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Kniners
Kniners None
11/12/16 5:42 p.m.

Hello all, new to the forum and ready to share my build with everyone. It is finally complete after a few years of on and off wrenching.

It is being built to compete in SCCA Xp class AutoX.

Basics: 1987 Porsche 944 Chassis 5.7L GM Ls6 Aluminum block V8 Weight Goal- 2250 lbs. RwHp- 430 CrRwTq- 400

Hope you enjoy viewing the progress as much as I enjoyed building it!

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/12/16 5:56 p.m.

Here is the chassis upon arrival. The PO started seam welding the front towers before I purchased it. The car was originally from N. Carolina. Not a sign of corrosion anywhere.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/12/16 6:05 p.m.

Sculpting the widebody. BEFORE reading the rule set completely. You will notice a few changes to the design in the next photo. Arrghh..No one to blame but myself.

The buck for the hood.

Just before casting the molds.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/12/16 6:27 p.m.

Here are all the pics of my winter('14/15)of metal work. Chop, weld, grind, weld, chop, you get the idea...

Dieting. Yep, side exit. This and the previous image show the new angle of the radiator cradle. Putting the vented hood to good use. Boxed rear Transaxle X-member. And that's the end of that.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 PowerDork
11/12/16 6:33 p.m.

Awesome!!!!

NordicSaab
NordicSaab HalfDork
11/12/16 6:53 p.m.

Nice workmanship. What is the intent of the box where teh passenger seat would normally be, battery? It just seems large.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/12/16 7:01 p.m.

Bodywork.

Taking a look at the first fender produced with a wheel in it. Notice the shaved door handles and mirrors. Doors went from 60lbs to sub 20lbs. Fitting all the pieces. Just before finalizing the bodylines and shooting the color.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/12/16 7:13 p.m.

The paint. The four colors are original Porsche colors available in '87. The first session in the booth was 16 hrs. straight. I then wet sanded and sprayed again with clear a few days later. (Double dip)

Let the color sanding and polishing begin!

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/12/16 7:20 p.m.

Assembly. Rear suspension. Finished cell that will hang in the bulkhead on the passenger side.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/12/16 7:26 p.m.

And now...the power. >>>....GET IN THERE!!

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/12/16 7:34 p.m.

The 5 speed transaxle. Lexan windshield and quarter windows I was able to make, the hatch however beat me. I'll be ordering that. SS 3" Exhaust. Finished side exit.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/12/16 7:39 p.m.

Just a few feet of copper.

Yup, made it. Fingers crossed.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/12/16 7:45 p.m.

A few more assembly pics. Completed cold air intake. 4"

Spoolpigeon
Spoolpigeon PowerDork
11/12/16 8:28 p.m.

Wow!!!! Very nice!

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/13/16 7:19 a.m.

Thanks to all for the nice words.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/13/16 7:51 a.m.

The Wheels.

So, somewhere along the journey this has turned into more than just building a racecar. This is not the time or forum to discuss that. However, it did have a huge influence on my next decision. After doing a fair amount of research over a period of years on wheels available for P-cars(and multiple purchases), I decided to design my own.

Design factors in order of importance: Weight, strength, weight, appearance. The beginning... and then it's digital... The billet aluminum. 17" x 2.125" @ 50 lbs. each Ready for the first cut. Going vertical.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/13/16 8:15 a.m.

More of the wheel production...
https://www.facebook.com/854618944655708/videos/1018042264980041 . Link to video. Custom ordered titanium hardware. Because racecar The first complete center. From 50 lbs. to under 9 lbs. Actual weight is classified.

Each center took me 6 hrs. to polish. Don't want to do that again but it's done and ready to roll!

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/13/16 8:23 a.m.

More assembly... Rear lexan...check Getting close. Hydroboost... Can you hear it???

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/13/16 8:34 a.m.

Down force...

Get u some. Mocking up the rear wing before paint. Making sure my designs are not junk...what do ya know...it worked! And the front....

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/13/16 9:05 a.m.

Completed...before livery decals.

My favorite decal that I designed for the car. Hoping this system still functions!

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/13/16 9:16 a.m.

On Oct.23rd, 2016 the car made it's first public appearance at Import Face-off Joliet, IL. I now have all winter to set-up and balance the car. Plan to duct the radiator and cold air intake as well before spring.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/13/16 9:26 a.m.

I'm fortunate to live within minutes of a beautiful location for photo's. Here is my attempt at automotive photography. It was a long road but I'm pleased to see what was waiting at the end.

Kniners
Kniners New Reader
11/13/16 9:31 a.m.

Oh, a video of the car running... . https://youtu.be/37ctH0KOLr0 .

Fitzauto
Fitzauto Dork
11/13/16 10:58 a.m.

Its beautiful

AntiArrhythmic
AntiArrhythmic Reader
11/13/16 12:16 p.m.

Wow. Incredible build! $$$

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