@edsnova: Yep — Carey is 6’2”! Great photo of the Spyder with the split windshield — that looks like something that came off of an America roadster. I’ve never seen that photo before!

Here’s the lineup: myself with the Prez of Stanistan and Carey. No barbarians here - just a few awesome dudes 

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@arajani yeah that pic is from type550.com; one of the post LeMans, pre-restoration shots of 0051 when it was allegedly used as a rally car circa late '50s or early 60s (later it was used for instruction at a race driving school). 

I love that pic because of how incongruous that windscreen looks, and how utterly perfect for the stated task. Big Jaguar C-Type energy there. You can see the wipers were fitted then and that works for my story for my car, which has the plinths and will wear plugs in them when I put the plexi screen back on.

At that time that car also had a second spare tire strapped to its rear deck. People did all kinds of terrible things to these cars back in the day!

You look taller than Carey in this pic, man! Gotta be the angle!

 

Ed, it's the hair, or lack thereof. I of course am leaning HARD to the Stan look.

Hey, I know two of the three in that last picture. Someday soon we're going to change that.

@Carlos G posted:

I flipped my car, angled it the same, and used the wheels to get the size as close as I could get. I'm running 15s and your running those awesome 16s. BTW, my car is a Vintage built by Seduction.

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It's like comparing an apple with a rock.

I really suggest that you NEVER again utter the phrase "I flipped the car" when talking about your ride.    You don't want to piss off whatever driving deity oversees that maneuver. 

@Lane Anderson and @DannyP — it would be an honor to see you both and have a beer together. So many great guys on the SOC!

I’ll have to start local and try and go to the event on the central coast here in California. @Robert M, who has organized it, is one of my very best friends — and I have yet to go! He and @Teby S (my brother from another mother) have been encouraging me to find a way to get there for several years now!

@edsnova posted:

Again, and I can't emphasize this fact too strongly or too often, if you are sitting in a Porsche 550 RS your head will be above the top of the windshield because that is how they were made, on purpose, in 1955.

The only exception is if

Notwithstanding Stan's unusual physiology, his stated preference for how he wants the car to fit his body is at odds with the fundamental realities of space-time. 

FWIW, a Spyder looks like a Coupe de Ville compared to a Lotus 7/11.  

@John Schneeman: Not quite! Carey is changing to Dunlop Racing tires (slightly taller — see photo) and making some suspension adjustments. There are a few touch-ups needed and it should be done. I’d say it will be another 2-3 weeks or so. @Robert M is going to collect it for me.

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WOW!!! +1 for the Dunlops.  I'm both thrilled that you will be getting it soon, and bummed that there'll be no more build thread.  It's like getting to the end of a really good book.  Congrats!!!

WOW!!! +1 for the Dunlops.  I'm both thrilled that you will be getting it soon, and bummed that there'll be no more build thread.  It's like getting to the end of a really good book.  Congrats!!!

We'll start a new thread and post pictures of all his driving adventures. He's only been on one of my many. many one trip adventures. We did a partial trip in his 912 with me at the wheel.

@JMM (Michael) - Thanks! The wheels needed to be repainted -- the tire machine and these steel-allow hoops are not a great combination. Carey is having them re-done as we speak; I am hoping to have the car on it's wheels again by the end of the week for some more test driving and final tuning. 

Carey and I have been trying to figure out where the best place would be for a rear view mirror. We both seem to use them frequently when driving these cars (the spyder mirror, in contrast, is useless). Currently, it is in between the tonneau and the single plexi — half of the mirror is seen through the plexiglass (which isn’t ideal). 

Yesterday Carey contacted me via Video (FaceTime) to see if we could discuss placement. We decided to move the mirror to the right of the car and place it in front of the tonneau. 

While I love the analogue feel of these cars, technology sure is cool for moving things along. Once again,@chines1 is “the man” in my book. Out all of the cars I’ve built, I’ve never had anyone take the time to contact me and discuss these sorts of options via FaceTime. Truly exceptional service.  (The guy in the photo is Mike Fincher, Carey’s lead mechanic and all-around funny man — just ask @Lane Anderson).

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'The guy in the photo is Mike Fincher, Carey’s lead mechanic and all-around funny man'.@arajani

Carlisle 2019, here is Mike Fincher showing Cory how to improve the composition in his photography! 

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@MusbJim — this is absolutely hilarious. I’ve never seen this picture before or heard this story, but it doesn’t surprise me in the least! Mike is always entertaining — that I know!

