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by Kyle Tomita on Thu, May 27th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, Events and Shows

PSI's Summer Cruise-In and Dyno Exhibition Front

PSI's Summer Cruise-In and Dyno Exhibition Back

  This coming July 24 will be the our first Summer Cruise-In and Dyno Exhibition. Come down to check out what we having going on from 9am to 5pm.  All makes and models welcomed.  We will have domestic, imports, and exotics.  If you are wondering what kinds of cars we work on, check out our blog to see some of our past work. 

They dyno exhibition will consist of 8 vehicles with a total of over 8000 whp.  Dyno runs will begin at noon, so be here to see some powerful cars. 

Musical entertainment will also be provided.  Specifics are yet to be determined. 

We hope to see you all here on Saturday, July 24th.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, May 24th, 2010 | General

Alex welding in bases for the roll cage

Alex Laventure is a master in his trade of fabrication.  He brings eighteen years of experience to Portland Speed Industries.  Over those years, he has worked in various shops in California and Oregon.  At PSI, Alex fabricates a lot of parts from body panels for a Lincoln to a fuel pump mount for a Skyline.  He has over 17 years of experience with tig welding, aluminum, stainless  steel.  He does metal work from chassis work to exhaust piping.  Working with sheet metal is his specialty.  He shapes fenders, doors, hoods, and anything other panels that are needed. Alex began his metal working career playing around with metal in his garage.  He started by learning a lot of the basics by going out and trying it.  Throughout the years at different shops, his experience has grown.  He has learned from many well-known designers and fabricators. Alex had the opportunity to work at high-profile shops like SAR and Hot Rods and Hobbies.  While at SAR, he was able to help craft beautiful vehicles like "RealMad", a 1956 Chevy Nomad, "NewMad", a 1955 Chevy Nomad, and Bob Carter's GTO.  While at Hot Rods and Hobbies, he assisted in the creation of Steve Frediani's 51 Ford, called "Pandora's Box". At PSI, he has the opportunity to not only work on hot rods and classics but also do some work on imports.

Alex welding at PSI

Alex has owned many cars over the years.  He likes to change cars often but currently he owns a '63 Bug, '81 Land Cruiser, and a '91 Custom Sportster.  He also has a '51 Chevy that he works on.

Custom Harley

'91 Custom Sportster that Alex rides to work when the weather is nice. As PSI's resident fabricator, you will have the opportunity to have Alex work on your vehicle.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, May 21st, 2010 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Motorsports

Alex, Ron, and Gary finished fabricating the custom roll cage for Andrew Coomes' 240SX, while Andrew is in Las Vegas competing in an XDC event.  Hopefully his new car will be ready by the next Evergreen Drift event.  Things are moving along fast.

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by Kyle Tomita on Mon, May 17th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, Research and Development, Tuning

Nowdays, we have become dependent on fuel.  We drive to and from work, and in the process use a lot of fuel.  Getting the fuel from your tank to the engine is also very important.  From the factory, stock vehicles have this fuel movement taken care of.  On heavily modified vehicles, upgrading the fuel system is often a necessity.  Take this truck for an example,


by Kyle Tomita on Sun, May 16th, 2010 | Events and Shows, Motorsports

This past weekend was a Drift School at Evergreen Speedway.  Gary and Jake went up in the 240SX's and drifted.  Here are some photos I took of the event.    

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by Kyle Tomita on Sat, May 15th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, Events and Shows

On Saturday, May 15, 2010, the Mustang Wranglers tour PSI. 

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The Mustang Wranglers are a non-profit group that genuinely enjoys Ford Mustangs.  PSI is a supporter of the Mustang Wranglers and were glad to open their doors to the Mustang Wranglers, even if normal business hours do not include the weekends.   About 20 Mustangs from various generations showed up.   The Wranglers were given a tour of the facilities. 

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by Kyle Tomita on Fri, May 14th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Motorsports

A roll cage is a specially built frame built to protect the occupants of a vehicle.  A roll cage is a requirement for nearly all motorsports.  Pro-Am drifting in the Xtreme Drift Circuit is no expection.  A roll cage is required to compete and must meet the standards of the XDC organization. 

For Pro-Am driver, Andrew Coomes, of AJC Drift, a roll cage is a must for his Nissan 240SX.  Andrew came to PSI to have a roll cage built into his 240.  He needs it not only to meet XDC requirements but to protect himself in case of an accident, while competing.

Before fabrication can begin, his 240 was stripped down.  The inside of the shell was then sprayed with primer.  Alex Laventure began fabricating the base plates for the roll cage.

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In this photo, you can see four base plates for the roll cage being fabricated. 

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The base plates are fabricated out of multiple pieces of metal to fit the contours of the chassis. 

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, May 10th, 2010 | Client Vehicles, On The Dyno

A client brought in his Grand Cherokee SRT-8 because he wanted more power.  The SRT-8 comes with a 6.1 Hemi V8, which is capable of doing 13s in the quarter mile.

We put the SRT-8 on our dyno for a baseline before the supercharger install. 

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It made 345 whp and 349 ft-lbs of torque through the Mercedes-Benz sourced 5-speed transmission.

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A Vortech Supercharger was installed on the Hemi. 

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, May 5th, 2010 | General

Name that car. PSI 5-4-2010

A snapshot of what we are currently working on for May 5, 2010.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, May 4th, 2010 | Fabrication, PSI Projects

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.

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* An early rendering by Todd Johnston

Sackhoff's 64 Continental will be powered by a 5.4L Ford V8 with a Kenne Bell Supercharger. 

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, May 3rd, 2010 | Client Vehicles, Tuning

An LS3.

The LS Engine is a small block V8 created for use in General Motors' rear-wheel drive cars and trucks.  There having been several different generations of the engine.  These V8s are a popular engine for transplants into other platforms.  There are forums dedicated to LS engine swaps.  Popular choices for swaps are older muscle cars and import cars.  Here at PSI, we have used a built LS1 in a 67 Chevelle SS restomod project.  Being a Chevy engine and Chevy platform fits, however we swap the LS into cars by other manufacturers. 

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