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A Long Over due update…what do you drive?

Ok, Ok, I’ll post about it. Reese’s cups in hand and a side of milk standing by I thought I would go ahead and update the question, what do you drive? I drive a 1989 80K mile Ford Grand Marquis 🙂 Well, that is my winter car…Oh wait, it is a 2004 Infinity G35 coupe, my company car….Oh! the Porsche?

Upon the close of the company we had a 3.6T that was very sick and not anyone’s priority. A complete cluster between the company that sublet the work to us and the payments or lack of created a rather somber out look for this little jewel. I knew that the state of affairs left no other choice but to release the love of my life, the 997TT. That meant a new steed was needed in my stall. Besides that I really didn’t feel like hoofing it everywhere and I knew the boys would complain if we walked instead of drove.  So I set out to contact the owner, over and over. I guess this started in Oct of ’08. In March I received and email that was rather cryptic then a follow up call from the dad. It was one of the phone calls that the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up and you literally become frozen in words and Uhhh becomes the most intelligent thing you can manage out. It was explained to me that the owner and the son of the man calling was murdered in the fall for his Mitsubishi Lancer! Really! A Lancer??! What the hell is a matter with people? I was told that he didn’t want the car and if I wanted to make an offer he would entertain it. I quickly declined and said I would feel weird about doing such a thing. I was greeted with a retort that was simple but effective, I don’t want it so buy it if you do and enjoy it…My son would have liked that. Hairs on my arm standing up in rows like an army regiment headed in to battle I quivered a number past my lips to which he agreed.

So now the good part. What the hell had I bought? Many odd things about this car cropped its head other than the fact it wouldn’t accelerate past a sleeping turtle or road kill. It carried 993 door frames, 993 glass, 993 sunroof, 993 handles and a 993 cowl and windshield wipers. 6 Speed 993TT tranny with the AWD set in place. Big brakes, a healthy motor and a paint job that was as good as they could come. The car had 29K, didn’t run to save its life, no heat, no AC, the fuel gauge didn’t work and who needed a speedometer? Interior panels missing as well as the under carriage covers, wheel wells etc. However it had a really cool TV in the rearview mirror to watch Bad Boys on. LOL, pluuuease.

We set the car on the dyno and run after run the car spit and sputtered and I sat listening as Chris made adjustment after adjustment. Finally like Dr House with a Eureka moment I said hang on. I climbed in the back of the motor and pulled the covers to read the timing…at 5K RPM the timing was 54 degrees. Errr yes, 54 degrees. What is the average you say? Well, thanks Bob for the question. It should be 19-22ish. The good thing is was so advanced because it probably kept the motor from exploding all over the place. I reset it and pulled this pig off of the dyno and around the block…Can you say giddy up? I could because this thing ran like a stripped arse ape!

As summer progressed the boys and I spent every day on it bringing it up to speed, wheels, a clip here and there, the paint restored and any little detailed that didn’t work up to speed. We fixed the AC, the heat and I pulled the intake off and fixed what the hacks had done before me. We pulled the on board computer and graphed a real boost and AFR gauge and gave the car a new life….Oh and I got rid of the open exhaust and ran a cat with a muffler bypass. New suspension and lowering springs, sway bars,  bigger turbo, boost controller and new wastegate. We added more fuel with one of my fuel heads and I modified the warm up regulator and lowered the control pressure. Larger injector lines and pulled off all the air injection crap. The motor has large ported heads, increased CR and custom cams and powdered by an electromotive HPX.

By mid summer I was exactly where I wanted to be with the car. Lots of work but right back to my roots and having fun with it. After that, well many around town know of the “red Porsche” that has taunted and ate their lunch 🙂  

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SCT 2008 Recap…Finally

So we’ve been a little slow in posting pics and some info on the amazing SCT 2008, but after all that fun, we had a lot of work piled up!

Never mind the excuses on to the details!

Saturday’s weather couldn’t have been any better if we had ordered it ourselves.  By day’s end it was near 70 and many of us had sunburned faces.  No complaints though, after too many months of a very long KC winter it was just what the doctor ordered.

Even before the earliest iA’ers had arrived, we had guests waiting to place their cars for the Car Show.  When all contestants were parked there were a total of 88 cars competing for one of 6 trophies handed out later in the day.  That was up 33 cars from last year – we were so stoked that the show had grown so much since last year!

As the day progressed there were hundreds of spectators perusing all of the cars and with so many different makes, models and years, there was something there for everyone.  Ethos Coffee was there all day serving up the hippest cup of joe in town (www.ethoscoffeecar.com) out of their tricked out Scion.  If you haven’t checked out their website I encourage you to see what they are all about.  We are lucky here in KC that they are around the corner and ready to deliver steaming cups of Mexican Mochas or Almond Joy Lattes at a quick phone call! 

