JG54 Greenhearts

The JG54 'Green Hearts'* are a club for hardcore Cal-Look Volkswagens. Cars in the club must run quicker than 15.99 seconds in the 1/4 mile. The original JG54 '* Gr├╝nherz' were the elite Messerschmitt squadrons in World War II. Some of the highest scoring flying aces were in the JG54. This Blog shows the JG54 club cars and other cal-look inspired pictures/comments... MAC USERS PLEASE USE SAFARI TO VIEW SITE... . FOR MORE PICTURES - CHECK THE ARCHIVES (TO THE RIGHT)...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Alex's ' Mighty White ' 63

When Alex's car was finished ( pic's in April blog archives ) , a rattle that the engine had on start up , worse when from cold , really started to bother me . We drove the car for a couple of hundred miles , but it was getting worse .

Alex did want to race the car , but I really wasn't happy about this noise , it would go away after 4 or 5 seconds , but I really didn't like the sound of it .

So I decided that rather than risk catastrophic and very expensive damage , I would check it out .

And Iwas very glad I did , I did think it sounded like lifter rattle , and boy was one of the lifter bores absolutely knackered . I've never seen one this bad , and can't believe the rattle wasn't worse .

So , unfortunately an engine rebuild with a new case was carried out . At the same time , the cam was changed from an FK8 to an FK10 , and the compression was raised from 9 to 1 , up to 10.1 to 1 . Some combustion chamber work was also carried out .

The engine is now back in the car , with 350 miles on it so far . More tuning to be done ( larger venturies ) , when the car gets past 500 miles .

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