    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Just saw there was voting requested. DONE. Glad I was able to add a vote before the deadline.

    Jack, VA beach sounds wonderful about now.

     

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #306933
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Thanks, all, for the votes.

    Yeah, Jack, I very much would like to show this car at Air & Auto 10 in October. I think some of the members of the First Settlers PCA would get a kick out of it. The stars may yet align.

    #306949
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Spyder is on the road for sorting.

    #306952
    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Bet that feels good, doesn’t it?

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #306953
    Dale Schumacher
    Participant

    @schu

    Image not found?

    Can’t see it so didn’t happen – come on man

    Good luck – hope all is good

    #306954
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Weird.

    I cranked the rear suspension up about half an inch and managed to leave the driveway without scraping the tail pipe. Then I put the car back in the garage so I can mess with the brakes: driver’s rear line hits the inner fenders so needs to be re-routed. I also need to bleed the system harder to get a higher pedal, and check to see if I need to shim one of the calipers to cure a rubbing pad.

    Hope to get that and a couple other minor things done by this weekend to do a bit more of a test drive.

    After that it’s oil leaks. I bent a couple pushrod tubes last time the engine was out, so they may be dripping. Something is under there…

    #307048
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    I posted a short test-drive vid yesterday.

    https://youtu.be/qPXNBe_9908

     

     

    #307050
    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Very cool, Ed. Looks like it tracks straight, stops straight, sounds good. Sweet!

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #307178
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Been a while since I updated the Spyder project here. We had a setback involving the front suspension, the fixing of which may be relevant to owners of VW-based TDrs.

    Short story: the inner bushings were mostly missing from my torsion beam.

    Completely rebuilt it with Delrin bushings.

    Since then I’ve put about 60 miles on the car in testing, and found oil temps are a bit too hot—shading toward 220F after about an hour’s stop and go dilly-dallying on an 80-degree morning. I installed a full underbelly pan to keep the exhaust heat out of the engine bay, as the original cars were equipped.

    One of those things hardly anyone will notice, probably, but from the right angle it looks cool…

    To my chagrin, this extremely hard to make bit of kit had little to no effect on oil temps. So I have an auxiliary cooler on order.

    Missed Carlisle but I gave my sticker to a neighbor, who drove his dune buggy up Saturday and picked up my “goody bag.”

    So it goes in 2020.

    #307280
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Been sorting the Spyder for a few months now. It’s running strong and tracking straight, stopping short and sounding delightfully loud. On Tuesday I revved the engine to 6000 rpm in second gear on a highway entrance ramp, and it seemed to like that. The dyno slips with these engines (I have one for a sister build, not this engine per-se) indicate they made peak horsepower at 5500 with a slight fall off at 6000. Seat-of-the-pants, it feels like it’s still building at 6k/60 mph.

    I have a set of Jet Doctors to install and I still need to tune my “Black Box” electronic ignition; waiting for a new old laptop running Windows 7 to do that; the software won’t run on the new Windows version.

    Taking pictures of the car to send to magazines and virtual car shows and probably an auction site pretty soon.

    I think I did OK for a first build.

    #307282
    Dale Schumacher
    Participant

    @schu

    Very nice Ed – love to drive it – can’t believe you are going to sell?

    Hopefully you change your mind before that happens.

    #307283
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    It’s really fun to drive, Dale. A couple weeks ago Cory wound it up to 5000 RPM in 3rd (84 mph, more or less) on a narrow two-lane near his house. It’ll rev over 6000 and it handles pretty well. You should come up and I’ll let you take a spin.

    #307297
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Spyder debuted in public over the weekend at cars & coffee in Hunt Valley on Saturday morning and Annapolis on Sunday.

    People seem to be interested…

    #307327
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Sent the pics to Rare Car Network magazine (fka ReInCarNation fka Kit Car Builder) which may or may not still do a print edition.

    They ran ’em.

    #307335
    Vicenç Feliú
    Keymaster

    @sabreur76

    Wow, Ed!  The car looks great.  Outstanding work!

     

    Vicenç - (bee sense)
    Pembroke Pines, FL
    1983 FiberFab MiGi II - "Montse"

    #307336
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Vicenc! Good to see you on here. How’s Montse doing?

    #307337
    HappyJack
    Participant

    @happyjack

    Ed,

    The car looks OUTSTANDING!!!!  DO NOT SELL IT…. You need to keep it until you can buy another fine kit.  That way you have an in-place reference to use in building the “new” kit….

    THEN you can sell this beautiful blue “better than an original” “tribute” Porsche 550 RS Spyder……

    THEN you can  buy another and build it and then sell it and then buy another…… and…..

    ….after all, you do have a lift and welder and……can’t let that stuff go to waste!!.

    Keep having fun….pray for a Carlisle and then a Virginia Beach in 2021.

    Vicenc — Va Beach next year????  It’s only a little bit of a trip up from Fl…

    Drive, Drive, Drive and stay COVID-19 free…..

     

    Happy Jack

    Happy Jack
    "EMMA" Red BCW TDr on 1971 VW w/ rebuilt 1641cc
    Dual Kadron, mild street SCAT cam and lifters Hide away exhaust and headers
    "MANYPENNY" White CMC TDr '78 Ford Pinto components w/ 1988 Mustang II 4 cyl w/ Weber

    #307338
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jack.

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