Then there was Famous Dave’s who has the best pulled pork sandwich anywhere!  They served beef, pork, sausages and spicy sweet pickles to the masses.  I didn’t hear anything but full mouths telling me, yum!

Inside, Griot’s Garage was doing their thing by demo’ing orbital machines and polishes, and waxes and cleaners on a needy black 911 and a shiny Harley Davidson dyno glide.  Products were flying out the door but we still have a great selection of products if you are interested in picking anything up.  Those new exhaust tips can remain brand spanking new with a touch of Griot’s chrome polish now and again! 

Awards were given out to the following cars:

Sport Compact – 1st: 2007 Nissan 350Z, Richard Frost; Runner Up: 2005 Scion XB, Levi Wickizer

Touring Class – 1st: 1997 Mercedes SL500, Cheryl Burney; Runner Up: 2000 Audi A8L, Mark Wolfgeher

American Muscle – 1st: 1968 Ford Mustang California Special, Paul Stevenson; Runner Up: 1965 Shelby Cobra Factory 5 Racing MK3, Anthony White

Porsche Class – 1st: 914-6, Dennis Carter; Runner Up: 2000 Boxster, Jarrett Rule

Foreign Exotic – 1st: 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, Tom Turner; 2001 Ferrari 360, Jeff Belton

I have attached the photos that I have on my camera.  Unfortunately I am missing so much of the action since I was running around like a crazy chicken while I was there!  I was on kid duty too so you will see a couple of pics of our two munchkins, Jett and Quinn, as well as little Aiden enjoying the day in their Porsche.  More pics will follow once I get the disk from photographer Nate who was actually on the building roof taking pictures from a bird’s eye view!

Thank you so much to those that participated this year and stopped by to enjoy the fun!  We hope next year’s weather will be a repeat of this year and the show continues to grow in size and popularity. 

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REGISTER NOW! 3rd Annual SCT 2008

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ImagineAuto is excited to announce that the 3rd Annual Spring Car Thing will take place at ImagineAuto (8344 Melrose Drive, Lenexa, KS 66214) on Saturday, April 5th from 10:00am to 3:00pm and then in the evening from 7pm to 11pm. Highlights of the event include:

  • SCT Car Show – We encourage you to enter your car in the show! Entry fee is $20 per car and includes a free SCT 2008 t-shirt. ANY make and model of car is welcome and variety is encouraged – Old, New, Foreign, Domestic.
  • Griot’s Garage Product Demos – Between 10am and 2pm representatives from Griot’s Garage in Tacoma, WA will be on site to demonstrate their newest products and teach the tricks of the trade. Featured this year is the NEW 3” Random Orbital Polisher. Great for those hard to reach areas, polishing chrome and glass, waxing smaller areas and a great tool for detailing your motorcycle!
  • ImagineAuto loves to talk horsepower so the SCT wouldn’t be the same without a few screaming cars on the only All-Wheel Drive Dynamometer in the region. If you haven’t ever experienced a 600+ HP car strapped to a dyno and run full-throttle, you just haven’t visited ImagineAuto.

NEW THIS YEAR! iA’s SCT After Dark – After a full day of talking cars and planning your Sunday Griot’s cleaning-fest, we invite you to come back to ImagineAuto after 7pm to unwind with us. A live DJ, drinks, and light eats are just what the Porsche Docs have ordered. (adults only please)

We can’t leave out our exciting food vendor this year – Famous Dave’s will be cooking up some amazing BBQ for you to enjoy throughout the day. ALSO Buffalo Run Race Team giveaway, Mazzarese Jewelry giveaway, custom car show awards and so much more!  Also, Ethos coffee will be here fulfilling your coffee needs with their coffee car!  Check them out at http://www.ethoscoffeecar.com

Ready to register your cars in the SCT Car Show? Visit www.IMAGINEAUTO.com.

Questions? Call 913-310-9927 or email questions@imagineauto.com. Just a spectator? No need to register, come out on April 5th and enjoy yourself. Coming from out of town? Give us a call and we can help get you set in a local hotel.

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A TT from my past

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My years of passion has often steered me towards any car I could shove HP. This one is no exception. Affectionately named money this was the first TT I owned. With only 4500 miles on the clock this car set the pace for us in the TT world.  No sooner than I purchased the car on went the modifications. Modified K24s, ECU tuning, Diverter valves, intake system, HF racing Cats, headers, muffler, Bilstein suspension, stage 3 clutch and a tranny rebuild. The tranny received longer 1st and 2nd gears , a rebuilt and beefed up LSD, steel syncros, RUF wheels, GT2 mainshaft and billet shift forks. I had found out all to easily that the main shaft can bend on any 96 or 97 TT. The 97 was better, but still suffered from the issue. How do I know? Well, I did it three times. The last time it took me 10K in order to lock the tranny down so it would not destruct again. One of the builds latest no more than 900 miles. 

