On the weekends, we sometimes have time to work on our own cars. The other weekend the car of choice was Alex's Toyota Starlet.
Above: Back when Alex first got the Starlet.
Last time at Pat's Acres, Kyle Pollard brought out the missile car. Both Kyle and Brian Hartsock, drifted the car around the track all day. It was Brian first time on track and he had a blast.
Above: Brian drifting the missile car around the second turn.
We are starting to write about this 1961 Cadillac project to catch you up on where it currently stands. This project is the current undertaking of our main fabricator, Alex Laventure. With over 20 years of experience in fabrication, this project looks like it will be something very special.
This project started so quickly, we do not have many initial photos. Alex has put in a lot of work so far and the project is well on its way.
The PSI Celica Project car has been disassembled. The engine and interior have been removed. This was all in preparation for the roll cage.
We plan to take this Celica to jump it and drive it like crazy, so an ordinary roll cage would not do.
Above: The view from the inside.
Our Celica project started out as a 1984 Toyota Celica. It was purchased as a little fun car for the snow and the field. During the 2010 RallyCross season at the Hillsboro Fairgrounds, the Celica made its debut.
Above: Erick Sackhoff and Alex Laventure co-driving the Celica.
The Celica was out in stock form. The monthly rallycross event had become a fun activity for us at PSI. A bunch of us started attending it and driving whatever cars we had on hand.
Loren Haletston, of LorenInHD, recently came down to the shop to do some test shots for a future shoot. Jason Oefelein and Loren were throwing around some ideas and Loren wanted to test some of them out with the Skyline.
Loren has filmed and edited some great stuff for us in the past and we can't wait to do the full shoot with him.
Here is the test video footage he shot:
In case you wanted to see more of Loren's work or the Skyline, here is a video from an event we held at Packwood.
Our COO, JJ, recently got a new car. He just picked up a 2009 Nissan 370Z. Of course we all wanted to see how much his new car would make so we strapped it to the dyno.
When he picked it up, it had Tein coilovers and a test pipe back exhaust. Other than the exhaust, the 370 is stock power wise.
Here is a video of the run,
Last week, we had our Skyline featured on the StanceNation website. The amazing photos that properly showcased the Skyline were courtesy of Ryan Davis and Connor Surdi. Both of these photographers really let their true talents show in these shots. They both shot the same car at the same location yet their unique styles set them apart. Here are a few of their shots below, you can enjoy the rest on the StanceNation website. Check out the StanceNation Feature.
While on the topic of the Skyline, here is a video that features the Skyline in a few clips. It is not just a show car but one to have fun with on a private closed course.
Video courtesy of Loren Haleston.
Work on our 64 Continental project car continues. Alex Laventure and Erick Sackhoff had some time away from working on client cars so they did some work on this project. Thie Continental will be powered by a Ford V8 out of a 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra with a Kenne Bell supercharger. This engine is substantially wider than the 460 that originally powered it. The crossmember was already modified to fit the wider engine. The unique combination of engine and body required the fabrication of custom engine and transmission mounts. No aftermarket company offers mounts for this specific application. Also having channelled the car, none drivetrain path of the drivetrain are from the original car. This will be a totally custom car when they are done.
They started designing the mounts by first putting the engine and trans in the car and using braces to hold it in place. The transmission mount was fabricated first. This mount would be easier because it only required one location to mount. The transmission is bolted to the engine on one end. The transmission was positioned in place and a piece of metal was welded between the parts of the frame that were added for channeling the car. A rubber mount was used to prevent some vibrations transferring from the engine to the car.
After this mount was fabricated and mounted, Alex began work on the engine mounts. Alex fabricated a plate to bolt to the stock mounting locations on the engine. Building off this plate, he fabricated a boxed in section that connect to the section mounted on the frame.
Here are the pieces that make up one mount.
Here is one mount assembled.
Here is a photo of both the assembled mount and an unassembled one.
Here is a photo of one of the engine mounts. This photo is taken from the level of the frame. On the left is the tranmission bellhousing and on the right of the photo is the frame.
Here is a photo of the engine mount from above. We will have better photos of the engine mounts installed in the car without the engine when the engine is removed for painting.
Continue to follow the blog for the progress of our custom Continental.
One major advantage of having a skilled fabricator, like Alex Laventure, is that our shop projects receive the same high quality work that client's projects receive. Alex has been in the fabrication and restoration industry for over 18 years. This experience allows him to make efficient use of the small amount of time that we have available to work on shop projects.
One such shop project that received this attention is Erick Sackhoff's 1964 Lincoln Continental. We have talked about this project in a previous blog, http://tunedbypsi.com/blog-entry.php?64-Lincoln-Continental-Project-76. This blog with focus briefly on the metalwork put into repairing the body of this '64 Continental project.
In its current state, the car is stripped down to bare metal. It this state, Alex repaired body panels that had been damaged and rusted. The areas that received attention from Alex are hard to distinguish from the original metal body panels. Many of the vistors to PSI view this Continental and have a hard time finding the sections that have been replaced. Alex blended the two pieces of sheetmetal together so well that it hides the area of contact. Unless the visitor is in the industry, the weld points go unnoticed.
This Continental usually draws visitors' attention because of the body being in raw metal and the fact that the car practically sits on the ground, when the airbags are deflated. Currently in the photograph above, the Lincoln is sitting off the ground because Alex is in the process of fabricating motor and tranny mounts. Normally a V8 from a 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra with a Kenne Bell supercharger does not sit in the engine bay. Therefore, exstensive fabrication is needed to swap this V8 in the car. When this project reaches fruition, most of the components of this Continetal will be replaced and upgraded. Check back as this Continental project proceeds. The progression will be slow because our client's projects come first.
Here at PSI, personal projects take a backseat to clients' projects. Over the past year, Erick Sackhoff's 1964 Lincoln Continental has been slowly taking shape. While progress has been made, the project is far from over. Sackhoff and Alex Laventure are often taken off this project. Any free time available is used to work on this project.
* An early rendering by Todd Johnston
Sackhoff's 64 Continental will be powered by a 5.4L Ford V8 with a Kenne Bell Supercharger.
This past weekend, the Portland International Auto Show was held at the convention center. PSI was represented at the show in the Highline Customs' booth. They recently applied VentureShield protection to the hood and front fenders on one of PSI's vehicles and wanted to place it in their booth.
A representative from PSI was done at the auto show this whole weekend to answer some questions. On Friday night, the owners went down to the auto show to have a look around. While at the show, Jason Oefelein and Erick Sackhoff talked to show attendees. The attendees had questions about what kind of car this was and what does PSI do. Both Jason and Erick were happy to share a little information.
After a few tweaks with the fuel system, the Skyline was strapped down to the dyno for the real work to begin.
In preparation for going on the dyno, the injectors are being changed to 1000cc ones to improve performance. The front bumper and the rear diffuser have been removed to allow the Skyline to clear the rollers on the dyno. Hopefully the Skyline puts down good numbers tomorrow.