Archive for electrical

Ferrari 206 Dino

This is a lovely Dino 206 that arrived earlier this fall. It has had a ton of service including a full engine overhaul but it never ran well. We did a little carburetor tuning and checked over some items and couldn’t pin point what was going on.

Rolf disassembled the distributor and found this disaster, totally worn out flyweight pivots. They shouldn’t be “C” shaped, they should pivot on the pin with a close tolerance round hole. Once we installed new weights and dialed in the advance curve, the engine ran like a champion.

206′s are my favorite of all Ferraris, so small and delicate and stunningly beautiful. I am working on purchasing a few of them, one of which has a racing Stratos “Doppia Accensione” or “twin plug” engine. Once I sell the 206 at the Gooding auction this January, I hope to have the money to buy this other car.

Distributor advance weights

Ferrari 206 Ignition Distributor

Dino 206 Scaglietti

Ferrari 206 Dino

Leave a Comment

Mountain Mille – Day 1

Signs of things to come. Later we found 35˚F temps and 7" of snow

Signs of things to come. Later we found 35˚F temps and 7" of snow

After a drive to Long Island to pick up cars, and Philadelphia to drop off an incredible Velocette Thruxton motorbike, we finally made it to Hot Springs, Virginia and the colossal hotel resort, The Homestead. The hotel is rich with history and while lobby alone is massive, a series of parlor rooms runs its length such that any small group can get away and feel as if they have their own private space. (Gallery after the jump) » Continue reading “Mountain Mille – Day 1″

Leave a Comment

150 KV Generator

If anyone needs a 3 phase 150KV generator, let me know. This one can bolt up to a Hercules Diesel and someone said that a International engines like the DT466  engine have the same bolt pattern. It can be wired to make 133, 230, 266, 460 volts while generating 651, 377, 326, 188 amps.

Generator A/C

Generator A/C

Comments (1)

Porsche Wiring Harness

A 1971 Porsche 911 came in with a melted main wiring harness. A number of shops advertised new-old stock  harnesses on their websites but when I inquired they admitted that these parts haven’t been available for years. I called some used parts shops such as CarQuip and a place in CA, cannot remember the name…. and they had nothing. It seems that these harnesses get damaged and need replacing frequently!Tom at CarQuip did send me a used harness for a ’71 but the wire colors and gauge of wire didn’t match which I thought was very odd.

Y-nZ’s has supplied us with spectacular harnesses for 356 Porsche’s and most recently an amazing harness for a 1952 Chrysler Imperial but they quoted a larger price than I thought it worth so here is Casey making one from scratch! We bought all the terminal ends and had the PVC housing so for a major cost savings, here you go, a harness with factory color wire and correct appearance harness!

Main harness Porsche 911

Main harness Porsche 911

Porsche 911 early wiring harness

Porsche 911 early wiring harness

Comments (3)

Crazy Switch Identification

What are the flames supposed to identify, is this James Bonds Aston Martin DB-5 where flicking this switch scorches the assailant behind you?  Maybe there is a flame broiler under the back seat for grilling little shrimp, a guppie grille. It draws about 10 amps. It kind of looks like a grease fire in a pan.

The next switch is a little icon that looks like a LEGO man, it zips down a blue tint to the windshield like the LEGO pilots have on their helmets. It also reminds me of a musical instrument, a tuba perhaps, close this switch when driving the car in the Memorial Day parade.

How about that complex image on the switch way to the left, is that supposed to be cars funneling into a tunnel or a cow branding iron for a ranch in Montana? It could be called the “Holland Tunnel Ranch”. When I flicked this switch the other day, the ammeter went into 40 amps of discharge and I smelled burning flesh.

Don’t just sit there, let me know what these switches do and extra points for whoever guesses what make and model car they are in.

Switch for Legos

Switch for Legos

Comments (4)

MG’s, Early and Late Production

Here is an early production MG, the model PA and one of the last of the “cycle fender” style cars, the MG TF 1500. These cars are a blast to own and live with because they are so easy to drive, cheap to keep up and have a great look. We did a drag race with these two cars but couldn’t see who was faster because of the insane amounts of tire smoke.

MG PA and TF

MG PA and TF

PA, TF, TD, TC, MG

PA, TF, TD, TC, MG

Leave a Comment