 The car also was a guinea pig for various of products including  an actual carbon fiber made from “green fibers” found only in Hawaii at the time. This is before CF had hit the market big and we thought we could do something different than anyone else. The end result was outstanding, but even a little to much from the Fast and Furious for my liking. We also used various interior panels for Billet products to be developed.  

Where is this car now? Well unfortunately I was cut off one night coming home and forced to hit the median and the car flipped 3 times, rolled down an embankment on its top.  No worries, I walked away with only minor injuries. These cars are well built.

 Why am I bring this car up now? Well in the near future I will start blogging our new addition to the Kaspar family. Another 97 993TT. This one also has a history, but more importantly also supports some fun things like Gt28s, twin plug, huge valves and so on.  I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag yet, but this will be one of the bigger 993TT builds we have done.

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A blast from the past, my 72 911

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My first Porsche was actually a 67 911S. I had known this car from afar in the neighborhood and when I graduated from college the second thing I did after confirming I actually graduated , was cash in hand head over to buy this 911. Unfortunately that was one of the best days and worst days in my Porsche world. my best because it was my first Porsche and my worst because after four hours of ownership I did the 4-1 money shift and shelled the motor. After I took it to a shop I discovered not only the motor was trashed, but so was the car. It has so much rust that we simply had to scrap the project.

While there were a few Porsches in between my love for the 911 never stopped. I searched and searched until I found a needle in a haystack. I was reading through the paper one morning and spotted a 2.8 liter 72 911T. Surly this was a mistype and he meant a 2.7. After all the 2.8 was a race motor. I called and the guy that owned the car was a med student and knew little to nothing on the car. Just that it was a 2.8 or so he was told, had some rust and leaked a lot of oil. So I headed over with my new bride and we checked the car out.

As Ms Roxy and I got in the car I reached up with my left hand and click over the key, the rough painted steed fired off with a tone that alerted me that this was no ordinary 911. As we headed out off the apartment complex my foot twitched to hit the main street.  A quick turn right and a mash to the floor and the car shot off like an arrow, the webbers screamed as I grabbed another gear and quickly glanced down at the tach to see a 7800 RPM click off before I found another gear. I slowed down and turned off, looked at Roxanne and simply said “this is it”. We headed back and made Ryan an offer. He wasn’t to happy about the lower amount, but his less than understanding wife had enough with the car and so my offer was accepted.

I headed home with the car and slowly in time found the builder of the motor. He was literally in a small town with in the metro area and knew the sound of the car when I headed up his long winding gravel road. He introduced himself and my car to me, Kermit. Yes, Kermit. This car was originally owner by one of the Ice Capades  and was driven daily from Lawrence to KC. At some point the Mrs decided to stop driving Kermit who was ice green originally from the factory and hand it over to her husband. Steve wasted no time in having this car build up to blow any other Porsche off the road at the time.  It had then changed owners one other time before this Med student snatched it up, then me. Prior to Ryan owning the car it was color changed (poorly) to a off whit Porsche color. I

 wasted no time tearing the car apart and attacking all the rust areas, adding SC flares and color changing the car. In fact the car changed colors twice while I owned it. The first round was a change to Guards red and the original phone dials (standard equipment) on the 83 911SC. The car was painted in a garage over in KCK by myself and my dad. While it was not perfect a lot of wet sanding and wheeling certainly made this car turn heads. Additionally I added what was called a C1 body kit. I was actually able to talk Roxanne in to the body kit while sitting in the ER having my eyes flushed from some unknown chemical being splashed in them while working on the car.

After some time with the car I had saved enough money to do the car right. I pulled the motor and sent the car off to be painted. While the car was gone I went through the motor and started what would be my signature in the future for detailing my motors. We confirmed that the motor was still the same. Unfortunately through time someone had taken the cams. So  we pulled the motor down, blueprinted them motor, reringed the very expensive 2.8 pistons, custom cut cams based on the RSR of the time and rebuilt the 40 IDA Webbers. The motor was never twin plugged but carried a very high 11:8:1 compression. We were fortunate enough to recurve the dist and add enough fuel through the Webbers to keep the denotation away. A light weight flywheel and sport clutch was put in at the same time. While I was doing this the car was stripped and was under going a color change to speed yellow. This too would prove to be another signature in our company. I traded half the parts I owned and my phone dials for a set of Fuchs off of a 86 951 (for the offset) and sent them off to be polished. Fitted a new set of Flaken tires and waited for the body work to be finished. Towards the end of the body work I was asked to help finish here up, so a new windshield, new seats and pedals were installed. I wanted a 930 S center console and couldn’t find one so I built one out of glass and MDF. I also updated the sound system and created my own speaker extensions on the door panels. Finally the car was complete.