@MusbJim posted:

'The guy in the photo is Mike Fincher, Carey’s lead mechanic and all-around funny man'.@arajani

Carlisle 2019, here is Mike Fincher showing Cory how to improve the composition in his photography! 

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Note to self: Cancel future plans to attend Carlisle ....

Carey cleared my wheels. They look good-we used the same silver used by Wurth for their wheel paint, which is 1/2 a shade lighter than they were previously. The original wheels were certainly not cleared, but I felt it might make the wheel paint last a bit longer.

Hopefully we can get them mounted next week! Almost there...

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Wheels are on. A bit lighter than last time. 

We previously were running Excelsior Stahl Sport Radials in 5.00x16. They are 25” in diameter. The original Dunlops Porsche used were 25.5”. Carey couldn’t get the rear suspension down enough for the fender lip to sit right on top of the rear tires without getting WAY too much negative camber. 

I ended up going to the Dunlop racing tires in 5.50x16. They are 27” tall, and were also used. I’m happy with how it turned out! The suspension will likely settle a bit more in the rear, so I think I’ll get the look I was going for.

Carey is making some adjustments to the tonneau for a better fit and will be adjusting my shift linkage next. After that, I think we are all done. I

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Wow, nice nice.  You can see when one builds a car it gives others a chance to see a colour in real life hence the multiplication.... or is that just nature.

Took a ride today in mine—just a half mile round the block to go over some speed humps and see where and what suspension parts might hit the body.

I'm going to pick it up about half an inch all around and see if that keeps the tailpipe from scraping pavement every time I back out of the driveway.

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Looks also like a little brake line re-routing will be in order before I get to power-bleeding the system again to bring the pedal up.

Anyway yeah, it's blue, and it's spectacular.

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Anand's car is French Blue, mixed from the original Glasurit paint formula.  The other 2 in my shop are Himmelblau (Sky Blue) and are a shade lighter, done to match the UV faded current color of the former Seinfeld car, opposed to the color it would have been originally.  Those 2 also have a fine gold pinstripe on the darts, whereas Anand's car is without the fine pin.  But yes, colors come in trends...  Last year I made more black Spyders than I ever have before.  The year before that it was red and ivory... however silver is still the #1 color choice, by far.

Jeez, those blue 550’s are multiplying like rabbits!

My car was already silver when I bought it, but when I restored my license plate frame, I painted the background in honor of French racer Annie Basquet, who lost her life in her blue 550 during a 12 hour race at Rheims in 1955. (?)

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@chines1 posted:

Anand's car is French Blue, mixed from the original Glasurit paint formula.  The other 2 in my shop are Himmelblau (Sky Blue) and are a shade lighter, done to match the UV faded current color of the former Seinfeld car, opposed to the color it would have been originally.  Those 2 also have a fine gold pinstripe on the darts, whereas Anand's car is without the fine pin.  But yes, colors come in trends...  Last year I made more black Spyders than I ever have before.  The year before that it was red and ivory... however silver is still the #1 color choice, by far.

It is silver or Gold  

@edsnova posted:

Took a ride today in mine—just a half mile round the block to go over some speed humps and see where and what suspension parts might hit the body.

Looks also like a little brake line re-routing will be in order before I get to power-bleeding the system again to bring the pedal up.

I finished my clutch M/C on Sunday and got tired of waiting on my front discs (B/O 3 weeks now) so I put my front end back together so I don't miss any more 80° driving days.

Just about to go down and adjust my carbs after changing the venturis and main jets then, hopefully, go for a nice long drive. 

@dlearl476 posted:

I finished my clutch M/C on Sunday and got tired of waiting on my front discs (B/O 3 weeks now) so I put my front end back together so I don't miss any more 80° driving days.

Just about to go down and adjust my carbs after changing the venturis and main jets then, hopefully, go for a nice long drive. 

Was it Stan or Ed that posted “90% of carbs problems are ignition related?” 


After chasing a mid-range stumble for a month last summer, I finally realized I had a faulty coil. 

The good news? I did it so often I got it DOWN! I adjusted my Dellortos in under 20 minutes.

And the Wilwood clutch master is a huge improvement over what I had. I just need to adjust the pedal down a bit so I can operate it with my ankle instead of my whole lower leg. But I can shift into first at a standstill now instead of having to do an Irish shift. (2->1)

 

Kinda bummed I’m not bedding in some new brakes, though. 

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