May 22, 2004

Still making some glass parts. This is the inside brace for the front cooler cover.

The part will be a two lay-up system. Because of the nooks and crannies, it's easier to lay down one mat, let it kick and then lay down one mat and one cloth. The picture on the right are the rear uprights which were gone through 20 years ago, but never put on the car.

We will re-coat all the castings, repaint the hardware and replate the hubs.

Andy is disassembling these. You can see the emergency brake under the drive flange.

The corners were in great shape, just needed restoration.

These are magnesium castings. Most 906's had the same upright, but some 904's also had magnesium uprights.

Don't be confused, 904 and 906 uprights are different. In this picture Andy has removed some spacers which center the brake caliper. Sometimes these are used, most often not.

Andy is pointing out where the spacers would go. When we mount the rebuilt calipers, these spacers might not be needed.

The uprights are now coated, the hubs are black oxide and the front hubs are ready to install.

I have been fitting sheet metal (fiberglass shrouds) on two engines. In these pictures, you'll see the steps in installing 6mm nylon nut plates.

First, a 6mm hole is drilled between both panels. Then, the nut plate is screwed upside down to the hole and 1/8" holes are drilled. After one hole is drilled, the pop rivet is placed in the 1/8" hole to keep the nut plate centered, then the second hole is drilled. The nut plate is then installed right side up, the 1/8" holes are countersunk, and countersunk aluminum rivets are popped in. Most often, the factory used solid rivets in these applications, but they also used pop rivets which is ten times easier, so we do the same.

This is the finished product.

Remember, the glass shrouds come in 3-1/2 different colors. Sometimes an engine would have all the colors between the 6 pieces.

The shrouds have now been installed on both engines. In this picture, the chain housings are gold but not all 2 liter racing engines have the same colors on the cast parts.

This is the engine for 127 and these are the parts. Some are still new and you can see the part number is still on the chain housing. Also, you can see the inside of these parts are gold (platinum looking) and not olive brown or green. The later two colors are seen on other 2 liter C6 or 910 engines. 911R has the same castings and from one to another, these parts could be any of these colors.

Close up view of the housings. I obtained these 25 years ago and 127 had tired housings, so I replaced them with new.

After the housings are coated, you have to re-epoxy the rail studs and the tensioner shafts. They will leak oil if you don't do this.

They look pretty when they are done right. Hell, they look pretty when they are done wrong.

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