I owned this car for many years, it never lost a show it entered and gave me so many experiences and stories to share. It is hard to believe that I terrorized people with a little car that made about 270 HP. It paved the way for me and allowed me to show the world what I could do. Where is now? I am not really sure. Our local dealer had it for a while. They never knew what they had traded on.  k.jpgk3.jpg

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Putting it away for the winter

You guys in California are going…..”put it away, what does he mean?…..winter….what is that?” Here in the colder climates of the Midwest, it is not uncommon to store your Porsche for a few months while the snow flies. Some of us will drive our P cars through 6 inches of snow, but others will choose to store the car in the garage for a few months during the peak of the cold weather. Here are some tips for storing your vehicle for the winter, so that once spring hits, you can jump in the car and go!

Change the oil: Even with synthetic oils, acids will build up in the oil, and these should not be left sitting in the engine for a few months. I may be one of a select few, but I change all my fluids at least once a year (oil of course more often, never over 6 months at a time), so typically I do the yearly swap before winter sets in. This includes transaxle and power steering. Fresh fluid will keep everything functioning properly.

Inflate the tires: Make sure your tires are full of air. Remember that as the temperatures drop, the air will contract, and your PSI level will drop in the tire. Overinflating the tires by a few pounds will help keep them around the proper levels during the winter, and keep the tires from flat spotting.

Fill the tank: Make sure you put away the car with a full tank of good quality gas. The more gas in the tank, the less area there is for water to form, thus contaminating the gas. A bottle of fuel stabilizer doesn’t hurt either. Make sure to add the stabilizer to the tank before filling it with gas to ensure a good mixture. If you will be starting the car on a regular basis through out the winter (discussed later), and live in a very cold climate, then add a bottle of Heat to prevent fuel line freeze up.

Clean the car: Especially if you are storing the car with a car cover on it, make sure to give the car a good washing (allow plenty of time for it to completely dry). Dragging a car cover over paint that is dirty will lead to micro scratches in the paint. Vacuum the interior and give the leather a good treatment.

Battery: There are two options you should take in the winter to prevent you from buying a new battery in the spring. Batteries don’t like to sit dead for periods of time. If your car has a very slow drain, over the course of a few months it can completely drain the battery, where it will sit dead for a month or more. This will keep the battery from holding a charge, and you will be buying a new battery in the spring. The first option (best if you are not starting the car every few weeks), is to pull the battery, charge it, and put it on the shelf (on a shelf, not a concrete garage floor). If you are going to be starting the car every few weeks, then invest $50 in a battery maintainer. This little item will keep a maintenance charge on the battery at a very low amperage, keeping the battery charged through the winter.

Coolant/Antifreeze: Lol, I know, some of you think this is a bad word. After all, coolant does not belong in a real Porsche right? Well, we will entertain those foolish waterpumpers and include them in the article ok? Before putting the car away for the winter, make sure the cooling system is properly protected. Coolant/antifreeze testers are available at your local walmart for a few bucks, and will tell you the degree that the antifreeze is effective to. Too much water in the mix, and you will not have as much protection below freezing (in extreme cases, blocks will crack when the mix freezes up). In most states this is not a problem, but in places such as Minnesota, if your car is not in a climate controlled environment, 30 below zero can do a number on a vehicle that is not properly prepared for it.

To start or not? Some people will pull the car in the garage, and not hit the key until spring. Others will start the car at least twice a month and allow the engine to get up to operating temperature before shutting it off again. I recommend the 2nd. Even in winter storage, starting the car every couple of weeks and letting it warm up will allow the oil seals to heat and expand, which helps to maintain the integrity of the seals. A seal that dries up over time will lead to oil leaks.

And to prove a Porsche can be driven in 8 inches of fresh snow (One with 800hp in fact)

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!

turkey-in-car.jpgThe secret Black Friday Blog Sale is within hours of expiring – Midnight Sunday, November 25th, and it’s done, kerput, finis!  Don’t pass up this opportunity to secure the products you crave.  Sure we may have another sale before year-end, but the prices our customers are being quoted this weekend are unbeatable – even by us.  See the blog entry below for more information.

So no more nagging from me (although everyone around iA says I’m really good at that).  Just a gentle reminder that if you choose to pass up this opportunity you can bet that the only leftover turkey will be the one staring back at you in the mirror!