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Starting and Driving the Bentley 4 1/2 Litre

We took a Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Tourer down the road to listen to the gears – and it happened to be a splendid day to make a video. It amazes me that a pre-war car can drive so fast and so smoothly – though still being a good bit of work to drive.

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Nissan Skyline GT-R

**GT-R is posted to Restoration & Performance Motorcars site. Click here. **

Have a look at this cool car, a 2008 Nissan Skyline GTR. 6 Speed dual clutch transmission, all wheel drive, tons of power. It’s for sale and once I get it cleaned up, I will post it on the website and get you some more information. These cars are selling for about $75K which we feel is a fair ask for this car in excellent condition.

Nissan Skyline photo

Nissan Skyline photo

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Engine Video of the 212

Car Show Classics also put together this engine bay porn from Mille Miglia. It’s a lot of detail.

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Cool Roll off Truck

Here is a cool idea for a car hauler, a roll off container that goes flat on the ground and pulls right up on the truck. I saw this at Lime Rock Park a few weeks ago, cannot remember what was in the back of the truck…

Car Hauler

Car Hauler

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212 and OSCA at VIR

Ferrari 212 throttle steers out of a hairpin at Virginia International Raceway test

Ferrari 212 throttle steers out of a hairpin at Virginia International Raceway test

We tested the Ferrari 212 at Virginia International Raceway about a month ago to prepare for the 83rd running of the Mille Miglia in Italy this May. The Osca came along to the track as a benchmark of performance as it was accepted to run the Mille just a few years ago. The testing went very well, with the 212 making enough power to warrant upgrading the tires to Avon vintage racing tires like the Osca. It is amazing the difference a few years makes, the OSCA is 5 years newer than the Ferrari and handles so much better. It is deserving of the Ferraris V-12 engine rather than the 1500cc 4 cylinder mill.

Casey and Peter remove the hood of the 212 while a pack of track marshalls look on like wolves

Casey and Peter remove the hood of the 212 while a pack of track marshals look on like wolves

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The Shop – March 2010

Bill took a few pictures from around the shop today that show both the range and the beauty of some of the cars that we are working on. Sometimes I fear that there is too much “range” and not enough beauty! Bill takes outstanding photos that look super pro. Have I written a post on Bill yet? Bill, can you write a post on yourself, introduce yourself?

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Upstairs: the Osca, Whitehead Special, and a silver Ferrari

Downstairs: The rare green 330 GTC and a deep inventory of stored classics, projects, and restorations.

Downstairs: The rare green 330 GTC and a deep inventory of stored classics, projects, and restorations.

Ferrari 750 Monza at Restoration and Performance Motorcars in Vermont

Ferrari 750 Monza at Restoration and Performance Motorcars in Vermont

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Temperature Gauges

Termometro gauges, olio and acqua, in Celsius. New beveled glass jewels,  newly machined bezels and restored movements. Now I have to replace the protective housing with nickel plated ultra-flex material and recharge the capillary tube. Originally the tube was filled with freon but now we have to use purified argon since freon is hard to purchase since it is banned due to the terrible impact it has on the atmosphere.

Termometro

Termometro

Temperature Termometro

Temperature Termometro

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Photos of the Finished 212 Gauges

Fuel and oil pressure

Fuel and oil pressure

Here are the two pressure gauges, the one I created, the BENZINA, and the one we based it on, the OLIO pressure. I used a thick acrylic urethane paint with lots of catalyst to make the needles white. It was done in the original fashion with a heavy build up of paint that I “floated” on the part.

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When is Flat 12 a V12

We received some questions after posting the video below about calling the 512BBi motor a flat V-12. Mainly, if it is flat, then how can it be a v format?

The answer lies in a technicality. The moniker “boxer” refers to the piston timing of an engine, rather than the direction the cylinders point. On the Ferrari 512, the crankshaft isn’t a true boxer crankshaft – it is a V-12 crankshaft with the cylinders laid flat. Here’s why:

True boxers have one crankpin controlling only one piston/cylinder, and 180° engines share crankpins.

A true “boxer” (horizontally opposed engine) has corresponding pistons reaching top dead center simultaneously.

A 180° V-12 engine has piston pairs sharing a crank pin on the crankshaft and reaching top dead center half a crankshaft revolution apart. Most flat 12s are actually 180° V engines, including the Ferrari discussed here and the famous Porsche 917 racecar.

Interestingly, phase has always been of great concern to the motorcycle industry (think big bang configuration) as it directly effects vibration and riders sit right on top of it. Read more here.

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Shout Out the Group 3/4 Crew

Here is a great looking Porsche 911 photographed at the Cavallino Classic track day at Palm Beach International Raceway, Friday. Is this a Group 3 or 4 rally car or is it from another class of racing?

Authentic looking reproductions are very cool; a friend wants to make a tribute 911 Group 4 rally car in nasty 70′s livery – this car is too attractive in the Martini & Rossi colors

Martini Porsche

Martini Porsche

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