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83 Quattro Wide Body progress

Quick photo update of progress on the wide body build by Cherry Classic Cars. Paul Eddleston-BRAIDusa & Team Illuminata
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Late Summer Exploits in the CarreraRX

It's been a busy few weeks for the CarreraRX. A couple of car shows, pace car duties and even a race! First up was pace car duty at the Empire Hill Climb in Northern Michigan. Normally we get to run a few parade laps up the hill but due to time constraints caused by the number of entries fun was restricted to escorting the cars from down town to the...
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911 Carrera RX Running Great After Overhaul

We are pleased to report that the Carrera RX is now running very well indeed and we have been enjoying the car a lot visiting several cars and coffee events including an impromtu dash 200 miles up north to vist our 83 UR Quattro build at Cherry Classic Cars after our van blew a turbo hose. We also attended the Woodward Dream Cruise and the Detroit Car week with the...
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World Challenge Focus Splutters To Life

We've actually been working on this car recently. You know how we said it used to be owned by Oakland University? Well a group of students from there were visiting the shop, saw it and got very excited about fixing it up. How could we say "no"? So what did we achieve? Well we got the engine running with a lot of help from our friend Fabrizio of  Racing Tech....
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83 UR Quattro Getting Wider

More wide body progress on the rally build. Front and rear fenders are being wrestled into place by the guys at Cherry Classic Cars       Starting to look like a car again.    
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83urq Rally Build Body Progress

The shell is still at the body shop: Cherry Classic Cars in Michigan but we recently went to visit it and to make some decisions about how to put it together. We also found a kevlar composite trunk lid in Canada and received some vintage gauges and switches from another quattro aficionado. Paul Eddleston-BRAIDusa & Team Illuminata
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911 CarreraRX back together

The 911’s engine is back together. First we painted the valve covers red because racecar. Then our cleaned and tested fuel injectors arrived from Cruzin Performance. We repainted all the tinware Then replaced the intake manifold connector with a silicone one from Vibrant. We took advantage of the open engine bay to install some Sparco hood pins Then our new intake gaskets arrived for TRE Motorsports And a new engine...
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83 Quattro Rally Build Wide Body Kit

Panels did indeed show up from Cool Wheels in Latvia. Cherry Classic Cars wasted no time in offering them up to the body. As expected with composite reproduction panels it's going to take quite a bit if fettling to get a good fit. They also set about fixing the rust on the shell and other minor repairs. Before applying primer.
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911 Top End Teardown

Tear down is nearly complete so we took the car off the lift and pushed it back into the showroom. Looks odd so high in the rear. It didn't take long before we found our first issue. This might need cleaning.   We soon had the intake manifold off the engine.   and found some more, not unexpected problems.   A bit more wrench wiggling and we had the shroud...
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83 Quattro Rally Build June Update

  Rear diff is back together with new seals. Now we need to decide what color to paint it.   Amanda has started painting stripes on the model.   We borrowed an OE refinished rear caliper and decided this is the way to go with ours.   In anticipation of panels showing up Thompson Racing Fabrication took the car out of storage and delivered it to Cherry Classic Cars. We...
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Worlds Quickest 911 Engine Removal.

Our 85 UR quattro is running sufficiently well enough to tackle solo classic car duty at events so we decided to drop the engine in the 911 Carrera RX.   Before we got carried away and disconnected everything we had the presence of mind to do a compression test. We think it went well. Plugs look OK too We have a five week window before we need the car again...
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85 UR Quattro Is So Clean

Took the car to AutoEurope in Birmingham for: new tires alignment detailing dent removal Now so clean. Hadn't been cleaned for three years! They did a great job. Shame it's parked back in the showroom and not in my drive. Next on the agenda is to address the hesitation under load at around 3-4000rpm. Any ideas?
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83 Quattro Rally Build Brakes and Diff

Been working on a few things but nothing too exciting. we finally found some proper UR quattro rear brake calipers You can see how the handbrake cable and brake line come in from the back instead of the side therefor avoiding the axle. Amanda made some more incremental progress on the model. She says she's going to paint the stripes next. Then we started on resealing the rear differential. No...
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85 Quattro Out and About

The car is running but not perfectly (more later) so I have been taking every opportunity to drive it and pose around in it. Took it to the post office: A cars and coffee or two: Parked in in the driveway: and at the showroom: I even parked it outside the local Audi dealer: This really is the key to happiness. Paul Eddleston-BRAIDusa & Team Illuminata + 0 Votes
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911 Carrera RX Mods and Outings

It's been nearly two months since our last update so no wonder those upstart safari cars thought they could sneak in. OK, back to our car. In April the car was invited to the motoring club car show at Oakland University and displayed next to the FSAE car we sponsor. During April and early May, as time permitted we did a few minor mods: We replaced the cone seat steel...
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85 UR Quattro Needs Some Tires

HELP US CHOOSE SOME TIRES. The Kumho all seasons (no seasons) that are on the car are done so it's time for some new rubber. The stock size of 215/50-15 is NLA in anything affordable and streetable so it's going to be 225/50-15 again. The car does not see winter so summer tires are a must. I don't track it but want the most grip I can afford in case...
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Scattered Progress Quattro Squad Rally Build

Scattered progress since our last update but progress non-the-less. We started to attack the drive shaft last week. The CV joints seem a bit stiff so we are going to clean them out and see if we can save them. If not we think we can replace them. The universal joint in the center seems fine but we might have to destroy it removing the center support bearing which is...
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85 Quattro. Diff Done!

Well, the diff project is done, not without with some casualties. Read on………. Our friend Carlos, a venerated old car genius, made a jig for the press to keep everything aligned while pressing in the notorious pair of small sub frame bushings. The large pair went in like you’d hope a bushing went in: easily. Well that didn’t work and we destroyed one $50, only available from Germany bushing. Apparently...
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Differential Equations 85+URQ=?

It’s been another slow project. Who would have thought replacing three diff seals would take this long? LOL So we replaced the rear diff mount. The old one came out on the press but the new one only needed a g-clamp and some grease to persuade it home. Fortunately we took pictures so we were able to orient it correctly; or at least the same. We searched hi and low...
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BRAID Wheel Shipment

We recently received a wheel shipment from BRAID and thought we'd share some of the more unusual and interesting wheels with you: FULLRACE T ACROPOLIS FLAT BLACK Now available as a no-cost option we've never seen this popular gravel rally wheel in this color before though it's always been available. We think it just looks so purposeful we had to share it. The Fullrace T Acropolis is our strongest gravel...
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83 Quattro Squad Rally Build Has Legs

With the caliper brackets fitting well we took the opportunity to muck up a front strut before sending the calipers off to be refinished. We are still not sure what color to refinish them. Options include black or red powder coating or gold zinc dichromate like they were from the factory. We started in on the model's livery. Tried some blue vinyl but we are not sure it is really...
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85UR Quattro Speedi-Sleeve Fail

Got the right axle seal in but not started on the right one yet, the BIG one. Had to order the drive shaft seal as I had the wrong one but I did try fixing the groove in the shaft with a Speedi Sleeve. These press on the shaft using the tool provided with the sleeve but it didn't go too well and we were very disappointed with the tool...
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Carrera Rx at Hall of Fame

We were honored to have our 911 Carrera RX invited to the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn last week. It was displayed in the atrium outside a meeting hall in some very distinguished company. First we had to bring it home Some Porsche/Audi love Next day we took the winter tires off and mounted the summer BFG Rivals in readiness for our next adventure in New Jersey. Stay tuned....
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85 UR Quattro Rear Diff Tear Down-ish

We started to dismantle the diff and subframe. Dismantle might be too strong a word and we are just replacing bushings and seals, but it is an old Audi. Drive shaft and both axle flanges are out. This is the big seal on the left. No longer available but 034 Motorsport had some made. Phew! Will need to replace this as it broke off the diff lock actuator shaft. Will...
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